Welcome To Five Leaves Publications

Five Leaves: Five Leaves is a small publisher based in Nottingham, publishing 15 or so books a year. Our roots are radical and literary. These days our main areas of interest are fiction and poetry, social history, Jewish secular culture, with side orders of Romani, young adult, Catalan and crime fiction titles. You can find our latest and forthcoming books below, backlist section by section, and order books through a secure site run by Inpress. Our books are also available from bookshops and internet sites including The Book Depository and Amazon. If in London, you will find most of our books in stock at Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, five minutes from Kings Cross.

Five Leaves Bookshop: The first independent bookshop in Nottingham since 2000, Five Leaves Bookshop opened in Central Nottingham on 9th November 2013. Please visit www.fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk for more information.

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eBooks: More than twenty Five Leaves titles are now available as ebooks. A selection of the most recent are shown below, and the complete list can be found in the ebook section.

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Submissions: Most of our books are commissioned and our publishing programme is in place for some years ahead. Please don’t send any unsolicited submissions by post or email as our list is full. Sorry.

Latest Publications:

How We Live and How We Might Live -
by William Morris
ISBN: 978-1910170267, 28 page pamphlet


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“...our present system of Society is based on a state of perpetual war. Do any of you think that this is as it should be? I know that you have often been told that the competition, which is at present the rule of all production, is a good thing, and stimulates the progress of the race; but the people who tell you this should call competition by its shorter name of war if they wish to be honest, and you would then be free to consider whether or no war stimulates progress, otherwise than as a mad bull chasing you over your own garden may do. War, or competition, whichever you please to call it, means at the best pursuing your own advantage at the cost of some one else’s loss...”

This pamphlet contains the text of a lecture delivered to the Hammersmith Branch of the Socialist Democratic Federation at Kelmscott House on November 30th, 1884. It is still relevant today.

William Morris (1834–1896) was a textile designer, novelist, poet, translator and socialist. He was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, and he played a significant role in the early Socialist movement in Britain. Morris trained as an architect, then turned his hand to interior design. He published poetry and novels. In 1877 Morris founded the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings, and in the 1880s he embraced Marxism and became a revolutionary socialist activist, first with the Socialist Democratic Federation, then founding the Socialist League in 1884.

These Seven
by John Harvey, Megan Taylor, Brick,
Paula Rawsthorne, Alison Moore,
Shreya Sen Handley, Alan Sillitoe
ISBN: 978-1910170205, 112 pages


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These Seven is available in Nottingham from Five Leaves Bookshop, Waterstones, Bromley House Library and at The Bookcase in Lowdham.

Mail order copies are available post-free in the UK from Five Leaves by credit card payment on 0115 8373097 (10–5.30 Monday-Saturday, 12–4 Sunday) or by PayPal to bookshop@fiveleaves.co.uk or by cheque to Five Leaves, 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH

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These Seven Nottingham writers cover a lot of ground. John Harvey visits his traditional world of crime with a story more domestic than usual, Megan Taylor spends time in Old Market Square waiting for someone whose arrival might change her life, graphic novelist Brick imagines a Nottingham version of Simeon the Stylite living at the top of the Aspire sculpture, Paula Rawsthorne finds that being a child of a refugee brings its own problems, and Alison Moore realises that a weekend away is not always idyllic. Meantime Shreya Sen Handley's Indian family discovers something going on at the bottom of their garden, and Alan Sillitoe is back on the streets of Nottingham, where this all began.

Strengthening Democracy in Post-conflict Northern Ireland - The engagement of communities in sustaining peace
by Maria Power
ISBN: 978-1910170168, 30 page pamphlet

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When the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998, those involved believed they had brought about peace in Northern Ireland. In 2007, the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein entered government together. Although the British and Irish governments believed the Peace Process was complete, this essay shows that peace-building work is still needed to heal the sectarian divisions within society.

Dr Maria Power is a Lecturer in Religion and Peacebuilding at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. She is the author of From Ecumenism to Community Relations: Inter-church Relations in Northern Ireland 1980–2005, (Dublin, 2007) and editor of Building Peace in Northern Ireland, (Liverpool, 2011). She is currently writing a study of the Catholic Church during the conflict in Northern Ireland, focusing in particular on the work of Cardinal Cahal Daly, which will be published in 2016. Maria is also a trustee of Together for the Common Good and in her spare time works with life without parole prisoners in the United States.

Roses & Revolutionists
The Story of the Clousden Hill Free Communist and Co-operative Colony 1894–1909
by Nigel Todd
ISBN: 978-1910170175, 96 pages

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Clousden Hill was a famous late-Victorian utopian back-to-the-land experimental community on Tyneside. The “colony” was anarchist-inspired and sought to combine communal living with “scientific horticulture”, demonstrating a new way of organising society.

The colony was started by a group of Kropotkin’s followers who wanted to put his theories into practice by forming a twenty-acre farming community organised on anarcho-communist lines. Two of the main figures in the foundation of the colony were Frank Kapper and William Key, who had met at a Cooperative Congress, and who claimed to have been influenced by the Owenite, E.T. Craig, who had been a member of the Ralahine Commune.

Nigel Todd is a leading Councillor on Newcastle City Council and works for the WEA in the North East. His previous books include The Militant Democracy: Joseph Cowan and Victorian Radicalism and In Excited Times – the people against the Blackshirts. He is a contributor to North East History, History of Education and Journal of Cooperative Studies.

Anarchy 38 Nottingham
Freedom Press
ISBN: 978-1910170182, 32 page pamphlet

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Anarchy journal ran for 118 issues, over ten years, as a monthly addition to the weekly Freedom magazine. The print run was never more than 3,000 copies, with sales rarely reaching that amount, but it was influential, introducing new writers and new subjects to the left in this country and abroad. Most of the issues were designed by Rufus Segar and the journal was famed for its covers.

The Nottingham issue included Alan Sillitoe, who was already a distinguished novelist, the biographer, poet and novelist Philip Callow and the journalist Ray Gosling. Harold Drasdo was, and is, a well known authority on climbing while Paul Ritter became the Chief Planner of Perth, Australia.

Anarchy 38, originally published in 1964, has been something of a collector's item for many years and is republished by permission of Freedom Press.

Freedom Press is an anarchist publishing house in Whitechapel, London, United Kingdom. Founded in 1886, it is the largest anarchist publishing house in the country and the oldest of its kind in the English-speaking world. Freedom Press came out of a circle of anarchists with international connections formed around the Londonbased radical firebrand Charlotte Wilson. Among this founding group were Nikola Chaikovski, Francesco Saverio Merlino, and celebrated anarchist-communist Peter Kropotkin.

Making Plans for Nigel
A beginner’s guide to Farage and UKIP
by Harry Paterson
ISBN: 978-1910170199, 160 pages

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Is Nigel Farage an anti-establishment figure or simply a more right-wing establishment figure than David Cameron? This book looks in detail at the politics and personalities of UKIP, the public announcements and the private gaffes.

This book aims to help the undecided – and maybe the decided – think twice about voting for UKIP. This timely book comes out when a Tory minority government propped up by a clutch of UKIP MPs is a possibility.

Harry Paterson is a freelance journalist who writes about music for Bass Guitar Magazine, Classic Rock, Teamrock and others, and about politics for Sabotage Times. He has a wide following on social media. His previous book for Five Leaves, Look Back in Anger: Nottinghamshire in the Miners' Strike has become one of the key source books for anyone interested in the strike.

Growing Space
A history of the allotment movement
by Lesley Acton
ISBN: 978-1910170137, 280 pages

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There are currently over 300,000 allotment plots in the UK, with roughly 100,000 people on waiting lists. Allotments are popular, and under threat. This accessible social history book looks at how changing economic, political and cultural conditions have affected the demand for plots. A thorough study debunks the myth that the provision of allotments was solely a benign activity for the poor, but a highly politicised history which reflects national and local policies on land use with a constant struggle to hold onto these city fields and country gardens. The book is illustrated throughout.

Lesley Acton is a conservation and cultural heritage consultant who normally writes on Conservation. Her previous books include The Repair of Pottery and Porcelain and Practical Ceramic Conservation. She has written on allotments for the Institute of Archaeology, and the Oxford Food Symposium Proceedings (Prospect Books). She is in contact with allotmenteers nationwide.

Lesley Acton runs the popular website www.allotmentresources.org

The Current Status of Jerusalem
by Edward Said
ISBN: 978-1910170083, 30 page pamphlet


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“... I do not think there can be real peace except between equals, between two peoples who together decide consciously and deliberately to share the land among themselves decently and humanely.”

The Current Status of Jerusalem by Edward Said was first given as a paper in 1995 and later published in Jerusalem Quarterly together with an introduction by Rashid Khalidi. The essay and introduction are republished by Five Leaves Bookshop as a contribution to the current debate over the future of Israel and Palestine. Edward Said’s essay is as relevant now as when it was first written.

Doctor Who and the Communist
Malcolm Hulke and his career in television
by Michael Herbert
ISBN: 978-1910170090, 30 page pamphlet

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Malcolm Hulke was a successful writer for radio, television and the cinema from the 1950s to the late 1970s. His work included episodes for Armchair Theatre and The Avengers, and 54 episodes for Doctor Who, broadcast between 1967 and 1974, for which he is best remembered. He was also a socialist, belonging for a time to the Communist Party of Great Britain, and his political views fed into his work.

Michael Herbert is a socialist historian who lives in Tameside, Greater Manchester. He teaches history to adults at Aquinas College, Stockport and Chetham’s Library, Manchester. His published work includes Never Counted Out: the story of Len Johnson, Manchester’s Black Boxing Hero and Communist; The Wearing of the Green: a political history of the Irish in Manchester and Up Then Brave Women: Manchester’s Radical Women 1819–1918. He is a Trustee of the Working Class Movement Library in Salford and a committee member of the Mary Quaile Club. His website is redflagwalks.wordpress.com

Forthcoming Titles:

Over Land, Over Sea
Poems for those seeking refuge
Eds. Kathleen Bell, Emma Lee and Siobhan Logan
ISBN: 978-1910170281, 142 pages


Available December 2015

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An anthology of 102 poems expressing solidarity with the refugees who are currently receiving so little welcome as they take to boats and rafts to cross the Mediterranean and make their way with difficulty through Europe. Readers are invited to take a view of the situation which is not governed by the fear and hatred whipped up by the language of media and many politicians.

The book has been produced in the East Midlands by an editorial committee, typesetter and publisher working free of charge, and the initial print costs were covered by a crowdfunding campaign. All proceeds from sales of the book will be shared between the charities: Médecins Sans Frontières, Leicester City of Sanctuary and Nottingham Refugee Forum.

Contributors include: Alan Baker, Kathleen Bell, A.C. Clarke, Kerry Featherstone, Chrissie Gittins, Mark Goodwin, Tania Hershman, Siobhan Logan, Emma Lee, Carol Leeming, Joanne Limburg, Aoife Mannix, Roy Marshall, Hubert Moore, Thomas Orszag-Lund, Simon Perril, Sheenagh Pugh, Mahendra Solanki, Maria Taylor, Rory Waterman, Gregory Woods and Siobhan Logan

Kathleen Bell’s pamphlet at the memory exchange was shortlisted for the Saboteur awards. She teaches Creative Writing at De Montfort University. Emma Lee has published three poetry collections: Ghosts in the Desert, Mimicking a Snowdrop and Yellow Torchlight and the Blues. She reviews for The Journal, Sabotage Reviews and London Grip. Siobhan Logan’s Firebridge to Skyshore and Mad, Hopeless and Possible have been performed at the Science Museum and Leicester’s National Space Centre. In 2014 she led Writing East Midlands' first-ever digital writing residency

Something Happens, Sometimes Here
Contemporary Lincolnshire Poetry
Edited by Rory Waterman
ISBN: 978-1910170229, 138 pages


Available September 2015

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This book brings together poems by eleven of Lincolnshire's finest contemporary poets, all of whom are inspired in different ways by England's second-largest county. Some of the contributors are incomers to Lincolnshire, seeing the county afresh. Others can trace their ancestors back hundreds of years and are conscious of their working lives as labourers, farming folk and tradesmen.

The poems largely eschew the cathedral city of Lincoln, focusing more on the less-populated and mysterious hinterland of small towns and isolated settlements. For every poet the county has an influence which is greater than the sum of the streets, fields, rivers and that great big sky.

Contributors: William Bedford, Clare Best, Michael Blackburn, Alison Brackenbury, David Cooke, Kathryn Daszkiewicz, Robert Etty, Sam Gardiner, Rennie Parker, Joel Stickley and Rory Waterman

Rory Waterman now lives in Nottingham, teaching creative writing at Nottingham Trent University, but returns to Lincolnshire regularly. His debut poetry collection is Tonight the Summer's Over (Carcanet). He is joint editor of New Walk magazine and writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement

Curious Camden Town
by Martin Plaut and Andrew Whitehead
ISBN: 978-1910170236, 92 pages


Available October 2015

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The psychedelic concerts at The Roundhouse probably marked the moment that Camden became cool, long before Amy Winehouse became the local diva who died much too young. Both are locally well-known, but what about the spiritualist temple that Sherlock Holmes helped build or the folk dance revival that started in a Camden Hay Market or the site of the Camden Town Murder? Camden might have the best eels and mash shop in North London but it was also the home of a local priest who was deported as a political undesirable and of a Black revolutionary who was known all over the world. Curious Camden Town explores thirty or so locations across this lively locality and brings to life the remarkable stories

Martin Plaut and Andrew Whitehead are both journalists who worked together on Curious Kentish Town (Five Leaves, 2014). Brian Kelly, who took the photographs, is a news cameraman. All are local to Camden and have lived in the area for decades.

Catalans and Others
History, culture and politics in Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands
by John Payne
ISBN: 978-1910170243, 200 pages

Available November 2015
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The current claims for independence in Catalonia raise new questions about how Catalan-speaking people view their own past and future. The book covers the Catalan-speaking areas of Roussillon (in France) and in Spain the autonomous regions of the Valencian Community, Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. Topics covered include the Mediterranean Sea, population movements, revolt and revolution, the continuing impact of the Spanish Civil War, the Catalan language and popular culture.

John Payne has written previous books on Catalonia, on William Morris and on the West Country and on Bath. He lives in Frome. He also writes for the Times Literary Supplement, European Judaism, Catalonia Today, Vida Hispanica, Adults Learning, International Journal of Iberian Studies.

Roman Derbyshire
by Mark Patterson
ISBN: 978-1910170250, 350 pages


Available November 2015

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Derbyshire was the geographical centre of Roman Britain. Derby, Chesterfield, Buxton and many places in the White and Dark Peaks hosted forts, farms and industries, including home-grown Derbyshire Ware pottery, all connected by numerous Roman roads. Surviving antiquities, standing ruins, field marks and coin hoards are reminders of the intertwined lives of Romans and native people in Roman Derbyshire. Tales of lost antiquities and legends about those left behind when the Romans withdrew, with some suggesting that local dialect words carry a record of a continued Roman influence down the centuries, are also part of the story.

Mark Patterson is a freelance journalist who writes regularly for the Nottingham Post, The Independent, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the BBC, the BBC/The Space digital arts website as well as magazines such as Living for Tomorrow, Nottinghamshire Today, Staffordshire Life, Derbyshire Life, The Northumbrian, Creative Teaching and Writing. His Roman Nottinghamshire was shortlisted for the Current Archaeology Book of the Year.