October 28, 2021

Literature Journal

World literature news

Bread and Roses Award

The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing is a British literary award presented for the best radical book published each year, with radical book defined as one that is “informed by socialist, anarchist, environmental, feminist and anti-racist concerns”[1] – in other words, ideologically left books.[2] The award believes itself to be the UK’s only left-wing only book prize.[2] Books must be written, or largely written by authors or editors normally living in the UK, or international books available for purchase in the UK.[1] Winning authors receive Template:Currency.[1] The Bread and Roses Award is sponsored by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and has no corporate sponsorship.[2][3]

Bread and Roses is a phrase from the Bread and Roses strike of 1912 among textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts. In a song – Bread and Roses – commemorating the event, the strikers supposedly struck “for bread, and for roses too.”

The inaugural prize was announced 1 May 2012, on International Workers Day, at the Bread and Roses pub in Clapham, London.[2]

Winners and shortlists
2012 Template:Blue ribbon David Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years[2]
Tim Gee, Counterpower: Making Change Happen[4]
Nadia Idle and Alex Nunns (editors), Tweets from Tahrir: Egypt’s Revolution as it Unfolded, in the Words of the People Who Made It
Owen Jones, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
Andy Merrifield, Magical Marxism
Laurie Penny, Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent
Nicholas Shaxson, Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World
2013 Template:Blue ribbon Hsiao-Hung Pai, Scattered Sand: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants[5]
Federico Campagna and Emanuele Campiglio (editors), What We Are Fighting For: A Radical Collective Manifesto
Danny Dorling, No-Nonsense Guide to Equality
Donny Gluckstein, A People’s History of the Second World War: Resistance Versus Empire
Eveline Lubbers, Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark: Corporate and Police Spying on Activists
Paul Mason, Why It’s Still Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions
Daniel Poyner (editor), Autonomy: The cover designs of Anarchy 1961–1970
Dan Swain, Alienation: An Introduction to Marx’s Theory
2014 Template:Blue ribbon Joe Glenton, Soldier Box: Why I Won’t Return to the War on Terror[6]
Rob Evans and Paul Lewis, Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973
Barry Kushner and Saville Kushner, Who Needs the Cuts?: Myths of the Economic Crisis
Katharine Quarmby, No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers
Andrew Simms, Cancel the Apocalypse: The New Path to Prosperity
Imogen Tyler, Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain
2015 Template:Blue ribbon Helena Earnshaw and Angharad Penrhyn Jones, Here We Stand: Women Changing The World[7]
Ha-Joon Chang, Economics: The User’s Guide[8]
Malu Halasa, Zaher Omareen and Nawara Mahfoud, Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline[8]
Tansy E. Hoskins, Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion[8]
Francesca Martinez, What the **** is Normal?![8]
James Meek, Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else[8]
Lara Pawson, In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre[8]
2016 Template:Blue ribbon Jeremy Seabrook, The Song of the Shirt: The High Price of Cheap Garments, from Blackburn to Bangladesh[9]
Phil Chamberlain and Dave Smith, Blacklisted: The Secret War Between Big Business and Union Activists [10]
Kate Evans, Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg
Mel Evans, Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts
Rhian E. Jones, Petticoat Heroes: Gender, Culture and Popular Protest in the Rebecca Riots
Katrine Marçal, Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? A Story About Women and Economics