‘The Song of the Shirt: The High Price of Cheap Garments, from Blackburn to Bangladesh’ by Jeremy Seabrook wins the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2016

8 May

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The Alliance of Radical Booksellers is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing as ‘The Song of the Shirt: The High Price of Cheap Garments, from Blackburn to Bangladesh’ by Jeremy Seabrook, and published by Hurst Publishers.

In ‘The Song of the Shirt’ Seabrook shines a light on the seemingly forgotten plight of Bangladeshi textile workers, and compares, contrasts and links their situation with the histories of Britain’s own textile workers at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Remarkably, Seabrook does so with a uniquely lyrical prose style, and with an insight that is both highly knowledgeable and unmistakably heartfelt.

Official synopsis

“Labour in Bangladesh flows like its rivers in excess of what is required. Often, both take a huge toll. Labour that costs $1.66 an hour in China and 52 cents in India can be had for a song in Bangladesh 18 cents. It is mostly women and children working in fragile, flammable buildings who bring in 70 per cent of the country’s foreign exchange. Bangladesh today does not clothe the nakedness of the world, but provides it with limitless cheap garments through Primark, Walmart, Benetton, Gap.

In elegiac prose, Jeremy Seabrook dwells upon the disproportionate sacrifices demanded by the manufacture of such throwaway items as baseball caps. He shows us how Bengal and Lancashire offer mirror images of impoverishment and affluence. In the eighteenth century, the people of Bengal were dispossessed of ancient skills and the workers of Lancashire forced into labour settlements.

In a ghostly replay of traffic in the other direction, the decline of the British textile industry coincided with Bangladesh becoming one of the world’s major clothing exporters. With capital becoming more protean than ever, it wouldn’t t be long before the global imperium readies to shift its sites of exploitation in its nomadic cultivation of profit.”

 

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Quotes from guest judges:

Guest judge Nina Power said of the book “Global, passionate, informative: Seabrook’s The Song of the Shirt is an elegiac and enraging account of the garment industry, placing humanity firmly at its heart.”

Co-guest judge Owen Hatherley added “This panoramic yet elliptical account of the textile towns raised and ruined (and back again) by industrial revolution in Lancashire and Bengal is unusual, powerful, and moving.”

The award was presented by Natalie Bennett, Nina Power and Owen Hatherley at the London Radical Bookfair. The author was presented with a cheque for £500, with the award money funded by the General Federation of Trade Unions.

The ARB would like to thank all publishers and authors who took part, resulting in an incredibly strong shortlist, all of which we would highly recommend reading.

The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2016 Shortlist

21 Mar

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2016. Now in its fifth year, the Bread & Roses Awards seeks to celebrate excellence in the field of radical political non-fiction.

Previous winners include David Graeber’s ‘Debt: The First 5000 Years’ and Hsiao-Hung Pai’s ‘Scattered Sand: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants’.

The winner will be announced by guest judges Natalie Bennett and Nina Power at a ceremony at the London Radical Bookfair on Saturday 7th May 2015. Also announced at this ceremony will be the ARB’s children’s prize, The Little Rebel’s Children’s Book Award, the shortlist for which will be announced at the end of the month.

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The Bread and Roses Longlist 2016

21 Jan

We are very happy to announce the Longlist for the 2016 award, which this year features a record 57 entries. To qualify, all titles must fit the award’s political requirements, and have been published in 2015 by an author who is primarily resident in the UK.

The Shortlist will be announced in March, and the award ceremony will be taking place at the London Radical Bookfair on Saturday May 7th. This year’s bookfair will be held at Goldsmiths University’s Great Hall.

Our thanks to all publishers and authors who have submitted titles.
The Longlist is presented here in alphabetical order, by publisher.

Title Author Publisher
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary Anita Anand Bloomsbury
Soldier, Spy: A Survivor’s Tale Victor Gregg with Rick Stroud Bloomsbury
The Health Gap Michael Marmot Bloomsbury
Marxism and Womens Liberation Judtih Orr Bookmarks
Them and Us: Fighting the Class War 1910-1939 John Newsinger Bookmarks
Fighting on All Fronts: Popular Resistance in the Second World War (ed) Donny Gluckstein Bookmarks
Bob Marley: Roots, Reggae & Revolution Brian Richardson Bookmarks
Fighters in the Shadows Robert Gildea Faber & Faber
Bitter Freedom Maurice Walsh Faber & Faber
The Planet Remade Oliver Morton Granta
Don’t Trust Don’t Fear Don’t Beg Ben Stewart Guardian Books
Cameron’s Coup Polly Toynbee and David Walker Guardian Books
Swimming with Sharks Joris Luyendijk Guardian Books
Doing Good Better William Macaskill Guardian Books
The Song of the Shirt Jeremy Seabrook Hurst
2071 The World We’ll Leave Our Grandchildren Duncan Macmillan and Chris Rapley John Murray
Northern ReSisters: Conversations with Radical Women Bernadette Hyland Mary Quaile Club
Blacklisted Phil Chamberlain and Dave Smith New Internationalist
Austerity: The demolition of the welfare state and the rise of the zombie economy Kerry-Anne Mendoza New Internationalist
Rise of the Robots Martin Ford Oneworld
Unfinsihed Business Ann-Marie Slaughter Oneworld
My Life on the Road Gloria Steinem Oneworld
Empire of Fear Andrew Hosken Oneworld
Breadline Britain Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack Oneworld
The Play of Political Culture, Emotions and Identity Candida Yates Palgrave
Social and Psychological Dimensions of Personal Debt and the Debt Industry ed. Serdar M. Degirmencioglu and Carl Walker Palgrave
Inscription, Diagnosis, Deception and the Mental Health Industry Craig Newnes Palgrave
Do We Need Midwives? Michel Odent Pinter and Martin
Men, Love & Birth Mark Harris Pinter and Martin
A Passion for Birth. My life: anthropology, family and feminism Sheila Kitzinger Pinter and Martin
Bare Reality: 100 Women, Their Breasts, Their Stories Laura Dodsworth Pinter and Martin
Rebel Footprints David Rosenberg Pluto Press
Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth Kevin Ovenden Pluto Press
The Mythology of Work Peter Fleming Pluto Press
Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts Mel Evans Pluto Press
Whose Land Is Our Land? The use and abuse of Britain’s forgotten acres Peter Hetherington Policy Press
Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Brtiain Lisa McKenzie Policy Press
Honourable Friends? Caroline Lucas Portobello
Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? Katrine Marcal Portobello
Do It Like A Woman Caroline Criado-Perez Portobello
The Cabaret of Planets Richard Mabey Profile Books
Social Theory William Outhwaite Profile Books
Other People’s Money John Kay Profile Books
What Nature Does For Britain Tony Juniper Profile Books
LGBT Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education Deborah Price and Kath Taylor Routledge
All Day Long: A Portrait of Britain At Work Joanna Biggs Serpent’s Tail
Thatcher’s Secret War Clive Bloom The History Press
Petticoat Heroes Rhian E. Jones University of Wales Press
No Such Thing as a Free Gift Linsey McGoey Verso
The Extreme Centre: A Warning Tariq Ali Verso
Trans: A Memoir Juliet Jacques Verso
The Rise of the Islamic State Patrick Cockburn Verso
Red Rosa Kate Evans Verso
Inventing the Future Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams Verso
I Call Myself a Feminist ed. Amy Annette, Rachel Holmes, Martha Mosse, Victoria Pepe and Alice Stride Virago
Clothing Poverty Andrew Brooks Zed Books
The Racket Matthew Kennard Zed Books

 

Submissions welcome for the 2016 Bread & Roses Award

3 Nov
  • Submissions now open for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2016
  • Guest judges: Natalie Bennett, Anna Minton and Nina Power
  • Award ceremony keynote event at the London Radical Bookfair on 7th May 

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) is happy to announce that submissions are now being welcomed for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2016. The Bread and Roses Award celebrates non-fiction which is

  • informed by socialist, anarchist, environmental, feminist and anti-racist concerns
  • inspires, supports or reports on political and/or personal change
  • accessible and readable by the interested reader
  • relates to global, national, local or specialist areas of interest

Previous winners have included:

David Graeber’s ‘Debt: The First 5,000 Years’ (Melville House, 2011),
Hsiao-Hung Pai’s ‘Scattered Sand: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants’ (Verso, 2012),
Joe Glenton’s ‘Soldier Box: Why I Won’t Return to the War on Terror’ (Verso, 2013)
and  ‘Here We Stand: Women Changing The World’, edited by Helena Earnshaw and Angharad Penrhyn Jones (Honno Press, 2014).

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Natalie Bennett, Nina Power and Anna Minton

This year’s guest judges are:

Natalie Bennett is the leader of the Green party. She edited Guardian Weekly between 2007 and March 2012. She’s a veteran blogger, with her home blog being Philobiblon, covering politics, history and books, and she was the founder of the Carnival of Feminists.

Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University. She is the author of ‘One-Dimensional Woman’ (Zero Books 2009), co-editor of Alain Badiou’s ‘On Beckett’ (Clinamen 2002), and the author of several articles on European Philosophy, atomism, pedagogy, art and politics.

Anna Minton is a writer and journalist and the author of ‘Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City’, published by Penguin. She is a frequent contributor to The Guardian and The Financial Times and is a Reader in Architecture at the University of East London. More info about her work can be found at www.annaminton.com

Award ceremony and prize money

The prize will be awarded at the London Radical Bookfair, to be held on Saturday 7th May. This year’s London Radical Bookfair will  be taking place in tandem with the Alternative Press Fair.

 

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There is one prize of £500 to the winning title, generously funded by the The General Federation of Trade Unions. The prize is run in conjunction with the ARB’s prize for progressive children’s writing, The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award.

Submissions

For full submissions criteria please visit Bread and Roses website:
https://breadandrosesprize.wordpress.com/faqs

Crucially, submitted books must have been published in 2015 and books must be written, or largely written by authors or editors normally living in the UK.

‘Here We Stand: Women Changing The World’ wins the Bread & Roses Award 2015

10 May

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing as ‘Here We Stand: Women Changing The World’, published by Honno Press, and edited by Helena Earnshaw and Angharad Penrhyn Jones.
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Through a series of interviews and articles, 17 key British women campaigners talk intimately about the difficult and exhilarating nature of their activism. They have organised, marched on the streets, joined protest camps, opened refuges, blogged from war zones, and smashed up military equipment. They have gone undercover, lived in trees, stormed Parliament, and taken on the world’s largest corporations. They have been sacked, attacked, psychologically abused, jailed, shot at, sued, deceived by police spies, and even disowned by their families. But still they keep dreaming; still they march on. And they are changing history.

Contributors to the book include: Franny Armstrong, Zoe Broughton, Skye Chirape, Eileen Chubb, Liz Crow, Kate Evans, Zita Holbourne, Shauneen Lambe, Sharyn Lock, Emma Must, Jasvinder Sanghera, Mary Sharkey, Helen Steel, Angharad Tomos, Anuradha Vittachi, Jo Wilding, Angie Zelter.

Guest judge Nina Power said of the book “Anthologies can often be uneven affairs, but this collection was consistently moving, insightful and inspiring in equal measure. The editors deserve particular praise for having so brilliantly presented these essential accounts of women involved in so many areas of struggle.”

Co-guest judge Anna Minton added “From the first page to the last, these incredible stories of women’s political courage leap off the page. The blend of personal accounts mixed with outstanding journalism make for a truly inspiring collection.”

The award was presented by Anna, Nina and Natalie Bennett at the London Radical Bookfair. The editors were presented with a cheque for £500, with the award money funded by the General Federation of Trade Unions.

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Editors Angharad Penrhyn Jones, Helena Earnshaw and guest judge Natalie Bennett.

Radical Book Fair 2015-5181Contributor to the book Zita Holbourne alongside Natalie Bennett.

Photos by Asya Gefter http://asyagefter.com

The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2015 Shortlist

11 Mar

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2015. Now in its fourth year, the Bread & Roses Awards seeks to celebrate excellence in the field of radical political non-fiction.

Previous winners include David Graeber’s ‘Debt: The First 5000 Years’ and Hsiao-Hung Pai’s ‘Scattered Sand: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants’.

The winner will be announced by guest judges Natalie Bennett, Anna Minton and Nina Power at a ceremony at the London Radical Bookfair on Saturday 9th May 2015. Also announced at this ceremony will be the ARB’s children’s prize, The Little Rebel’s Children’s Book Award, the shortlist for which will be announced at the end of the month.

Trustee for the Bread & Roses Nik Górecki says:

“We had a record number of submissions this year, and from an ever-growing range of publishers, which has made for a very strong longlist and an exceptional shortlist. I know the readers had an incredibly difficult time arriving at this shortlist.”

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The Shortlist

‘Economics: The User’s Guide’ by Ha-Joon Chang (Pelican Introduction)

‘Here We Stand: Women Changing the World’ edited by Helena Earnshaw & Angharad Penrhyn Jones (Honno)

‘Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline’ edited by Malu Halasa, Zaher Omareen & Nawara Mahfoud (Saqi)

‘Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’ by Tansy E. Hoskins (Pluto)

‘What the **** is Normal?!’ by Francesca Martinez (Ebury)

‘Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else’ by James Meek (Verso)

‘In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre’ by Lara Pawson (I.B. Tauris)

The winner of the award will receive a cheque for £500. The ARB would like to thank the General Federation of Trade Unions for funding this year’s award.
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To view the longlist please visit:

https://breadandrosesprize.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/the-bread-roses-longlist-2015/

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The Bread & Roses Longlist 2015

25 Feb

This year, for the first time, we’re publishing a longlist, comprised of all eligible books submitted for the award. Thanks to all the authors and publishers who made a submission.

Title Author Publisher
Bread, Freedom, Social Justice: Workers and the Egyptian Revolution Anne Alexander & Mostafa Bassiouny Zed Books
The Second World War: A Marxist History Chris Bambery Pluto
England, Arise: The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381 Juliet Barker Little Brown
Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs JP Bean Faber and Faber
A Materialism for the Masses: Saint Paul and the Philosophy of Undying Life Ward Blanton Columbia
Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Invade our Lives Joanna Bourke Virago
The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business John Browne ebury
Deciphering Capital Alex Callinicos Bookmarks
Things Written Randomly in Doubt Allan Cameron Vagabond
Black Artists in British Art: A History Since the 1950s Eddie Chambers I.B. Tauris
Economics: The User’s Guide Ha-Joon Chang Pelican Introduction
Inequality and the 1% Danny Dorling Verso
Here We Stand: Women Changing the World Helena Earnshaw & Angharad Penrhyn Jones Honno
Land and Labour: Marxism, Ecology and Human History Martin Empson Bookmarks
Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence James Foley & Pete Ramand Pluto
Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline Malu Halasa et al Saqi
The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man Luke Harding Faber and Faber / Guardian Books
Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us John Hills Policy press
The Magic Kingdom: Property, Monarchy, and the Maximum Republic Dan Hind Zero
Eleanor Marx: A Life Rachel Holmes Bloomsbury
Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion Tansy E. Hoskins Pluto
The Establishment: And how they get away with it Owen Jones Allen Lane
The Rich: From Slaves to Super-Yachts: A 2,000-Year History John Kampfner Little Brown
The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran Jennifer Klinec Virago
How To Speak Money John Lanchester Faber and Faber / Guardian Books
Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat Philip Lymbery & Isabel Oakeshott Bloomsbury
Mammon’s Kingdom: An Essay on Britain, Now David Marquand Allen Lane
What the **** is Normal?! Francesca Martinez ebury
Living with Dying: Finding Care and Compassion at the End of Life Margaret McCartney Pinter & Martin
Syria: From the Great War to Civil War John McHugo Saqi
Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else James Meek Verso
The New Urban Question Andy Merrifield Pluto
The Islamist Phoenix Loretta Napoleoni Policy Press
Malign Velocities: Accelerationism and Capitalism Benjamin Noys Zero Books
Austerity Bites: A Journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK Mary O’Hara Policy Press
In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre Lara Pawson I.B. Tauris
Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution Laurie Penny Bloomsbury
Another Man’s War: The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain’s Forgotten African Army Barnaby Phillips One World
The Politics of the Body: Gender in a Neoliberal and Neoconservative Age Alison Phipps Polity Press
Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West Agata Pyzik Zero Books
Why Things Are Going To Get Worse: And Why We Should Be Glad Michael Roscoe World Changing
Women in Dark Times Jacqueline Rose Bloomsbury
Enemy on the Euphrates: The British Occupation of Iraq and the Great Arab Revolt 1914-1921 Ian Rutledge Saqi
Why We Can’t Afford the Rich Andrew Sayer Policy Press
Turkish Awakening: A Personal Discovery of Modern Turkey Alev Scott Faber and Faber / Guardian Books
The Global Development Crisis Ben Selwyn Polity Press
Against Austerity: How we Can Fix the Crisis they Made Richard Seymour Pluto
 Empire and Revolution: A Socialist history of the First World War Dave Sherry Bookmarks
In Place of Fear II: A Socialist Programme For An Independent Scotland Jim Sillars Vagabond
Constructed Situations: A New History of the Situationist International Frances Stracey Pluto
S.O.S. Alternatives to Capitalism Richard Swift World Changing
The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 Selina Todd John Murray
Feminism and Men Nikki Van Der Gaag Zed Books
Land and Freedom: The MST, the Zapatistas and Peasant Alternatives to Neoliberalism Leandro Vergara-Camus Zed Books
Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider Satnam Virdee Palgrave Macmillan
Rules Without Rulers: The Possibilities and Limits of Anarchism Matthew Wilson Zero Books
King Mob: A Critical Hidden History David Wise et al Bread and Circuses Publishing