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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Seekers: A Twentieth Century Life</span>Seekers: A Twentieth Century Life
Memories of People and Places, 1918-2013
By Michael Barratt Brown

Michael Barratt Brown sets each chapter of his long and eventful life, from the 1920s to 2013, within the frame of world events. Thus, after childhood and youth, at the end of one world war and the start of another, he writes about his service in a Quaker Ambulance Unit. There followed work for the United Nations and, subsequently, in documentary films, in workers' education, in industrial democracy, in socialist economics, in resisting nuclear warfare, in honest academic research, and in Fair Trade among co-operative organisations. In so doing, the author recalls something of the places, people, family and friends with whom he has been seeking to find a way to live a decent life, and to help others to do the same. Not always successful in these endeavours, he has nevertheless found wonderful love and friendships, as Seekers makes clear. The struggle goes on.

A courageous and exhilarating book, Michael Barratt Brown provides a remarkably honest narrative of his struggles both to live a good life on his own account and to improve the lot of others 'from below upwards' through his work in adult education and Fair Trade. Michael seems to have known almost everyone who mattered. As a child in 1930, he sat on Gandhi's knee. The stories of his loves and friendships give the reader a fascinating insight into the networks of the 20th century intellectual Left.
FIONA MacCARTHY
Biographer and cultural historian


Michael Barratt Brown brings alive the struggles for socialism, and for peace and justice, in the 20th century with fascinating and sometimes very funny stories of everyone that a 21st century radical socialist would want to meet, plus a few that you will be glad to have missed! As important is that, through his stories and reflections, Michael conveys powerfully the potential of a transformative, radically democratic and feminist tradition which has long existed on the Left across Europe. During much of Michael's amazing life, this tradition was marginalised. We need to draw on it now to inspire the alternatives that are so urgent today. So Seekers is a valuable resource as well as a riveting read.
HILARY WAINWRIGHT
Red Pepper co-editor
Fellow of the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam


Reviews:
John Field - Vol 33(4) of International Journal of Lifelong Education

Price: £18.95

220 pages | 80 illustrations
ISBN: 978 0 85124 825 7
Paperback
Published Oct 2013


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Great Democrats</span>Great Democrats
Edited by Alfred Barratt Brown

Long out of print, this new edition of Great Democrats restores to new generations a seminal work in the struggle against the rise of fascism in Europe during the 1930s.

'There are great men who have also been Democrats, but the figures chosen for these pages are principally those of men and women who have been great as Democrats - great, that is to say, either in the extent to which they embodied in their lives and characters the democratic temper and attitude to mankind, or in the measure of their contribution to the democratic movement.'
Alfred Barratt Brown in his Preface, 1934

'For an historian the Contents page of Alfred Barratt Brown's book is exciting enough, particularly when combined with 1934, its date of publication. How is it possible not to plunge straight into Frances Evelyn Countess of Warwick on Joseph Arch? … And then there is Henry Nevinson on Edward Carpenter, Katherine Bruce Glasier on Keir Hardie, Oliver Baldwin on William Morris … The imaginative author-subject couplings will whet any appetite. G.D.H. Cole on William Cobbett; Ray Strachey (novelist and author of the classic The Cause: a short history of the Women's Movement in Great Britain, 1928) on Millicent Fawcett … Bertrand Russell on Thomas Paine … '
Stephen Yeo in his Foreword, 2013

' … the whole purpose of my father's book was to respond to the current rise to power of the dictatorships and, most particularly, of Hitler … and to recognise that Democracy, and being a Great Democrat, is not just about embracing a form of government, but a principle of government, espousing the triad of liberty, equality and fraternity.'
Michael Barratt Brown in his Introduction, 2013

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Reviewed by Anthony Arblaster in Red Pepper - March 2014



Price: £24.95

724 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 827 1
Published Sept 2013


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Unruly Dog</span>Unruly Dog
Spokesman 121
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Edward Snowden - Against the Public Interest
William Hague MP et al - Don't be vague
Sylvie Guillaume MEP and Jan Philipp Albrecht MEP - Prism and GCHQ
Tony Simpson - 'A dog in this fight'
Lawrence Ferlinghetti - 'Dog'
Bruce Gagnon - The Kill Chain
E P Thompson - Prayer for the Year's Turning
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The Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation Fifty Years On
Bertrand Russell - Must hate and death return?
Bertrand Russell - Appeal to the American Conscience
Ken Coates - Bertrand Russell and Industrial Democracy
Peggy Duff - CND and Greece
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Tony Simpson - Peace in our way
Vicki Sentas - Peace in Kurdistan?

Reviews

Price: £6.00

104 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 085124 8264


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Safe at work?</span>Safe at work?
Ramazzini versus the attack on health and safety

By Dave Putson
With an introduction by Mark Serwotka

'This is an important time to write the history of health and safety in the UK, given the near derision that the term now evokes in the media and from the Government. What Dave Putson demonstrates in writing this book is that health and safety, far from being the product of a more litigious society or the political agenda of overbearing bureaucrats, is rooted in human need, protecting people.

This book describes how, over the last 300 years, an evolving body of surveys, research, legal challenges and often tragic experiences led to an emergence of, at first, quite limited protections. Some of these histories will be familiar to the reader, like the match girls and 'phossy jaw', but others, like the seminal legal case of Priestley vs Fowler, are not. What the varied and fascinating histories indicate is that health and safety evolved to improve not only the workplace, but also our homes, our communities, our roads, our waterways, and public and environmental health ...

Today, there are desperate attempts to reverse those gains. Our Prime Minister echoes the worst of the 19th century's irresponsible industrialists when he says health and safety is an 'albatross around the neck of British businesses'. The burden to take reasonable and practical steps to ensure workers can come home at night is what Cameron objects to when he says he wants to "kill off the health and safety culture for good". Despite this supposedly rampant culture, the HSE records that around 175 people died in 2011/12 from injuries sustained at work while, according to the Hazards campaign, up to 50,000 die each year from work-related illnesses, including 6,000 from occupational cancers.

Workers only got these rights and protections because they organised and fought for them. It is a depressing but familiar tale of history that, today, we need to fight those same battles again. I hope you enjoy reading this detailed, fascinating and engaging history as much as I did. But most importantly, I hope it inspires you to think and to act.'

Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, from his introduction

Dave Putson is a trade union health and safety representative in the London Courts.

Reviews
WEA London Region Newsletter - Issue 4

A review by the Bookmarks Socialist Bookshop

ASLEF Journal - June 2013

'Seeing the increasing attacks on health and safety and "red tape" by this Tory led government and the support from the right wing media, I would like to recommend a book recently published by Spokesman titled Safe at work? written by Dave Putson who is a union health and safety representative in the London Courts.This details theuphill struggle over the last 300 hundred years for safer practices in the workplace. I believe this is essential reading for all health and safety representatives and indeed anyone interested in their own and other peoples well being. We should all be aware that health and safety regulations and so called "red tape" were hard won rights and should not be surrendered.'
Mr J. Randall, Bexley, Kent (UNITE member, who sent this letter to his union journal)

'I'm enjoying this book so much. I suggest you make sure it's on the stall at the Tolpuddle Rally 21st July. Salam, Shalom, Peace.'
Rev. Hazel Barkham


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184 pages
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8226


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>On Palestine and Prisoners</span>On Palestine and Prisoners
Spokesman 120
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Mahmoud Darwish - Poem
Marwan Barghouti - This day shall come
Stéphane Hessel - Time for justice
Angela Davis - More to come
Trevor Griffiths - Sons and Lovers A ‘version’
Abdullah Öcalan - A new beginning
Ayse Berktay - I demand my acquittal
Daniel Ellsberg - Hearing Bradley Manning
Bradley Manning - Why I blew the whistle
Tony Simpson - Nottingham Contemporary

Reviews


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104 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8233


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Culture and Society</span>Culture and Society
by Raymond Williams

A clear new edition of Williams's classic text is long overdue. Following our acclaimed edition of The Country and the City, published in 2011, Spokesman are pleased to add Culture and Society to our list. Raymond Williams's voice resonates strongly in the new era that he anticipated in some of his later writings.

'The organising principle of this book is the discovery that the idea of culture, and the word itself in its general modern uses, came into English thinking in the period which we commonly describe as that of the Industrial Revolution. The book is an attempt to show how and why this happened. It thus becomes an account and interpretation of our responses in thought and feeling to the changes in English society since the late eighteenth century. Only in such a context can our use of the word 'culture', and the issues to which the word refers, be adequately understood.'

Raymond Williams, from his Foreword

'The idea of culture is not so much what must be learnt as the warning that there is nevertheless something to learn. That is the most general argument of Williams's classic, and one that, fifty years on, still claims us.'
Francis Mulhern, New Left Review

'Culture, I realised, was not just some decoration for the lives of an élite. The word has it origin in something that every gardener knows - the tending of natural growth. This applies to everyone, however well or badly we are tended. There is a common culture in every society.'
Michael Barratt Brown from his new Foreword


Price: £19.95

364 pages | Indexed
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8189
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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Kurdish Question in Turkey</span>The Kurdish Question in Turkey
Spokesman 119
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - The Kurdish Question in Turkey
Leyla Zana MP - The arduous business of peace
Zübeyir Aydar - Time to talk
Ayse Berktay - Questioning 'terror'

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Roger Waters - We the peoples
Tony Simpson - Nottingham departed
Colin Firth - In praise of troublemakers
Ben Thompson - The problem of China, revisited
William Morris - How I became a Socialist
Mike Marqusee - This morning's surprise
Yayoi Tsuchida - Middle East nuke free

Dossier: Kurds on Trial
Reviews


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100 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8219


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Narrative of Peace</span>The Narrative of Peace
Spokesman 118
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Coalition Politics
John Gittings - The Narrative of Peace
Ban Ki-moon - Opportunities Lost
Sergio Duarte - Assembly Line for Disarmament
Trevor Griffiths - March Time
Ruth Lister - Social Security
Dexter Whitfield - Care and Health

Reviews
Dossier - Hiroshima



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156 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8202


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Keep Space for Peace</span>Keep Space for Peace
Spokesman 117
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Stephen F Cohen - Cold War Chill
Bruce Gagnon - Is Missile Defence Working?
Esther Koohan Paik - Jeju meets Hawaii
Abi Rhodes - Defence against whose Missiles?
Betrand Russell - Cuban Missile Crisis – 50 years on
Gabriel Kolko - Turbulence Ahead
Zhores Medvedev - Feeding the Cities
Juheina Khaldieh reviews Jehan Helou - Palestinian Women
Daniel Jakopovich - Yugoslavia’s Self-Management
Mike Harding - Cissy Worswick Dances

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Dossier - Greece

The Save Jeju Campaign has a new website: savejejunow.org/


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126 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8165


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Mutation of Privatisation</span>The Mutation of Privatisation
A critical assessment of new community
and individual rights

By Dexter Whitfield

New community rights to bid, buy, build, challenge and provide are enshrined in legislation and Coalition policy. The government is also extending existing individual rights to buy and to personal budgets. Considerable sums of public money are required to implement these policies and provide technical and legal support to voluntary and community organisations to exercise these rights.

This paper examines the objectives and scope of the new community rights and proposes a typology of public sector reform rights. It highlights the fundamental conflicts between 'rights', 'choice' and 'contract' cultures and localism. It assesses the conflicts and contradictions between community and commissioning, participation and empowerment, and the impact on democratic accountability, public finance, employment, equalities, the changing role of the state and community, voluntary and non-profit organisations.



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32 pages | A4 pamphlet
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8172


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Resist Much, Obey Little</span>Resist Much, Obey Little
A collection in honour of Ken Coates
Spokesman 116
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Ken Coates - Insistent Lad
Ken Coates - Poverty and the IWC
Ken Coates interviewed by George Lambie
A Political Life
Michael Barratt Brown
The Institute for Workers’ Control
Bill Silburn - St Ann’s
Regan Scott - About Ken
John Daniels - Lifelong Comrade
Tony Benn interviewed by Tony Simpson
History Will Be Kind

Reviews

Stuart Holland on Ben Bella


A review of Resist Much, Obey Little by Ross Bradshaw for History Workshop Online


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126 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8141


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Unarmed Victory</span>Unarmed Victory
The Cuban Missile Crisis Fifty Years On
By Bertrand Russell

The Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, more than any previous crisis, made the ordinary citizen suddenly aware of the ever-present danger of nuclear annihilation, and no sooner had the fright passed than it was renewed on the borders of India and China. Bertrand Russell shared these feelings, both the fright and the anger, but decided he must go on to turn concern into action. This book tells what he did in those frightening weeks, why he did it, and of the curious reception his activities had.

He asked Khrushchev not to challenge the US blockade of Cuba and Khrushchev acted as Russell had suggested that he should. This was exactly the action that the West had hoped for, but most people in the West still blamed Russell as too pro-communist because it was not by force that the result had been achieved. The same occurred in the Sino-Indian crisis. So the book contains a message of hope. Two precedents have been set for dignified and voluntary compromise in order to avoid nuclear war, and moreover the suggestions of a respected individual outside the battle were heeded. If we want a parallel we must look back to the thirteenth century, when Frederic II was quarrelling with the Pope and was ex-communicated. While ex-communicated he went on a crusade, but instead of fighting the Saracens, he negotiated with them. He secured far more than more warlike crusaders had ever been able to obtain, but he remained in bad odour with the Pope because it was wicked to negotiate with the Saracens. The analogy is very close.

Reviews
David Sinclair - Tribune, May 2012


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156 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8028


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Speeches by Tony Benn</span>Speeches by Tony Benn
"Political speeches delivered at public meetings are in the oldest tradition of democratic debate; and they have retained their importance in the labour movement.

They are a part of the process of mutual education by which the people discuss and learn from their own experience.

These speeches, together with some articles and memoranda written over the years, record at least as much about what I have learned as about what I have tried to expound.

Some of the views expressed do not stand up so well to the test of time. Many are now widely accepted in the movement and outside.

Political arguments tend to be most sterile when they are confined within the limits of conventional wisdom and rotate around the personalities involved in them. The most fruitful are those parallel, analytical debates, rooted in our daily experience, which offer alternative explanations of that experience and open up different perspectives for the future.

Many of the speeches reproduced in this volume were intended to be part of that broader socialist debate."

Tony Benn
London, August 1974

Available in paperback for the first time, this new edition includes an interview with the author about workers' control, the occupy movement and other political issues.


Price: £15.00

314 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 810 3


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Syria and Iran</span>Syria and Iran
Spokesman 115
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial: Syria and Iran
Aisling Byrne - Regime change in Syria?
Brian Jones - Iran - lessons unlearnt
Ayse Berktay - Prison Notes
Trevor Griffiths - Habaccuc Dreams
Gabriel Kolko - Germany goes for broke
Stuart Holland - Europe needs growth
Lord Byron - Framing ideas
Christopher Gifford - Nuclear Explosions
Michael Barratt Brown - Ill fares the land

Reviews
Jim Mortimer reviews Ken Livingstone's Memoirs


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96 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8110


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Let's Build the Houses - Quick!</span>Let's Build the Houses - Quick!
By Cathy Davis & Alan Wigfield

Some 4.5 million people are waiting for good quality, permanent council and association homes. In response to equally devastating shortages in 1945, Attlee's newly elected Labour Government prioritised council house-building, built to a high standard. We draw inspiration from this experience, and argue that a future government needs to emulate this achievement, prioritise high standard housing and 'build the houses - quick!'

Reviews:
Dr Sarah Payne - Taylor and Francis Housing Studies 2012

Eileen Short in Socialist Review, April 2012


Price: £6.00

62 pages | ISBN: 978 0 85124 8080
10th Series Number 56


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>In Place of Austerity</span>In Place of Austerity
Reconstructing the economy,
state and public services

By Dexter Whitfield

In Place of Austerity uncovers the realities of commissioning, localism, 'big society' empowerment fraud, and the systematic undermining of public services and the welfare state. It perceptively exposes the scale of disempowerment, dispossession and disinvestment, and analyses the dominant rationale, which continues to underpin the financialisation and personalisation of public services, accelerating marketisation and privatisation on an unprecedented scale.

This is a vitally important book for trade unions as well as for civil and community organisations. It provides a critical understanding of the issues and will aid their intervention in transformation and procurement of public services by forging strong alliances, taking industrial and community action, and advancing alternative policies.

In Place of Austerity sets out a framework for policies that reconstruct the economy, invest in local economies, create jobs and rebuild public infrastructure. In doing so, it charts a new role for the state and offers a radical new public service management strategy. It is an equally important resource for all public sector employees. Incisive, timely and detailed, it is original in its research and analysis.

A paper by Dexter:
A paper written for Studies in Social Services, Li Bing, Vice Professor, Department of Sociology, Beijing Administrative College, China. Social services are at the forefront of the continued neoliberal transformation of public services and the welfare state in the UK. The paper applies the In Place of Austerity framework to examine the changes in social services. Paper in English and Chinese.

Reviews:
Bryan Evans in Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation Volume 7, Number 1, Summer 2013

Colin Burgess in Campaign for Labour Party Democracy

Dave Putson, TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

An article by New Left Project on G4S makes positive reference to In Place of Austerity, August 2012

William Podmore - Amazon

Andy Morton for Chartist, March/April 2012

Clive Singer for Open Democracy, Jan 2012

Nick Grant for Socialist Review, Jan 2012

A short review from IIndependent Action


Price: £18.00

264 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 085124 7939


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>From Hiroshima to Fukushima</span>From Hiroshima to Fukushima
Spokesman 114
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial: From Hiroshima to Fukushima
Terumi Tanaka - Hibakusha and Fukushima
Hachiro Sato - Fukushima’s Quagmire
Helen Caldicott - Fukushima’s Radioactive Elements
Seiji Takato - Black Rain
Hiroshi Taka - A world without nuclear weapons
World Conference Against A & H Bombs - Declaration
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Naomi Klein - Occupy!
Noam Chomsky - Academic Freedom?
John Dugard - Apartheid in South Africa and Palestine?
Alastair Crooke - The ‘great game’ in Syria
Brian Jones - Iraq's Report X
Stephanie Sampson - Building Bridges
Raymond Williams - The Country and the City

Reviews

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96 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8097


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Changing How We Live</span>Changing How We Live
Society from the bottom up
By Robert Hinde

The shortcomings in our society need more than readjustments to our political, financial, and legal institutions. There must be a better regard for morality at every level, from individuals to government. This book explores the nature of our morality. It identifies how changes can be made so that each of us takes responsibility for looking after each other and our planet, and shows that a better society is within our power.

Robert Hinde served as an RAF pilot in World War Two before training as a biologist. He subsequently carried out research in biology and the human sciences. He has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal College of Psychiatry, the US National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as Master of St. John’s College, Cambridge. Professor Hinde has received awards for research in Anthropology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychiatry, Ethology, Primatology, and Zoology.

Reviews
Dominic Kirkham, Sofia, Easter 2013


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132 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8066


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Country and the City</span>The Country and the City
by Raymond Williams

A brilliant survey of English literature in terms of changing attitudes toward country and city, Raymond Williams's perceptive study reveals the shifting images and associations between these two tradtional poles of life throughout the major developmental period of English culture. The author, who was a foremost social and cultural critic, finds the English experience especially significant because of the early occurrence of the Industrial Revolution, which so decisively transformed relations between the country and the city. This new edition makes available, once again, a seminal work.

'A long, painstaking and beautiful examination of English literature in the search for shifting images of "country" and "city" through history and the often class-freighted and ahistorical meanings we give them. I challenge anyone to read his first chapter and not be eager to go on. As with Joyce and Irishness, so Williams with Welshness: two national cultural elements in my own background that have resonated within my own thought and work.' Trevor Griffiths

' ... Raymond Williams still speaks to us, at the start of the 21st century, as a roadman cutting and clearing the choked thoroughfares of our culture, a signalman indicating passable routes through the social, economic and political histories that shaped him - and us.' Stan Smith, from his new Foreword

Reviews
Patrick Parrinder - EA Newsletter 200, Summer 2012
Houman Barekat - Working USA, March 2012
and Los Angeles Review of Books, August 2012.


Price: £19.95

336 pages | Indexed
ISBN: 978 0 85124 7991
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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>NATO? - No thanks!</span>NATO? - No thanks!
Spokesman 113
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial: NATO? - No thanks!
Peter Dale Scott - The Libyan War
Rick Rozoff - NATO's War on Libya
Global Network - Global Strike
Ikeda Some, translated by James Kirkup
& Michio Nakano - Umebosh
Zhores Medvedev - Fukushima
Ambassador Glyn Davies - Prime Candidate
Carmel Budiardjo - The Land of Papua
Stuart Holland - New Deal for Europe
Panos Trigazis, Bruce Kent & Colin Archer - Michalis Peristerakis
Stan Newens - Ocalan’s Prison Writings
John Daniels - Public Health
Mike Pentelow & Peter Arkell - Feargus O’Connor
Egyptian Organization for Human Rights - Appeal from Egypt

Reviews

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96 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8042


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Legacy of Chernobyl</span>The Legacy of Chernobyl
By Zhores Medvedev

Dr Medvedev gives a comprehensive analysis of the long-term global effects of the nuclear explosion at the Chernobyl power plant in 1986. He examines the technical, environmental, agricultural, health and economic impacts of the catastrophe.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster at Chernobyl, we publish this new edition with an extended introduction by the author. Dr Medvedev considers the lessons of the disasters at Kyshtym in the Urals in the 1950s, at Chernobyl, and now at Fukushima in Japan.

" ... a clear and well-informed analysis not only of the causes of the Chernobyl accident, but also of its consequences for public health and the environment."
David Holloway, The New York Review of Books

" ... one of the first insider's looks into what happened, and what it all meant ... (Medvedev) peeled aside government secrecy regarding the explosion and its effects."
Gregg Sapp, goodreads.com

Price: £19.95

360 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8035


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Bad News</span>Bad News
The Wapping Dispute
by John Lang & Graham Dodkins
Foreword by Tony Benn

In January 1986, some 5,500 workers employed by four of Britain's national newspapers were sacked. The Sun, News of the World, The Times and The Sunday Times were all owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International Limited, and the bitter industrial dispute that followed was to last 13 months.

Although generally referred to as a print workers' dispute, many of those sacked were not printers at all, but managers, clerks, secretaries, librarians, copy typists and messengers who were members of the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (SOGAT).

In the year following the dispute the authors of this book, themselves previously librarians at The Times and The Sunday Times and active participants in the strike, interviewed many of the clerical workers involved in an effort to document their experiences. Having spent more than a year recording these testimonies and transcribing the tapes onto the backs of discarded fast-food delivery menus using a portable typewriter (money was tight and paper expensive), the project was reluctantly abandoned, the victim of an acute need to earn a living.

The manuscript gathered dust in a loft until, in 2009 (with the 25th anniversary of the dispute fast approaching) unemployment, ironically, provided an opportunity to finish the job. Bad News tells the story of an ordinary group of people thrown into extraordinary circumstances, and how those circumstances affected their lives.

"What comes out in this book is the courage and determination of those who fought for their jobs and their rights against a government that was bitterly hostile to both. This is a book that should be very widely read." Tony Benn, Foreword

Reviews:
Richard Sharpe - Review 31
James Grayson - Chartist, September/October 2011
Sue Sparks - Socialist Review, July/August 2011
Robert Giddings - Tribune, Sunday, June 19th, 2011
Brendan Perring and Ben Welch - Print Monthly, June 2011

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172 pages | Illustrated
ISBN: 978 0 85124 7960


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Means-Test Man</span>Means-Test Man
By Walter Brierley

Means-Test Man describes a week in the life of an unemployed Derbyshire miner. Set in the 1930s and written by a miner out of his own bitter experience, it was one of the most powerful and original novels of that decade. It is tragic that Walter Brierley's portrayal should be highly topical in the 21st century as the number of jobless grows relentlessly.

"In 1939 the Daily Herald carried a piece by John G. O'Leary, the chief librarian for Dagenham, complaining about the state of public libraries. According to O'Leary, British libraries were failing to respond to 'the unceasing demands' of their working-class readers, for 'novels with an economic and social background'. As examples of this sort of writing he cited Walter Greenwood's Love on the Dole, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Walter Brierley's Means-Test Man.

Today this might seem an exaggerated comparison to make for Means-Test Man. Both the other two titles have become catch-phrases for their time, their authors well-known and they have been almost continuously in print since then. Brierley however, has been long since forgotten, his work long out of print, and still very difficult to find in libraries.

As this piece from the Herald shows however, Means-Test Man was clearly considered to have a status and importance in its time comparable to those more famous 'modern classics'. The purpose of this reprinting of the novel is to show modern readers why this was, to make available again a novel that should never have been out of print, and to let readers make up their own minds why it has been for so long."

Andy Croft from his Introduction


Price: £9.99

300 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 7953


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Complicity against Palestine</span>Complicity against Palestine
Spokesman 111
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial: Complicity against Palestine
Dalit Baum - Who profits?
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine
Alice Walker - A Circle
US Embassy, London - Diego Garcia
Noam Chomsky interviewed by Amy Goodman - Exposing Western leadership
Paul Rodgers - America’s shiver
Zhores Medvedev - Dangerous occupation
Jeremy Corbyn MP - Love of learning
Diana Johnstone - NATO and US Grand Strategy
Lynne Jones - Regime change or disarming WMD?
Michael Baratt Brown - Basil Davidson

Reviews

Alexis Lykiard - Haiku


Price: £6.00

96 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 7908


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Imperialism</span>Imperialism
A Study
by J. A. Hobson
Introduction by Nathaniel Mehr
Foreword by Jeremy Corbyn MP


First published in 1902, Hobson’s seminal work was among the first to make the link between political economy and the imperialist expansionism of the advanced capitalist nations at the turn of the 20th Century. A devastating moral critique of the murderous cynicism of imperialism, Hobson’s book paved the way for the influential Marxist theories of imperialism advanced by Lenin and Bukharin and others. It provides an invaluable framework for understanding militarism and war in the 21st Century.

'It’s a depressing reflection on our condition that J A Hobson’s pioneering study of the relationship between finance and empire retains much actuality today, more than a hundred years after it was first published. It is good to have this classic work available again. Nathaniel Mehr’s critical introduction admirably situates Imperialism both historically and in relation to the debates it helped to shape among Marxists from Lenin and Bukharin to Harvey and Negri.'
Alex Callinicos, Professor of European Studies, King's College London, and author of Imperialism and Global Political Economy.

'Hobson's book remains an indispensable starting point for the understanding of imperialism. Spokesman are to be congratulated for making it available once more.'
John Newsinger, author of The Blood Never Dried: A People’s History of the British Empire.

‘Hobson's Imperialism belongs to the small group of books in the years from 1900 to the outbreak of war that have definitely changed the contours of social thought.'
The Guardian.

Reviews:
Gwyn Griffiths - Morning Star, Wednesday 4 May, 2011
Llewellyn James - Socialist Review, March 2011

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