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We begin 2019 with the second of our new classics series.
‘Of all of my books, I love most The People of the Abyss. No other book of mine took so much of my young heart and tears as that study of the economic degradation of the poor’
Jack London was just 26 when he when he wrote this moving account of poverty in the East End, recording the plight of ordinary people struggling to survive in one of the world’s richest cities. A visionary account of the destructive impact of capitalism on the individual and society, and the inequality and exploitation at its heart.
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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.
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 email@example.com
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