Great new edition of ‘The Free’.. classic anarcha-feminist novel.

The new updated ‘pocketbook’ edition of ‘The Free’ is Out Now!

And now available through Active Distribution here.. cheaper than Amazon!

You can download it free here to read on a tablet, laptop or cellphone…

Also it’s being reviewed in a 26 page essay by an eminent critic.

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Plus the new SLIDESHARE is finally finished here



A few more commentaries on the book.

The Free is a story with a serious message, and the real joy of it is how author M.Gilliland disguises that within a very good story. Almost every other “message” book I’ve ever read has been a bit ham-handed and clunky, but The Free is, well, Free of all that.

Based on the somewhat disjointed pitch, I was expecting a fairly wacky tale, but The Free has many serious moments that could give literary fiction tales a run for their money. Dialog is spot on perfect and it’s easy to emphasize with the main character as either Linda or Maxie. In fact, in a lot of ways, Linda/Maxie and to some extent Macker are the normal ones, the straight-man role for the crazy world Gilliland has created.

It’s also interesting to note that The Free is quite a timely tale given what is happening in the world. We’re killing our climate and our economy is going down with it, making The Free an admirable anecdote to represent our somewhat lost generation.

John Breeden II     Old Number Seven

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I am fascinated by the short, succint narrative passages. I am engaged by the structure of the work, the amusing characters, a plot that reminds me of Ulysses (the Joyce version). Well done and best wishes.      Mercutio


‘’This is the most detailed fictional treatment of the movement from a world recognizably like our own to an anarchist society that I have read. More importantly, it is imagined strongly enough to allow readers to believe that events could happen this way. That is to say, it gives plausible answers to the two most important questions regarding such a transformation: under what preconditions is it likely to occur, and once it starts what factors most contribute to its success?……”  Dan Jaekle

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This reads like “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole and Alan Moore’s “V For Vendetta”. You have that skewed look at mass rebellion from a protagonist a little out of the mainstream idealistic vision of a revolutionary. This is at it’s core taking a non-plausible hero or unlikely band of heroes that you have made conventional. It’s the literary equivalent of taking Humpty Dumpty and making him Che Guevera.  Brillant writing executed with precise subtlety.–JL “The Devil Of Black Bayou:”


Reading this was so energising. I love the MC and her humour and her struggle to make sense of everything. Very, very good writing. Refreshingly different. It feels as though you had enormous pleasure writing it and that shines through. Nothing to criticize. Thanks for an interesting and uplifting read. Made my day!    Fontaine



Strong believable, compelling situation. “Like a bee in a jar” is lovely.
“I had the idea that my father was great. It’s true he did shout and roar and get drunk. But I was his own big girl.” This is beautiful writing, we feel how torn she is between the emotional and the rational view of her father.
Similarly in,“But I still believed by dada was the best. For me he’d always been the bee’s knees. And I didn’t dare doubt it.”
“It was groaning brutal” is magnificent!
Nothing is simple here, it is life with all its hidden complexity, I liked, “I’m still not sure sure that I didn’t vomit on her on purpose” and “They always have their hooks inside your head” The world you’ve created is dark and rich.
“My feet went crunch crunch down the gravelled drive, like a zombie late for lunch.” Brilliant and funny, as is, “I’d like to say I couldn’t care two drops of diarrhea what he done. But that would be a sinful lie.” and I loved,
“because the sun and the moon and all the stars shone out of his arsehole” it is gloriously strong and earthy.

Sharda D.

The Free, 2012 edition, a free solstice gift.

free download HERE

  Out today, the beautifully done 2012 edition of The Free.

Available as a free download, it’s made lighter for faster online working.

plus you can send it easily as a present in an ordinary Email

 This book is a gas, terrific writing a wonderful and likely  prophetic story for the near  future ..  Jim Mac.

It creates poetry out the strange internal rhythms and logic of the main character, full of off-beat rhythms and lyrical leitmotifs...Rob Stewart

“The Free. An unbelievably exciting book, not because of its stupendous pace  and action filled plot, but because of the depth of character holding us breathless as we explore one after another of these amazing people.’’ Gerry McCullough-

 Yahoo! It is in acts, has skin and is feminist, what more can one want .Truly supported.  A Zoomer

 This book is truly unique. The characters and plot flow like water, and are tasty like chocolate. A.A.

 It’s sexy and wonderful and just pure joy… a breathless celebration of life.. Gold in its purest literary form. Bec

‘History of ‘The Free’

 The first version came out in 1986 in Brixton, by the class-less Hooligan Press from the gang who ran 121 Anarchist Bookshop, Brixton Squatters Aid, with its revolting paper The Crowbar, and Sth London Stress etc, linked to both Black Flag and Class War. It sold out and was reprinted in 1992 by Attack International, and in German by Killroy Press.

In 2007 I began to update it and realised it needed a rewrite. Inspired by the Barcelona anarcho-squatting scene, where I live, this new edition is 3 times as long and 10 times better, with lots more humour, sex and triumphing alternatives. It does have some following, a huge number of Fiends on Farcebook, plus the Wordmess blog for free downloads ( Also available on Scribd, Authonomy, Google, Issuu and the Anarchist Library,etc.) but still needs piles of word of mouth publicity to be more widely read…

That’s where you could help..

 About The Writer

  ‘Here I play around with gardens and mechanics and look after children and horses. I can cook a deadly vegetarian paella, and my hobbies include solar powered Internet and, um, rooting in bins… we have a wizard windmill and dispose of excellent compost toilets..’

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CoOp Pool*

  A combined consumers and producers cooperative, including a voluntary pooling of resources

and skill sharing. Typically the CoOp Pools provide a ration of goods and services Money Free, …

Free Credit Cards*


Introduced before the uprising, popular everywhere,You don’t have to pay for Pools goods or services

 but the Wurt Value is recorded, ..

Gay Rescue*

..See ‘Women’s Rescue’. If you’re oppressed  for being gay you can get and give help discreetly online..


A Shit-On is an attempt to control or intimidate using unfair authority or power, usually sexist or racist..

CLAN Fashions*

  We include here the prevalent hot climate body art. Stick-Ons are removable tattoos which tend to replace clothes in CLAN crazes and belonging symbolism. Various fashions include; Functioning Air-Tails and Crests that mimic birds and animals. Peek-suits and pants,are….


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Friends of ‘The Free’..ways you could help


We think the book is great and the illustration of ideas an important inspiration, but till now it’s reached a tiny fraction of those who would enjoy and use it.. If you agree please help distribute

Now at last you can also read this edition on paper. It’s a rare book! So please pass it round your friends if you like it

On Mayday, 2011 ‘The Free’ came out as a free download, relying on its friends to distribute.

By year’s end it had over 1700 friends on its Facebook page,

plus over 50,000 visits to its blogsite, and can be read and downloaded online……

 (cont. page 340)

  free download HERE

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