February editorial: Celebrating unheard voices & making your ‘voting’ voice heard

RM-14-webWell we are delighted to start the week and the month with the news that Lisa Mckenzie’s book ‘Getting by‘ is number three in the Guardian bestseller list! Huge congratulations to Lisa. And, as a smaller, not-for-profit publisher, it is especially thrilling to see our books achieving this sort of reach.

We’re proud to publish books that we feel can really inform some of the most pressing issues and debates of our time, bringing scholarly rigour and social conscience to areas of public and social policy. Lisa’s book in particular gives voice to the people of St Ann’s estate in Nottingham who have often been misrepresented in the media and it is great that their stories are now able to achieve such wide circulation.

Children behind bars [FC]This month we are focusing on other often unheard voices – this time of children. Ali Shaw’s blog later this month considers the issues of child abuse and Caroline Willow’s book ‘Children behind bars‘, which publishes mid-month, exposes the harsh realities of prison life (and death) for children. Her work draws on research and first-person interviews as she passionately argues for the need for radical change in the penal system.

We’re all very much back to school and work now and many students are emerging from an exam period, into their second semester of learning. Over the next three months we are publishing a number of new text books, so do look out for news and information on them via our newsletter. Lecturers don’t forget you can order inspection copies directly from us if you are interested in adopting particular texts for your courses.

After last month’s successful launch of Peter Hain’s ‘Back to the future of socialism‘ at the Houses of Parliament we are really starting to get into the election spirit. With this in mind on Thursday 5 February we will be  supporting the drive to publicise National Voter Registration day. Read our blog on Thursday and follow #TakePower on social media to see how successful the campaign is in getting 250,000 people to register to vote.


Photo credit: Aktivoslo

And finally, love is always in the air in February. We’ll be taking this opportunity to share some more academic insights on love, relationships and families by sharing some articles with you on those topics from our journal Families, Relationships and Societies.

As ever, please do get in touch if you have feedback and comments on the blog, we love hearing from you!

All good wishes for a brightening February…


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