Join the Left Book Club. We send the best books on radical and progressive politics, direct to your door.

By reading and sharing ideas together, we can transform society.

The Left Book Club was founded in 1936 to oppose war, inequality and fascism. It helped bring Labour to power in 1945. Join us today and support political education.

Choose between a book every month, or six books a year. Our books include classics (the black books) and contemporary writing (the yellow books).

‘Despite the damage capitalism inflicts, the idea of capitalism remains strong. Reading socialist texts has never been more urgent. Good luck to the Left Book Club!’

– Ken Loach

Our book for July

This classic of labour history was originally published by the Left Book Club in 1939, just three years after the Jarrow March. Written by Jarrow's firebrand Labour MP Ellen Wilkinson, The Town That Was Murdered conveys how lives were devastated when large finance firms drove local shipbuilding firms to bankruptcy and destroyed jobs.

The book helped to usher in the welfare state and the Labour government of 1945. This special edition has a new introduction by Gargi Bhattacharyya which explains how it can be used in practical ways to address our own struggles with precarious work and unemployment under capitalism today.

What do I get?

  • Carefully-selected books by the world's leading radical authors, in unique editions
  • Fantastic discounts from our partners including Pluto Press, Tribune, Repeater Books, PM Press and others
  • Access to our monthly author discussion, events & our growing community
  • Resources, discussion points and articles

1) CHOOSE YOUR MEMBERSHIP

Select from our subscription options. Payment is linked to your card and can be made in small monthly installments.

2) USE YOUR DISCOUNTS

Once you’re a member, you can buy any books you’ve missed, and you’ll get a range of special discounts from our publishing partners in your welcome email.

3) JOIN AN EVENT

Get reading and share your ideas with others through our online reading group. Or start your own! We can help put you in touch with other members.

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How to buy a gift subscription

Just choose the gift option during checkout. We will email you a digital gift voucher. It's quick and easy, and it's perfect for last-minute gift buying.

Simply print out the voucher, and put it in a card, or just forward the email. Each voucher contains a code, which can be redeemed on this site. 

If you're already an LBC member, make sure to use a different email address when you buy a gift subscription.

FIND US ON YOUTUBE

All our events are free to view on Youtube. Check out our anticapitalism series, and our most recent author panels.

READ ABOUT US IN TRIBUNE

We were delighted to be featured in Tribune magazine, read the story here. Remember, if you're an LBC subscriber you get a discount on your Tribune subscription.

‘The aim of the Club is a simple one: it is to help in the terribly urgent struggle for World Peace & a better social & economic order & against Fascism’

– Left Book Club leaflet, 1938

Get tickets for our event with Jason Hickel on August 25th

Join author Jason Hickel and guests for a discussion on The Divide – a provocative account of global inequality which Danny Dorling called 'myth-busting at its best'. The discussion will explore the reality that poor countries are poor because they are integrated into the global economic system on unequal terms, and that aid only helps to hide this.

Our unique editions are beautifully designed and printed on unlaminated board so no plastic is involved in the production of the book.

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‘Terrific and timely. The relaunch of the LBC will open minds and give intellectual ballast to the wave of political change sweeping Britain and beyond’

– Jeremy Corbyn

Are you based in the EU?

Due to the fact that the UK has left the EU, we're experiencing some problems with post to the EU, especially with post to Sweden. Please be aware that if you are an EU-based subscriber, you may have to pay extra charges to receive your book. We're really sorry. This is a massive problem for many UK-based small organisations such as ourselves. If you have problems receiving your books please let us know.

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