Book Week

Every day this week, Red Pepper is publishing from our fine selection of recent reviews. Check back here for the latest piece together with special offers and discounts

November 16, 2020 · 3 min read
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For the week commencing 16 November 2020, we are publishing a number of the best book reviews from recent print editions. Subscribers will also receive exclusive discounts on featured titles from leading left-wing publishers including Verso, Repeater and Pluto (check your inbox for our latest newsletter). We will be updating this page every day with a link to our latest book review.

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Our online Book Week begins with Johanna Russell reviewing Tsitsi Dangarembga’s This Mournable Body. The final instalment in Dangarembga’s long-running trilogy is a brilliant and harrowing portrayal of modern Harare.

With rumours abounding that Len McCluskey is due to step down as Unite the Union general secretary in 2021, his book Why You Should Be A Trade Unionist should make for timely reading. Tuesday’s review, however, finds that an anonymous collective of Unite members are left more than a little disappointed with his efforts…

Wednesday sees Sophie Hemery review Arundhati Roy’s latest book Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction. Roy’s now famous dictum that the ‘pandemic is a portal’ takes centre stage in a riveting collection of essays that invoke hope for a world beyond rising nationalism and exploitation.

On Thursday, Houman Barekat looks at the far right’s long history of instrumentalising free speech in No Platform by Evan Smith. In the wake of an unprecedented recession, a little scapegoating goes a long way he argues.

Friday’s review is Cash Carraway’s Skint Estate. Written by the author and poet Jessica Andrews, Skint Estate is ‘a call to arms emanating from the details that make up our daily lives’.

Saturday sees Angelica Udueni review Terraformed: Young Black Lives in the Inner City by Joy White. White’s book is both deeply personal and political, examining the other side of violence often left out of the mainstream conversation.


Review – Regicide or Revolution? What petitioners wanted, September 1648 – February 1649 by Nora Carlin

Norah Carlin's analysis of the Levellers' petitions reaffirms the radical nature of the English revolution, argues John Rees.

Review – I Want to Believe: Posadism, UFOs and apocalypse communism by A M Gittlitz

Despite its outlandish reputation, A M Gittlitz's analysis of Posadism shows there is value in occasionally indulging in fanciful thinking, writes Dawn Foster.

Review – Terraformed: Young Black Lives in the Inner City by Joy White

White's book is both deeply personal and political, examining the other side of violence often left out of the mainstream conversation writes Angelica Udueni


Review – Skint Estate by Cash Carraway

Cash Carraway's memoir is a powerful recollection of working class struggle. Her story is a quiet call to arms, writes Jessica Andrews

Review – No Platform by Evan Smith

Smith's book demonstrates that the far-right has always played the victim card when it comes to free-speech, writes Houman Barekat

Review – Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction.

Roy's latest book helps us imagine the pandemic as a portal to another world, writes Sophie Hemery