Books That Imagine a Different Working World

After a year of seismic changes in the labour market, young adults are questioning and rejecting the ideas around work that they have been fed throughout their lives, starting with the “dream job”, hustle culture, and #girlboss feminism.

The work-related reading list at Verso books is rather good.

Their Inventing the Future by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams helped to clarify my thinking towards the end of New Escapologist’s print era but any one of these books promises to be radically thoughtful.

And for a breezier read, there’s always The Good Life for Wage Slaves.


Robert Wringham is the editor of New Escapologist. He also writes books and articles. Read more at

2 Responses to “Books That Imagine a Different Working World”

  1. Cat says:

    Thank you for this, lots of interesting looking reading material that I hadn’t come across before.

  2. Verso books are sometimes a bit heavy on the academic language but they’re excellently-researched and perfectly radical. My feeling when I read one of them is that the cartridge is loaded, that smarter people than me are actually doing the useful research and feeding into policy. Roundly positive.

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