22 November 2019

2019 Bestsellers

As the end of the year speeds into view, we’re pleased to introduce Lawrence and Wishart’s 10 bestselling titles of 2019.

You can now buy a selection of these titles with 30% off as part of our end of year promotion on the L&W website. Offer ends Friday 20th December. 

1. Decolonising the Camera: Photography in Racial Time
Mark Sealy


This vital new book from British curator and cultural historian Mark Sealy examines how Western photographic practice has been used as a tool for creating Eurocentric and violent visual regimes. Decolonising the Camera demands that we recognise and disrupt the ingrained racist ideologies that have tainted photography since its inception in 1839.

This year, Mark was given an Award for Outstanding Service to Photography and an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society. In an interview in 100 Words Magazine, he advised emerging artists to ‘think about the Jazz of it all and make work that is multidirectional, pluriversal and hybrid in nature. Most importantly, I think we have to make work that has generosity at its heart that is open and inviting to make images that help us out of the matrix of colonial violence.’

2. Corbynism from Below
Edited by Mark Perryman

ON SALE: £10.50
Normally £15.00

In 2017 Jeremy Corbyn surprised everyone, including his own supporters, by depriving Theresa May of her majority. Two years on with May forced out, Boris Johnson in, and a dramatic constitutional crisis over Brexit, the country is facing another general election. 

Bringing together a diverse range of thinkers, writers and activists, Corbynism from Below charts how a bottom-up Labour campaign can beat Johnson and Farage by building a popular opposition to the rising tide of right-wing populism. Both a rallying cry and a practical primer for victory, the book forensically outlines the shifting vote patterns that Labour needs to navigate, and the alliance building it must engage in, to win what promises to be the most momentous election in decades.

‘To enact a radical programme, Labour needs to be in office – but to get there, it needs to energise members, supporters and voters on an unprecedented scale. Corbynism from Below helps us understand how that energy might be created.’
– Paul Mason


3. Selections from the Prison Notebooks
Antonio Gramsci
Edited by Quintin Hoare

ON SALE: £16.80
Normally £24.00

This classic volume was the first selection published from the Notebooks to be made available in Britain, and was originally published in the early 1970s. Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks, written between 1929 and 1935, are the work of one of the most original thinkers in twentieth century Europe. Gramsci has had a profound influence on debates about the relationship between politics and culture. His complex and fruitful approach to questions of ideology, power and change remains crucial for critical theory.

4. The Antonio Gramsci Reader
Selected Writings 1916 – 1935
Edited by David Forgacs

ON SALE: £14.00
Normally £20.00

Another L&W classic. This is the most comprehensive collection of Gramsci’s writings available in English. The book features an introduction by leading Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm in addition to its biographical introduction, informative introductions to each section, and glossary of key terms.

5. The Green London Way
Bob Gilbert

ON SALE: £9.80
Normally £14.00

This guide describes a hundred mile walk circling the capital and staying mostly to its green paths and spaces. But, uniquely, it also offers insightful histories of London’s people and a commentary on its abundant local wildlife, including some surprising instances of rare species.

6. Gramsci’s Political Thought
Roger Simon


This book provides an account of Gramsci’s work which makes his writing accessible and comprehensible for the contemporary reader, and offers a guide to terms such as ‘hegemony’ and ‘common sense’.

7. The Whole Creature
Wendy Wheeler

ON SALE: £14.00
Normally £20.00

This groundbreaking synthesis of evolutionary and cultural theory argues that—far from being opposed to nature—culture is the way that nature has evolved in human beings.

8. Podemos: in the name of the people
Chantal Mouffe and Íñigo Errejón


Íñigo Errejón, Political Secretary of Podemos, discusses with political theorist Chantal Mouffe the political strategy that underpinned the development of Podemos in Spain, and explores the possibilities for a new left politics that might emerge out of these developments.

9. Selected Political Writings
The Great Moving Right Show and other essays
Stuart Hall

ON SALE: £9.80
Normally £14.00

Stuart Hall was one of the great political intellectuals of our time – learned, perspicacious, provocative and wise. He was also a master essayist. This splendid selection, spanning more than fifty years, is a feast.’
- Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley


10. After Neoliberalism?
The Kilburn Manifesto
Edited by Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin

ON SALE: £9.10
Normally £13.00

This book brings together in one volume the essays from the Soundings Kilburn Manifesto, originally published online as a project to map the political, economic, social and cultural contours of neoliberalism.