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In Brief

(November 1977)

From International Socialism (1st series), No.103, November 1977, p.31.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

George Ward’s book Fort Grunwick will be published in December by Maurice Temple-Smith. While Ward’s will probably collect the Worst Book Of The Year Prize, a close runner for the title is possibly Patrick Hutber’s The Decline arid Fall of the Middle Class and How it can Fight Back (Penguin 75p) written by the City Editor of the Sunday Telegraph.

New books of better value include Alexandra Kollontai’s Love of Worker Bees published by Virago at £2.50, Gladys Elder, The Alienated: Growing Old Today, published by the Writers and Readers Publishing Cooperative at £1.50, and Wolf Biermann Poems and Ballads (Pluto £1.50).

The Autumn issue of Race and Class includes an article by David Edgar on Racism, fascism and the politics of the National Front that is worth looking out for.

New November titles include two Bookmarx Club choices, Ray Challinor’s John S. Clarke (Pluto £1.50) and Sylvia Pankhurst’s The Suffragette Movement (Virago £2.95).

Two volumes to look out for in libraries are Colin Crouch Class Conflict and the Industrial Relations Crisis (Heinemann Educational £7.50) and Henry Phelps Brown The Inequality of Pay (Oxford £7.95).

Zed is a new socialist publishing house which has been launched with two titles, Malcolm Caldwell, The Wealth of Some Nations (£3.00) and Uri Davis, Israel: Utopia Incorporated (£3.00). Zed’s aim is to publish a range of books dealing with third world issues.

New from Merlin Press is Voices of Czechoslovak Socialists which contains documents of Charter 77 and other dissidents (90p). Socialist Register 1977 is delayed but will be out in November.

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