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As an additional feature on our website we include a list of works recommended by SLP members. Not all are written from a Socialist perspective or represent the views of the SLP.  

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Thousands Say, We Won't Pay: Merseyside Tenants in Struggle 1968-1973 – Kim Singleton

Read or download FREE e copy of the SLP General Secretary's study of housing struggles during the tumultuous era of labour 'unrest', the late sixties and early seventies.

The Mysterious Case of David Swallow: Life and Times of a Miners Leader – Graham Capstick and Ken Capstick

Read or download PDF of the life story of the man whose example inspired the founding of the first miners union, by former SLP Treasurer, Ken Capstick and his son, Graham.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell

"The first great English novel about class war" – Alan Sillitoe. Flamingo ISBN 0 586 09036 3.

The Enemy Within – The Secret War Against the Miners – Seumas Milne

"The most important expose of contemporary political Britain I have ever read" – John Pilger. Verso ISBN 1 84467 508 4.

Saddam Hussein: An American Obsession – Andrew and Patrick Cockburn

US cynicism and double-dealing instigating war against Iraq. Verso ISBN 10 1859 8442 27.  

Virgin Soil Upturned – Mikhail Sholokhov

From the author of 'Quietly Flows the Don', set during the collectivisation of agriculture in 1930. Illuminates the suffering and laughter of the fighters for progress and the rage of their opponents.

Progress Publishers, Moscow. 1st edition 1961.

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

A particularly haunting work, exploring the grim realities of imperialism in Africa, the slaughter of millions of Africans in the pursuit of greed and profit. Originally published Novella 2002.

'The Rape of the Fair Country' and 'If You Believe the Soldiers' – Alexander Cordell

The first a moving novel of white slavery set during the Industrial Revolution in 19th century Wales, the second written in 1973 imagines an eighties sliding towards fascism.

Blorenge Books ISBN 1 872730 15 9. Hodder and Stoughton ISBN 10 0340166118

Cwmardy - We Live – Lewis Jones

Two epic novels, now published together, of life in the industrial communities of South Wales during the twenties and thirties.

Library of Wales ISBN 10 1902638832

The Great Hunger – Cecil Woodham – Smith

The factual story of the Irish potato famine of the 1840's which killed one million people while hundreds of thousands fled to America.

Old Town Books NY ISBN-D-88029-385-3.

Race, Class & Power in the Alabama Coalfields 1908-21 – Brian Kelly

A meticulously researched, engaging and convincing study exploring the role of white coal operators in the southern states of the USA.

University of Illinois Press 2001. ISBN 0 25206933-1.

The People of the Abyss – Jack London

A non-fiction but first hand study of life in the East End of London in 1902. Online at

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: an Indian History of the American West – Dee Brown

First published in 1970, this extraordinary book changed the way Americans think about the original inhabitants of their country.

Owl Books; 2001 edition. ISBN-10: 0805066691