The Revolution starts Here! Cafe hosts a ‘protest party’ to launch new novel

The Big Lie launch party at Here Cafe PNL-150709-123123001
The Big Lie launch party at Here Cafe PNL-150709-123123001

Last week saw Berkhamsted’s Here Café occupied and graffitied for a ‘protest party’, to celebrate the launch of a new book.

Banners fluttered from the café’s windows and signs were replaced with spray-painted statements to launch the novel The Big Lie by Berkhamsted author Julie Mayhew, published by Hot Key Books.

Partygoers wearing slogan T-shirts gathered to launch the book, which was recently featured on BBC Newsnight.

Set in Bucks, The Big Lie imagines what life would be like for young girls in the 21st century if the Nazis had won the Second World War.

The book is also a call to arms, encouraging young girls to engage in politics.

International artist Sunil Pawar, illustrator Spencer Wilson, Dephect artist Garry Milne, Guardian political cartoonist Ben Jennings and French-born artist Jeannelise Edelsten contributed to an exhibition of protest art to coincide with the launch.

Money was raised for Arts Emergency, a charity which helps create fairer access to arts education and employment.

The Big Lie, published by Hot Key Books, is out now in paperback.