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11 April 2008

Behind the Spanish Barricades - preview

Debbie Langdon-Davies describes her Quaker war-reporter father’s journeys with an extract from his newly republished book about his experiences in Spain

In May 1936, my father, the journalist and writer John Langdon-Davies, went to Spain to report on the May Day celebrations in Madrid for the News Chronicle
  • In August, he returned to report on the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, only to find that many of those people he had watched celebrating now lay dead

  • A pacifist and Quaker, he was appalled at Spain's fate, and of the effect of the war on the Spanish people
  • He returned to England in autumn 1936 and, reflecting the urgency of the moment, sat down to write a book, Behind the Spanish Barricades, in only five weeks
  • His aim was to persuade British and American readers and governments to intervene in Spain in order to prevent catastrophe
  • My father was committed to nonviolence
  • Unusually for a man of his time, he never smacked us as children

  • Debbie Langdon-Davies

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