The LBC and Gollancz

Pioneering British publisher Victor Gollancz founded the original Left Book Club in 1936. His aim was to popularise the ideas of the left and combat the rise of fascism. Members received one book a month, including George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier and Edgar Snow’s Red Star Over China.

The success of Gollancz’s plan was extraordinary. By 1939 there were 57,000 members running 1200 reading groups. The huge popularity of the LBC had a powerful impact and is widely credited with helping to bring about a shift in public opinion which led to Labour’s landslide victory after WW2.

The club today

Today, the aims of the LBC remain the same. We bring people together to share ideas that will help transform society.

Our world today shares parallels with the world of the 1930s. Racism, nationalism and even fascism are on the rise. Austerity and deepening inequality are destroying lives. Refugees are fleeing authoritarian regimes and war. Mainstream debate is dominated by a deeply conservative media.

The world is ready for a Left Book Club for the twenty-first century. Join us, and help to build a movement which can secure a better future.

‘The relaunch of the Left Book Club is a terrific and timely idea. It will open minds and inspire, and give intellectual ballast to the wave of political change sweeping Britain and beyond’

Jeremy Corbyn

Honouring our history

Just like the original Gollancz books, LBC books are beautiful, collectable editions which are unique to members. They are not for sale to the public.

Sourced from a wide range of publishing houses, every book is carefully selected by our expert panel to represent the best in radical thinking on politics, society, economics and culture.

Designed by David Pearson, the bright yellow paperbacks for our contemporary titles echo the bright yellow covers Gollancz himself was famous for over his long publishing career. We also publish fine quality red hardback editions in the spirit of the original LBC hardbacks.