New Left Book Club title
Read the Times Higher Education review here.
Come and see Neil discuss the book:
7pm, Tuesday 7 February
Five Leaves Bookshop
14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH
7pm, Wednesday 8 February
5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX
7.30pm, Tuesday 14 March
Reason Coffee Shop and Bookstore
116 The Parade, Watford, WD18 1BD
The Left Book Club is changing
We’re looking for new voices and young writers engaged in activism to publish books with us and our publisher Pluto Press, and to contribute articles and essays to a revamped version of this website, which we plan to transform into a dynamic new place for progressive ideas online. The new site will be built around LBC books and great radical books of the past and will feature interviews, debates, articles, videos, podcasts and other live events, an annual essay prize for unpublished writers, plus exclusive social and other features for members including a network of reading groups.
We’re hoping to raise £25k to fund our ambitions by running a crowdfunder for one month from October 19th at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/leftbookclub. Noam Chomsky is one of our supporters: in our crowdfunder video, to be launched on October 19th, Chomsky says the Left Book Club and its digital ambitions are vital for “laying the groundwork for effective practice… I’d like to urge all of you to join in these very promising and critically important efforts.”
The crowdfunder will feature a range of eclectic rewards ranging from badges and bags to protest banners, a day out at an Anglo Saxon archeological dig, artwork from Richard Hamilton, Jeremy Deller, Peter Kennard, Ralph Steadman and others, and book proposal feedback from Noam Chomsky’s UK editor.
Watch Noam Chomsky supporting statement
THE EU REFERENDUM
Whichever way you voted in the EU referendum, the result shows how vital it is to have good, non-sectarian political education. In short, the Left Book Club has never been so important. We need enlightened discussion – in groups, between friends, even with ourselves, to help unite what has been revealed as a divided country. Since the Left Book Club launched in November 2015 we have published and distributed four fine titles; Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth by Kevin Ovenden, Being Red: A Politics for the Future by Ken Livingstone, Rent Trap: How We Fell into It and How We Get Out of It by Rosie Walker and Samir Jeraz, and Cut Out: Living Without Welfare by Jeremy Seabrook.
The next books; Here We Stand: Women Changing the World, edited by Helena Earnshaw and Angharad Penrhyn Jones, The Russian Revolution by Neil Faulkner and Sound System: The Political Power of Music by Dave Randall are all in the publishing pipeline with Pluto Books. Discussion groups are being set up around the country and our launches are lively political events.
Please support the LBC by joining if you haven’t already done so, and encourage others to join. The link between the original Left book Club and this one is clear. The first LBC of the 1930s played a huge part in setting up the welfare state. This LBC aims to halt the destruction of this one and help create a new and just society.
Hank Roberts – Chair LBC
Jan Woolf – Convener LBC
The Left Book Club
A new Left Book Club launched in September 2015 with a list of high-quality political books aimed at a wide readership. Members will receive hot-off-the-press titles on the housing crisis, climate change, austerity, new forms of protest, radical history and many other topical issues.
Today’s Left Book Club has been launched by a collective of activists, writers and trade unionists who have been building the LBC in partnership with the radical publisher Pluto Press. Politically non-aligned and not-for-profit, we believe, as did the organisers of the first Left Book Club in the 1930s, that books, and the discussion of ideas, are vital for the development of progressive politics in Britain
Our aim is for members, who pay £40-£60 for an annual subscription, to discuss the books in reading groups, as did members of the first LBC, or through online forums. To subscribe and receive your four books a year, follow this link:
This is what people say about the return of the Left Book Club:
- Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader and MP for Islington North: ‘The relaunch of the Left Book Club is a terrific and timely idea, and will give intellectual ballast to the wave of political change sweeping Britain and beyond, encouraging informed and compassionate debate. I have a large collection of Left Book Club publications collected by my late parents and me. The works will open minds and inspire. I support the new LBC wholeheartedly.’
- Heathcote Williams, playwright: ‘The Left Book Club is owed a huge debt as an intellectual mojo. It seems the most natural thing in the world to extend its lifespan.’Kate Smurthwaite , comedian and activist: ‘In a world of wall-to-wall airbrushed adverts, repetitive inane corporate messages and media distortion and sensationalisation it’s really important to be fighting back on the most basic battleground – the mental environment.
- Marina Warner, writer: ‘An important, strong, timely idea’
- Natalie Bennett, Green Party leader: ‘We live in an age of crises – economic, social, ecological and political. It’s vital that we build a movement that can offer positive alternatives to a world of war, climate change and gross inequality. I support the Left Book Club.’