January editorial: Happy New Year from Policy Press

RM-14-webWell here it is, 2015.

Typically the New Year is a time for resolutions and fresh starts, for reviewing what worked last year and building on that as we look to the future. This is as true of Policy Press as it is of any individual.

We were thrilled, for example, that some of our titles received so much recognition in 2014 with Austerity Bites by Mary O’Hara being included in the Guardian Writers Pick best books of 2014 as well as John Hills Good times, bad times and Ann Oakley’s Father and Daughter being included in the Times Higher Education books of 2014.

We’re determined to continue to publish books that not only help to improve social conditions and make a positive difference to learning and research, policy and practice, but also challenge and push forward debate in areas such as politics and social justice, welfare and equality.

Lisa Mckenzie, author of 'Getting by'

Lisa Mckenzie, author of ‘Getting by’

This year we will be publishing more books than ever before in our history and our list includes titles of wide general interest, research and textbooks, and books for practioners, as well as our new Shorts, plus of course our Journals. In January we’ll be making a strong start down this path, publishing 11 new books including Getting by by Lisa Mckenzie, a unique account of life in poor communities in contemporary Britain, which publishes next week.

We are of course effectively ‘Back to the Future’. Not however, from a Policy Press point of view at least, in terms of the Hollywood movie time-travelling trio, Marty McFly and friends…

Back to the future of socialism-for-webOur ‘Back to the Future’ is rather more grounded as later this month we will be publishing Peter Hain’s book Back to the Future of Socialism, in which he revisits Anthony Crosland’s classic text The Future of Socialism (1956), a creed for governments of the centre left. As the UK General Election campaigning is already well underway Hain’s book topically presents a stimulating political prospectus for the left today and we can’t wait to hear your reactions to it.

Only 117 days of election campaigning to go…

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We’re also pleased that we were able to use this blog as a platform to give voice to a large number of our authors and others last year on a wide variety of topics both related directly to their areas of research and to headline news items. (If you didn’t see it in December, we’d definitely recommend you take a look at our Top 10 most popular blog posts from 2014…) .

In 2015 our intention is to do more with our blog and again we would love to hear from you in terms of what you’ve really enjoyed and would like to see more of – please get in touch with us here.

All the best for a warming January and successful 2015…

Rebecca Megson
Blog editor

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