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We'd like to reassure all members that books will continue to reach you during the current crisis, and you can now take part in our reading groups online.
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All books will continue to be posted during March and April, but please allow a little more time than usual for your book to arrive.
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'Deeply intelligent ... makes you re-consider the narrative of your own life and reframe the story you tell yourself. Didier Eribon understands how deep the roots of inequality go' Hilary Mantel
Our book for April is a fearlessly personal story of family, memory, identity and time lost. But it is also a sociologist's view of what it means to grow up working class and then leave that class; of inequality and shifting political allegiances in a divided nation. A huge bestseller in France and Germany, Didier Eribon has written the defining memoir of our times.
We are living through unusual times. Normally our reading groups meet in person, but right now that's just not possible. We hope our members can make the most of online tools available to keep discussions and regular contact going.
For more info about setting up an online reading group, or joining one of our recently launched online discussions, see our reading group page!
With love and solidarity to all of you from the LBC team.
The original Left Book Club was started by pioneering British publisher Victor Gollancz in 1936. Mass membership of the club helped turn the tide of public opinion against fascism and bring the 1945 Labour government to power. That government founded the NHS and the welfare state.
Today, we need a Left Book Club for the twenty-first century.
Online Reading Groups
We're very pleased to announce that we will now be hosting many of our reading groups online!
Keep an eye on our social media pages for regular updates.
If you'd like to participate in a meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a link to join!
We encourage our existing reading groups to host their meetings online using apps such as Zoom. We've created a guide to help you set up, which you can access here. As always, email email@example.com if you have any questions!
The Left Book Club is a not-for-profit organisation. We are supported entirely by our membership and patrons. Our aim is to make the best writing on radical politics accessible to as wide an audience as possible. But we can only do this with your support.
To make a donation please use the following link. This is the website of our charitable patron the Pluto Educational Trust, and all payments can be made with Gift Aid: