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Winners of the Bread & Roses Award 2019 announced

12 Jun

‘Europe’s Fault Lines: Racism and the Rise of the Right’ by Liz Fekete (Verso) winner of the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2019

The award is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB), and in a change to previous years was judged solely by ARB bookshop staff and close supporters.

Liz Fekete (left) receiving her award from judge Jane Watts (Five Leaves Bookshop

The award and prize money was given at an event held at the Bread & Roses Theater space at the National Union of Journalists headquarters in London.

Liz Fekete responded to the news by saying: “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to receive the Bread and Roses award.  That Europe’s Fault Lines was singled out by the ARB –stalwarts  who keep faith with  radical ideas  in difficult times –  means so  much to me!  This book  was based on ten years research at the Institute of Race Relations. Thanks to all my colleagues on the IRR/Race & Class collective, thanks to Verso, thanks to the judges and everyone involved in putting together last night’s marvelous event.”

Judge Tom Unterrainer had this to say of the winning book:
“Liz Fekete’s Europe’s Fault Lines is the product of year’s of documentation, analysis and activism in the cause of anti-racism and anti-fascism. In many ways, the book could be viewed as a dispatch from the trenches of a continent-wide fight against a resurgent far-right but it is also more than that. Liz combines an account of the horrors unfolding before us with a historically and materially rooted analysis of the intersections between movements, states and an increasingly authoritarian organisation of the economy and society. It is essential reading for all of us who worry over what might happen next and who are determined to resist.”

Judge Jane Watts reflected on the process:
“Selecting the winner of a ‘radical’ book prize from a list of submissions which could encompass so many different themes is understandably difficult. Nevertheless this year, Liz Fekete’s important book did stand out as a necessary book for these difficult times. The rise of the far right across Europe (and elsewhere) needs our constant attention and action.

Europe’s Fault Lines
is a well researched  contribution, providing evidence to back up the activism that the left must undertake. It was not surprising to find two books about the far right on our shortlist, but it was perhaps more of a surprise not to see far more submissions focusing on climate change and environmental activism.  I was of course pleased to see two feminist books on the shortlist, both offering new perspectives in contested areas and adding to the sum of our understanding.”

Bread & Roses Trustee Nik Gorecki adds: “Its been another very strong shortlist this year, not to mention the quality within the longer list of submissions. The dilemma of choosing a winner has been as hard as ever. I think we have to consider ourselves lucky to see the state of radical and progressive publishing in such good health. I also get the impression that ideas and attitudes of the Left that were once seen as extreme are increasingly becoming common sense. Hopefully that trend will continue, and publishing has a crucial role in that process.”


The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2019 Shortlist

16 May

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2019. Now in its eighth year, the Bread & Roses Award seeks to celebrate excellence in the field of radical political non-fiction.

In a change to previous years, the 2019 award is being facilitated, adjudicated and funded solely by Alliance of Radical Booksellers members. The £500 prize will be awarded to the winner at a special event to be held at the Bread & Roses Theatre, King’s Cross, on Tuesday 11th June, 2019.

Please do also visit the website of our sister book prize, The Little Rebel’s Children’s Book Award, to view the recently announced shortlist of the best books published in the UK for readers aged 0-12.

Clicking on the publisher link alongside each title will take you to a relevant page with more information about each title.

The Shortlist

‘Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire’ by Akala (Two Roads)

‘Can We All Be Feminists?: Seventeen writers on intersectionality, identity and finding the right way forward for feminism’ edited by June Eric-Udorie (Virago)

‘Europe’s Fault Lines: Racism and the Rise of the Right’ by Liz Fekete (Verso)

‘Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights by Juno Mac and Molly Smith (Verso)

‘Lights In The Distance:  Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe’ by Daniel Trilling (Picador)

‘Alt Right: From 4chan to the White House’ by Mike Wendling (Pluto Press)

The Bread and Roses Submission List 2019

27 Apr

We are very happy to announce here the books submitted for the 2019 award. To qualify, all titles must fit the award’s political requirements, and have been published in 2018 by an author who is primarily resident in the UK.

The Shortlist will be announced very soon, and the award ceremony will be taking place at the Bread &  Roses Theatre space, King’s Cross, on Tuesday 11th June 2019. More information on that to come.

Our thanks to all publishers and authors who have submitted titles.
The Submission List is presented here in alphabetical order, by book title.

A New Jerusalem Benjamin Dickinson 9781780264424 New Internationalist
A Party With Socialists In It: A History of the Labour Left Simon Hannah 9780745337470 Pluto Press
A Radical History of the World Neil Faulkner 9780745338040 Pluto Press
A Woman Lived Here: Alternative Blue Plaques Allison Vale 9781472140074 Little Brown
A Writer Of Our Time: The Life and Work of John Berger Joshua Sperling 9781786637420 Verso
Against Creativity Oli Mould 9781786636492 Verso
Alt. Right Mike Wendling 9780745337456 Pluto Press
Bad Girls Caitlin Davies 9781473647749 John Murray
Bullshit Jobs David Graeber 9780241263884 Allen Lane
Burning Country Robin Yassin-Kassab & Leila Al-Shami 9780745337821 Pluto Press
Burning Up Simon Pirani 9780745335612 Pluto Press
Can We All Be Feminists? June Eric-Udorie (Ed.) 9780349009872 Virago
Class Matters Charles Umney 9780745337081 Pluto Press
Cracks In The Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine / Israel Ben White 9780745337616 Pluto Press
Decolonising University Gurminder K. Bhambra, Dalia Gebrial, Kerem Nişancıoğlu (Eds) 9780745338200 Pluto Press
England’s Discontents: Political Cultures and National Identities Mike Wayne 9780745399331 Pluto Press
Escaping Wars and Waves: Encounters With Syrian Refugees Olivier Kugler 9781912408122 Myriad
Europe’s Fault Lines Liz Fekete 9781784787226 Verso
Fallout: A Journey Through The Nuclear Age Fred Pearce 9781846276255 Portabello
For A Left Populism Chantal Mouffe 9781786637550 Verso
Four Feet Under Tamsen Courtney 9781783525720 Unbound
Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed By Tech Jamie Suskind 9780198825616 Oxford U.P.
Game Changer: Eight Weeks That Transformed Politics Steve Howell 9781786155863 Accent Press
Guilty Feminist, The Deborah Frances-White 9780349010144 Virago
Hara Hotel Teresa Thornhill 9781786635198 Verso
How The World Thinks: A Global History Of Philosophy Julian Baggini 9781783782284 Granta
Inner Level, The Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett 9781846147418 Allen Lane
John Maclean: Hero Of Red Clydeside Henry Bell 9780745338385 Pluto Press
K-Punk Mark Fisher 9781912248285 Repeater
Kill All The Gentlemen Martin Empson 9781910885697 Bookmarks
Lee Lozano: Not Working Jo Applin 9780300223279 Yale U.P.
Life Lessons: The Case for a National Education Service Melissa Benn 9781788732208 Verso
Lights In The Distance Daniel Trilling 9781509815616 Picador
Marx and Marxism Gregory Claeys 9780141983486 Pelican
National Populism: The Revolt Against Democracy Roger Eatwell & Matthew Goodwin 9780241312001 Pelican
Natives Akala 9781473661219 Two Roads
Never Again: Rock Against Racism David Renton 9781138502710 Taylor & Francis
Night March Alpa Shah 9781849049900 Hurst
Nine Pints: Through the Miysterious, Miraculous World Of Blood Rose George 9781846276125 Portabello
Picture Book Professors Melissa M. Terras 9781108438452 Cambridge Elements
Propaganda Blitz David Edwards & David Cromwell (Eds) 9780745338118 Pluto Press
Radical Help Hilary Cottham 9780349009070 Virago
Radical Sacrifice Terry Eagleton 9780300233353 Yale U.P.
Revolting Prostitutes Juno Mac & Molly Smith 9781786633606 Verso
Talking To North Korea Glyn Ford 9780745337852 Pluto Press
The Ebb of the Pink Tide: The Decline of the Left in Latin America Mike Gonzalez 9780745399966 Pluto Press
The Human Planet Simon L. Lewis & Mark A. Maslin 9780241280881 Pelican
The Inking Woman Nicola Streeten & Cath Tate 9780995590083 Myriad
The Memory We Could Be Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik 9781780264400 New Internationalist
To Provide All People Owen Sheers 9780571348077 Faber
Trans Britain Christine Burns (Ed.) 9781783524716 Unbound
Trans Europe Express Owen Hatherley 9780141988320 Allen Lane
When Words Fail: A Life With Music, War and Peace Ed Vulliamy 9781783783366 Granta


Submissions welcome for the 2019 Bread & Roses Award

30 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 2019. 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)
Joint winners ‘Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands’ by Stuart Hall with Bill Schwarz (Allen Lane 2017) and ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Bloomsbury 2017).

Award ceremony and prize money

The award will be awarded at the London Radical Bookfair, to be held  in June 2019 (precise date tbc). This 2019 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.



For full submissions criteria please visit Bread and Roses website:

Crucially, submitted books must have been published in 2018 and books must be written, or largely written by authors or editors normally living in the UK.

Joint winners of the Bread & Roses Award 2018 announced

3 Jun

‘Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands’ by Stuart Hall (with Bill Schwarz)
‘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.”

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:

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