Now We Have Your Attention

Jack Shenker

In the wake of conventional politics’ dramatic implosion, a vast new range of ideas and political groups are emerging from the wreckage. The landscape has changed so dramatically that, so far, none of the deluge of opinion and commentary has been able to make any real sense of it. 

In 2011, at the age of 25, Jack Shenker was appointed the Guardian’s Egypt correspondent and broke the news, on the ground, day by day, of its Arab Spring. Now, this ferociously talented young journalist does the same for Britain, reporting on the revolution in our midst. From inside the activist communities, campaign groups and protest movements, Now We Have Your Attention is the first full and proper inside guide to this completely new paradigm of political behaviour. It is the book you need to understand politics now – and its trajectory in the coming decades.

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism

Kristen Ghodsee

The argument of this book can be summed up succinctly: unregulated capitalism is bad for women, and if we adopt some ideas from socialism, women will have better lives. 

If done properly, socialism leads to economic independence, better labour conditions, better work/family balance, and, yes, even better sex. That’s it. If you like the idea of such outcomes, then come along for an exploration of how we might change things.

If you are dubious because you don’t understand why capitalism as an economic system is uniquely bad for women, and if you doubt that there could ever be anything good about socialism, this short treatise will provide some illumination.

 

Against Elections

David Van Reybrouck

What have elections ever done for us? Have politics ever been more loaded with fear-mongering, political distrust, and inflammatory rhetoric? Consider this: elections are a relatively new phenomenon. For most of its history, democracy did not involve elections: members of the public were appointed to positions in government through a combination of volunteering and lottery. Based on studies and trials from around the globe, this manifesto presents the practical case for a true democracy. Will the results of this year’s general election highlight democracy’s flaws?

Liberty

Virginia Woolf

Written in the years following the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave 8.4 million women in the UK the right to vote, this collection asks: Why should one half of the population be free to live, while the other is doomed to watch silently from the sidelines? In these visionary texts, Virginia Woolf leads us on a transformative journey through the liberating powers of the mind: from an exploration of why women were barred from writing and under what conditions they might break free, to the solace derived from haunting London’s streets. These writings present Woolf at her most impassioned, rendering the pursuit of liberty one of life’s most poetic adventures.

Adults in the Room

Yanis Varoufakis

What really goes on when Europe’s leaders meet behind closed doors? This is Yanis Varoufakis’ account of his attempt to renegotiate Greece’s membership of the EU. It’s an extraordinary tale of brinkmanship, hypocrisy, collusion and betrayal. The results of the General Election will shape the nature of Britain’s departure from the EU: this timely book reminds us of that institution’s role, both in the past, present, and future.

Nervous States

William Davies

Why do we no longer trust experts, facts and statistics? Why has politics become so fractious and warlike? What caused the populist political upheavals of recent years? How can the history of ideas help us understand our present? In this bold and far-reaching exploration of our new political landscape, William Davies reveals how feelings have come to reshape our world.

In the murky new space between mind and body, between war and peace, lie nervous states: with all of us relying increasingly on feeling rather than fact. In a book of profound insight and astonishing breadth, William Davies reveals the origins of this new political reality. Nervous States is a compelling and essential guide to the turbulent times we are living through.

The Road To Unfreedom

Timothy Snyder

In this visionary work of contemporary history, Timothy Snyder shows how Russia works within the West to destroy the West; by supporting the far right in Europe, invading Ukraine in 2014, and waging a cyberwar during the 2016 presidential campaign and the EU referendum. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the creation of Donald Trump, an American failure deployed as a Russian weapon. But this threat presents an opportunity to better understand the pillars of our freedoms and face the choices that will determine the future: equality or oligarchy, individualism or totalitarianism, truth or lies.

Race

Toni Morrison

Are societies becoming more inclusive, or are they merely getting better at appearing to be so? In this short but searing book, Toni Morrison unravels race through the stories of those debased and dehumanised because of it. A young black girl longing for the blue eyes of white baby dolls spirals into inferiority and confusion. A friendship falls apart over a disputed memory. An ex-slave is haunted by a lonely, rebukeful ghost, bent on bringing their past home. Strange and unexpected, yet always stirring, Morrison’s writing on race sinks us deep into the heart and mind of our troubled humanity.

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