I am Kush Westwood, the new Development Worker for the Left Book Club. I am here to help take LBC even further so we can build our vision of a nationwide network of progressive book clubs! My position was made possible by all of the lovely people that supported our crowdfunder. We’re so grateful for your continued support of LBC.
I am a recent politics graduate from Brunel University and have an interest in Marxist Feminism. I did my dissertation in that area where I explored the relationship between capitalism and patriarchy. I’ve also been really involved in student politics for a number of years too. Reading too is, of course, a passion of mine. One of my favourite books is Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth.
If you want to follow me on twitter, it’s @KushWestwood.
What I do at LBC
I am the main person who will be tweeting and posting to our Facebook page. So if you don’t follow us, you can do so here. And if you want to like our page, check it out here. Feel free to tweet us your thoughts on any of our books! We keep our social media updated with upcoming events too, so make sure you’re in the know.
I also update the website, so I will be making sure we have lots of fresh and exciting content for you to enjoy. We have lots lined up for the site, so expect author interviews, book lists, recordings of talks, and much more!
In the coming months, I will also be helping LBC to set up book clubs around the country. We are dedicated to getting people reading, debating, and ultimately changing the world. We need your help too, so contact us if you want to set up a book club in your area.
If you didn’t already know, we have a brilliant book out called Here We Stand. It’s all about inspiring women that are working to change the world. We’re giving a free copy to all new members who sign up, so be sure to do so here. In the spirit of this book, I have compiled some reading recommendations of my top Feminist books.
- Feminist Political Theory: An Introduction by Valerie Bryson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
There are a lot of books on Feminism out there and a lot of concepts to get to grips with. Valerie Bryson’s accessible introduction covers all kinds of Feminism, from the liberal to radical traditions. A great introduction!
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (HarperCollins, 2014)
Adapted from a TEDx Talk, this short but wonderful book makes the compelling case about why we should all be feminists. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie criticises how masculinity is constructed in society, noting that we all must change if we want equality.
- Dangerous Liaisons: The Marriages and Divorces of Marxism and Feminism by Cinzia Arruzza (The Merlin Press Ltd., 2013)
Marxism and Feminism have had a bit of a rocky history, and this brilliant text gives you the history of the movement and where it’s heading. A vital read for any budding Marxist Feminists out there!
- Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle by Silvia Federici (PM Press, 2012)
This book is a collection of really accessible essays written from 1975 to the present, again in the Marxist Feminist tradition. Silvia Federici covers a lot of ground when talking about the sexual division of labour and globalisation.
- Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women’s Labour and Ideas to Exploit the World by Hester Eisenstein (Taylor & Francis Ltd., 2009)
A wonderful critique of how Feminism has been co-opted in order to support the ruling class. In light of the recent rise in neoliberal Feminism, this book couldn’t be more relevant!