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Until January 2 (2023), at 23.59 EST, we have 60% off ALL our ebooks (alongside 40% off all our print books!). With that in mind, we bring you our bestselling ebooks from this year. For further reading inspiration, see our End-of-Year-Highlights and Gift Guide, and Year in 10 Books.Full sale details are here.


Utopian Thinking for a Different World

We need to break free from the capitalist economy. Degrowth gives us the tools to bend its bars.

Even in so-called happy families, the unpaid, unacknowledged work that it takes to raise children and care for each other is endless and exhausting. It could be otherwise: in this urgent, incisive polemic, leading feminist critic Sophie Lewis makes the case for family abolition.

A World without Police offers concrete strategies for confronting and breaking police power, as a first step toward building community alternatives that make the police obsolete.

What comes after neoliberalism?

An ongoing experiment in living differently, living better, and living more justly in an urban world.

A brilliant, stringently argued pamphlet reflecting on capitalism’s death drive, the left’s complicated entanglements with fossil fuels, and the rising tide of fascism. The Tragedy of the Worker demands an alternative future—the Proletarocene—one capable of repairing the ravages of capitalism and restoring the world.

A radical manifesto for the transformation of post-pandemic politics.

Females is Andrea Long Chu’s genre-defying investigation into sex and lies, desperate artists and reckless politics, the smothering embrace of gender and the punishing force of desire. 

The case for abolishing the police.

In this fiery, theoretical tour-de-force, Beatrice Adler-Bolton and Artie Vierkant offer an overview of life and death under capitalism and argue for a new global left politics aimed at severing the ties between capital and one of its primary tools: health.

This book is about mutual aid: why it is so important, what it looks like, and how to do it.

We are in the midst of a global crisis of care. How do we get out of it?

Speaking from a growing global sex worker rights movement, and situating their argument firmly within wider questions of migration, work, feminism, and resistance to white supremacy, the authors make clear that anyone committed to working towards justice and freedom should be in support of the sex worker rights movement.

A manifesto for a feminist future that is anticapitalist, eco-socialist and antiracist.

Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.


Radical Histories

A passionate argument for rethinking gay politics beyond questions of identity, compelling readers to search for solidarity across boundaries.

This anthology, global in scope, presents voices of dissent from every era of human history: speeches and pamphlets, poems and songs, plays and manifestos. Every age has its iconoclasts, and yet the greatest among them build on the words and actions of their forerunners. The Verso Book of Dissent should be in the arsenal of every rebel who understands that words and ideas are the ultimate weapons.

A personal history of life, love and women’s liberation.

A haunting, intimate account of the women and men who built a feminist revolution in the middle of the Arab Spring.

A coruscating portrait of Britain’s greatest imperialist.

A magisterial, riveting movement history of Los Angeles in the Sixties.

A fascinating cultural history of this most magical of islands.

The story of how enslaved women struggled for freedom in the West Indies.

A history of “the Troubles”: the radical politics of Republicanism.

A century of complex relations between Communists and workers in China.


Books that Imagine a Different Working World

The brutal truth behind our automated futures and the new world of work.

A radical and pragmatic manifesto for tackling the interconnected crises of contemporary capitalism: work, care and the environment. The time we spend at work is neither natural nor inevitable. Instead the amount of time we spend working is a political, cultural and economic question. 

A bold manifesto for life after capitalism. Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams demand a postcapitalist economy capable of advancing standards, liberating humanity from work and developing technologies that expand our freedoms.

An exhilarating challenge to the way we think about work, technology, progress, and what we want from the future.

A consensus-shattering account of automation technologies and their effect on workplaces and the labor market.

A different kind of politics for a new kind of society—beyond work, scarcity and capitalism.

An urgent and passionate plea for a new and ecologically sustainable vision of the good life.


Socialism: How Do We Get There?

Erik Olin Wright has distilled decades of work into a concise and tightly argued manifesto analysing the varieties of anti-capitalism, assessing different strategic approaches, and laying the foundations for a society dedicated to human flourishing. How to Be an Anticapitalist is an urgent and powerful argument for socialism, and a unparalleled guide to help us get there. Another world is possible.

The lessons of the Corbyn years for the future of left politics.

A trenchant look at contemporary capitalism’s insatiable appetite - and a rallying cry for everyone who wants to stop it from devouring our world.

How the first major leftwing generation since the sixties has shaped electoral politics.

A plan to win for the British left, from the co-founder of Momentum.

A strategic guide to building a more democratic and egalitarian future.


The Past and Future of Black Radicalism

Decolonial Marxism demonstrates the unbending consistency that unites Walter Rodney's life and work: the ongoing reinvention of a living conception of Marxism, and a respect for the still untapped potential of mass self-rule.

With racial justice struggles on the rise, a probing collection considers the past and future of Black radicalism.

The first collection of the writing of Black communist women.

How black radicals reshaped the British left.


Radical Solutions to the Climate Crisis

In this powerful manifesto, Andreas Malm makes an impassioned call for the climate movement to escalate its tactics in the face of ecological collapse. We need, in short, to start blowing up some oil pipelines.

The climate crisis will take a class struggle to solve.

A plan to save the earth and bring the good life to all.

What does the rise of the far right mean for the battle against climate change?

An urgent manifesto for a fundamental reimagining of the global economy.


Verso Classics: Key Works of Theory and Politics

Gathering together Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s work from over three decades, Abolition Geography presents her singular contribution to the politics of abolition as theorist, researcher, and organizer, offering scholars and activists ways of seeing and doing to help navigate our turbulent present.

The world-famous work on the origins and development of nationalism.

Praised by a wide variety of people from Ta-Nehisi Coates to Zadie Smith, Racecraft “ought to be positioned,” as Bookforum put it, “at the center of any discussion of race in American life.”

A reflection on everyday existence in the 'sphere of consumption of late Capitalism', this work is Adorno's literary and philosophical masterpiece.

How did the dynamic economic system we know as capitalism develop among the peasants and lords of feudal Europe? In The Origin of Capitalism, a now-classic work of history, Ellen Meiksins Wood offers readers a clear and accessible introduction to the theories and debates concerning the birth of capitalism, imperialism, and the modern nation state.

A provocative reinterpretation of “(post-)structuralist” theory of power, depending on and criticising psychoanalytic theory.

No other country and no other period has produced a tradition of major aesthetic debate to compare with that which unfolded in German culture from the 1930s to the 1950s. In Aesthetics and Politics the key texts of the great Marxist controversies over literature and art during these years are assembled in a single volume. They do not form a disparate collection but a continuous, interlinked debate between thinkers who have become giants of twentieth-century intellectual history.

In this classic book, Rodney makes the unflinching case that African “mal-development” is not a natural feature of geography, but a direct product of imperial extraction from the continent, a practice that continues up into the present. In this new edition, Angela Davis offers a striking foreword to the book, exploring its lasting contributions to a revolutionary and feminist practice of anti-imperialism.

This three-volume text by Henri Lefebvre is perhaps the richest, most prescient work about modern capitalism to emerge from one of the twentieth century's greatest philosophers.

Opening with a letter from James Baldwin to Davis, and including contributions from numerous radicals such as Black Panthers George Jackson, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale and Erica Huggins, this book is not only an account of Davis’s incarceration and the struggles surrounding it, but also perhaps the most comprehensive and thorough analysis of the prison system of the United States.

Groundbreaking analysis of the birth of racism in America.

Nancy Fraser’s classic work traces the feminist movement’s evolution since the 1970s and anticipates a new—radical and egalitarian—phase of feminist thought and action. 

For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, becoming one of the world’s foremost Marx scholars. Based on his recent lectures, this current volume presents this depth of learning to a broader audience, guiding first-time readers through a fascinating and deeply rewarding text.

A sweeping and nuanced materialist history of Western political thought.

Towards a form of aggressive nonviolence.

A classic work of Marxist analysis, available unabridged for the first time.

All of Marx’s essential political writing in one volume.


Power and Capital in the Digital Age

Today power is in the hands of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. How do we understand this transformation in power? And what can we do about it?

Refusing the digital world of late capitalism.

It’s not capitalism, it’s not neoliberalism—what if it’s something worse?

Why we need to deprivatize the internet.


Verso Fiction

A cat and mouse game of surveillance and psychological torment develops between a middle aged artist and her aging mother, as Vigdis Hjorth returns to the themes of her controversial modern classic, Will and Testament.

An absurdist novel about fame, culture and connections, bodies and breakdowns from the author of The Superrationals.

An extraordinary novel about one of history’s most reviled figures.

The explosive novel of Italy’s revolutionary 1969.

An extraordinary, ambitious, globe-spanning novel about what we owe our consciences.

With the verve and bite of Ottessa Moshfegh and the barbed charm of Nancy Mitford, Marlowe Granados’s stunning debut brilliantly captures a summer of striving in New York City.

The first English-language publication of the work of Izumi Suzuki, a legend of Japanese science fiction and a countercultural icon.

A provocative bestseller from one of Norway’s most highly regarded novelists.

A lyrical debut novel from a musician and artist renowned for her sharp sexual and political imagery.


Architecture and Cities

How statues, heritage and the built environment have become the battleground for the culture wars.

How Gentrification is killing our cities, and what we can do about it.


The Essential Mike Davis series

Mike Davis was a meat cutter and truck driver, as well as an activist for Students for a Democratic Society before starting his academic career. He is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award. His many books on history and the city, including the bestselling City of Quartz, have been critically acclaimed across the world. In this series we bring together his classic books in beautiful new editions.