Big news! LibraryThing is now free to all! Read the blog post and discuss the change on Talk.
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Series: Left Book Club

LibraryThing has 3 suggested works for this series.

Series by cover

Works (175)

Left Book Club Anthology by Paul Laityanthology
An atlas of current affairs by J. F. HorrabinDecember 1936
Choose a Bright Morning by Hillel BernsteinAugust 1936
Days of Wrath by Andre MalrauxAugust 1936
France of the People's front and its mission in the world by Maurice ThorezMay 1936
Poverty and public health by G. C. M. M'GonigleSeptember 1936
The private manufacture of armaments by Philip Noel-BakerOctober 1936
Spain in Revolt: A History of the Civil War in Spain in 1936, and a Study of Its Social, Political and Economic Causes by Harry GannesDecember 1936
The theory and practice of socialism by John StracheyNovember 1936
Under the Axe of Fascism by Gaetano SalveminiOctober 1936
Walls Have Mouths: a Record of Ten Years' Penal Servitude by Wilfred MacartneySeptember 1936
World politics, 1918-1936 by R. Palme DuttJuly 1936
An atlas of empire by J. F. HorrabinFebruary 1937
Christianity and the social revolution by John LewisMay 1937
The Citizen Faces War by Robert DoningtonMay 1937
The Coming Struggle for Power by John StracheySeptember 1937
Defence of Madrid by Geoffrey CoxMarch 1937
Forward from liberalism by Stephen SpenderJanuary 1937
A handbook of Marxism by Emile BurnsJuly 1937
The Irish Republic by Dorothy MacardleSeptember 1937
The Labour Party in Perspective by C. R. AttleeAugust 1937
LEON BLUM: man and statesman by Geoffrey FraserDecember 1937
Modern Marriage and Birth Control by Edward F GriffithJuly 1937
The Paris Commune of 1871 by Frank JellinekFebruary 1937
The Post-War History of the British Working Class by Allen HuttJune 1937
The problem of the distressed areas by Wal HanningtonNovember 1937
Red Star over China by Edgar Snow1937
Savage Civilisation by Tom HarrissonSeptember 1937
A short history of the Russian revolution from 1905 to the present day by Robert Page ArnotOctober 1937
Six Men of Dorset - The Tolpuddle Play by Miles MallesonJune 1937
Socialized Medicine In The Soviet Union by Henry E. M.D. SigeristNovember 1937
Soviet Communism: A New Civilisation by Sidney WebbOctober 1937
Soviet democracy by Pat SloanMay 1937
Soviet justice and the trial of Radek [et al.] by Dudley CollardMarch 1937
Spanish testament by Arthur KoestlerDecember 1937
The Spirit and Structure of German Fascism by Robert A. BradySeptember 1937
A textbook of Marxist philosophy by John LewisMay 1937
The Town Labourer by J. L. HammondAugust 1937
A. R. P. by J. B. S. HaldaneSeptember 1938
An American Testament - A Narrative Of Rebels And Romantics by Joseph FreemanJune 1938
The battle for peace by Frederick Elwyn JonesAugust 1938
China Fights Back by Agnes SmedleyDecember 1938
Civil Liberties by W. H. ThompsonApril 1938
The Civil War in Spain by Frank JellinekJune 1938
Comrades and citizens : [Soviet people] by Seema Rynin AllanNovember 1938
Czechoslovakia: Keystone of peace and democracy by Edgar P. YoungJune 1938
The geography of capitalism by W. G. MooreDecember 1938
Italian Fascism by Gaetano SalveminiJuly 1938
Japanese Terror in China by Harold J. TimperleyJuly 1938
John STRACHEY: Why You Should be A Socialist by John StracheyMay 1938
Justice in England by A BarristerJuly 1938
The Juvenile Labour Market by John JewkesMay 1938
The Labor Spy Racket by Leo HubermanJanuary 1938
Literature and society by David DaichesJanuary 1938
National Capitalism: the government's record as protector of private monopoly by Ernest DaviesSeptember 1938
On the top of the world: the Soviet expedition to the North Pole, 1937 by Lazar BrontmanApril 1938
Our Street by Jan PetersenFebruary 1938
People at bay by Oscar I. JanowskyOctober 1938
A Philosophy for a Modern Man by H. LevyJanuary 1938
Poems of Freedom by John MulganDecember 1938
Promised Land: Notes for a History. A Novel by Cedric BelfrageFebruary 1938
Science and Life by James Gerald CrowtherJuly 1938
Secret Agent of Japan by Amleto VespaOctober 1938
A Short History of the Unemployed by Wal HanningtonSeptember 1938
SIGMUND FREUD by Francis H. BartlettNovember 1938
War can be averted. The achievability of collective security by Eleanor Florence RathboneJanuary 1938
What are we to do? by John StracheyMarch 1938
Barbarians At The Gate by Leonard WoolfNovember 1939
Chemistry: a survey by Alan BeckMay 1939
The condition of the workers in Great Britain, Germany and the Soviet Union, 1932-1938 by Jurgen KuczynskiAugust 1939
the corporate state in action: italy under fascism by Carl SchmidtJuly 1939
Denmark's day of doom by Joachim JoestenJanuary 1939
Empire or democracy? : a study of the colonial question by Leonard BarnesMarch 1939
Fallen Bastions by G. E. R. GedyeFebruary 1939
Heredity, eugenics and social progress by Cyril BibbyJuly 1939
The levellers and the English revolution by Henry HolorenshawMarch 1939
A Marriage Manual by Hannah M. StoneAugust 1939
The military strength of the powers by Max WernerApril 1939
Munich: before and after; a fully documented Czechoslovak account of the crises of September 1938 and March 1939 with a by Hubert RipkaOctober 1939
The new propaganda by Amber Blanco WhiteMay 1939
No compromise; the conflict between two worlds by Melvin Miller RaderOctober 1939
An outline of political thought since the French revolution, (The new people's library. vol. xix) by Stephen SwinglerJanuary 1939
A policy for British agriculture by Christopher Addison Addison, 1st ViscountJanuary 1939
The smaller democracies by Sir Ernest Darwin SimonAugust 1939
The socialist sixth of the world by Hewlett JohnsonDecember 1939
Soviet policy and its critics by J. R. CampbellFebruary 1939
These Poor Hands: The Autobiography of a Miner in South Wales by B. L. CoombesJune 1939
Tory M.P. by Simon HaxeyJuly 1939
The Town That Was Murdered: The Life-Story of Jarrow by Ellen WilkinsonSeptember 1939
I went to the Soviet Arctic by Ruth GruberSeptember 1939
What is Marxism? by Emile BurnsJune 1939
Farewell, France! : An eye-witness account of her tragedy by Oscar PollakDecember 1940
Federalism or Socialism? by John StracheySeptember 1940
India to-day by R. Palme DuttMay 1940
Let My People Go by Cedric BelfrageFebruary 1940
Marxism and democracy by Lucien LauratNovember 1940
Production for the people by Frank VerulamJune 1940
A programme for progress by John StracheyJanuary 1940
Ten lean years : an examination of the record of the National Government in the field of unemployment by Wal HanningtonMarch 1940
We, the People: The Drama of America by Leo HubermanAugust 1940
Ambassador Dodd's diary by William Edward Dodd Jr.March 1941
Battle for the world, the strategy and diplomacy of the second world war by Max WernerJune 1941
The betrayal of the left; an examination & refutation of communist policy from October 1939 to January 1941: with suggestions for an alternative and an epilogue on political morality by Victor GollanczFebruary 1941
A Faith to Fight for by John StracheyJanuary 1941
The Nazi new order in Poland, by Jon EvansJuly 1941
Pierre Laval by Henry TorresNovember 1941
Production for victory, not profit! by Maurice EdelmanSeptember 1941
Rats! by The Pied Piper.,February 1941
Russia in Flux: Before October by John MaynardAugust 1941
Scorched earth by Edgar SnowMarch 1941
What it will be like in the new Britain by Richard AclandDecember 1941
"Passed to You, Please"; Britain's Red-Tape Machine At War by J. P. W. MallalieuJuly 1942
Behemoth: The Structure and Practice of National Socialism, 1933-1944 by Franz L. NeumannAugust 1942
Guilty Germans? by Aubrey Douglas SmithFebruary 1942
Japan's kampf by Jaya DevaJanuary 1942
Mission to Moscow by Joseph Edward DaviesMay/June 1942
A People's History of Germany by A. Ramos OliveiraApril 1942
The Russian Peasant and Other Studies by Sir John MaynardSeptember 1942
Something Went Wrong by Lewis BrowneDecember 1942
Underground Europe Calling by Oscar PaulMarch 1942
Appeasement's Child: The Franco Regime in Spain by Thomas J. HamiltonJuly 1943
Battle Hymn of China by Agnes SmedleyDecember 1943
The black man's burden by John BurgerMarch 1943
La France est une démocratie by Louis LévyAugust 1943
The Great Offensive: The Strategy of Coalition Warfare by Max WernerJanuary 1943
They came as friends by Tor MyklebostJune 1943
The unity of Europe by Hilda MonteSeptember 1943
What to do with Italy by Gaetano SalveminiNovember 1943
Will Germany Crack? by Paul HagenFebruary 1943
Britain's coal: a study of the mining crisis by Margot HeinemannMay 1944
Death pays a dividend by Fenner BrockwayJuly 1944
The economic problem of the peace: a plea for world socialist union by Walter PadleyJune 1944
Empire in Africa by Alexander CampbellApril 1944
Der Fuehrer Book One: Hitler's Rise to Power by Konrad HeidenSeptember 1944
In Darkest Hungary by G. Paloczy-HorvathNovember 1944
The Mirror of the Past by Konni ZilliacusMarch 1944
Rebuilding Britain, a twenty year plan by Ed SimonDecember 1944
The tragedy of European labour, 1918-1939 by Adolf Fox SturmthalJanuary 1944
Argentine Diary by Ray JosephsFebruary 1945
Freedom Was Flesh and Blood by José Antonio de AguirreMay 1945
Hammer or anvil: the story of the German working-class movement by Evelyn AndersonJune 1945
Home to India by Santha Rama RauDecember 1945
It's your empire by Alexander CampbellAugust 1945
Left turn, Canada by M. J ColdwellNovember 1945
Patents for Hitler by Guenter ReimannMarch 1945
Report from Germany by Leonard O. MosleySeptember 1945
I see a new China by George HoggJanuary 1945
I was one of the unemployed by Max CohenOctober 1945
The Chinese Communists by Stuart GelderJanuary 1946
Dilemma in Japan by Andrew RothApril 1946
German Diary by Fenner BrockwayOctober 1946
History Has Tongues by Wilfrid WolfendaleAugust 1946
How like a wilderness by Roland GantMarch 1946
Italy Speaks by Barbara Barclay CarterDecember 1946
A l'échelle humaine by Leon BlumJune 1946
National enterprise; the development of the public corporation by Ernest DaviesSeptember 1946
Our Threatened Values by Victor GollanczJuly 1946
Public speaking by Richard AclandMay 1946
Smouldering freedom; the story of the Spanish Republicans in exile by Isabel de PalenciaNovember 1946
Towards a Socialist Agriculture : Studies by a Group of Fabians / Edited by F. W. Bateson, with a Foreword by C. S. Orwin by Frederick Wilse BatesonFebruary 1946
adventure in the sun by Maurice PearlmanSeptember 1947
Austrian Requiem by Kurt von SchuschniggOctober 1947
Behind the Silken Curtain: A Personal Account of Anglo-American Diplomacy in Palestine and the Middle East by Bartley C. CrumSummer 1947
British trade unions by N. BarouMarch 1947
The coming crisis by Fritz SternbergJune 1947
The darker the night, the brighter the stars by Friedrich SchlotterbeckJanuary 1947
The Greek dilemma : war and aftermath by William Hardy McNeillMay 1947
Labour's plan for plenty by Michael Dunlop YoungFebruary 1947
So Many Hungers! by Bhabani BhattacharyaDecember 1947
Struggle for Germany by Russell HillApril 1947
When Smuts goes. A history of South Africa from 1952 to 2010 first published in 2015 by Arthur Keppel-JonesNovember 1947
The co-operative movement in Labour Britain by Noah BarouFebruary 1948
Kaffirs Are Lively being some backstage impressions of the South African democracy by Oliver WalkerMay 1948
Labour Life and Poverty by F. ZweigMarch 1948
Prisoners of Fear by Ella LingensApril 1948

Series Information

Translate Series Title

Brazilian Portuguese
European Portuguese

Series description

The 'Left Book Club' was a left-wing society active in the UK between 1936 and 1948, founded and supported by the publisher Victor Gollancz, along with the socialist campaigner John Strachey and the Labour academic Harold Laski.

It published a series of around 250 books over these twelve years, mostly on a subscription basis - members undertook to pay 2/6 for each month's book. Membership began at 5,000, peaking at 57,000 in the summer of 1939, and declining during the war years.

The books themselves had a general socialist or anti-fascist theme, though some were more general works. All were published in distinctive red cases or limp orange covers; the paper quality generally matched the low price, especially in wartime editions.

Many of the books were published in 'normal' editions by Gollancz, and some - Orwell's "The Road to Wigan Pier" or Snow's "Red Star over China" later became prominent works in their own right.

[Note: The LBC is a historically important publisher series, in which many of the titles were original to the series and published with the active involvement of the authors. In this respect, it is unlike most LibraryThing series, which are author-defined. Publisher series that meet LT's criteria -- for original publication -- are relatively rare.]

See also:

Related series

Related new series


How do series work?

To create a series or add a work to it, go to a "work" page. The "Common Knowledge" section now includes a "Series" field. Enter the name of the series to add the book to it.

Works can belong to more than one series. In some cases, as with Chronicles of Narnia, disagreements about order necessitate the creation of more than one series.

Tip: If the series has an order, add a number or other descriptor in parenthesis after the series title (eg., "Chronicles of Prydain (book 1)"). By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number. If you want to force a particular order, use the | character to divide the number and the descriptor. So, "(0|prequel)" sorts by 0 under the label "prequel."

What isn't a series?

Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such (see Wikipedia: Book series). Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification (eg., avoid lumping Jane Austen with her continuators).

Also avoid publisher series, unless the publisher has a true monopoly over the "works" in question. So, the Dummies guides are a series of works. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works.


generalising (119), woolly (116), bookishglee (66), uffishread (32), lquilter (5), realSandy (3), DuncanHill (2), MARSlibrary (2), gamoia (2), Nicole_VanK (2), Cynfelyn (2), surly (2), lokal_profil (2), casaloma (1), AnnieMod (1), Imprinted (1), sqdancer (1), lilithcat (1), Querolus (1), leselotte (1), squibbs (1), Petroglyph (1), eromsted (1), TheCrow2 (1), Syme (1), PortiaLong (1), europhile (1), Shrike58 (1), jefbra (1)
About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 146,682,079 books! | Top bar: Always visible