Peter Fryer, writer and political activist, on his 70th birthday

Peter Fryer, socialist writer
(February 18, 1927 - October 31, 2006)
published by Index Books

Hungarian Tragedy and other writings on the1956 Hungarian revolution
Peter Fryer's classic account of the armed confrontation between the Hungarian people and the Stalinist regime in 1956. Peter Fryer was the British Communist Party Daily Worker's correspondent in Hungary whose dispatches were censored in London. No account of the Hungarian revolution is complete without a study of Fryer's reports. This edition is expanded to include Peter Fryer's other writings of the period which show how the shock waves affected the Communist Party in Britain. 

978-1-871518-14-6 192pp.

The first two years' editions of the Newsletter, edited by Peter Fryer from 1957 to bring together those breaking from the Communist Party and those on the left of the Labour Party, are available online here.

The Politics of Windrush 
As a reporter for the Daily Worker, Peter Fryer met the Empire Windrush at Tilbury in 1948 and interviewed many of the 492 West Indian passengers. Although black people and other settlers had been in Britain for centuries, the arrival of the Windrush marked a turning point. The commitment to Britain of these African Caribbeans is a testimony to their resilience in the face of racism, loneliness and adversity. Encouraged to come to Britain for cheap labour, they contributed to the rebuilding necessary after the second world war.

The book contains the text of a talk given by Peter Fryer in Leeds and Brixton on the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush. Edited by Clare Cowen, it is illustrated with historical photographs and press cuttings and includes the discussion at the Brixton meeting.

Essential reading in the light of the more recent treatment of the 'Windrush generation' by the British government.

reprinted 2018
978-1-871518-24-5 72pp.


Lucid, Vigorous and Brief coverLucid,Vigorous and Brief:
advice to new writers

Want to know when to use a semi-colon or a comma? Peter Fryer's guidance on writing clear prose is particularly good at puncturing the pompous and picking up the pretentious. It includes chapters on topics such as how to write a sentence, how to write a paragraph, how to write an article, how to write a news story, and the signs of a careful writer.

Known as an experienced socialist journalist, Peter Fryer's style and tips are useful for anyone who needs to write to be understood, particularly for journalism and report-writing.

978-1-871518-23-8 86pp.

Aspects of British Black History
In a few short chapters, black people's contribution to British history is outlined. It shows how long there has been a significant black presence in Britain and includes an account of the black Chartists. A vital part of the history of everyone in Britain.

978-1-871518-04-7 56pp.
6.99 reprinted 2018

A bibliography of Peter Fryer's published writings can be found at:

Peter Fryer reads to his young son
Photograph by Sidney Weaver of Peter Fryer and his son
reproduced from the dustjacket of Private Case, Public Scandal

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