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40th anniversary celebrations begin for Verso Books this week with the unveiling of a new website—one that at long last brings the largest independent, radical publishing house firmly into the twenty-first century:


  • The largest independent, radical publishing house Verso Books is proud to announce the launch of its new website: http://www.versobooks.com/
  • The new site has a sleek and clean design and a fluid homepage that is constantly updated, beautifully showcasing Verso’s books and authors.
  • It’s also the new home for the Verso Blog and now includes discussion forums where users can engage in debate about the issues raised by Verso’s books.
  • There are pages devoted to each book and to each author. The Blog is fully syndicated to both Book and Author pages—something never before done on a publisher’s website.
  • As well as keeping readers updated on reviews, articles, interviews, radio and television appearances by our authors, the blog will announce details of forthcoming events.

For more information call: 718-246-8160

  • Verso’s London office is throwing a party in November – more details to follow.

[All forthcoming information about Verso books will now appear on our new website and this blog will now be used simply as an archive.]

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Verso will be at the London Book Fair from 19th  to 21st April 2010.

Find our books at stand N605, or download our new foreign rights catalogue here.

NOTE: Owing to the disruption to air travel caused by the volcano in Iceland, Rowan Wilson, Sales and Marketing Director, will not be at the fair.

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Dubai: Gilded Cage by Syed Ali. Mike Davis says about it: “At last, a comprehensive expose of the economic and sexual exploitation that erected this utopia of greed.  Syed Ali has seen the future in Dubai and it doesn’t work.”

Colin Grant’s biography of Marcus Garvey,  Negro With a Hat. “He was a dreamer and a boaster, no doubt, but, whatever his enemies maintained, he was no scoundrel. Grant’s book is a fine and valuable monument to his memory.” New Statesman

Jacob Taubes’ The Political Theology of Paul.


The latest issue of the London Review of Books with pieces by Tariq Ali, Frank Kermode and an interview with Tony Judt.

Endnotes (now available online!) – discussions between Gilles Dauvé and Théorie Communiste.

The latest issue of serious music magazine Loops, with pieces by Mark Fisher and Owen Hatherley.

Issue 6 of Collapse, a journal of philosophy. In this issue they ask: ‘Is there an enduring bond between philosophical thought and its terrestrial support, or conversely, is philosophy’s task to escape the planetary horizon?’

The latest issue of the irregular dubstep and grime magazine Woofah.

And for fiction: David Peace’s Occupied City, J.M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals and Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars.

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Verso UK now has an active Facebook page. Become a fan here and keep up to date with all events, reviews, new books and offers.

Our blog link is https://versouk.wordpress.com/

Our Twitter feed is: http://twitter.com/VersoBooksUK

Verso USA’s Facebook page is here and Verso USA’s Twitter feed is here.


The unofficial Verso Facebook group can be found here.

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Our new catalogue of titles for April to August 2010 is on our website now. You can see it here or download the pdf here.

Highlights include:

Incidentally, the catalogue cover image is by superb sculptor Michael Sandle.

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Gifts from Verso

If you’re thinking about buying someone a gift this winter, check our handy list of suggestions. No matter what the interest, there is something for everyone.










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An opportunity has arisen for an efficient, highly organised person to join the world’s pre-eminent radical publisher, Verso, at our offices in Soho, London. Responsibilities include marketing our humanities and social science academic titles, managing the day to day running of our busy office and assisting Verso staff. You will be balancing reception duties, marketing work and general office management as well as dealing with authors, suppliers, press and academics on a daily basis, so good communication skills and a willing attitude are essential. Experience in book publishing is preferable, though not required. Graduates welcome. Please apply by sending a CV and short covering letter by 30th November to:

Rowan Wilson, rowan AT verso.co.uk


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Verso @ Frankfurt Bookfair

Verso’s stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2009 is located at Hall 8, Stand C968.

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Please visit us to meet sales (Rowan Wilson), foreign  rights (Tania Palmieri) and editorial (Tom Penn, Sebastian Budgen) representatives!

Or to make a last-minute appointment, please email enquiries AT verso.co.uk.

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In a difficult year for the book trade, with book sales down by 11.5% (Independent, 13/07/09), Verso is delighted to announce that its UK sales have increased by 33.6% in the first 6 months of this year. European and export sales increased by 10%.

This increase in sales has been felt across the book trade, from online to high street, and from frontlist to backlist. Titles performing particularly well include BBC Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason’s Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed, the paperback edition of John Berger’s Booker-longlisted From A to X, and the latest set of classic philosophy titles in Verso’s Radical Thinkers series.

And with a strong list for this Autumn – including renowned Middle East historian Avi Shlaim’s Israel and Palestine; Shlomo Sand’s international bestseller The Invention of the Jewish People; Italian collective Wu Ming’s epic historical novel Manituana; a new book by philosopher Slavoj Žižek First as Tragedy, Then as Farce; and a guide to avant garde music with The Wire Magazine, The Wire Primers – Verso is looking forward to consolidate an already very successful year.

Verso’s UK Sales and Marketing Director, Rowan Wilson, said:

“The Verso team has done an extraordinary job and we are thrilled with the enthusiasm and gusto with which Yale Representation is selling the list. As well as our wholesaler and online sales increasing dramatically, we are very pleased how positively high street stores have responded to the list – they recognise that it takes more than Dan Brown and a few cook books to make an enticing bookshop!

“The response from readers has been phenomenal – it shows that in a period of economic crisis, political corruption and disastrous foreign policy, people are keen on discovering alternative explanations as to how things went so badly wrong, and ideas for what can be done.”

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Marxism 2009: a festival of resistance is now underway. Running between 2-6 July at venues in central London, several Verso authors are speaking:

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