Progressive and Socially-Minded Books publishing Jul-Dec 2016!

Social & Progressive Jan-Jun 16 So Carabas is here to champion ‘all the good stuff’: imaginative, fantastical and cult fiction and film, alternative music, comics and graphic novels across genres, worthy non-fiction of and around the same – especially those books which provide an insight into the social concerns of today. This page is for readers and retailers to discover great titles that challenge perspectives and raise awareness they may wish to buy or stock and sell.

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We believe in supporting bricks-and-mortar and you’ll find book links to a preferred chain (rather than a certain global online retailer) on other pages but all links here go to the title on Hive. Hive supports independent bookshops by enabling customers to order online with some great offers to match more corporate suppliers and nominate their local independent to receive a cut of the sale value or pick it up from them.

CP - Hive So please find our round-up of socially minded and progressive non-fiction, and fiction in prose and graphic novel form, from July to December 2016 below (Jan-Jun 2016 titles can be found here). If you’re a customer please support independents (especially if they’ve been good enough to tweet / RT us) by purchasing direct from them or choosing them on Hive – we get a small percentage of the latter which will help pay site costs and keep us going. Carabas - Logo

Cheers for reading and hope you enjoy!

Tim B

Children’s and Young Adult Titles for All Ages

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CC - Aug - Here I Stand
HERE I STAND (WAS TAKING LIBERTIES?)
Aug
Amnesty International UK
9781406358384
HB
£9.99
Walker Books
As the publisher explains: “Inspired by the 800-year anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, a selection of writers explore the rights and freedoms still lacking in today’s society. Contributors include: Tony Birch, John Boyne, Sita Brahmachari, Russell Brand, Kate Charlesworth, Sarah Crossan, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge, Jackie Kay, AL Kennedy, Liz Kessler, Elizabeth Laird, Sabrina Mahfouz, Paul Muldoon, Chibundu Onuzo, Bali Rai, Chris Riddell, Mary and Brian Talbot, Christie Watson and Tim Wynne-Jones.” An incredibly worthy subject, charity and list of stellar contributors. Nuff Said.
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CC - Sep - I'll be Home for Christmas
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Sep
Various
9781847157720
PB
£7.99
Stripes (Little Tiger)
Another amazing and worthy anthology. The stories herein centre on the idea of home to raise awareness of homelessness and raise money (£1 from each book sold) for Crisis in the festive season. Kudos to writers Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon , Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah et al and to Stripes / Little Tiger for bringing it together and for compiling such a stellar list of contributors.
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Graphic Novels / Collections

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CG - Im - Aug - CBLDF Presents Liberty
CBLDF PRESENTS: LIBERTY
Aug
See below
9781607069966
PB
£14.99
IMAGE COMICS
Image released their Liberty Annual from 2008 to 2012 to celebrate creative freedom and raise funds for the Comic Book Defence League which supports creators in an industry that isn’t necessarily set up with their personal interest at heart. August brings a deluxe collection of the stories from all of these annuals. The credits read like a master list of comics illuminate. Includes A The Walking Dead Tale by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, 100 Words by Neil Gaiman & Jim Lee, Criminal by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips, The Boys by Garth Ennis & Darick Robertson, Plus Stories From Geoff Johns, Mark Millar, JH Williams III, Terry Moore, Howard Chaykin, Jason Aaron, Brian Wood, Stuart & Kathryn Immonen, Mike Allred, Darwyn Cooke, Paul Pope, and dozens more!
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CG - Aug - March Book 3
MARCH BOOK 3
Aug
Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
9781603094023
PB
£17.99
Top Shelf Productions
Something really special here that deserves a massive shout. Congressman John Lewis is one of the key figures of the civil rights movement in America, becoming one of its “big six” in his twenties. Inspired by a comic book that informed his own generation in the 50’s he’s been working on his own graphic autobiography as a trilogy with co-author – his Digital Director & Policy Advisor – Andrew Aydin and Eisner award-winning artist Nate Powell. August sees the concluding volume of March arriving. A really worthy piece of work and a big thank you to Gosh Comics for putting it on our radar via Twitter.
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THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY COLLECTION: 10 YEARS OF COMICS
Oct
See below
9781534300675
PB
£8.99
Image Comics
Of all the Cons we haven’t been able to go to Leeds’ Thought Bubble is probably the one we most ought to. It was the 10th Anniversary this year and to celebrate a whole bunch of creators of all levels (see below) have contributed to this brilliant anthology, the proceeds of which go to children’s charity Barnardo’s. Great work all: Charlie Adlard, Gabriel Bautista, Gabriel Bá, Kate Beaton, Jordie Bellaire, Ivan Brandon, Jeffery Brown, Mark Buckingham, Clark Burscough, Adam Cadwell, Mike Carey, Emily Carroll, Cliff Chiang, Becky Cloonan, Boo Cook, Farel Dalrymple, Rufus Dayglo, Andy Diggle, D’israeli, Marc Ellerby, Ming Doyle, Warren Ellis, Gary Erskine, Carlos Ezquerra, Ray Fawkes, Duncan Fegredo, Robin Furth, Leigh Gallagher, Stuart Gordon, Brandon Graham, Nicholas Gurewitch, Tony Harris, Will Morris, Antony Johnston, Barry Kitson, Ales Kot, Emi Lenox, Tula Lotay, Sarah Mcintyre, Fabio Moon, Stephen Mooney, Ramon Perez, Sean Phillips, Rick Remender, Emma Ríos, Tim Sale, Fiona Staples, Cameron Stewart, Richard Starkings, Babs Tarr, Emma Vieceli, Annie Wu & Skottie Young.
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CBLDF PRESENTS: SHE CHANGED COMICS
Oct
Betsy Gomez, various…
9781632159298
PB
£10.99
Image Comics
Image have been doing a great thing with their socially minded anthologies in partnership with the CBLDF (Comic Book Legal Defence Fund), Liberty in August championing the freedom to read and, of course, to write. Their latest profiles women who’ve changed comics and highlights those female creators who’ve had their books banned in the U.S. and been threatened or imprisoned elsewhere in the world. Respect to all concerned.
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Fantastic & Fantastical Fiction

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CB - Sep - Jerusalem
JERUSALEM
Sep
Alan Moore
9780861662524
HB
£25
Knockabout
Sep
Alan Moore
9780861662548
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£25
Knockabout
For many Alan Moore will require no introduction. If his name doesn’t ring an especially loud bell then, borrowing a line used of his friend Mr Neil Gaiman, he’s the even more ‘most famous person you’ve never heard of’. Though, like Gaiman, he’s rather moved away from the comic medium that made his name in terms of output, he’s still widely regarded as the (one of the at the very least) most influential creators in it. Watchmen. V for Vendetta. Other works of genius that got made into films we’re less inclined to mention. He’s also a man of contrasts with an imagination and social conscience that spans the world and goes well beyond, while being famously provincial. To paraphrase the man ‘I might be writing about another planet or universe, but really I’m writing about Northampton’.
Well this isn’t his prose debut nor his first work about Northampton, having released Voice of the Fire some years back. But Jerusalem is his long anticipated magnum opus, being a beast of wordcount by design, a single hardback or slipcased 3 volume paperback it would have many trilogies feeling inadequate. Set in Northampton, more specifically the underprivileged Spring Boroughs where Moore grew up, it’s plays as a mercurial history in the same vein that Moorcock has written his biography. Paraphrasing again it’s a genetic mythology for a disenfranchised class, a place with ghosts, demons and monsters, an ‘opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in’. Jerusalem is Northampton. Northampton is where you were born or where you know the best. One of The Bookseller’s September ‘Top Sellers’ (Literary).
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Hardback edition
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3 Volume paperback slipcase edition
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IRAQ+100: STORIES FROM ANOTHER IRAQ (PAPERBACK)
Oct
Dhiaa Al Jibaly, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Nasra Jadwe, Kaki Khaled, Jalal Naim Hasan, Ahmed Sadaawi, Ali Bader, Hassan Blasim
9781905583669
PB
£9.99
Comma Press
We chanced upon this while checking out the Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival and found the editor’s panel on Iraqi Sci-fi. Arabic SF has been particularly on our radar since attending an amazing talk organised by Sindbad Sci-fi back when we’d just got Carabas going so naturally it peaked our interest. We figure we’ll let publishers Comma Press fill you in on the rest: “Iraq + 100 poses a question to ten Iraqi writers: what might your country look like in the year 2103 – a century after the disastrous American- and British-led invasion, and 87 years down the line from its current, nightmarish battle for survival? How might the effects of that one intervention reach across a century of repercussions, and shape the lives of ordinary Iraqi citizens, or influence its economy, culture, or politics? Might Iraq have finally escaped the cycle of invasion and violence trigged by 2003 and, if so, what would a new, free Iraq look like? Covering a range of approaches – from science fiction, to allegory, to magic realism – these stories use the blank canvas of the future to explore the nation’s hopes and fears in equal measure. Along the way a new aesthetic for the ‘Iraqi fantastical’ begins to emerge: thus we meet time-travelling angels, technophobic dictators, talking statues, macabre museum-worlds, even hovering tiger-droids, and all the time buoyed by a dark, inventive humour that, in itself, offers hope.”
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CB - Oct - The Power
THE POWER
Oct
Naomi Alderman
9780670919987
HB
£16.99
Viking
Penguin-Viking picked up and published Naomi Alderman’s The Power. In the almost immediate future women gain the non-physical power to inflict grievous injury and even death, a less literal empowerment to male physical strength, but through which the power dynamic of our gender-based world can be looked at in a new light. Literary interest and genre interest too. A Bookseller Buyer’s Guide Fiction Highlight.
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Non-Fiction

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CN - Aug - The Alternative
THE ALTERNATIVE: TOWARDS A NEW PROGRESSIVE POLITICS
Aug
Lisa Nandy, Caroline Lucas, Chris Bowers
9781785900495
HB
£12.99
Biteback
Whatever any given person’s political persuasion it’s hard to imagine anyone believing that, at time of writing, that anything’s particularly all right in the world of politics and governance so here’s a couple of titles that offer a potentially more helpful angle on the same or even hope that things can change for the better. Biteback Publishing – ‘Britain’s leading publisher of political and current affairs titles’ offer ‘The Alternative’ which proposes a new progressive politics around which like-minded politicians from across the spectrum can unite and deliver genuine change. Includes contributions by Sian Berry, Mhairi Black, Frances O’Grady, Tim Farron, Peter Hain, Carys Afoko, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Zoe Williams and Neal Lawson.
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CN - Aug - Co-operatives Confront Capitalism
CO-OPERATIVES CONFRONT CAPITALISM: CHALLENGING THE NEOLIBERAL ECONOMY
Aug
Peter Ranis
9781783606498
PB
£18.99
Zed Books
Zed Books offer more of a grass roots approach to positive change in Co-operatives Confront Capitalism, in which Peter Ranis tours the co-operative scene across the globe to see how they’ve adapted to the economic  crisis. ‘Combining the work of key radical theorists, including Marx, Gramsci, and Luxemburg, with that of contemporary political economists, such as Block, Piketty, and Stiglitz, Cooperatives Confront Capitalism provides what is perhaps the most far-reaching analysis yet of the ideas, achievements, and wider historical context of the cooperative movement.’ Interesting stuff.
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TEN WAYS NOT TO COMMIT SUICIDE
Aug
Darryl McDaniels
9780062368775
Harpercollins
HB
£16.99
We just had to include Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC’s autobiography in here which covers his life from the mid-80’s to the present day. Darryl’s been especially on our radar since launching his character and publisher DMC, standing for Darryl Makes Comics in the latter case. Darryl is involved in some absolutely fantastic work with orphaned children and has a number of entrepreneurial plans of a social nature as relates to his comics as you can discover in our interview with Darryl in November (article and link imminent). In Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide Darryl shares his story of how he sank into depression and alcohol abuse, also, characteristically, using that to offer hope and resources to readers suffering from the same and to raise awareness of a variety of mental illness that really needs to be better understood and addressed. Fantastic stuff.
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CN - Aug - Generation M (final)
GENERATION M
Aug
Shelina Janmohamed
9781780769097
TPB
£12.99
IB Tauris
It might well come as a surprise to some but the current generation of Western Muslims – quite aside from those elsewhere – share a generational identity of faith alongside modernity. Award-winning author Shelina Janmohamed delivers a book that arguably should be a compulsory read for any politician and something that should be of real interest to people generally, exploring ‘this growing cultural phenomenon, at a time where understanding the mindset of Muslim youths, and what drives them, is critical.’ A Non-Fiction Highlight in the Bookseller Magazine’s July to December Buyer’s Guide.
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CN - Sep - Called to Account
CALLED TO ACCOUNT
Sep
Margaret Hodge
9781408708071
HB
£18.99
Little Brown
Margaret Hodge, former chair of the Pubic Accounts Committee, calls out the politicians whose incompetence has wasted billions in public money in Called to Account. Written in a conversational tone it sounds like a very readable title on an aspect of government that really ought to be in the public eye, especially when a government starts on programmes of cuts of public services… In The Bookseller’s Ones to Watch.
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CN - Sep - Creating Freedom
CREATING FREEDOM: POWER CONTROL AND THE FIGHT FOR OUR FUTURE
Sep
Raul Martinez
9781782111818
HB
£20.00
Canongate
In Creating Freedom Raul Martinez delivers something which seems hugely important in reworking our understanding of politics and society in an era where, regardless of political persuasions, it’s painfully clear that things are not alright. He takes the premise that the political – also economic – dimension of society is built around ensuring freedom though, whether we’re aware of it or not, doesn’t necessarily fulfil this purpose. It’s about how the world shapes us, including ‘the consent-manufacturing influence of concentrated wealth and power’, and how we can create the truer freedom we deserve as individuals and societies if we can only work together. This could be one of the most significant works of our time and if it only half-delivers on its promise it’s still a title that should be on everyone’s radars if not their shelves.
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CN - Oct - Street Art World
STREET ART WORLD
Oct
Alison Young
9781780236704
PB
£25.00
Reaktion Books
And then there’s Alison Young’s Street Art World which  based on 20 years research, and it could hardly have a better home than with publishers Reaktion who started as an art publisher before branching out and getting a reputation for cultural titles amongst many other areas. Alison examines such questions as are street art and graffiti the same thing, or do they have different histories, meanings and practitioners? Can it be exhibited in a gallery or must it be located on the street? Why have museums started collecting street art? It examines the worldwide market for street art while naturally treating us to a curated gallery of the best of it.
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