Richard Seymour is a writer, broadcaster and socialist, currently based in London. He writes regularly for the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Jacobin and many other publications.
"The finest study of Corbyn yet written." --Stephen Bush, New Statesman "Richard Seymour has a brilliant mind and a compelling style. Everything he writes is worth reading."--Gary Younge "Seymour is an essential voice on the left, and this book is a necessary intervention, explaining this daunting political moment and bringing the focus back to strategy. Not so much a call to arms as a call to brains."--Laurie Penny "Corbyn not only shows how, amid Labour Party decline, Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters challenged the neoliberal consensus, but also considers the possibility of success and what form that might take." --Times Higher Education ("Books of the Year 2016") "The Anglophone left has been cheered by the surprising rise of Bernie Sanders in the US and Jeremy Corbyn in Britain. Richard Seymour's elegantly written book is a reminder of all the obstacles facing Corbyn. Even if you're not as pessimistic as Seymour about his prospects, you really need to pay attention to this critique. It will make you a better fighter of the necessary class war." --Doug Henwood, author of My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency "No one writes about politics the way Richard Seymour does. He takes a very British story of the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, with all its peculiarities and details, and turns it into a revelation of the international crisis of parliamentary democracy. Whether you love Corbyn--or Sanders or Podemos or Syriza--or loathe him (and them), you'll find here the most sophisticated diagnosis of why men and women across the globe are turning to the left and why their aspirations are so continuously being frustrated. Seymour is a magnificent explainer: pointed without being pedantic, funny with out being flip, and always insisting that we take in the whole." --Corey Robin, author of The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin "One of our most astute political analysts turns his attention to Corbyn, and the result is predictably essential: not just to make sense of how we got to this unlikely situation, but for his thoughts on what the left might do next." --China Mieville "Long after the Labour left was thought to be dead, Jeremy Corbyn's emergence has inspired millions. There is no one better positioned than Richard Seymour to take a look at his emergence and whether Corbyn can actually turn Labour into a force for radical change." --Bhaskar Sunkara, founding editor of Jacobin "The fullest and fairest account of Jeremy Corbyn's rise released to date. In avoiding much of the rhetoric espoused in similar accounts focusing on Corbyn's early career this book provides a frank account of how the unlikely leader took charge of the Labour party. It is a very readable account too. Richard Seymour writes plainly but effectively and his writing is both accessible and incredibly informative." --Liam Young, New Statesman "The first serious analysis of Jeremy Corbyn's unexpected ascent."--Yohann Koshy, Vice "Laser-sharp analysis of British 'Labourism' and its contradictions ... This book is terrifically astute." --Jamie Maxwell, The National "A brilliant and incisive analysis by a long-term watcher of the party." --Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor "It is a point of contention whether the politics represented by Jeremy Corbyn offers a pathway out of the crisis or we are instead witnessing the last hurrah of Britain's harried and diminished workers' movement. That is one of the questions Richard Seymour tries to answer in his excellent new book...Seymour's analysis remains indispensible."--Alex Doherty, Red Pepper "A must-read for militants inside and outside the Labour Party." --rs21 "Corbyn is not about Corbyn in much the same way that Richard Seymour's earlier and much shorter book, The Meaning of David Cameron, wasn't really about its eponymous anti-hero. Rather it is an analysis--and an astute one--of the socio-political conditions which have given rise to Corbynism, its future prospects and the substantial obstacles it will inevitably face." --Tom Mills, Ceasefire "The best, and the definitive, account of what Corbyn's victory the first time round meant. One year on the essential summer 2016 read." --Mark Perryman, Philosophy Football "An excellent political biography" Choice "A highly opinionated study of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership, and the circumstances that gave rise to it ... full of insights." - Andy Beckett, Guardian "Seymour provides a rich narrative of the Labour Party's history, including its early socialism, its post-WWII achievements, and the long period of its stagnation and decline." - Norman Markowitz, Socialism and Democracy