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Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism

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The launch of the latest title in the 'Outspoken by Pluto' series

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'A brilliant, searing expose of the lies underpinning work' - Owen Jones

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Join Amelia Horgan, Kulsoom Jafri, Kat Sinclair and chair Josh Gabert-Doyon for a launch event to mark the release of Amelia's book Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism, the latest book in the Outspoken by Pluto series, published by Pluto Press.

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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 fulfillment, '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.

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Amelia Horgan is a writer and researcher. She has written for various publications, including Tribune, the Guardian and VICE.

Kulsoom Jafri is a trade unionist. Currently, she is the Lead Campaigner at the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) in the seafarers section, and previously worked for the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) helping organise the private hire industry in the UK, including Uber drivers.

Kat Sinclair is a doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex, looking at the political economy of feminised robots. She is also a poet. Her first book, Very Authentic Person, was published with The 87 Press in 2019, and her second is coming soon.

Chair Josh Gabert-Doyon is a writer and radio producer based in London. His work on labour, culture, and tech has appeared in Wired, Vice, BBC, Financial Times.

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Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to the stream before the event. It will start at 19:00 GMT. You can also find the event on Pluto Press' YouTube channel. The event will be recorded and uploaded to the channel after the event too.

Author-signed book plates are available for attendees based in the UK, just choose the relevant ticket type. Once your signed book plate ticket has been purchased, please email kierano@plutobooks.com with your address and we will post a paperback copy of Lost in Work along with the book plate. These will be posted after the event and may take a couple of weeks to arrive.

Lost in Work is available to order from our website. Attendees of this event can get 20% off the paperback and ebook editions on this and all of our Outspoken by Pluto series titles, using the coupon code LOSTINWORK at the checkout.

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Pluto Press is a radical political publishing house. Founded in 1969, we are one of Britain’s oldest radical publishers, but our focus remains making timely interventions in contemporary struggles.

Though our collective outlook has developed over time, we proudly identify as anti-capitalist, internationalist and politically independent.

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