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"A colourful, entertaining and informative history of the co-operative movement, told in a graphic and cartoon style. Bravo!"
Peter Tatchell

'The Graphic Novel, and now the e-book edition, show how co-operative values and principles are still changing the world almost 170 years later and make this inspirational story accessible for a new generation of pioneers.'

'The artist is at his most imaginative here.'
Amazon's customer review

A must read for anyone interested in people working together. A great episode in English social history, with ideas we can use to-day.
Amazon's customer review

'The Co-operative Revolution is a gripping graphic novel.'
Tribune Magazine

'Polyp's new graphic novel is a great introduction to the co-operative movement.'
Amazon's customer review

'This wonderful book – hopefully destined for every school library and history syllabus – using all the force and power which only comics narrative can provide, is a sterling example of what people can do when working together and in unity and one no fair minded individual should miss.'

'The story of the Co-operative movement’s birth has been retold as never before.'

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Co-operative Revolution - Polyp

The Co-operative Revolution: A Graphic Novel vividly showcases the past, present and future of a radical movement that has grown to become the most successful grassroots campaign the world has ever seen.

The novel is in four chapters - the first conveys in detail the story of the Rochdale Pioneers, their predecessors, and the issues of the Victorian period, the second looks at co-operation today, the third focuses on (the science of) co-operation in nature, and the fourth portrays an optimistic, sustainable and co-operative vision of the world in 2044.

In addition to the new historical context, the Novel tells of the incredible diversity of the 1.4million co-operatives that now operate across the world (from snake catchers in India to the supporter-owned FC Barcelona). It also explains how scientific thinking has evolved in recent years to recognise that co-operation is a major driving force in nature – equalling the power of selfish genes.

Published by New Internationalist on behalf of The Co-operative Group.

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About the author Radical political cartoonist and activist Polyp has been working with campaigning organizations around the world for over 15 years, and is the author and illustrator of ‘Big Bad World Cartoon Molotovs in the face of corporate rule’ and illustrator of ‘Speechless: World History Without Words. He lives and works within a large Co-operative housing block in Manchester, UK.


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  • The Co-operative Revolution: A graphic novel.

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    Format: Comic/Graphic novel
    Page extent: 80pp
    Publication date: September 2012
    ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-082-2

    Date added: April 19, 2012

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