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The Bread and Roses Award 2020 online ceremony

24 Sep

On September 23rd 2020 the ninth Bread and Roses Award ceremony was held online. The six shortlisted authors spoke eloquently about their books, and Helena Earnshaw, representing the judges, spoke about the judging process, the shortlisted books, and announced the winner. You can watch the video of the event here – the winner’s speech is not to be missed!

Bread & Roses Award 2020 Online Award Ceremony

12 Sep

Please join us for this year’s Bread & Roses Award 2020 Online Award Ceremony, taking place at 7pm on Wednesday 23rd September. The event is free; all you have to do take part in this live streamed event is register by emailing and you will be sent the necessary link.

Taking part in the ceremony and introducing their books will be shortlisted authors:
Becky Alexis-Martin, Kate Charlesworth, Priyamvada Gopal, Ruth Kinna, Johny Pitts and senior editor at Verso Leo Hollis speaking on behalf of Frances Ryan.

They will be joined by guest judges, the previous Bread & Roses winners :Helena Earnshaw, Angharad Penrhyn Jones, and Hsiao-Hung Pai.

The event will be hosted by Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves Bookshop.

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. An award of £500 will be made to the winning author.

The Bread and Roses Submission List 2020

18 Apr

We are very happy to announce here the books submitted for the 2020 award. To qualify, all titles must fit the award’s political requirements, and have been published in 2019 by an author who is primarily resident in the UK.

Due to uncertainties created by the Covid-19 pandemic the dates of the shortlist and award ceremony are currently being rescheduled.

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

Title Author Publisher
A Left for Itself: Left-wing Hobbyists and Performative Radicalism David Swift Zero
A Seat at the Table: Interviews with Women on the Frontline Amy Raphael Virago
A Virtue of Disobedience Asim Qureshi Unbound
Afropean: Notes from Black Europe Johny Pitts Allen Lane
All Together Now?: One Man’s Walk in Search of His Father and a Lost England Mike Carter Guardian / Faber
Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus Sandi Toksvig Virago
Billionaires Darryl Cunningham Myriad
BOSH! How to Live Vegan Henry Firth and Ian Theasby HQ
Brave New Words Susheila Nasta (Editor) Myriad
Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being Paul Mason Allen Lane
Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War Duncan White Little Brown
Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers Kit De Waal (Editor) Unbound
Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People Frances Ryan Verso
Disarming Doomsday: The Human Impact of Nuclear Weapons since Hiroshima Becky Alexis-Martin Pluto Press
Don’t Touch my Hair Emma Dabiri Allen Lane
Equal: How We Fix the Gender Pay Gap Carrie Gracie Virago
Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History Richard J Evans Little Brown
Freedom: The Overthrow of the Slave Empires James Walvin Robinson
From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want Rob Hopkins Chelsea Green
Fully Automated Luxury Communism: A Manifesto Aaron Bastani Verso
Give Birth Like a Feminist Milli Hill HQ
The Government of No One: The Theory and Practice of Anarchism Ruth Kinna Pelican
Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats Maya Goodfellow Verso
How to be Autistic Charlotte Amelia Poe Myriad
Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent Priyamvada Gopal Verso
It’s About Bloody Time. Period. Emma Barnett HQ
Legacy of Empire: Britain, Zionism and the Creation of Israel Gardner Thompson Saqi
Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India K.S. Komireddi Hurst
Mindf*ck: Inside Cambridge Analytica’s Plot to Break the World Christopher Wylie Profile
Nicosia Beyond Barriers: Voices from a Divided City Alev Adil et al (Editors) Saqi
One Man’s Terrorist: A Political History of the IRA Daniel Finn Verso
Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham Jon Bloomfield Unbound
Plunder of the Commons: A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth Guy Standing Pelican
The Prison Doctor Amanda Brown HQ
Protest and Power: The Battle for the Labour Party David Kogan Bloomsbury
Rife: Twenty-One Stories from Britain’s Youth Nikesh Shukla and Sammy Jones (Editors) Unbound
Roaring Girls: The Forgotten Feminists of British History Holly Kyte HQ
Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide – A graphic guide to lesbian and queer history 1950-2020 Kate Charlesworth Myriad
Sex, Power, Money Sara Pascoe Faber
Smashing It: Working Class Artists on Life, Art and Making It Happen Sabrina Mahfouz (Editor) Westbourne Press
Stage Invasion: Poetry and the Spoken Word Renaissance Peter Bearder Out-Spoken
Surrender Joanna Pocock Fitzcarraldo
This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health Nathan Filer Faber
This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality Peter Pomerantsev Faber
Tunnel Vision Kevin Beathnach Faber
We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group and Their Forgotten Battle for Post War Britain Daniel Sonabend Verso
What We’re Told Not to Talk About (But We’re Going to Anyway): Women’s Voices from East London to Ethiopia Nimko Ali Penguin Viking
Where Are the Women?: A Guide To An Imagined Scotland Sara Sheridan Historic Environment Scotland
The Windrush BetrayalThe Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment Amelia Gentleman Guardian / Faber
Women vs. Capitalism: Why We Can’t Have It All in a Free Market Economy Vicky Pryce Hurst




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


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 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

‘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

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:

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.


‘Lean Out’ by Dawn Foster (Repeater Books)

‘The Hammer Blow: How 10 Women Disarmed a War Plane’ by Andrea Needham (Peace News)–-how-10-women-disarmed-warplane

‘The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn’s Improbable Path to Power’ by Alex Nunns (OR Books)

‘This is the Place to Be’ by Lara Pawson (CB Editions)

‘See Red Women’s Workshop – Feminist Posters 1974-1990’ by See Red Members & Sheila Rowbotham (Four Corners Books)

‘The Egyptians: A Radical Story’ by Jack Shenker (Allen Lane)

‘Another Day in the Death of America’ by Gary Younge (Guardian Faber)

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.
To view the submissions list for 2017 please visit:

Submissions now open for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2017

1 Dec

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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 2017. 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)

Guest judges

This year’s guest judges are:

Vera Chok is a writer and actor who contributed a chapter to The Good Immigrant (Book of the Year 2016, BBC Book of the Week, #1 on Guardian Books and Amazon bestseller) and is also published by the Guardian, Rising, Yauatcha Life, and The Brautigan Free Press. As a maker, Vera writes and produces mischievous and subversive pieces that investigate the construction of meaning, connection, and performativity. Vera is particularly interested in race, sex and gender and uses comedy as a weapon.

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.

Award ceremony and prize money

The prize will be awarded at the London Radical Bookfair, to be held on Saturday 24th June 2017 in the Great Hall at Goldsmiths University, London.

There is one prize of £500 to the winning title, generously funded by 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.


For full submissions criteria and procedure please visit Bread and Roses website:

Crucially, submitted books must have been published in 2016 and books must be written, or largely written by authors or editors living for the majoirty of the year in the UK.

The official deadline is 9th January 2017, however we would  be very appreciative if the submissions could be made as soon as possible, to allow maximum time for reading.

More information and links

Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing
The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award
London Radical Bookfair

Alliance of Radical Booksellers