Clifford, Dadzie and Hatherley shortlisted for Bread and Roses Award

Clifford, Dadzie and Hatherley shortlisted for Bread and Roses Award

Ellen Clifford, Stella Dadzie and Owen Hatherley are among authors to be shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing.

Hosted by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, the annual prize is in its 10th year and celebrates excellence in the field of radical political non-fiction. 

Titles interrogating the Victorian economy, slavery, and the issue of fake news have been shortlisted on the seven-strong line-up.

Clifford has made the list with The War on Disabled People (Zed/Bloomsbury), alongside Dadzie's A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance (Verso). Marcus Gilroy-Ware's After the Fact? The Truth About Fake News (Repeater), Emma Griffin's Bread Winner: An Intimate History of the Victorian Economy (Yale) and Hatherley's Red Metropolis: Socialism and the Government of London (Repeater) have also been shortlisted, while The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution by Dan Hicks (Pluto) and Olivette Otele's African Europeans: An Untold History (Hurst) completes the list.

The £500 prize will be awarded to the winner at an online event on 27th October at 7 p.m., which is open to the public. 

Ross Bradshaw, owner of Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham, said: "This is the only British award for radical political non-fiction. We all want to change the world one book at a time, and reading from our shortlist and from the winning entries from previous year is a good place to start. Our shortlists have often favoured diversity, explained our history and told the stories of those who often struggle to get their voices heard. We are pleased to have had entries — as we always do — from politically committed publishers and the commercial sector. I'm really looking forward to finding out the winner."

Johny Pitts won the 2020 award with his "unique political documentary" Afropean: Notes from Black Europe (Allen Lane).