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The Hammer Blow by Andrea Needham (Cover design Erica Smith)

The Hammer Blow by Andrea Needham (cover design Erica Smith)

The Hammer Blow book launch

The Hammer Blow, a book written by local resident, mother and peace and environmental campaigner, Andrea Needham, describing her experience of disarming a Hawk warplane, is being launched later this month. HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

At the end of January 20 years ago, the actions of 10 women prevented a warplane bound for Indonesia from being used in illegally-occupied East Timor. After six months in prison awaiting trial, the women were acquitted of all charges.

Andrea Needham was one of the women and The Hammer Blow is her story of what happened, why she got involved and the repercussions. Andrea is a dynamic, courageous campaigner standing up and taking action to change things, not accepting that anything is inevitable.

Andrea will be at the launch to answer any questions.

‘The heroic actions of this small, but determined, group of women is told brilliantly in Andrea Needham’s fascinating account…You can sense just how much human life matters to each and every one of these women. They spent six months in jail for acting upon their consciences – but were eventually, and rightly, found to be innocent. Anyone interested in social change, or campaigning for peace, should read this book and take inspiration from the brave actions of these amazing women.’ Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion.

The Hammer Blow book launch: 7.30-9.30pm, Tuesday 23 February, Friends Meeting House, 5 South Terrace, Hastings TN34 1SA.Copies of the book will be available at £10.

More details about The Hammer Blow in Peace News.

Previous HOT article here.


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Posted 09:48 Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 In: Literature

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