By Kate Hunter
Published by Fledgling Press, 2019, £9.99
Reviewed by Heather Rawling
Set during the first world war, Common Cause continues
the story of Iza, a skilled compositor in Edinburgh (see Women in the Workplace
1910, a review of The Caseroom, in Socialism Today 218, May 2018). Kate Hunter has
placed the story around real events and trade union struggles with her in-depth
knowledge of the print industry. As with her first novel, there are graphic
descriptions of working-class life – the poverty, overcrowding and disease, as
well as the feeling of community and common cause. The characters are sketchy
as the author prioritises recounting the events.
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