Thomas Paine

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Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine, revolutionary and philosopher, whose bicentenary fell in 2009.

We have published a number of different titles concerned with this great man. These Are The Times: A Life of Thomas Paine is an original screenplay by Trevor Griffiths, which follows Tom Paine from persecution in England, to the American War of Independence, to Revolutionary France. It has recently been adapted for theatre and A New World makes its premiere at Shakespeare's Globe this summer (29th August - 9th October).

Another recent publication is Thomas Paine: In Search of the Common Good. The book offers reflections on his life and writings by a group of experts and specialists who came together at a Thomas Paine Colloquium held at the United Nations in New York.

All these titles and more can be found below.

<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Revolutions</span>Revolutions
Altering the World Money
Tom Paine ... Two, Three, Many Revolutions

Spokesman 104
Edited by Ken Coates

Paul Rogers - Drone Wars in Pakistan
Ken Coates - Blowback or Frame-up in Lancashire?
Peter Linebaugh - Tom Paine: Two, Three, Many Revolutions ...

Altering the World Money
Michael Barratt Brown - On Redistribution
Stuart Holland - On Bretton Woods
Ken Coates - Unfinished Business
Zhou Xiaochuan - How to Do It

John Dugard - Apartheid in Palestine

Russell Tribunal on Palestine
Nurit Peled - Until When?
Ken Coates - Russell Tribunals
Richard Falk - Situation in Palestine

George Galloway MP - Viva Palestina
Tony Simpson - Licence to Torture
Bryan Gould - I Disown this Government


Price: 6.00

104 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 7687


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Thomas Paine: </span>Thomas Paine:
In Search of the Common Good
Edited by Joyce Chumbley and Leo Zonneveld

Thomas Paine was a man of words. He inspired the American struggle for independence; he defeated the causes of the French Revolution. He was the greatest of the English/American 18th-century radical writers, with timeless works such as Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason. This book, Thomas Paine: In Search of the Common Good, offers reflections on his life and writings by a group of experts and specialists who came together at a Thomas Paine Colloquium held at the United Nations in New York.

About the editors:
Joyce Chumbley is a researcher, writer, activist. For over three decades, she has been involved in education, the arts, and progressive environmental, social, and political issue from her base in Florida.

Leo Zonneveld is an author and editor. He served the United Kingdom government, as high technology specialist and lastly as science attaché at the British Embassy in The Hague, for 37 years.

Price: 12.00

144 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 085124 7625


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>These Are The Times</span>These Are The Times
A Life of Thomas Paine
Screenplay by Trevor Griffiths

Trevor Griffiths' thrilling screenplay follows Tom Paine from persecution in England, to the American War of Independence, to Revolutionary France. It mixes politics, love and war.

It has been adapted for theatre and A New World made its premiere at Shakespeare's Globe (29th August - 9th October).

David Horspool reviews A New World in the TLS - PDF

Putting the World to Rights - An interview with Trevor Griffiths by Robert Chalmers, in the Independent on Sunday 9th August 2009.

'These Are The Times reads like the greatest of novels and is the most thrilling read I’ve had in years!'
Kurt Vonnegut

These Are The Times Episodes from a Life of Thomas Paine featured in Vertigo Magazine Volume 4, Number 3, Summer 2009.

Revolutionising Tom Paine - Whilst recording These Are The Times for radio, Trevor Griffiths discovered the true revolutionary spirit of Tom Paine.

Trevor Griffiths's screenplay broadcast on Radio 4 on Saturday 26th July and Saturday 2nd August 2008. Read the discussions about it on their Message Boards.

Ann Talbot's recent review of These Are The Times and interview with Trevor Griffiths can be found on the
World Socialist Web Site:

Read reviews by:
Phil Turner
Ray Brown
Sheila Rowbotham
Jeremy Pikser
Matthew Robbins
Mike Nichols
Rob Ritchie
Prof. Ted Braun
Terry Eagleton
Tim Robbins
Tom Stoppard
Troy Kennedy Martin
Walter Bernstein
Kurt Vonnegut

Price: 15.00

208 pages | ISBN: 978 0 85124 6956
110mm (w) x 180mm (h) | Paperback


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Tskhinvali: Shock and Awe</span>Tskhinvali: Shock and Awe
Spokesman 101
Edited by Ken Coates

Ken Coates - Editorial
Vladimir Putin - America's Role in Georgia
Mahmoud Darwish & Saifedean Ammous
In Praise of the High Shadow
Stephen Cohen - New American Cold War
Andrew Mackinlay MP - Intelligence Disgrace
Gareth Pierce interviewed by Moazzam Begg
Punishing the Innocent
Mahmoud Darwish - Mohammad
Jean Ziegler - Nothing for the Hungry
James Petras - Roots of Hunger
Mike Cooley - From Judgment to Calculation
Trevor Griffiths interviewed by Ann Talbot
Revisiting Tom Paine


Price: 6.00

104 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 7571


<span style='font-size: 14px;'>From Tom Paine to Guantanamo</span>From Tom Paine to Guantanamo
Spokesman 83
Edited by Ken Coates

Ken Coates - Editorial
Robert Fisk - Iraq Implodes
Michael Moore - Living with Farenheit 9/11
Bertrand Russell - Tom Paine
Kurt Vonnegut - Skull and Bones
Inge Genefke & Bent Sorenson - Torture is a Crime
Ken Coates, Robin Blackburn, Andre Brie & Michael Barratt Brown - European Social Forum in London
Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal & Rhuhal Ahmed - Detention in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay
James Kirkup - Broad Daylight


Price: 5.00

96 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 085124 7021


Thomas Paine Events

Thomas Paine died in Greenwich Village 200 years ago this week, a long way from Thetford in Norfolk, where he grew up and worked as a young stay-maker. There are celebrations already under way around the country to remember him, some of which are listed below:


The much loved and greatly respected writer Trevor Griffiths (Comedians, Reds) fills this moving story of the life and loves of the author of The Rights of Man with songs, music and the huge carnival spirit of a world turned upside down.

In association with Richard Attenborough.


Playwright Trevor Griffiths joins a public panel discussion to explore the writing and staging of A New World, his drama set during the late eighteenth century and inspired by the life of Thomas Paine.

Discussion starts at 6pm, a performance of the play follows at 7.30pm.


Trevor Griffiths talks about These Are The Times, reads from the script and discusses it with the audience. An unmissable evening at Diss URC. Tickets £5 from Diss Lib & TIC.

Tickets £5 from Diss Lib & TIC.

Contact: Basil Abbot e: | t: (01379) 650618

Tom Paine 200 Autumn Lecture Series.

For more details please visit:


Paine lived and wrote for some time in Lewes which is holding a festival around Paine's stay.

For more details please visit:


Toast Paine's memory with stories round the bonfire, cider, pikes and guillotines.

For more details please visit:

Talk by radical historian Peter Clark questioning why this British thinker is fêted more in France and the United States than in his native land.

For more details please visit:


Date to be announced - Thomas Paine Collection from the Working Class Movement Library Salford/Manchester.
A Special exhibition beginning in the fall.

For more information see: Working Class Movement Library.

Links and Resources

<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Red Pepper</span>Red Pepper
Tom Paine, restless democrat
This June marks the bicentenary of the death of a man who was buried in obscurity but whose ideas are today claimed by everyone from anarchists to neoliberals. Mike Marqusee celebrates the life, work and ideas of the great revolutionary who declared that ‘my country is the world and my religion is to do good’

Read Mike's article in Red Pepper.

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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Thomas Paine Friends, Inc.</span>Thomas Paine Friends, Inc.
Thomas Paine Friends, Inc. Chartered in 2002, this national and international organization strives to renew public recognition of the great Patriot-Author-Humanitarian and Political Philosopher as a founder of America, advocate of equal rights, justice, human rights, social welfare and free expression.

<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Thomas Paine Society</span>The Thomas Paine Society
The Thomas Paine Society came into being as a direct consequence of the controversy in Thetford in 1963 following the offer of a statue of the town's most famous citizen. Opinion in Thetford concerning Thomas Paine had always been somewhat ambivalent, but the press and radio reports about the row over the statue revealed the extent of the ignorance about Paine's life, habits, work, ideas and actions, an ignorance that led a number of people nationally to urge that a society be established which would endeavour to set the factual record straight concerning him.

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