Joint winners of the Bread & Roses Award 2018 announced

3 Jun

‘Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands’ by Stuart Hall (with Bill Schwarz)
and
‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge
joint winners of the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2018

In a first for the Bread & Roses Award, the guest judges have given this year’s prize to two books, ‘Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands’ by Stuart Hall (with Bill Schwarz) and ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge.

The award is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) and was presented to Bill Schwarz  by guest judge Joan Anim-Addo, at the London Radical Bookfair on Saturday 2nd June.

Bread & Roses Award Trustee, Nik Gorecki, on the sharing of the award.“The decision to share the award was predicated on the notion that these two exceptional books compliment one another so well, offering two different approaches and levels of insight into the inter-relational dynamics of racism.

Stuart Hall drew on a lifetime of experience and academic learning to offer a subtle yet complex perspective on empire, colonialism and identity. Reni Eddo-Lodge’s direct writing style captures the immediacy of political discourse in the social media age, and unflinchingly turns a spotlight on the too-often unacknowledged manifestations of racism across society. The two books together provide readers with a rich inter-generational and inter-sectional narrative of black British experience and analysis.”

Guest judge Katharine Quarmby on ‘Familiar Stranger’

“Familiar Stranger is an outstanding memoir which, with considerable subtlety, marries together memoir with politics, providing readers with a brilliant analysis of the many discontents of colonialism. This posthumous account, written with Bill Schwarz, gave a beautiful sense of point and counterpoint throughout the book.

The chapters on Hall’s childhood were particularly strong in delineating the many complexities of race and class as identity is created – and the sections on the Windrush generation and their descendants heartbreakingly poignant, in the light of what is happening now.There can be no better guide to the intricacies of navigating British identities after the fall of empire than this book.”

Guest judge Joan Anim-Addo on ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’

“Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race is a wonderful and timely book that dares to speak honestly to the contemporary moment in Britain, one that is increasingly characterised by young people, black and white, wanting to understand as fully as they can the society in which they live. While that society is of course multi-racial, the quality of life for too many people continues to be affected by the reality of race, or more accurately, racialised thinking in its varied guises.

Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race, in addressing – so unflinchingly – this concern with race, stands within a radical, though largely hidden tradition of black writing in Britain. Where, for example, Robert Wedderburn had travelled with his Axe Laid to the Root in the nineteenth century and Linton Kwesi Johnson, notably with his Inglan is a Bitch in the twentieth century, Reni Eddo-Lodge, a young, home-grown, Black British woman of the twenty-first century now stands. Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race must rightly be recognised for its radical work.

Kudos, too, to its publisher and the nameless person who quietly in the background refused to consent to the usual gatekeepers and fought for this book to be published. This book is direct. It is clear. It makes no excuses about its political positioning – black, intersectional, feminist – and it brings us all that much closer to the very necessary dialogue that we really need to have about race and that we must no longer sidestep.”

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The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2018 Shortlist

24 Apr

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2018. Now in its seventh year, the Bread & Roses Award seeks to celebrate excellence in the field of radical political non-fiction.

The winner will be announced by guest judges Joan Anim-Addo, Katherine Quarmby and Owen Hatherley at a ceremony at the London Radical Bookfair on Saturday 2nd June 2018. 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 revealed on Thursday 3rd May.

The Shortlist

‘Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race’
Reni Eddo-Lodge [Bloomsbury Circus]

‘Border: A Journey To The Edge Of Europe’
Kapka Kassabova [Granta]

‘Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands’
Stuart Hall (w. Bill Schwarz) [Penguin Allen Lane]


‘Nasty Women’
Heather McDaid (Editor), Laura Jones (Editor) [404INK]

‘The Violence of Austerity’
Vickie Cooper, David Whyte (editors) [Pluto Press]

‘Sound System: The Political Power of Music’
Dave Randall [Pluto Press]

Award ceremony

The award ceremony for the award is taking place at the London Radical Bookfair on Saturday 2nd June, hosted this year at Goldsmiths University, London. The winner of the award will receive a cheque for £500, funded by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers

Provisional details about this year’s bookfair can be found at: https://londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com

Our guest judges

Katharine Quarmby is an award winning author and journalist, working in both TV and print journalism. Amongst her work she was assistant producer on Panorama, working on many controversial political and foreign films, and has the rare honour of being the only person to be shortlisted for both of the ARB’s book prizes: the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Fiction, for her book No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers (One World, 2013) and the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award Ossiri and the Bala Mengro, (Child’s Play International, with Richard O’Neill, 2016)

Owen Hatherley is a writer and journalist based in London who writes primarily on architecture, politics and culture. His most recent books include A New Kind of Bleak (Verso, 2012), Landscapes of Communism (Allen Lane, 2015), The Ministry of Nostalgia (Verso, 2016)

Professor Joan Anim-Addo has been the Director of the then Centre for Caribbean Studies at Goldmsiths, and is currently convenor for the undergraduate option: Caribbean Women’s Writing and also the Pathway ‘Literature of the Caribbean and its Diasporas’ within the MA Comparative Literary Studies programme.

The Bread and Roses Submission List 2018

17 Apr

We are very happy to announce here the books submitted for the 2018 award, which this year features a record 63 entries. To qualify, all titles must fit the award’s political requirements, and have been published in 2017 by an author who is primarily resident in the UK.

The Shortlist will be announced on the 24th April 2018, and the award ceremony will be taking place at the London Radical Bookfair on Saturday 2nd June 2018. 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 Submission List is presented here in alphabetical order, by publisher.

Nasty Women Heather McDaid (Editor), Laura Jones (Editor) 404INK
Bitch Doctrine: Essays For Dissenting Adults Laurie Penny Bloomsbury
Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were Philip Lymbery Bloomsbury
How To Resist: Turn Protest To Power Matthew Bolton Bloomsbury
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race Reni Eddo-Lodge Bloomsbury Circus
Politics Of The Mind: Marxism And Mental Distress Iain Ferguson Bookmark
Reader’s Guide To Marx’s Capital, A Joseph Choonara Bookmark
Know Your Place Nathan Connolly (Editor) Dead Ink
Post-Truth Matthew D’Ancona Ebury Press
Confessions Of A Recovering Environmentalist Paul Kingsnorth Faber & Faber
Future Sex: A New Kind Of Free Love Emily Witt Faber & Faber
Secret Life: Three True Stories Andrew O’Hagan Faber & Faber
Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win The White House Luke Harding Faber & Faber / Guardian
Dismembered: How The Atack On The State Harms Us All Polly Toynbee, David Walker Faber & Faber / Guardian
Border: A Journey To The Edge Of Europe Kapka Kassabova Granta
Island: A Journey Around Our Archipelago Patrick Barkham Granta
A Revolution of Feeling: The Decade that Forged the Modern Mind Rachel Hewitt Granta
Secret Twenties: British Intelligence, The Russians and the Jazz Age Timothy Phillips Granta
Strange Labrinth Will Ashton Granta
To Be A Machine Mark O’Connell Granta
Attack of the 50 Ft. Women: How Gender Equality Can Save The World! Catherine Mayer HarperCollins HQ
Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration June Sarpong HarperCollins HQ
Struggle Or Starve Sean Mitchell Haymarket
Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration & the Fate of Western Democracy  Sasha Polakow-Suransky Hurst
Mask And The Flag, The Paolo Gerbaudo Hurst
Gender Agenda, The Ros Ball, James Millar JKP
How To Understand Your Gender Alex Iantaffi, Meg-John Barker JKP
Justice For Laughing Boy Sara Ryan JKP
To My Trans Sisters Charlie Craggs (Editor) JKP
1984: India’s Guilty Secret Pav Singh Kashi House
Communism And Democracy Mike Makin-Waite Lawrence&Wishart
Corbyn Effect, The Mark Perryman (Editor) Lawrence&Wishart
Disarming The Nuclear Argument: The Truth About Nuclear Weapons Timmon Milne Wallis Luath Press
Poverty Safari Darren McGarvey Luath Press
Equality Effect: Improving Life For Everyone Danny Dorling New Internationalist
Stiff Upper Lip: Secrets, Crimes & the Schooling of a Ruling Cl Alex Renton Orion
Big Capital: Who Is London For? Anna Minton Penguin
Bread For All : The Origins of the Welfare State Chris Renwick Penguin Allen Lane
Familiar Stranger Stuart Hall (w. Bill Schwarz) Penguin Allen Lane
Of Women Shami Chakrabarti Penguin Allen Lane
Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen Guy Standing Penguin Pelican
Believe Nicola Adams Penguin Viking
Plant Messiah, The Carlos Magdalena Penguin Viking
Balfour’s Shadow David Cronin Pluto Press
Death Of Homo Economicus, The Peter Fleming Pluto Press
Looking To London Cynthia Cockburn Pluto Press
People’s History Of The Russian Revolution, A Neil Faulkner Pluto Press
The Violence of Austerity Vickie Cooper, David Whyte (editors) Pluto Press
Sound System: The Political Power Of Music Dave Randall Pluto Press
Student  Revolt Matt Meyers Pluto Press
What Is Islamophobia Massoumi, Mills & Miller (Editors) Pluto Press
Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways To Think Like a 21st Centu Kate Rowarth Random House
Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic Lynn Gaspard (Editor) Saqi
The Things I Would Tell You Sabrina Mahfouz (Editor) Saqi
Client Earth James Thornton, Martin Goodman Scribe
End Of Politicians, The Brett Henning Unbound
How To Be A Craftivist: The Art Of Gentle Protest Sarah Corbett Unbound
Body Positive Power Megan Jayne Crabbe Vermillion
Fearless Benjamin Lay, The Marcus Rediker Verso
New Poverty, The Stephen Armstrong Verso
October China Meiville Verso
Out Of The Wreckage: A New Politics For An Age Of Crisis George Monbiot Verso
Radical Happiness Lynne Segal Verso
Divide: A Brief Guide To Global Inequality & It’s Solutions Jason Hickel William Heinemann
Radicals: Outsiders Changing The World Jamie Bartlett William Heinemann

Submissions welcome for the 2018 Bread & Roses Award

5 Sep

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 2018. 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)
‘Here We Stand: Women Changing The World’, edited by Helena Earnshaw and Angharad Penrhyn Jones (Honno Press, 2014)
‘The Song of the Shirt: The High Price of Cheap Garments, from Blackburn to Bangladesh’ by Jeremy Seabrook  (Hurst, 2015)
‘The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn’s Improbable Path to Power’ by Alex Nunns (OR Books, 2016)

Award ceremony and prize money

The award will be awarded at the London Radical Bookfair, to be held on a Saturday in June 2018 (precise date tbc). This 2018 London Radical Bookfair will  be taking place at Goldsmiths University.

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

Submissions

PLEASE NOTE A NEW MAILING ADDRESS FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THIS YEAR’S AWARD.

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

Crucially, submitted books must have been published in 2017 and books must be written, or largely written by authors or editors normally living in the UK.

‘The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn’s Improbable Path to Power’ by Alex Nunns wins the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2017

26 Jun

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing as ‘The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn’s Improbable Path to Power’ by Alex Nunns and published by OR Books.

The judges greatly appreciated this exploration of the deep roots of the Corbyn phenomenon. In The Candidate, Nunns shows that Corbyn’s victories weren’t the accidental consequence of other candidates’ failures, but were built on the work of an energised, thoughtful and committed movement of citizen-campaigners.

Cogent, optimistic, well-written and thoroughly researched, this hugely topical book records with great intimacy and insight an historical moment whose lessons mustn’t be forgotten, while also exposing the persistent forces which continue to work against social change.

Alex Nunn’s was awarded the prize and a cheque for £500 by guest judge Joan Anim-Addo at this year’s London Radical Bookfair, hosted as ever by the ARB. This year’s prize money has been generously granted by the General Federation of Trade Unions.


Guest judge Joan Anim-Addo presents Alex Nunn’s with the award.


Alex Nunns with the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2017

Photos by Asya Gefter http://asyagefter.com

Book summary

In September 2015 an earthquake shook the foundations of British politics. Jeremy Corbyn, a lifelong and uncompromising socialist, was elected to head the Labour Party. Corbyn didn’t just win the leadership contest, he trounced his opponents. The establishment was aghast. The official opposition now had as its leader a man with a plan, according to the conservative Daily Telegraph, “to turn Britain into Zimbabwe.”

How this remarkable twist of events came about is the subject of Alex Nunns’ highly readable and richly researched account. Drawing on first-hand interviews with those involved in the campaign, including its most senior figures, Nunns traces the origins of Corbyn’s victory in the dissatisfaction with Blairism stirred by the Iraq War and the 2008 financial crash, the move to the left of the trade unions, and changes in the electoral rules of the Labour Party that turned out to be surreally at odds with the intentions of those who introduced them. The system of one-member-one-vote, which delivered Corbyn’s success, was opposed by those on the left and was heralded by Tony Blair who described it as “a long overdue reform that… I should have done myself.”

Giving full justice to the dramatic swings and nail-biting tensions of an extraordinary summer in UK politics, Nunns’ telling of a story that has received widespread attention but little understanding is as illuminating as it is entertaining. He teases out a plotline of such improbability that it would be unusable in a work of fiction, providing the first convincing explanation of a remarkable phenomenon with enormous consequences for the left in Britain and beyond.

For more info please visit the OR Book website:
http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/the-candidate/?utm_source=Bread%20and%20Roses&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=Candidate

The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2017 Shortlist

4 May

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2017. Now in its sixth year, the Bread & Roses Award seeks to celebrate excellence in the field of radical political non-fiction.

The winner will be announced by guest judges Joan Anim-Addo, Vera Chok and Owen Hatherley  at a ceremony at the London Radical Bookfair on Saturday 24th June 2017. 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 is now also announced.

THE 2017 SHORTLIST 

‘Lean Out’ by Dawn Foster (Repeater Books)
http://repeaterbooks.com/books/lean-out-dawn-foster

‘The Hammer Blow: How 10 Women Disarmed a War Plane’ by Andrea Needham (Peace News)
http://www.peacenews.info/node/8245/hammer-blow-–-how-10-women-disarmed-warplane

‘The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn’s Improbable Path to Power’ by Alex Nunns (OR Books)
http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/the-candidate

‘This is the Place to Be’ by Lara Pawson (CB Editions)
http://www.cbeditions.com/pawson.html

‘See Red Women’s Workshop – Feminist Posters 1974-1990’ by See Red Members & Sheila Rowbotham (Four Corners Books)
https://seeredwomensworkshop.wordpress.com

‘The Egyptians: A Radical Story’ by Jack Shenker (Allen Lane)
https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/186165/the-egyptians/

‘Another Day in the Death of America’ by Gary Younge (Guardian Faber)
https://www.faber.co.uk/9781783351015-another-day-in-the-death-of-america.html

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 submissions list for 2017 please visit: https://breadandrosesprize.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/the-bread-and-roses-submission-list-2017

The Bread and Roses Submission List 2017

9 Mar

We are very happy to announce here the books submitted for the 20167 award, which this year features 53 entries. To qualify, all titles must fit the award’s political requirements, and have been published in 2016 by an author who is primarily resident in the UK.

The Shortlist will be announced in April, and the award ceremony will be taking place at the London Radical Bookfair on Saturday June 24th. 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 Submission List is presented here in alphabetical order, by publisher.

The Egyptians: A Radical Story Jack Shenker Allen Lane
The Optician of Lamedusa Emma Jane Kirby Allen Lane
The Descent of Man Grayson Perry Allen Lane
1917: Russia’s Red Year John Newsinger and Tim Sanders Bookmarks
A Rebel’s Guide to Malcolm X Antony Hamilton Bookmarks
Schools Out! : The Hidden History of Britain’s School Student Strikes Steve Cunningham & Michael Lavalette Bookmarks
This is the Place to Be Lara Pawson CB Editions
Lean Logic & Surviving The Future David Fleming & Shaun Chamberlin Chelsea Green
Moranifesto Caitlin Moran Ebury Press
And the Sun Shines Now: How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Britain Adrian Tempany Faber&Faber
Gee Vaucher: An Introspective Stevphen Shukaitis Firstsite
See Red Women’s Workshop – Feminist Posters 1974-1990 See Red Members & Sheila Rowbotham Four Corners Books
The Apocalypedia: A Utopian Guide to What is and What isn’t Darren Allen Green Books
Another Day in the Death of America Gary Younge Guardian Faber
The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis Patrick Kingsley Guardian Faber
The Long Depression Michael Roberts Haymarket
Six Authors in Search of Justice: Engaging with Political Transitions Michael Newman Hurst
A Revolution Undone: Egypt’s Road Beyond Revolt H.A. Hellyer Hurst
The Bleeding Edge: Why Capitalism Musn’t Get its Hands on New Technologies Ever Again Bob Hughes New Internationalist
Portraits of Violence : Ten Thinkers on Violence: A Visual Exploration Brad Evans & Sean Michael Wilson New Internationalist
NoNonsense Guide: Rethinking Education Adam Unwin & John Yandell New Internationalist
Shadow State: Inside the Secret Companies that Run Britain Alan White One World
Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East Christopher M. Davidson One World
The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn’s Improbable Path to Power Alex Nunns OR Books
The Hammer Blow: How 10 Women Disarmed a War Plane Andrea Needham Peace News
Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War Robin Yassin-Kassab & Leila Al-Shami Pluto
Working the Phones: Control and Resistance in Call Centres Jamie Woodcock Pluto
The Rent Trap: How we Fell into It and How we Get Out of It Rosie Walker & Samir Jeraj Pluto
Cut Out: Living Without Welfare Jeremy Seabrook Pluto
1916: Ireland’s Revolutionary Tradition Kieran Allen Pluto
The History Thieves: Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation Ian Cobain Portobello Books
City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp Ben Rawlence Portobello Books
Being a Beast: An Intimate and Radical Look at Nature Charles Foster Profile Books
Reminiscences of RAR Roger Huddle & Red Saunders Red Words
Lean Out Dawn Foster Repeater Books
Games Without Frontiers Joe Kennedy Repeater Books
The Long Depression Michael Roberts Haymarket Books
Island Story J.D. Taylor Repeater Books
Until We Are Fire Shirin Ebadi Rider
The Composition of Movements to Come: Aesthetics and Cultural Labor After the Avant-Garde Stevphen Shukaitis Rowman & Littlefield
Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising 2016 Gilbert Achcar Saqi Books
The Battle for British Islam: Reclaiming Muslim Identity from Extremism Sara Khan Saqi Books
The Leveller Revolution John Rees Verso
Rebel Crossings: New Women, Free Lovers and Radicals in Britain and the United States Sheila Rowbotham Verso
The BBC: Myth of a Public Service Tom Mills Verso
Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School Stuart Jeffries Verso
The Last Communard: Adrien Lejeune, the Unexpected Life of a Revolutionary Gavin Bowd Verso
Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics Richard Seymour Verso
Ending the War on Drugs Richard Branson Virgin
The Last Days of the Spanish Republic Paul Preston William Collins
Decoding Chomsky: Science and Revolutionary Politics Chris Knight Yale
Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East Christopher Phillips Yale
Angry White People: Coming Face-to-Face with the British Far Right Hsiao-Hung Pai Zed Books
No Borders: The Politics of Immigration Control and Resistance, Natasha King Zed Books