12/12/2010 02:21 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Author Jay Griffiths: 'I Was Startled To See' My Book Used As A 'Shield' In Protests

It's a very strange thing to watch a policeman take a truncheon to a book -- particularly when that book is giant-sized and being used as a shield. On yesterday's student demonstrations, amid the smoke, fires and police horse charges, one group of students in the vanguard had made mock-ups of various books, including Brave New World, works by Ruskin, Joyce, Adorno, Ivan Illich and my own book, Pip Pip.