Book of the Week

July 2011

Red Emma Speaks

Red Emma Speaks, a selection of Emma Goldman’s speeches and essays, is reviewed this month online by local anarcha-feminist Rosa Noir on her blog Woman on the Edge of Tyne. Come down to the Canny Little Library to browse this and other books by Emma Goldman, check out this online selection, or listen to audio here.





June 2011

Soccer Vs. The State:

Tackling Football and Radical Politics

by Gabriel Kuhn

Amazing journey through the history & politics of football from a radical perspective

 “In an era when football appears captured by the forces of money and power, straitjacketed by the needs of corporations and international bureaucracies, Gabriel Kuhn’s Soccer vs. The State is a wonderous reminder of all the times and ways and places where football has slipped its chains and offers what it always promised: new solidarities and identities, a site of resistance, a celebration of spontaneity and play”.
David Goldblatt, author of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer


Relevant to the situation here in Newcastle, where Toon fans got together to attempt to reclaim NUFC from multimillionaire owner Mike Ashley, this book traces football’s roots as a people’s game, through football’s rebellious side, and on to current radical underground soccer. 

You can hear an interview with the author on Radio Kebele here

April 2011

Reader Recommendation!

Rip it up and Start Again: post-punk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds

This book is totally mint, an inspiring history of the musical explosion that followed punk, with added socio-political context.

A great read, whether you love the bands mentioned or not!








March 2011

Books for International Womens Day

Mark International Womens Day, 8 March, (or any day!) with one of these books from the Canny Little Library:

Browse these books on Library Thing.

The Whole Woman Germaine Greer
Women and War, with a new epilogue Jean Bethke Elshtain
We Don’t Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists Melody Berger
Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development Vandana Shiva
Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics bell hooks
Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory Toril Moi
Jewish Feminism and Identity Politics (Race & Class Journal) Jenny Bourne
Anarchism: The Feminist Collection Penny Korneger
No Authority but Oneself: the anarchist feminist philosophy of autonomy and freedom Sharon Presley
Marx and Feminism centrepiece 12 Selma Jones
Towards an Anti-racist Feminism J. Bourne
Feminism and Anarchy Federation Anarchiste Commission des Femmes
The Female Eunuch (P.S.) Germaine Greer
The Beauty Myth Naomi Wolf
By Faith and By Doing – interviews with remarkable women Kinnock & Miller
The Mirror Within, a New Look at Sexuality Anne Dickson
Pin-up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture Maria Elena Buszek
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Mary Wollstonecraft
Sex Exposed: Sexuality and the Pornography Debate Lynne Segal
Women in Society: Interdisciplinary Essays Cambridge Womens Study Group
Woman’s Estate Juliet Mitchell
Anarchy, Feminism and Radical Men International Hoover Artist
Porn International Hoover Artist
Rape Culture International Hoover Artist
Women Hating Culture International Hoover Artist
Why Women Hate Women too International Hoover Artist
Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman Sharon Rudahl
The prime of life Simone de Beauvoir


The Anti-Racist Cookbook by Parker & Smith Chambers

This easy-to-read and informative manual gives practical ideas and guidance for ways to challenge racism in society, beginning with examining our own and others’ perceptions and experiences.

Distinguishing between ‘racial prejudice’, which happens at an individual level, and ‘racism’ – a society’s exercise of racial prejudices against a particular group through that society’s institutions of power – the book critiques both ‘political correctness’ and the ‘colour blind’ approach (in which race is ignored), and advocates understanding the ways that our everyday experiences are affected by our race in a system which privileges ‘whiteness’.

The authors discuss ways to create spaces for learning through dialogue, and for building allies to take action for justice for all.

Others like this:

Talking the Walk: A Communications Guide for Racial Justice by Hunter Cutting, Makani N. Themba, Makani Themba-Nixon

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh – online at

Race Revolt – a zine on race politics by feminists and queers, (also available online at

plus many more!

Available now at the

Canny Little Library at the Star & Shadow

Open Sundays 3pm – 7pm

January 2011

Fun Home By Alison Bechdel

This graphic novel was recommended by a friend and it’s brilliant!

It’s personal, emotional, honest – a woman describing her unusual childhood, dad gay and in the closet, and her growing up, relationships and coming out as a lesbian.

Others like it:

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

plus more… Available now at the Canny Little Library



December 2010

The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic
By Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker (Verso, 2000)
Hardback/433pp/£19/ISBN 1 85984 798 6

A fantastic and revealing story of grassroots resistance to the development of modern capitalism. See below for review by Do or Die. Get your copy from the Canny Little Library now!

“The Many-Headed Hydra is a long awaited (almost 20 years in the making) tour-de-force of radical history from below. Avoiding the usual categories that constrain history within the limits of the nation state, the authors take an internationalist approach in order to study the way people have fought against these categories and have tried to escape from and resist states by moving across borders and organising across races.

Nowadays when globalisation is the buzzword most used to understand capitalism, it is worth remembering that capitalism has always been global. Linebaugh and Rediker make this point by referring to the Virginia Company – the origin of English imperialism – as a “new world-trade organization”. (p. 15) This book is about the origins of capitalism in the first wave of globalisation in the 17th and 18th centuries and about the resistance that it encountered. At school we are taught about the great era of exploration and discovery – we are not taught about the slavery, genocide, and exploitation that it entailed, nor about the mutinies, slave revolts and runaway maroon communities of ex-slaves that resisted it…” read more…

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