Rise by Liam Young review – how Jeremy Corbyn inspired the young

A Corbyn aide sets out to explain the ‘youth surge’ on the left, but though the surge is real, and important, the book is uninspiring

Every few years, an event hits the radical bookshops. A clutch of new writers appear, telling you the story and how it will change everything. A typical book might have a cover with a clenched fist, and it might be called, for instance, Rise. Then the movements fail, and the books join each other in the bargain basements. For the British left, the snap election of June 2017 really was an event, and an ecstatic one – a sudden, thumping statement that enthusiasm and anger mattered more than media and received opinion. Helped by a massive youth swing leftwards, 40% of those who voted supported Jeremy Corbyn’s bid to become prime minister – 10% more than for Gordon Brown or Ed Miliband, and only 2% ...