The Invisible Riot is the debut novel by Rosemary Harris, capturing the direct action protests of the Suffragette movement in the UK. With a unique, visceral interpretation, the book overthrows the cliches of faux-Edwardian covers, pastel sketches of demure ladies in long dresses, and worthy titles usually involving marching or singing (or both). This was not a polite movement, it was a desperate physical battle, with stories that have been substantially sidelined in our cultural memory.
On this site you will find short extracts from the novel, plus reflections on the contemporary legacies of an incendiary, life-and-death struggle.
The Invisible Riot is represented by the Annette Green Agency.
everything shatters into terrifying shards, her head feels compressed then released like a balloon let go, spiralling chaotically, for a feverish moment she eyes the shop next door as well, the hammer at the end of her arm and why shouldn’t she, there is nothing to stop her, the crowd stands well back, no heroes stride forward
glass crunches like ice under her boots
on either side of her, Oxford Street detonates
from The Invisible Riot, 2013