Red October – new books from Pluto Press

Laurie Penny

Penny Red encapsulates the frustrations and anger of a generation abandoned by the political elite…an invaluable commentary on our times.” – Morning Star

It was this time last year, with a nip in the air and the leaves around our feet, that the student movement against the coalition’s education policies began to take shape. On November 10th, following a march of 50,000 students through Whitehall, thousands occupied Conservative Party HQ and vented their anger. In one of her most powerful articles, ‘Inside the Millbank Tower riots’, Laurie Penny reported from the scene:

Suddenly there’s a cheer. The boys and girls who have made it to the roof have dropped a banner to announce their presence. The sunshine glints off their faces; we squint as we peer up to where they’re punching the air, shouting in triumph, dropping more banners and leaflets fluttering like ticker-tape in the sharp winter light. A young couple lean over the edge and begin to kiss and cuddle each other, and for a moment it’s beautiful, we are beautiful, we can do anything.

Then behind the crowd, I hear another sound, coming closer. It’s the sound of an ambulance.

This article, along with many others on a range of topics including protest, feminism and radical culture, can be found in the collection of Laurie’s best writings, Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent, which is available now.

Penny Red

Notes from the New Age of Dissent

Laurie Penny. Foreword by Warren Ellis

Selected writings from a prominent voice of the new activist left. Reflections on being young, broke and angry in the twenty-first century.

“Cuts, sexism and riots, Laurie Penny’s fresh and angry voice captures the moment and the important issues – highly recommended.” – Polly Toynbee

“Penny is re-inventing the language of dissent, delivering verbal taser-barbs to the left and right, and causing apoplexy among the old men in cardigans who run the British blogosphere.” – Paul Mason, economics editor of BBC’s Newsnight

£12.99 only £11.50 on the Pluto site

Also releasing this month from Pluto…

Ariella Azoulay’s From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, is a moving and beautifully presented photographic account of the destruction of mandate Palestine (1947-50), accompanied by substantial analytical text. A selection of photographs from the book will be on display at London’s Mosaic Rooms from 4th-25th November. For more information visit The Mosaic Rooms.

From Palestine to Israel

A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950

Ariella Azoulay. Translated by Charles S Kamen

Beautifully presented photobook, featuring 200 rarely seen photographs from the Palestinian Nakba (1947-50). Includes original text from the author.

“Pursuing the path that she has uniquely laid down in relation to the civil contract of photography, in this powerful new book Ariella Azoulay turns her attention to the formation of the State of Israel and its devastating consequences for the Palestinian people. From deep inside the archive of Israel’s own historical records, she brings to light the photographic documents of that moment, eliciting from them their violent unspoken histories. Her readings will be debated and contested, but there can be no question that she has written a new chapter in the history of what she calls the civil imagination, the ability of the excluded, oppressed and exiled to seize a potential future out of the regime-made disasters of the modern world. From Palestine to Israel will confirm Azoulay’s status as one of the politically boldest theorists at work in the field of visual studies today.” – Jacqueline Rose

“Ariella Azoulay’s scholarship is a rare achievement. Truly interdisciplinary, she marshals material from photography, history and political theory to offer an incisive political critique of the discourses through which we understand Israel-Palestine. The result is the most original conceptualisation of photography, history and politics and their connections that we have seen for a very long time.” – David Campbell, Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies

£17.99 only £16.00 on the Pluto site

Asa Winstanley and Frank Barat bring together evidence from the London session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation. Watch Dr Karma Nabulsi talk about the importance of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine here:

Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation

Evidence from the London Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

Edited by Asa Winstanley and Frank Barat. Foreword by Alice Walker

Damning exposé of corporate complicity in Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land. A vital legal resource on this pressing issue.

“As we prepare for the South African session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, this book is an important, practical tool in the non-violent struggle against apartheid in the Holy Land.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“A compelling and urgent read for anyone concerned about corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.” – Omar Bargouti, co-founder of the Palestinian Civil Society BDS Movement

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site

Peadar Kirby and Mary P. Murphy’s Towards a Second Republic: Irish Politics after the Celtic Tiger, is a cogent critique of Ireland’s failed ‘Celtic Tiger’ economic model alongside new proposals to take the Republic out of the crisis. Peadar has an article in the 2012 edition of the prestigious annual journal Socialist Register entitled ‘When Banks Cannibalize the State: Responses to Ireland’s Economic Collapse’, visit Socialist Register to read the article (subscription access).

Towards a Second Republic

Irish Politics after the Celtic Tiger

Peadar Kirby and Mary P. Murphy

Analyses Ireland’s economics, politics and society, drawing lessons from its cycles of boom and bust. Proposes new institutions for a fairer Ireland.

“A tour de force … marshals together the latest evidence, theory, political reform and experiments in civic initiatives … The book should be on every Irish lawmaker’s desk and in the hands of any citizen or resident looking for implementable ideas to create prosperity from the practice of equality, solidarity and transparent governance.” – Senator Katherine Zappone

“At last, a book which recognizes that the Irish republic never treated women as equal citizens, that inequality persisted and deepened during the Celtic Tiger years, and that the collapse of the Irish economy has been disastrous for women – half of the population – in particular ways. Murphy and Kirby have brought feminism into the debate about Ireland’s future.” – Susan McKay, Director National Women’s Council of Ireland

£17.99 only £16.00 on the Pluto site

In Hope Amidst Despair: HIV/AIDS-Affected Children in Sub-Saharan Africa Susanna W. Grannis looks at the lives of HIV/AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa and the community leaders working to give them a better future. Based on extensive first-hand experience and research, the book gives these children a voice, allowing them to explain their stories and the challenges they face. Grannis shows how young community leaders can promote children’s well-being and independence.

Hope Amidst Despair

HIV/AIDS-Affected Children in Sub-Saharan Africa

Susanna W. Grannis

Gives voice to HIV/AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan African, allowing them to tell their own stories. Moving insights from the heart of the global south.

“‘This is an unsentimental and realistic assessment of the desperate situation of children in sub-Saharan Africa affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Thus when the author says there is hope despite the hopelessness we must believe her. We are indebted to Susanna Grannis for pointing to the light at the end of the tunnel.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“Susanna Grannis’ book brings us up-to-date with how the HIV/AIDS epidemic is affecting Africa’s children. The stigma attached to the disease may be diminishing, but children’s grief at their parent’s death remains raw. It’s a sensitive and informative book.” – Emma Guest, author Children of AIDS: Africa’s Orphan Crisis (Pluto, 2003)

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

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