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In Brief

(October 1977)

From International Socialism (1st series), No.102, October 1977, p.31.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution is available in paperback again in time for the 60th anniversary of the Revolution (Pluto £5.00). Another valuable reissue is Selected Writings of William Morris (Penguin £1.10).

New this month is Miklos Haraszti A Worker in a Worker’s State (Penguin 85p) which Bookmarx Club have wisely chosen for their list. Having sent your £4.50 off to Bookmarx for the autumn/winter selection you’ll have to go to your library to borrow Ray Challinor’s The Origins of British Bolshevism (Croom Helm £8.50). Challinor provides a detailed history of the Socialist Labour Party at the beginning of this century, up to the formation of the Communist Party.

Islam and Capitalism by Maxime Rodinson (Penguin £1.20) is now in paperback. So too is E.P. Thompson Whigs and Hunters (Peregrine £3.25) which is a major study of 18th century Britain.

Marc Linder Anti Samuelson (Pluto/Urizen 2 Vols, £3.90 each) has recently been published and will serve as a useful antidote for students of Economics. At the end of this month The Socialist Register 1977 will be published by Merlin Press, (£3.00). It contains a major section on The Future of the Left, in which, among others, Duncan Hallas, David Widgery and Ralph Miliband debate the way forward.

Make a note in your diary to come to the first Socialist Bookfair to be held on 3 November at Camden Town Hall. It promises to be a very successful event, giving you an opportunity to meet the publishers, grouse about prices, sign contracts for half finished novels you mean to complete, browse and or buy. A must for all bookworms.

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