The Left Book Club is something of a legend. Founded by Victor Gollancz in 1936 to distribute cheap, radical books, it was a spectacular success, with nearly 60,000 members at its peak. Gollancz's publishing scheme became an influential political movement, attacking Fascism at home and abroad. Always controversial, its famous orange volumes told stories of life in Britain's industrial towns, rebellion in Hitler's Germany and heroism in the Spanish Civil War. The Club also became the focus for a bewildering amount of cultural activity - theatre, film, travel, country dancing, rambling, poetry-reading. This anthology goes back to the monthly selections themselves and recaptures the fervour and idealism of the 1930's - the 'Red Decade'. It includes extracts from many of the Club's most popular books, including Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, Koestler's Spanish Testament, Edgar Snow's Red Star Over China and Wilfred Macartney's Walls Have Mouths, a sensational' account of eight years inside Parkhurst by one of the century's most inept spies.
Hardback. Very good condition, showing few signs of use.