"Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism" by Amelia Horgan (Paperback)
From Rachida: This is one of those books that makes you feel more intelligent and more knowledgeable. Amelia goes into great detail about the concept of work and explains with impressive clarity why our current system is rigged against the employee (and what to do about this).
***Evening Standard's best non-fiction 2021***
'A brilliant, searing exposé of the lies underpinning work' - Owen Jones
'Work hard, get paid.' It's simple. Self-evident. But it's also a lie—at least for most of us. For people today, the old assumptions are crumbling; hard work in school no longer guarantees a secure, well-paying job in the future. Far from a gateway to riches and fulfilment, 'work' means precarity, anxiety and alienation.
Amelia Horgan poses three big questions: what is work? How does it harm us? And what can we do about it? While abolishing work altogether is not the answer, Lost in Work shows that when we are able to take control of our workplaces, we become less miserable, and can work towards the transformative goal of experimenting with 'work' as we know it.
Amelia Horgan is a writer and researcher. She has written for various publications including Tribune, the Guardian and VICE.
'Fascinating and absorbing ... a corrective to the widespread view that anyone can find fulfilment through their job, if they just work hard enough' - Grace Blakeley, editor of 'Futures of Socialism' (Verso, 2020)
‘Amelia Horgan is, in the words of organizer Fred Ross, a social arsonist. Her book will set your world on fire. Somewhere in our bones, we know that work is getting worse. But with this book, Horgan has provided the match and the kindling we need to burn the whole thing down/’ - Sarah Jaffe, author of 'Work Won't Love You Back' (Hurst, 2021)
'At last, a book that helps us appreciate the long history of the working class challenge to the tyranny of work that puts class struggle in the workplace firmly back on the agenda' - John McDonnell, former Shadow Chancellor of the Labour Party