11 December 2018 — Housmans

The following is a list of 50 books that have been particularly popular with Housmans customers this year.  Hopefully there’ll be something here to tickle your fancy.

Don’t forget that Housmans has plenty of other more gifty books, including the best political fiction, music, art, graphic novels etc. , as well as plenty of gift items: radical mugs, teatowels, pins, candles, seasonal cards and so on.

Without further ado, and in no particular order…..

Housmans Peace Diary & World Peace Directory 2019

Available to buy online here http://www.housmans.com/diary.php



Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.
Joint winner of the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2018

Familiar Stranger: A Life between Two Islands by Stuart Hall

“Vivid… a subtle and subversive memoir of the end of Empire”, Colin Grant in The Guardian
Joint winner of the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2018


Your Silence Will Not Protect You : Essays and Poems by Audre Lorde

Your Silence Will Not Protect You is a 2017 posthumous collection of essays, speeches, and poems by African American author and poet Audre Lorde. It is the first time a British publisher collected Lorde’s work into one volume.


K-Punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher 

Covering the period 2004 – 2016, the collection will includes some of the best writings from Mark Fisher’s blog k-punk; a selection of his brilliantly insightful film, television and music reviews; his key writings on politics, activism, precarity, hauntology, mental health and popular modernism for numerous websites and magazines; his final unfinished introduction to his planned work on ”Acid Communism”; and a number of important interviews.

Nasty Women edited by Heather McDaid

“An essential window into many of the hazard-strewn worlds younger women are living in right” now.’ – Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale



Tottenham’s Trojan Horse? by Amanda Lillywhite and Mark Paton

A community in Tottenham is at risk of having their homes and businesses demolished to clear the way for regeneration led by the new Tottenham Hotspur football stadium. “Tottenham’s Trojan Horse?” shows the impact of the proposals on individuals and how they have joined with others to challenge Haringey council’s plans.

Decolonising the University edited by Gurminder K. Bhambra, Dalia Gebrial, Kerem Nişancıoğlu

“This is a fine collection of knowledgeable yet readable essays that comprehensively addresses a host of vital issues for our times: Eurocentrism, whiteness, power, free speech, inclusion and exclusion, and public higher education. It tells us why history matters and why education matters both within and beyond universities.” -Priyamvada Gopal, University of Cambridge

The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla

Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, The Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that doesn’t seem to want you, doesn’t truly accept you – however many generations you’ve been here – but still needs you for its diversity monitoring forms.

Africa’s Tarnished Name by Chinua Achebe

Electrifying essays on the history, complexity, diversity of a continent, from the father of modern African literature.



Big Capital : Who is London for? by Anna Minton

Despite the desperate shortage of housing, tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of affordable homes are being pulled down, replaced by luxury apartments aimed at foreign investors. In this ideological war, housing is no longer considered a public good. Anna Minton cuts through the complexities, jargon and spin to give a clear-sighted account of how we got into this mess and how we can get out of it.

A Party with Socialists in It : A History of the Labour Left by  Simon Hannah

[Has] the British Labour Party ever truly been on the side of the workers? Where do its interests really lie? And can we rely on it to provide a barrier against right-wing forces? By looking into its history, this book shines a light on the internal dynamics of the ‘party with socialists in it’.


Unfuck Your Brain : Using Science To Get Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-Outs, and Triggers by Faith Harper

A no-nonsense and helpful guide on how to cope with a slew of mental-health issues that are hellbent on ruining the lives of millions of people worldwide.

Women & Power : A Manifesto by Mary Beard

Mary Beard […] exposes the roots of today’s expectations of how a woman should behave […]With references to mythological figures such as Perseus, Medusa, Philomela and Telemachus, she shows how often we’ve been told that “Speech will be the business of men” and that a woman who breaks this rule may risk having her tongue cut out. Time for change, she argues – and now! Jenni Murray, Guardian

Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory by Elys Dolan

“This book, about a bunch of chocolate-egg-laying chickens in a union dispute with their megalomaniacal rabbit boss at a chocolate factory is HILARIOUS. My five-year-old has requested it at ten successive bedtimes, and my eight-year-old enjoys doing the voices of the chickens. Also it teaches youngsters about labour politics and the importance of servant leadership in a profit-and-loss situation. It is SO FUNNY. Highly recommended.” – Sarah Manley

Natives : Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala

Covering everything from the police, education and identity to politics, sexual objectification and the far right, Natives will speak directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain’s racialised empire.

Utopia for Realists : And How We Can Get There by Rutger Bregman

In Utopia for Realists, Rutger Bregman shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are, in fact, wholly implementable. Every milestone of civilisation – from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy – was once considered a utopian fantasy. New utopian ideas such as universal basic income and a fifteen-hour work week can become reality in our lifetime.

Revolutionary Yiddishland : A History of Jewish Radicalism by Alain Brossat and Sylvie Klingberg

“A fascinating window onto a lost world … essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the complex relationship between the Jewish left, the general left, and Zionism. Brossat and Klingberg do not try to iron out the wrinkles of the past. Their insightful commentary illuminates the passions, paradoxes, triumphs and defeats of the witnesses who populate their book.” -Brian Klug, author of Being Jewish and Doing Justice

White Privilege : The myth of a post-racial society by Kalwant Bhopal

Why and how do those from black and minority ethnic communities continue to be marginalised? Despite claims that we now live in a post-racial society, race continues to disadvantage those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Drawing on topical debates and supported by empirical data, this important book examines the impact of race on wider issues of inequality and difference in society.

Portraits of Violence : An Illustrated History of Radical Critique by Brad Evans

Bringing together established academics and award-winning comic book writers and illustrators, Portraits of Violence illustrates the most compelling ideas and episodes in the critique of violence. Hannah Arendt, Franz Fanon, Jacques Derrida, Edward Said, Paolo Freire, Michel Foucault, Susan Sontag, Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, and Giorgio Agamben each have ten pages to tell their story in this innovative graphic title.

The Shock Doctrine of the Left by Graham Jones

Shocks, from natural disasters to military catastrophes, have long been exploited by the state to impose privatization, cuts and rampant free markets. This book argues that the left can use such moments of chaos to achieve emancipation.


Radical Technologies : The Design of Everyday Life by Adam Greenfield

In this urgent and revelatory excavation of our Information Age, leading technology thinker Adam Greenfield forces us to reconsider our relationship with the networked objects, services and spaces that define us. It is time to re-evaluate the Silicon Valley consensus determining the future.


Bullshit Jobs : A Theory by David Graeber

Be honest: if your job didn’t exist, would anybody miss it? Have you ever wondered why not? Up to 40% of us secretly believe our jobs probably aren’t necessary. In other words: they are bullshit jobs. This book shows why, and what we can do about it.


Poverty Safari : Understanding the Anger of Britain’s Underclass by Darren McGarvey

Arguing that both the political left and right misunderstand poverty as it is actually lived, McGarvey sets out what everybody – including himself – could do to change things. Razor-sharp, fearless and brutally honest, Poverty Safari is an unforgettable insight into modern Britain.

Sound System : The Political Power of Music by Dave Randall

“Fascinating… A deeply intelligent look at music and society and in particular pop’s tempestuous relationship with commerce. Thought provoking, readable and clever stuff.” –Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music


Pride : The Unlikely Story of the True Heroes of the Miner’s Strike by Tim Tate

The true story of the campaign and subsequent film! In 1984, a small group of metropolitan homosexual men and lesbian women stepped away from the vibrant culture and hedonism of London’s defiant gay scene to befriend and support the beleaguered villages of a very traditional mining community in the remote valleys of South Wales.

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.


Dark Days by James Baldwin

Drawing on Baldwin’s own experiences of prejudice in an America violently divided by race, these searing essays blend the intensely personal with the political to envisage a better world.


Optimism Over Despair by Noam Chomsky

An essential overview of the problems of our world today, and how we should prepare for tomorrow. An exploration of rising neoliberalism, the refugee crisis in Europe, the Black Lives Matter movement, the dysfunctional US electoral system, and the prospects and challenges of building a movement for radical change.

Things That Help: Healing Our Lives Through Feminism, Anarchism, Punk, & Adventure by  Cindy Crabb

Living in the margins of a culture she never felt comfortable in, Cindy Crabb touches on her experiences with feminism, girl-gangs, abuse, and gender identity. With stories, essays, interviews, and more, Cindy writes with fierce honesty and compassion, exploring subjects like consent, abortion, death, self-image, shyness, identity, and anarchism.

Alt-Right : From 4chan to the White House by Mike Wendling

This book is a vital guide to understanding the Alt-Right – the white nationalist, anti-feminist, far-right movement that rose to prominence during Donald Trump’s successful election campaign in the United States. It looks at the support for this reactionary network, arguing that while Trump is in office and the far-right grows across Europe, we need to gain a deeper understanding of the movement’s philosophy, history and role in politics today.

Class Struggle and Mental Health by Freedom Press

Originally compiled following a series of discussions on online forums, this thoughtful work brings together accounts from anarchists around the globe about what it means to suffer from mental illness and what we, as individuals and a movement, can do about it.

Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek

Platform Capitalism shows how the fundamental foundations of the economy are rapidly being carved up among a small number of monopolistic tech platforms, and how the platform introduces new tendencies within capitalism that pose significant challenges to any vision of a post-capitalist future.

Economics for the Many edited by John McDonnell

Features contributions from the participants in McDonnell’s New Economics conferences, including Faiza Shaheen, Barry Gardiner, Prem Sikka, Ann Pettifor, Paul Mason, Rebecca Long-Bailey and covers topics from housing, public ownership and fairer international trading systems to industrial policy for the 21st century and how to tackle tax avoidance and regional imbalances.

You Have the Right to Remain Fat : A Manifesto by Virgie Tovar

Tovar is hungry for a world where bodies are valued equally, food is free from moral judgment, and you can jiggle through life with respect. In concise and candid language, she delves into unlearning fatphobia, dismantling sexist notions of fashion, and rejecting diet culture’s greatest lie: that fat people need to wait before beginning their best lives.

Trans Like Me : A Journey for All of Us by C. N.Lester

In this eye-opening book, CN Lester, academic and activist, takes us on a journey through some of the most pressing issues concerning the trans debate: from pronouns to Caitlyn Jenner; from feminist and LGBTQ activists, to the rise in referrals for gender variant children – all by way of insightful and moving passages about the author’s own experience.

Eleanor Marx : A Life by Rachel Holmes

Unrestrained by convention, lion-hearted and free, Eleanor Marx (1855-98) was an exceptional woman. Hers was the first English translation of Flaubert’s Mme Bovary. She pioneered the theatre of Henrik Ibsen. She was the first woman to lead the British dock workers’ and gas workers’ trades unions. For years she worked tirelessly for her father, Karl Marx, as personal secretary and researcher. Later she edited many of his key political works, and laid the foundations for his biography. But foremost among her achievements was her pioneering feminism. For her, sexual equality was a necessary precondition for a just society.

Mistaken Identity : Race and Class in the Age of Trump by Asad Haider

Whether class or race is the more important factor in modern politics is a question right at the heart of recent history’s most contentious debates Drawing on the words and deeds of black revolutionary theorists, he argues that identity politics is not synonymous with anti-racism, but instead amounts to the neutralization of its movements. It marks a retreat from the crucial passage of identity to solidarity, and from individual recognition to the collective struggle against an oppressive social structure

Corbyn : The Resurrection by Steve Bell

Since his unforeseen resurrection from the tepid ashes of the Labour Party in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn has been on a seemingly unstoppable upward trajectory. And one of Britain’s best-loved political cartoonists, Steve Bell, has been with him every step of the way…..

Antifa : The Anti-Fascist Handbook by Mark Bray

In a smart and gripping investigation, historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray provides a detailed survey of the full history of anti-fascism from its origins to the present day – the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Based on interviews with anti-fascists from around the world, Antifa details the tactics of the movement and the philosophy behind it, offering insight into the growing but little-understood resistance fighting back against fascism in all its guises.

Devotion by Patti Smith

The national bestseller from the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, exploring the nature of creative invention. In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture’s beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.


This Is Your Brain On Anxiety : What Happens and What Helps by Faith G.Harper

This book is a lifesaver for panic attacks, breaking out of flight-or-fight-or-freeze responses, and for chronic anxiety. It’s also good for folks who aren’t burdened by anxiety daily but want to cope better with those tough life situations that affect us all. Read this and breathe!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Winner of the Children’s Book of the Year 2018 at the British Book Awards.


May Made Me : An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France by Mitchell Abidor

This book reveals the legacy of the uprising: how those explosive experiences changed both those who took part, and the course of history. May Made Me will record these moments before history moves on yet again.


Mad Bad & Sad by Lisa Appignanesi

This is the story of how we have understood mental disorders and extreme states of mind in women over the last two hundred years and how we conceive of them today, when more and more of our inner life and emotions have become a matter for medics and therapists.


Talking to My Daughter About the Economy : A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis

In this intimate and accessible book, economist Yanis Varoufakis sets out to answer his daughter Xenia’s deceptively simple question. Drawing on memories of her childhood and a variety of well-known tales – from Oedipus and Faust to Frankenstein and The Matrix — Talking To My Daughter About the Economy explains everything you need to know in order to understand why economics is the most important drama of our times.

Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed

In Living a Feminist Life Sara Ahmed shows how feminist theory is generated from everyday life and the ordinary experiences of being a feminist at home and at work. Building on legacies of feminist of color scholarship in particular, Ahmed offers a poetic and personal meditation on how feminists become estranged from worlds they critique—often by naming and calling attention to problems—and how feminists learn about worlds from their efforts to transform

Doughnut Economics : Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth

Can it be fixed? In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. En route, she deconstructs the character of ‘rational economic man’ and explains what really makes us tick.

The Rhyming Guide to Grenfell Britain by Potent Whisper

The Rhyming Guide to Grenfell Britain is Potent Whisper’s debut spoken word collection. Bringing together nine full-length pieces, the book dismantles and offers radical solutions to the most pressing sociopolitical issues of our time. More than pages of a book, each piece has actively served campaigns on the ground for the past two years; being delivered at demonstrations, in council chambers, on television news channels and at political occupations.

The Violence of Austerity by Vickie Cooper

Austerity, a response to the aftermath of the financial crisis, continues to devastate contemporary Britain. In The Violence of Austerity, Vickie Cooper and David Whyte bring together the voices of campaigners and academics including Danny Dorling, Mary O’Hara and Rizwaan Sabir to show that rather than stimulating economic growth, austerity policies have led to a dismantling of the social systems that operated as a buffer against economic hardship, exposing austerity to be a form of systematic violence.


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