The Miranda Revolution : We are Many, They are Few. They Have the Tanks So What Can We Do?
In this book, three characters from Salt Wars, Wolf-Dietrich, Tilly and Xavier become involved with the battle to overthrow the Dictatorship. It is an adventure story in which the three of them fight evil in their own very different ways. The Dictatorship described is fictional and could apply to a number of countries. The gangsters control the streets and the Dictatorship controls the gangsters. The Dictator's consort, Miranda, is drawn into the revolution by realising one of the street-girls is her daughter. A religious movement which has been a safety valve of value to the Dictator is transformed by Miranda's visions through the 'mirror of eternity'. It is a book of light and shade. Although there is humour, there is also a serious side to it. Shelly encouraged the poor to seek a better world with the phrase, "Ye are many, they are few." The poor know only too well that the rich have the guns and tanks on their side and they know that the parties of the working class have failed in their historic mission. The book is a work of fiction but it suggests one way those problems could be overcome. It is a message of hope. The Miranda Revolution is suitable for young adults. It contains sex and violence but none of it is graphic. Most of the sexual references illustrate the plight of the street-girls in the Dictatorship. Half of the money I receive from this book will go to OXFAM.
- Paperback | 232 pages
- 152 x 226 x 16mm | 339.99g
- 12 Feb 2015
- United States
About Derek Mcmillan
I was born in Croydon in 1951, the youngest of seven children. In 1959 our world was devastated when my father died. Roland McMillan was a remarkable man and I get my interest in reading and poetry from him. I have always written. I was employed for three years by The Socialist newspaper and I still write book and TV reviews for them. A collection of them is published on Kindle. My mother could recite poetry from memory and she spurred my ambition to become a teacher. For 33 years I was a teacher in East Grinstead and for 16 years I ran a helpline for stressed teachers in West Sussex. After retirement I turned to writing full time, mainly short stories, some of which have been published online by Alfiedog.com, Saturday Night Reader and Everydaystories.com. In a short story "The Mirror of Eternity" I created the character of Xavier Hollands who was the main character in my novels "Salt Wars" and "The Miranda Revolution." I can't imagine not writing. It is like an addiction. When I was teaching I always tried to give my pupils the idea that everyone can write. Many children have a brilliant and unfettered imagination. Nobody has told them "you can't write about that" so they will write about the most extraordinary adventures. As their fluency grows, their spelling and grammar deteriorate! Once you have something to say then you can go back and worry about the spelling and grammar. Many pupils write from the heart in a way that adults find difficult and I think that that has inspired me too. I think the best thing is sharing ideas with my wife who also edits my work. At her suggestion, I have various notebooks scattered untidily around the house and ideas for short stories or articles are mixed up with shopping lists and appointments.