I write books! Here are two of them, published by free-range, radical small presses which were raised without the use of antibiotics. If you buy one, both or some of these books, I may be able to keep myself in gin and ribbons. Thanks.

Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism

Published by Zer0 Press, 2011. Cover design by Kate Pocklington.

The blurb:

“Laurie Penny hones her every phrase to a razor’s edge. She is absolutely surgical in her anatomising of a mad world. MEAT MARKET is the kind of cut you learn from.” (Warren Ellis, author of TRANSMETROPOLITAN, CROOKED LITTLE VEIN, RED)

Modern culture is obsessed with controlling women’s bodies. Why? Our societies are saturated with images of unreal, idealised female beauty whilst real female bodies and the women who inhabit them are alienated from their own potential. Why? Under late capitalism, women are both consumers and consumed. Meat Market offers strategies for resisting this gory cycle of consumption, exposing how the trade in female flesh extends into every part of women’s political selfhood.

The short version: short feminist pamphlet, written when I was 23. Lots of angry fun.


Penny Red: Notes from a New Age of Dissent

Published by Pluto Press, 2011. Cover design by This is Star.

Shortlisted for the inaugural Bread And Roses prize for Radical Publishing, 2012

The blurb:

In the space of a year, Laurie Penny has become one of the most prominent voices of the new left. This book brings together her diverse writings, showing what it is to be young, angry, and progressive in the face of an increasingly violent and oppressive UK government.
Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent collects Penny’s writings on youth politics, resistance, feminism, and culture. Her journalism is a unique blend of persuasive analysis, captivating interviews, and first-hand accounts of political direct action. She was involved in all the key protests of 2010/2011, including the anti-fees demos in 2010, and the anti-cuts protests of spring 2011, often tweeting live from the scene of kettles and baton charges. An introduction, conclusion, and extensive footnotes allow Penny to connect all the strands of her work, showing the links between political activism and wider social and cultural issues.
This book is essential for understanding what motivates the new generation of activists, writers and thinkers that bring creativity, energy and urgency to the fight against capitalism and exploitation.
The short version: a collection of the best columns and reports for The New Statesman, The Guardian, The Independent and elsewhere from 2009-2011.

Articles from around the web

Here’s a small selection of my work for The Independent, The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Nation, Salon, BoingBoing, The New Inquiry and others:

Culture, Media and Cartoon Politics

Journalism versus Activism –

The Future, Probably – William Gibson review for The New Inquiry

Th Return of Radical Chic – Salon

Dignity in Life and Dignity in Death – New Statesman

Buns, Bunting and Retro-Imperialism – New Statesman

Facebook, Capitalism and Geek Entitlement– New Statesman

Poppy Day is the Opium of the People– New Statesman 

Reports on protest, politics, riots and resistance

Lost boys and girls on the Occupy Battle Bus – The Independent

A Run on The Bank of Ideas: Occupy 3 months On – New Statesman

In the Shadow of Wall Street – The Independent

Cyberactivism: from Egypt to Occupy Wall Street – The Nation

Panic on the Streets of London: the August Riots – Jezebel/Sydney Morning Herald

An Afternoon with the English Defence League – New Statesman

Occupy Wall Street: fencing the Bull – New Statesman

Inside the Millbank Tower Riots – New Statesman

Inside the Whitehall Kettle – New Statesman

A Right Royal Poke – The Guardian,

Radical Squatters – The Guardian

The Occupy Movement: from Liberty to London – The Nation

Feminism, Queer Politics and Troublemaking

The Sugar Daddy Recession –

In Defence of Cunt – New Statesman

Vajazzled and Bemused – New Statesman

A Woman’s Opinion is the Short Skirt of the Internet – The Independent

Say it again: it’s our right to choose – The Independent

Rihanna, Slut-Shaming and Farmer Graham – New Statesman

About Laurie

Laurie Penny is a journalist, an author, a feminist and a net denizen.  She is Contributing Editor at New Statesman magazine, and writes and speaks on social justice, pop culture, gender issues and digital politics for The Guardian, The Independent, Vice, Salon, The Nation, The New Inquiry and many more. She is the author of Cybersexism, Penny Red and Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism, as well as Discordia: Six Nights in Crisis Athens, co-authored with Molly Crabapple. Her forthcoming book, Unspeakable Things, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2014. In 2010, at the age of 23, she was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing. She is a frequent guest on national television and radio, has appeared on Question Time, Any Questions and Newsnight for the BBC, as well as Al-Jazeera and Democracy Now, and has given talks at the Oxford Union and the London School of Economics. She lives in London in a former air-raid shelter with two hundred spiders and a dodgy kettle. Contact Laurie at laurie [dot] penny [at] gmail [dot] com.

Contact Me

If you would like to have me write for your publication, speak at your event or tutor your infants in the ways of righteousness, I’d love to hear from you. If you want to chat with me about the work I’m doing, or the work you’re doing, then I’d love to hear from you too.


Twitter: @pennyred

Phone: email is pretty much always the best way to get in contact, because I live in a basement where phone signal is hard to come by. I respond to emails very quickly – if you need to phone me, request my number that way.


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Hate mail:

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