A young mother bringing up her children on a smallholding in rural Wales, Ann Pettitt began a movement that changed the face of modern history.
With three other women determined to challenge government policy and the post war status quo, which placed the West firmly against the East behind Churchill’s Iron Curtain, she gathered together a small group of would-be marchers and set out to walk to a UK airbase given over to the Americans. Their aim was to stop nuclear warheads being launched from British soil. This part of her story – and that of the Peace-camp that grew out of the march on Greenham Common – is now well documented. What followed is less well known. Having brought the folly of its Cold War stance to the notice of the UK and her allies the US, Ann and Women for Life on Earth then took their plea for peace direct to the heart of the Kremlin. What they found was both frightening and surprisingly hopeful.
Walking to Greenham is a moving, enlightening and intimate memoir of a time when many thought a nuclear conflagration imminent. Its message is no less important or relevant now.