Andrew Pearmain is a political historian, specialising in Labour and Communist history, with a particular focus on the life and thought of Antonio Gramsci. He was born in Leeds, studied Philosophy at Manchester University, was elected Vice-president Education for the National Union of Students (1980-82), and worked in London as variously a student welfare advisor, a teacher, and a cabaret performer/poet (with several successful published anthologies). He moved to Norwich in 1990, and worked for Norfolk County Council and then Essex County Council, managing teams of HIV/AIDS social workers. In 2010 he conducted a national research project for the Department of Health which led to ‘Feast to Famine?’, the definitive account of HIV/AIDS social care in England.
He received the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2002, then a PhD in History in 2010, which was published in 2011 as ‘The Politics of New Labour’ by Lawrence and Wishart. He has also published numerous articles, including definitive studies of the final years of the CPGB and of the politics of the Green Party of England and Wales. His biography of Antonio Gramsci, the first in English in over 40 years, will be published in 2020. He now lives in London with his wife, near his 3 adult children and grandson.