Pioneering British publisher Victor Gollancz founded the original Left Book Club in 1936. Members received one book a month, including George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier and Edgar Snow’s Red Star Over China. By 1939 there were 57,000 members. The popularity of the LBC is widely credited with helping to bring about a shift in public opinion which led to Labour’s landslide victory after WW2.
Today the aims of the Left Book Club remain the same. To oppose inequality, war and fascism, and encourage the discussion of radical ideas in a culture where mainstream debate is dominated by a deeply conservative media.
Our world today shares parallels with the world of the 1930s, with a range of crises to face which traditional political parties seem increasingly unable to tackle. By reading together, we can help popularise the ideas that show us how to think differently, and build 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
Just like the original Gollancz books, today's LBC books are collectable editions which 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.