Reps’ library

Reps can borrow books from our lending library. These are books lent out by other reps.

Comment at the bottom of the page with any requests for books you’d like to see here.

Trade unionism, labour and activism

  • Raising Expectations and Raising Hell: My Decade Fighting for the Labour Movement by Jane McAlevey
  • Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
  • “And the Judges Said”: Collected Essays by James Kelman
  • Uncommon People: Resistance, Rebellion and Jazz by Eric Hobsbawn
  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell


Thousands of texts on Marxism, history, economics, sociology and other topics at

  • The Three Sources and Three Components of Marxism; Karl Marx; Frederick Engels by V. I. Lenin
  • Imperialism: The Highest Form of Capitalism by V. I. Lenin
  • Capital by Karl Marx
  • A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx
  • Anti-Dühring by Frederick Engels
  • An Introduction to Marxism by Emile Burns
  • Dialectical Materialism: An Introduction by Maurice Cornforth
  • The Prison Diaries by Antonio Gramsci

Critical theory

  • Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis by Benjamin Kunkel
  • For They Know Not What They Do by Slavok Žižek
  • Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe
  • The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today by Razmig Keucheyan


Michael Roberts’ blog is regularly updated and provides a clear-sighted analysis of today’s economic issues.

  • Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
  • Talking to my Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis
  • A Very Short Introduction to Capitalism by James Fulcher
  • Value, Price and Profit by Karl Marx
  • Marx 200 – a Review of Marx’s Economics 200 Years After His Birth by Michael Roberts
  • The Worldly Philosophers by Robert Heilbroner
  • The Essential Keynes by John Maynard Keynes
  • A Guide to the World Bank by the World Bank
  • 50 Years is Enough: The Case Against the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund edited by Kevin Danaher
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

British politics, social issues and history

  • A Very Short Introduction to Twentieth Century Britain by Kenneth O. Morgan
  • A Very Short Introduction to British Politics by Tony Wight
  • Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture by Ian Cobain
  • The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes by Jonathan Rose
  • Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones
  • Red Lives: Communists and the Struggle for Socialism by the Communist Party of Britain
  • A Centenary for Socialism: British Communist Party 1920-2020 by the Communist Party of Britain
  • Poverty Safari: An Understanding of the Anger of Britain’s Underclass by Darren McGarvey
  • Austerity: The Demolition of the Welfare State and the Rise of the Zombie Economy by Kerry-Anne Mendoza
  • Clyde Built Man by Jimmy Reid
  • Keir Hardie: From Serfdom to Socialism edited by John Callow

Imperialism and international

  • The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil by Dan Kovalik
  • Deterring Democracy by Noam Chomsky
  • The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire by Arundhati Roy
  • The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonial Conquest and Resistance by Rashid Khalidi
  • War is a Racket by Smedley D. Butler
  • The Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon
  • Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel by Andrew Ross
  • Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate by Naomi Klein
  • Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India by Shashi Tharoor

Technology and postcapitalism

  • The Economic Singlularity: Artificial Intelligence and the Death of Capitalism by Calum Chance
  • Postcapitalism by Paul Mason
  • Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams
  • Fully Automated Luxury Communism by Aaron Bastani
  • Breaking Things at Work: The Luddites Were Right About Why You Hate Your Job by Gavin Mueller.


  • Women and Class by Mary Davis
  • The Woman Worker by NK Krupskaya

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