A subscription book club for everyone on the Left

Become a member and we will send you the best books on radical and progressive politics, direct to your door. By reading and sharing ideas together, we can transform society.

The Left Book Club was originally founded in 1936, to popularise ideas from the left and counter the rise of fascism. Join us today.​

Featured book

'Her clear-eyed assessments, grace, and literary touches will make this book invaluable reading for sociologists, therapists, feminists, and anyone who believes women should be able to move through the world free from fear.' - Publishers Weekly

In the tradition of Rebecca Solnit, this book is a beautifully written, deeply intelligent, and ultimately hopeful examination of sexual assault and the global discourse on rape told through the perspective of a survivor, writer, counselor, and activist.

How does it work?

Choose from our subscription offers. You will receive:

  • The best books from a range of publishers, carefully selected by our expert panel
  • Beautiful collectable paperbacks, unique to members
  • Access to reading groups and events. Share your ideas with other members and be part of a growing community
  • Access to cloth hardback editions, newsletters, events and special offers

If you already subscribe to the LBC, you will continue to receive your books as usual. We will contact you when your subscription is due to renew, so we can move you over to one of the new offers.

Join a reading group.

Or start your own.

Our reading groups are open to all. You don’t have to be a member to attend. For details about a group near you, email us.

We can help introduce you to others who share your ideas – and turn these into action.

We want to encourage everyone to get involved in political debate and discussion, in a friendly and relaxed environment, where everyone is free to express their ideas. We welcome people from across all spectrums of the left, from experienced activists to those who are beginning to think about socialist politics for the first time. 

A proud history

The original Left Book Club was started by pioneering British publisher Victor Gollancz in 1936. Mass membership of the club helped turn the tide of public opinion against fascism and bring the 1945 Labour government to power. That government founded the NHS and the welfare state.

Today, we need a Left Book Club for the twenty-first century.

Recent books

News & events

Neil Faulkner, Nottingham, Five Leaves Bookshop, Monday 26 November 19:00

Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH

Join Marxist historian, Neil Faulkner in conversation about his book A Radical History of the World. This is a sweeping history from the hunter-gatherers two million years ago to the ancient empires of Persia and China, and from the Russian Revolution to modern imperialism and the 2008 crash. What happened in the past was not predetermined. Different outcomes — liberation or barbarism – were often possible. Rejecting the top-down approach of conventional history, Faulkner contends that it is the mass action of ordinary people that drives great events.

This will be Neil’s third talk at the bookshop. There will be plenty time for discussion.
Admission: £3, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk


The Left Book Club is a not-for-profit organisation. We are supported entirely by our membership and patrons. With monthly subscriptions starting at £4.99 our aim is to make the best writing on radical politics accessible to as wide an audience as possible. But we can only do this with your support. Become a friend of the Left Book Club. With your help, we can publish more books, reach more people, and help spread the hope and the ideas that make a better society possible.