Indignez-vous! from 93 year old French Resistance member Stephane Hessel is a publishing phenomenon. It is the ‘little red book’ that having swept France, is now set to topple international bestsellers’ lists. It contains no sex and is not humorous. It is not a literary masterpiece and it does not have a startlingly original message. So why instead of becoming a publishing disaster, has it become a publishing phenomenon? Everyone is asking, but why?
The ‘big society’ must be a crucible for change. There is plenty to do and very little money to spend so we need to work out if we do all share the vision. Progress always needs a beginning, one that only realism can engender.