Bread and Roses Award

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Bread and Roses Award
Bread and Roses Award logo.jpg
Date Annual
Country United Kingdom
Presented by Alliance of Radical Booksellers
First awarded 2012
Official website

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 GB£1,000.[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[edit]

  • 2013 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


  1. ^ a b c Bread and Roses Award, official website.
  2. ^ a b c d e Alison Flood (6 March 2012). "New prize for radical writing announces shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Alliance of Radical Booksellers, official website.
  4. ^ Counterpower: Making Change Happen, New Internationalist
  5. ^ Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants, Verso Books
  6. ^ Lisa Campbell (3 May 2014). "Shortlist for Bread and Roses Award revealed". Bookseller. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Bread and Roses (2015-05-10). "‘Here We Stand: Women Changing The World’ wins the Bread & Roses Award 2015". Bread and Roses Award. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Bread and Roses (2015-03-11). "The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2015 Shortlist". The Bread and Roses Award. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 

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