Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina
(Allen Lane (UK) Metropolitan (US), 2017)

Riot Days

by Maria Alyokhina

An evocative and lyrical memoir from one of the two leading members of Pussy Riot. Made up of memoir, conversations and song texts, transcripts from the trial and documents from jail, this is the fascinating and inspiring story of a crusade to stand up for equality, democracy and what you believe in, as much as it is a personal quest within prison itself. Full of dynamism and a wry, laconic humour, Alyokhina has stared tyranny in the face and her story is more relevant today than it has ever been. This is reminiscent of Orange is the New Black, Occupy by Noam Chomsky and An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan.