The Award

Bread and Roses

The Bread and Roses Award is a book prize with a difference: presented by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, and without the backing of corporate sponsors, the award seeks to recognise and celebrate excellence in the field of radical political non-fiction.

Nominations are invited from national and international publishers – see our frequently asked questions page for further information. An award of £500 will be made each year to the winning writer. A presentation ceremony is held at the ARB London Radical Bookfair.

A shortlist of up to seven books will be announced in March of each year, and promoted through bookshops and the radical press. Books will be judged by the following criteria:

  • being informed by radical political concerns and traditions, such as socialism, anarchism, environmentalism, feminism or anti-racism
  • inspiring, supporting or reporting on political and/or personal change
  • being accessible to the interested reader
  • making an important contribution to contemporary academic debate
  • relating to global, national, local or specialist areas of interest


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