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Keir Hardie

Bob Holman

Keir Hardie

Bob Holman

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Keir Hardie was a complicated man. Born illegitimate just outside Glasgow in 1856, his life didn't start gently. Before the age of ten he was the sole wage earner in his working class, atheist family. After the Christian baker he assisted fired him for being late to work (he'd been nursing his sick mother), he ended up in the coal pits at 11. He never went to school but was self-taught, avidly reading books lent him by a kind young clergyman. His life saw two major conversions: first to Christianity, and then to socialism. Most biographies omit the former, pointing out his experience of hardship as the source of his passion for social justice. But the role of Christianity in his life was profound, and without it a true picture of this extraordinary life cannot be drawn. Hardie was no plaster saint. But his fully human story - about rising above hardship to forge a better world - continues to be a source of inspiration today.

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The extraordinary forgotten story of the founder and first parliamentary leader of Britain's Labour Party, Keir Hardie

 

At the turn of the 19th century he was Labour's most famous face. However, despite being voted Labour's "Greatest Hero" at the 2008 Party Conference, in recent years his amazing story seems all but forgotten. With an illegitimate birth just outside Glasgow in 1856, his life didn't start gently. Before the age of 10, he was the sole wage earner in his working class, atheist family. He never went to school but was self-taught, avidly reading books lent him by a kind young clergyman. This led to two major conversions in his life-first to Christianity, and then to socialism. While earlier biographies have neglected the former, pointing out his experience of hardship as the source of his passion for social justice, the role of Christianity in Hardie's life was profound. It shaped his involvement in many of the greatest social changes of the time, and is the main focus of this illuminating biography of the world famous leader.



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About "Keir Hardie"

Keir Hardie was a complicated man. Born illegitimate just outside Glasgow in 1856, his life didn't start gently. Before the age of ten he was the sole wage earner in his working class, atheist family. After the Christian baker he assisted fired him for being late to work (he'd been nursing his sick mother), he ended up in the coal pits at 11. He never went to school but was self-taught, avidly reading books lent him by a kind young clergyman. His life saw two major conversions: first to Christianity, and then to socialism. Most biographies omit the former, pointing out his experience of hardship as the source of his passion for social justice. But the role of Christianity in his life was profound, and without it a true picture of this extraordinary life cannot be drawn. Hardie was no plaster saint. But his fully human story - about rising above hardship to forge a better world - continues to be a source of inspiration today.
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The extraordinary forgotten story of the founder and first parliamentary leader of Britain's Labour Party, Keir Hardie

 

At the turn of the 19th century he was Labour's most famous face. However, despite being voted Labour's "Greatest Hero" at the 2008 Party Conference, in recent years his amazing story seems all but forgotten. With an illegitimate birth just outside Glasgow in 1856, his life didn't start gently. Before the age of 10, he was the sole wage earner in his working class, atheist family. He never went to school but was self-taught, avidly reading books lent him by a kind young clergyman. This led to two major conversions in his life-first to Christianity, and then to socialism. While earlier biographies have neglected the former, pointing out his experience of hardship as the source of his passion for social justice, the role of Christianity in Hardie's life was profound. It shaped his involvement in many of the greatest social changes of the time, and is the main focus of this illuminating biography of the world famous leader.


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Meet the Author

Bob Holman

Bob Holman left his post as professor of social policy at the university of Bath to start a community project on a council estate. Now retired, he helps mind two grandsons and is a member of Easterhouse Baptist church in Glasgow

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  • Catalogue Code 299165
  • Product Code 9780745953540
  • ISBN 0745953549
  • EAN 9780745953540
  • Pages 224
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Lion Hudson Publishing
  • Publication Date Mar 2010
  • Dimensions 216 x 138 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.283kg

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