08 August 2018

L&W Holiday Reads

We’ve put together a selection of compelling, thought-provoking and inspirational reading for your summer, wherever you spend it. Our list includes people’s history, stories of radical resistance and solidarity, and blueprints for a better future. All six of these holiday read titles are 30% off on the L&W website until the end of August.

The Corbyn Effect
Editor: Mark Perryman










Now £10.50 (normally £15.00)

With specially-commissioned essays from writers, academics and activists across political generations, The Corbyn Effect is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand Corbyn’s leadership, and a possible future for the Labour Party.

‘The 2017 election showed, at least in part, the potential for a resurgent progressive majority. This did not come from a tactical voting stitch-up between the parties, or behind-closed-doors coalition deal-making: it was much more a question of a resurgent popular politics…’
   - Mark Perryman

Resist! Against a precarious future
Editors: Ray Filar and Ben Little 


Now £7.00 (normally £10.00)

Originally published in 2015 – before the Brexit vote in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the US – this collection is written by young activists and campaigners looking for ways to challenge the dominant political order. Tackling the future of work, the care crisis, feminist economics, housing, community organising, the environment, digital media and more, Resist! argues for new forms of collective organisation, and imagines what truly radical change for the better might look like.

You can read Resist! Against a precarious future for free here

Claudia Jones: A life in exile
Marika Sherwood

Now £11.20 (normally £16.00)

Claudia Jones: A life in exile chronicles the life of Notting Hill Carnival founder and civil rights campaigner Claudia Jones.

Jones’s family had moved from Trinidad to Harlem, New York, where the young Claudia became a leading figure in Communist and black politics. Forced into exile in Britain in 1955, she arrived in London penniless and friendless. This book tells the story of Claudia Jones’s time in the UK, including her heroic response to the 1958 Notting Hill and Nottingham ‘race riots’, her relationship with the British Communist Party, and the life of the influential newspaper The West Indian Gazette.

History on our side: Wales and the 1984-85 miners’ strike
Hywel Francis

Now £7.00 (normally £10.00)

This very personal history is based is based on the author’s original diaries, articles and essays. Hywel Francis was formerly MP for Aberavon, and an active participant in the strike. This book provides a unique insight into the way in which struggles for jobs and communities broadened out to become a powerful national movement in Wales.

‘The writing is vivid and respectful of the South Wales miners, their sense of solidarity and what was gained through building alliances with those, like Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners, black activists and the peace movement, who could make common cause through differing experiences of oppression.’
 - Lynette Cawthra, Working Class Movement Library Blog

Podemos: In the Name of the People
Chantal Mouffe and Inigo Errejon

Now £7.00 (normally £10.00)

In Podemos, Íñigo Errejón of Podemos and political theorist Chantal Mouffe discuss the emergence of new left populist movements in Europe, and in particular of Podemos in Spain.

‘Any party that wins the support of millions of people less than two years after its being founded is worth studying. In the run-up to Spain’s general election in 2015, I travelled across the country and witnessed rallies of inspired, enthused supporters, brimming with optimisim, determined to transform their country … A compelling book such as this offers an invaluable resource for those of us determined to build a different society.’
 - Owen Jones

Marx in London
Asa Briggs and John Callow

Now £7.00 (normally £10.00)

Arriving in London as a political exile in 1849, Karl Marx lived for several years in Soho before moving to Kentish Town. Marx in London maps Marx’s time in the capital, including maps, photographs, and details of places such as the British Museum Reading Room, where he worked on Capital, and Hampstead Heath where Marx and his friends spent family Sundays. 200 years on from Marx’s birth, this book encourages us to retrace Marx’s steps – with transport details for particular places of interest.

‘London as Marx found it in 1849 is vividly evoked, its squalid poverty alongside fabulous wealth, its rapidly expanding growth in people, housing, industry and transport and its history of working class radicals.’
 - Veronica Trick, North West Labour History Journal