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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


Award Ceremony at London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Takeover

15 Apr















The winner of the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2014  will be announced at the London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Takeover on Saturday 10 May at Bishopsgate Institute. This free event will include a programme of talks on all of the shortlisted titles, with speakers including Rob Evans, Ben Griffin, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Barry Kushner, Katharine Quarmby, Andrew Simms and Imogen Tyler. The announcement will be made by the guest judges of the prize: editor of The F-Word blog Jess McCabe, associate editor at The Guardian Seumas Milne, and writer, philosopher and activist Nina Power. For more information, please visit:

The winner of the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award will also be announced at the ceremony, the shortlist for which can be found here.




Guest judges for the Bread and Roses Award 2014

4 Oct

We’re delighted to announce the judges for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2014.


Jess McCabe

Jess McCabe is editor-at-large of the F-Word blog, which continues to be highly influential in debates around contemporary feminism. The Guardian listed it as one of The World’s 50 Most Powerful Blogs in 2008, and it continues week-on-week to chart in the Top 50 most visited political blogs in the UK.

Seumas Milne

Seumas Milne is a Guardian columnist and associate editor. He was the Guardian’s comment editor from 2001 to 2007 after working for the paper as a general reporter and labour editor. He has reported for the Guardian from the Middle East, eastern Europe, Russia, south Asia and Latin America.

He is the author of ‘The Enemy Within: Thatcher’s Secret War Against the Miners’ (Verso 2004) and ‘The Revenge of History: The Battle for the Twenty-first Century’ (Verso 2012).

Nina Power

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.

Nina also writes for several magazines, including New Statesman, New Humanist, Cabinet, Radical Philosophy and The Philosophers’ Magazine. She is reviews editor for The Philosophers’ Magazine and also runs a film club (Kino Fist) in her spare time.

Stop Press: 2012 Winner Announced

2 May

Debt: The First 5000 YearsIn the centenary year of the infamous Bread and Roses strike, the Alliance of Radical Booksellers is proud to announce the winner of the first annual Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing. David Graeber’s Debt: The First 5,000 Years clinched the prize in the final hour, following a reported deadlock between the guest judges.

The judges felt that this brilliantly researched book was “engaging, readable, relevant, motivated by a clear political will, and utterly indispensable, not only for understanding the terms of the world we live in, where they came from, but also for what we do about changing them”.

Although academic in its scope and scale, the judges commended Graeber for the quality of the language, and effort to make the ideas accessible and readily comprehensible.

Graeber’s book narrowly came through after judges struggled to pick a winner between it and Nicholas Shaxson’s Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the men who stole the world, which they commended for its thoroughness of research, and ‘usefulness’ in the current political climate.

2012 Shortlist Announced

1 Mar

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers is proud to announce the shortlist for the first annual Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing. With a prize of £1,000 for the winning author to be announced on 1st May 2012, the Bread and Roses Award aims to promote the publication of radical books, to raise the profile of radical publishing, and to reward exceptional work.

The shortlist consists of seven books:

Counterpower: Making Change Happen by Tim Gee

Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber

Tweets from Tahrir: Egypt’s Revolution as it Unfolded, in the Words of the People Who Made it edited by Nadia Idle and Alex Nunns

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones

Magical Marxism by Andy Merrifield

Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent by Laurie Penny

Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World by Nicholas Shaxson

For more information on all the shortlisted titles, visit our shortlist page.

We’re afloat!

9 Nov

Photographic evidence of the launch event has trickled its way to us. This took place at the Chapter and Verse festival at the wonderful Bluecoat in Liverpool, along with the official launch of the Alliance of Radical Booksellers. Speeches were made, songs were sung (by the Bread and Roses choir), and a fine time was had by all.

Ross Bradshaw announces the award

Ross Bradshaw announces the Bread and Roses award, with the Bread and Roses choir in attendance, and, um, bread and roses

The Bread and Roses choir

The Bread and Roses choir sing The Internationale

Shining in the Morning Star

9 Nov

The Morning Star has printed an article by Ross Bradshaw about the Bread and Roses Award, under the lovely title Radical Rosette. It finishes with a quote from Anne Beech at Pluto Press:

“The prospect of an alliance of radical booksellers awarding a prize is an enticing one, given that they represent some of the most passionate and committed booksellers on the planet!”

2012 Award Ceremony date and venue

4 Oct

We’re delighted to announce that the winner of the first Bread and Roses Award will be announced on May 1st 2012, with the award being presented at Clapham’s Bread and Roses pub – an ideal venue, not just because of the shared name, but because of the pub’s connection with the Workers Beer Company and the Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Union Council, which founded the pub.

Further details to follow…

Launching the Bread and Roses Award

13 Sep

The national launch of the Bread and Roses Award will be a featured event at the Alliance of Radical Booksellers Symposium, which takes place at The Bluecoat in Liverpool on Thursday 13 October 2011 as part of their Chapter and Verse literature festival.

The Bread and Roses Award will be launched at 2pm.

The Symposium provides a forum for debate about the past, present & future of the radical book-trade. News from Nowhere & other radical bookshops from around the country – some old, some new – will guide us through the ups & downs, and future prospects of the trade. Free, but tickets are required – contact The Bluecoat.