Here I Stand
Here I Stand is an anthology of 'stories that speak for freedom', all in aid of Amnesty International.
Firstly, CHRIS RIDDELL ILLUSTRATED THE COVER! I've loved Chris Riddell since I first started reading the Ottoline books when I was younger, and now I obsess over him. So I had to buy this. All just because he's my favourite illustrator (yes, he even beats Quentin Blake, which is hard for me to admit) and I have to have absolutely every book he has illustrated.
Okay, that little excited rant is over.
I loved this anthology so much, just because it was all covering different social taboos. It's topics that aren't covered enough in books and not enough people know about a lot of this.
Also, Matt Haig's The Invention of Peanut Butter is such an interesting way to address the issues of privacy and democracy in a way that absolutely anyone can understand it. He makes it so accessible but also so true to the real-life issues.
All of the rest of the authors in this anthology wrote amazing pieces too, it's just that Matt Haig's really stood out to me.
I wish there was more to this - that the anthology was longer. Because in the end, all I wanted was more. As much as some of these made me cry, they helped show me different issues that I probably wouldn't have noticed before because they don't affect me directly.
It's definitely worth giving it a read if you haven't already.
If you have read it, tell me in the comments what your favourite story from it was!
But please buy from local bookshops if you can!