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Recommended Non-Fiction titles for Yuletide 2021

The best of 2021 - over a hundred of our top non-fiction recommendations!

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Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance - by Noam Chomsky and Marv Waterstone - £14.99
An essential primer on capitalism, politics and how the world works, based on the hugely popular undergraduate lecture series 'What is Politics?'.   Is there an alternative to capitalism? In this landmark text Chomsky and Waterstone chart a critic ... more

Just Ignore Him - by Alan Davies - £9.99
"A simply astonishing achievement. The quality, depth, emotional power and terrifying honesty of Alan Davies’s story-telling take the breath away."(Stephen Fry) "This hugely affecting book is brave, insightful and, at times, funny about things i ... more

Pandemonium: Some Verses on the Current Predicament - by Armando Iannucci - £9.99
Tell, Mighty Wit, how the highest in forethought and, That tremendous plus, The Science, Saw off our panic and Globed vexation Until a drape of calmness furled around the earth And beckoned a new and greater normal into each life For which we g ... more

We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World - by Malala Yousafzai - £9.99
Nobel Peace Prize winner and bestselling author Malala Yousafzai introduces some of the faces behind the statistics and news stories we read or hear every day about the millions of people displaced worldwide.   Malala’s experiences visiting refu ... more

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X - by Les Payne and Tamara Payne - £12.99
**WINNER OF PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY** **WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD (Nonfiction)** Shortlisted for the HWA Non-Fiction Crown Award Finalist, LA Times Book Prize  A landmark biography of one of the twentieth century's most compelli ... more

The Whole Picture: The Colonial Story of the Art in Our Museums & Why We Need to Talk About It - by Alice Procter - £9.99
Should museums be made to give back their marbles? Is it even possible to 'decolonize' our galleries? Must Rhodes fall?  How to deal with the colonial history of art in museums and monuments in the public realm is a thorny issue that we are only ... more

Pride: The Story of the LGBTQ Equality Movement - by Matthew Todd - £20.00
In June 1969, police raided New York gay bar the Stonewall Inn. Pride charts the events of that night, the days and nights of rioting that followed, the ensuing organization of local members of the community - and the 50 years since in which activist ... more

Bessie Smith - by Jackie Kay - £10.99
Bessie Smith: singer, icon, pioneer.  Scotland's National Poet Jackie Kay brings to life the tempestuous story of the greatest blues singer who ever lived.   Bessie Smith was born in Tennessee in 1894. Orphaned by the age of nine, sh ... more

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures - by Merlin Sheldrake - £10.99
The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them.   Neither plant nor animal, they are found throughout the earth, the air and our bodies. They can be microscopic, yet also account for the largest organisms ever recorded. They enab ... more

How To Resist Amazon And Why - by Danny Caine - £10.99
Join the fight for economic justice.  When a company's workers are literally dying on the job, when their business model relies on preying on local businesses and even their own vendors, when their CEO is the richest person in the world while ... more

Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women - by Kate Manne - £9.99
Male entitlement takes many forms. To sex, yes, but more insidiously to admiration, bodily autonomy, knowledge, power, even care. In this urgent intervention, philosopher Kate Manne offers a radical new framework for understanding misogyny.  ... more

Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain - by Sathnam Sanghera - £9.99
In his brilliantly illuminating new book Sathnam Sanghera demonstrates how so much of what we consider to be modern Britain is actually rooted in our imperial past.   In prose that is, at once, both clear-eyed and full of acerbic wit, Sanghera sh ... more

This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto - by Suketu Mehta - £9.99
An impassioned defence of global immigration from the acclaimed author of Maximum City.  Drawing on his family's own experience emigrating from India to Britain and America, and years of reporting around the world, Suketu Mehta subjects the ... more

Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World - by Jason Hickel - £9.99
The world has finally awoken to the reality of climate breakdown and ecological collapse. Now we must face up to its primary cause.  Capitalism demands perpetual expansion, which is devastating the living world. There is only one solution that wi ... more

This Land: The Story of a Movement - by Owen Jones - £9.99
The No.1 bestselling author of The Establishment returns with an urgent analysis of where the Left - and Britain - goes next.  We live in an age of upheaval. The global crisis of Covid-19 has laid bare the deep social and economic inequalities wh ... more

The Other Mother: A Wickedly Honest Parenting Tale for Every Kind of Family - by Jen Brister - £8.99
I'm Jen Brister, stand-up comedian, middle-aged adolescent and, more recently, a mum. But not that mum – I'm the other one. Confused? Let’s back up a bit. Two years ago, my partner (a woman – we're not solicitors) gave birth to twins. Yes. Yes. ... more

Down The Highway: The Life Of Bob Dylan - by Howard Sounes - £16.99
An updated edition of Howard Sounes' classic, definitive biography to mark the legendary Bob Dylan's 80th birthday.   Bob Dylan was the first figure in the history of popular music to challenge the domination of the three-minute pop song and ... more

The Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveals the Future of Our World - by Tim Marshall - £16.99
Tim Marshall's global bestseller Prisoners of Geography showed how every nation's choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Since then, the geography hasn't changed. But the world has.  In this revelatory new book, Marshall ... more

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution: An Oral History - by Liam Warfield, Walter Crasshole and Yony Leyser (Editors) - £15.99
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution: An Oral History is the very first comprehensive overview of a movement that defied both the music underground and the LGBT mainstream community.  Through exclusive interviews with protagonists like Bruce L ... more

Let's Do It: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood - by Jasper Rees - £9.99
'I was born with a warped sense of humour and when I was carried home from being born it was Coronation Day and so I was called Victoria but you are not supposed to know who wrote this anyway it is about time I unleashed my pent-up emotions in a bitt ... more

Nomadland - by Jessica Bruder - £8.99
Now a major motion picture.  Nomadland tells a revelatory tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy - one which foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, it celebrates the exceptional resilienc ... more

The Squire of Knotty Ash and his Lady: An Intimate Biography of Sir Ken Dodd - by Tony Nicholson with Lady Anne Dodd - £17.99
This book, thanks to Ken's wife, Lady Dodd, gives the first ever in-depth account of his astonishing story, and unravels 'the other Ken Dodd' - the fascinating, kind and complicated private man with whom she spent her life. Sir Ken Dodd was a nationa ... more

The Welsh in Liverpool: A Remarkable History - by D.Ben Rees - £19.99
The Welsh in Liverpool: A Remarkable Story by D. Ben Rees is the culmination of decades worth of research into the unique history of the contribution made by the Welsh in Liverpool and Merseyside.  D. Ben Rees said:  “I’m glad to be able ... more

The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: Travels Among the Collectors of Iceland - by Kendra Greene - £9.99
Welcome to Iceland, a very small nation with a very large number (two hundred and sixty five) of (mostly) very small museums. Founded in the backyards of houses, begun as jokes or bets or memorials to lost friends, these museums tell the story of an ... more

Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias - by Dr Pragya Agarwal - £10.99
For the first time, behavioural and data scientist, activist and writer Dr Pragya Agarwal unravels the way our implicit or 'unintentional' biases affect the way we communicate and perceive the world, how they affect our decision-making, and how they ... more

The Literary Almanac: A Year of Seasonal Reading - by Francesca Beauman - £14.99
Spanning the dreary, cold days of January to the first flushes of spring and then the blazing August heat, bibliophile Francesca Beauman offers up a wealth of book recommendations.   From The Count of Monte Cristo to Elena Ferrante’s Neapol ... more

Period. - by Emma Barnett - £9.99
'Don't be revolted, lead the revolt - preferably with a grin on your face and a tampon tucked proudly behind your ear.'  Emma loathes her period. Really, she does. But there's something she loathes even more: not being able to talk about it. Free ... more

A Radical Practice in Liverpool: The Rise, Fall and Rise of Princes Park Health Centre - by Katy Gardner and Susanna Graham-Jones - £9.99
"At its best Princes Park Health Centre was Nye Bevan’s dream fulfilled: health care, free for all at their point of need, from the cradle to the grave."(Chas Clegg, district nurse) Princes Park Health Centre, in Liverpool 8, was founded b ... more

Cack-Handed: A Memoir - by Gina Yashere - £16.99
The British comedian of Nigerian heritage and co-executive producer and writer of the CBS hit series Bob Hearts Abishola chronicles her odyssey to get to America and break into Hollywood in this lively and humorous memoir.  According to fami ... more

From A to B: A Cartoon Guide to Getting Around by Bike - by Dave Walker - £12.99
More joyful cycling cartoons from the renowned Cycling Cartoonist.   Inside you'll find over 100 full-page cartoons that cast an affectionate eye over the delights and challenges of cycling: from everyday commuting to cycling adventures, and e ... more

Punk Women: 40 Years of Musicians Who Built Punk Rock - by David A. Ensminger (Editor) - £14.99
Interviews with and photos of canonical rockers.  In this far-reaching anthology, David Ensminger delves underground to explore the oft overlooked community of badass women who shaped the punk scene.  There is a common thread of women be ... more

52 Times Britain was a Bellend: The History You Didn't Get Taught At School - by James Felton - £7.99
Twitter hero James Felton brings you the painfully funny history of Britain you were never taught at school, fully illustrated and chronicling 52 of the most ludicrous, weird and downright 'baddie' things we Brits* have done to the world since time i ... more

The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2022 - by Lia Leendertz - £12.99
A perfect toolkit for connecting with the world around us and the year ahead as it unfolds – all in a compact and pocket size guide that just begs you to pick it up and browse.  The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2022 reinvents the tradition ... more

The Goddess Book: A Celebration of Witches, Queens, Healers, and Crones - by Nancy Blair, illustrated by Thalia Took - £16.99
This is a book of mediations that celebrate the divine feminine. It is an exploration of representations of the goddess throughout history. Here are heroines, queens, witches, healers, proud princesses, courageous daughters, and cranky crones.   ... more

The Shortest History of China - by Linda Jaivin - £12.99
China contains a multitude. Its unruly complexity is part of its grandeur.   Modern China is at once an economic powerhouse and authoritarian state, an increasingly assertive superpower and an icon of modernity. Chinese history is no less cont ... more

Misfits: A Personal Manifesto - by Michaela Coel - £9.99
From the brilliant mind of the creator and star of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum comes a passionate declaration against fitting in.   Michaela Coel's MacTaggart Lecture touched a lot of people with her striking revelations about race, class a ... more

The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers - by Emily Levesque - £10.99
FINALIST FOR THE PEN/E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD  The story of the people who see beyond the stars...  To be an astronomer is to journey to some of the most inaccessible parts of the globe, braving mountain passes, sub-zero tem ... more

All Boys Aren't Blue - by George M. Johnson - £8.99
This powerful YA memoir-manifesto follows journalist and LGBTQ+ activist George M. Johnson as they explore their childhood, adolescence, and college years, growing up under the duality of being black and queer.   From memories of getting thei ... more

I Belong Here: A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain - by Anita Sethi - £16.99
One of Waterstones Best Books to Look Forward to in 2021 The Bookseller's Book of the Month A Guardian 2021 Literary Highlight  "I knew in every bone of my body, in every fibre of my being, that I had to report what had happened, not only for m ... more

On This Day She: Putting Women Back Into History, One Day At A Time - by Jo Bell, Tania Hershman and Ailsa Holland - £20.00
The tried and tested 'On This Day in History' format has elevated the stories of many people and their impact on the wider world. However, of those considered noteworthy by the Establishment, just a fraction are women. But this is not the whole story ... more

Football's Black Pioneers: The Stories of the First Black Players to Represent the 92 League Clubs - by Bill Hern and David Gleave - £16.00
A new perspective on the lives, careers and experiences of groundbreaking black footballers in England.  Ninety-two chapters tell the unique stories of the first black footballers to play for each of the English Football League clubs. Four years ... more

Lyra McKee: In Her Own Words: Lost, Found, Remembered - by Lyra McKee - £8.99
A memorial collection of writings by the murdered young journalist Lyra McKee - from viral articles to unpublished material - that celebrates her life, work and creative legacy: one that will live on.   When Northern Irish writer Lyra McKee w ... more

Ghost Town: A Liverpool Shadowplay - by Jeff Young - £12.00
Jeff Young takes us on a journey through haunted places of memory and loss, summoning the ghosts of loved ones and long-departed heroes who somehow still occupy the disappearing nooks and ruins of the city.  Walking through the last remnants of ... more

Free to Be Me: Refugee Stories from the Lesbian Immigration Support Group - by Jane Traies (Editor) - £11.99
A new collection of interviews with lesbian and bi women seeking asylum in the UK and the campaigners working with them. Here in their own words are their stories of love, trauma, struggle and friendship, courage and solidarity.   Profits fro ... more

The Chagos Betrayal: How Britain Robbed an Island and Made Its People Disappear - by Florian Grosset - £16.99
During the cold war, the US government sought to establish an overseas military presence in the Indian Ocean. This graphic novel is a shocking account of British complicity in the forced exodus of the Chagos Islanders from their homeland to make that ... more

I Wanna Be Yours - by John Cooper Clarke - £9.99
This is a memoir as wry, funny, moving and vivid as its inimitable subject himself. This book will be a joy for both lifelong fans and for a whole new generation. John Cooper Clarke is a phenomenon: Poet Laureate of Punk, rock star, fashion icon, TV ... more

Out of the Darkness: Greenham Voices 1981-2000 - by Kate Kerrow and Rebecca Mordan - £20.00
In 1981, a group of women marched from Cardiff to the Greenham Common RAF base in Newbury to protest the siting of US nuclear missiles on British soil. They formed what became the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp and stayed there for almost twenty ... more

The Crying Book - by Heather Christle - £8.99
In this symphonic work of non-fiction, Heather Christle explores the most human of behaviours: crying. What are tears made of? Why do people cry? And why is this common, crucial act so rarely discussed? Christle unpacks the biological reasons for tea ... more

Britain's Best Ever Political Cartoons - by Tim Benson (Editor) - £14.99
A rip-roaring collection of Britain's finest political satire, from Hogarth and Gillray to Martin Rowson, Steve Bell, Peter Brookes and Nicola Jennings. Between Waterloo and Brexit, cartoons have been Britain's most famous antidote to the chaos of pu ... more

Five Rules for Rebellion: Let's Change the World Ourselves - by Sophie Walker - £7.99
Had enough? Feeling hopeless? Don't give up - join the rebellion.   Activist, journalist, founding leader of the Women's Equality Party and 'modern-day suffragette' (Evening Standard) Sophie Walker presents an inspiring, five-step journey to inco ... more

Sailor Song: The Shanties and Ballads of the High Seas - by Gerry Smyth, illustrated by Jonny Hannah - £14.99
From the earliest of voyages seafarers have sung, be they homeward bound or rolling in a merciless sea to an unknown horizon. The shouts and cries of these sailors’ shanties provided a musical rhythm to their work and such ‘concerted’ efforts i ... more

How Iceland Changed the World: The Big History of a Small Island - by Egill Bjarnason - £10.99
The untold story of how one tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic has shaped the world for centuries.  The history of Iceland began 1,200 years ago, when a frustrated Viking captain and his useless navigator ran aground in the middle of ... more

Night Sky Almanac 2022: A Stargazer's Guide - by Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion - £9.99
A beautiful gift for anyone interested in the night sky.   Follow the progress of constellations throughout the seasons with this beautiful companion to the night sky from Astronomy experts Collins.  With the aid of easy-to-understand mo ... more

Love Letters: Vita and Virginia - by Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West - £9.99
'I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia. I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone. I just miss you...'  At a dinner party in 1922, Virginia Woolf met the renowned author, arist ... more

Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally - by Emily Ladau - £11.99
An approachable guide to being a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more inclusive place.  “A candid, accessible cheat sheet ... more

Featherhood - by Charlie Gilmour - £8.99
This is a story about birds and fathers.   About the young magpie that fell from its nest in a Bermondsey junkyard into Charlie Gilmour's life - and swiftly changed it. Demanding worms around the clock, riffling through his wallet, sharing hi ... more

IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain - by Various authors, Edited and Introduced by Courttia Newland and Kadija Sesay - £10.99
A celebratory 20th anniversary edition of this landmark collection from black writers across the literary spectrum.  This ground-breaking anthology was first published twenty years ago, into a different literary landscape. Showcasing the work ... more

All the Young Men: How One Woman Risked It All To Care For The Dying - by Ruth Coker Burks and Kevin Carr O'Leary - £8.99
'If I have one message with this book it's that we all have to care for one another. Today, not just in 1986. Life is about caring for each other, and I learned more about life from the dying than I ever learned from the living. It's in an elephant r ... more

Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted and Alone - by Sarah Jaffe - £20.00
Whether it's working for free in exchange for 'experience', enduring poor treatment in the name of being 'part of the family', or clocking serious overtime for a good cause, more and more of us are pushed to make sacrifices for the privilege of being ... more

The Border: A Journey Around Russia Through North Korea, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan.... - by Erika Fatland - £14.99
Erika Fatland travels along the seemingly endless Russian border - from North Korea in the Far East through Russia's bordering states in Asia and the Caucasus, crossing the Caspian Ocean and the Black Sea along the way.   The Border is a book ... more

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race - by Beverly Daniel Tatum - £10.99
The international bestseller that changed how we talk about racism.   Walk into any racially mixed secondary school and you will see young people clustered in their own groups according to race. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or ... more

Notes on Grief - by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - £10.00
A devastating essay on loss and the people we love from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.   'Grief is a cruel kind of education. You learn how ungentle mourning can be, how full of anger. You ... more

The Bookseller's Tale - by Martin Latham - £9.99
A SPECTATOR AND EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020   'The right book has a neverendingness, and so does the right bookshop.'   This is the story of our love affair with books, whether we arrange them on our shelves, inhale their ... more

Hope is a Verb: Six Steps to Radical Optimism When the World Seems Broken - by Emily Ehlers - £12.99
For readers of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, a gift book for an era of global anxiety.  When the world feels uncertain, we need hope, humour and meaningful action. Hope Is a Verb is the ideal handbook for anyone freaked out about th ... more

Gender Euphoria: Stories of Joy from Trans, Non-Binary and Intersex Writers - by Laura Kate Dale (Editor) - £9.99
GENDER EUPHORIA: a powerful feeling of happiness experienced as a result of moving away from one's birth-assigned gender. So often the stories shared by trans people about their transition centre on gender dysphoria: a feeling of deep discomfort with ... more

Diamonds in the Mud - by Brian Reade - £20.00
"Powerful, vital and visionary"(Jimmy McGovern) Something unusual happened in Britain during the spring of 2020. As the nation went into lockdown to fight a killer pandemic our view of what constituted a hero changed.  Suddenly celebrity busine ... more

A Farewell to Calm: The New Normal Survival Guide - by John Crace - £9.99
'It's now becoming easier and easier to predict government policy. Just listen to what the prime minister said in the morning and the opposite is likely to be true come the middle of the afternoon.'  Throughout another year of bluster and bed ... more

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women White Feminists Forgot - by Mikki Kendall - £9.99
All too often the focus of mainstream feminism is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few.   Meeting basic needs is a feminist issue. Food insecurity, the living wage and access to education are feminist issue ... more

The Secret to Superhuman Strength - by Alison Bechdel - £16.99
*A GUARDIAN AND OBSERVER 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK*  From the bestselling, award-winning author of Fun Home.  All her life, Alison Bechdel has searched for an elusive secret. The secret to superhuman strength.   She has looked for ... more

Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism - by Amelia Horgan - £9.99
'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 ... more

What's Up, Beanie? Acutely Relatable Comics - by Alina Tysoe - £16.00
A collection of 160 comics from the hugely popular Whats Up, Beanie?, all adorable, humorously frank, completely wholesome, and acutely relatable   Hilariously eccentric and self-aware, Alina Tysoe, the pink-haired illustrator behind the wildly po ... more

Challenge Everything: An Extinction Rebellion Youth Guide to Saving the Planet - by Blue Sandford - £7.99
Challenge Everything. Act Now. Change the World. This book will show you how.   Blue Sandford was named by The Times as one of "Britain's Greta Thunbergs" (Dec 2019) The main concern of young people is climate change and how to combat it ... more

Border Nation: A Story of Migration - by Leah Cowan - £9.99
Borders are more than geographical lines - they impact all our lives, whether it's the inhumanity of deportations, or a rise in racist attacks in the wake of the EU referendum. Border Nation shows how oppressive borders must be resisted.   Layi ... more

I Am Not Your Baby Mother - by Candice Brathwaite - £8.99
It's about time we made motherhood more diverse...   When Candice fell pregnant and stepped into the motherhood playing field, she found her experience bore little resemblance to the glossy magazine photos of women in horizontal stripe tops and ... more

Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation - by Silvia Federici - £10.99
A cult classic since its publication in the early years of this century, Caliban and the Witch is Silvia Federici's history of the body in the transition to capitalism.  Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages through the Euro ... more

Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights - by Helen Lewis - £8.99
** A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week ** ** A Sunday Times bestseller **  Well-behaved women don't make history: difficult women do. Feminism's success is down to complicated, contradictory, imperfect women, who fought each other as well as fighting ... more

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth and Power - by Deirdre Mask - £9.99
An exuberant work of popular history: why something as seemingly mundane as an address can save lives or serve the powerful.  Starting with a simple question, 'what do street addresses do?', Deirdre Mask travels the world and back in time to work ... more

Littlewoods Pools Girls - by Joan Boyce - £7.99
Littlewoods Pools Girls by Joan Boyce is based on interviews she conducted with many of the women who worked at Littlewoods.   For forty years until 1990s, Littlewoods Pools was one of the most famous brands in Britain. Millions played the Pools ... more

The Ordnance Survey Journey Through Time - by Ordnance Survey - £16.99
Join the nation's favourite puzzle brand as we take a journey through landscape and history.  In this brand new puzzle book in the bestselling Ordnance Survery series, take a trip through time - from the earliest recorded footsteps of humans ... more

How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century - by Erik Olin Wright - £8.99
Capitalism has transformed the world and increased our productivity, but at the cost of enormous human suffering. Our shared values equality and fairness, democracy and freedom, community and solidarity can both provide the basis for a critique of ca ... more

Dinosaurs: 10 Things You Should Know - by Dr Dean Lomax - £9.99
Travel back to the prehistoric world and discover the most fascinating parts of the lives of Earth's most awe-inspiring creatures - the dinosaurs.   Dr Dean Lomax brings these prehistoric creatures to life in ten bite-sized essays, written ... more

People of the Lane: An Oral History: Living in and Around Lark Lane, 1880-2020 - by Kay Flavell - £19.99
"I started spontaneously collecting the oral histories of People of the Lane in Liverpool, England in 1980-81, when I fell in love with the place and its gutsy people. A labour of love! Life took me to California and 40 years passed! Since 2019 I've ... more

Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures - by Mark Fisher - £12.99
Edited and with an introduction by Matt Colquhoun, this collection of lecture notes and transcriptions reveals acclaimed writer and blogger Mark Fisher in his element - the classroom - outlining a project that Fisher's death left so bittersweetly unf ... more

This is Your Time - by Ruby Bridges - £8.99
On November 14, 1960, at the age of six, Ruby Bridges became the first black child to integrate an all-white school in New Orleans. Escorted by federal marshals past angry segregationist protesters, young Ruby attended William Frantz Elementary and e ... more

No Modernism Without Lesbians - by Diana Souhami - £9.99
The extraordinary story of how a singular group of women in a pivotal time and place - Paris, Between the Wars - fostered the birth of the Modernist movement.  Sylvia Beach, Bryher, Natalie Barney, and Gertrude Stein. A trailblazing publisher; a ... more

The Prosecutor - by Nazir Afzal - £9.99
The outsider who transformed our justice system.   Nazir Afzal knows a thing or two about justice. As a Chief Prosecutor, it was his job to make sure the most complex, violent and harrowing crimes made it to court, and that their perpetrators ... more

The Velvet Mafia: The Gay Men Who Ran the Swinging Sixties - by Darryl W. Bullock - £20.00
In the fifties and sixties, in the period leading up to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality and the founding of the Gay Liberation movement, a group of gay men behind the scenes of rock'n'roll was changing pop, politics and society for goo ... more

Handstands In The Dark: A True Story of Growing Up and Survival - by Janey Godley - £9.99
Born in the tough East End of Glasgow and married into one of the city's most notorious criminal families, Janey Godley's young life was far from ordinary.  From the grim and far-from-swinging 60s, to the discos of the 70s, to the tidal wave of ... more

Klopp: My Liverpool Romance - by Anthony Quinn - £8.99
As featured in the Guardian's Biggest Books of Autumn 2020  In the first book by a British writer about this extraordinary football manager, lifelong Liverpool fan Anthony Quinn has crafted a uniquely revealing love-letter to Jurgen Klopp.  In e ... more

Diary of a Young Naturalist - by Dara McAnulty - £10.99
Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty's world. From spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing. These vivid, evocative and moving diary entries about his c ... more

Forced Out: A Detective's Story of Prejudice and Resilience - by Kevin Maxwell - £9.99
Kevin Maxwell was a dream candidate for the police force – he had a long-held desire to serve his community, a strong moral compass and a clear aptitude for both the strategic and practical aspects of policing. And, as a gay black man from a workin ... more

The Gifts of Reading: Essays on the Joys of Reading, Giving and Receiving Books - by Various authors, Curated by Jennie Orchard - £9.99
With contributions by: William Boyd, Candice Carty-Williams, Imtiaz Dharker, Roddy Doyle, Pico Iyer, Robert Macfarlane, Andy Miller, Jackie Morris, Jan Morris, Sisonke Msimang, Dina Nayeri, Chigozie Obioma, Michael Ondaatje, David Pilling, Max Porter ... more

The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies - by Sathnam Sanghera - £10.99
"It's 1979, I'm three years old, and like all breakfast times during my youth it begins with Mum combing my hair, a ritual for which I have to sit down on the second-hand, floral-patterned settee, and lean forward, like I'm presenting myself for exec ... more

Black and British: A Forgotten History - by David Olusoga - £12.99
Winner of the 2017 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize A Waterstones.com History Book of the Year Longlisted for the Orwell Prize Shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize   In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga off ... more

Vegan JapanEasy: Classic & Modern Vegan Japanese Recipes to Cook at Home - by Tim Anderson - £24.00
Believe it or not, Japanese cuisine in general is actually quite vegan-friendly, and many dishes can be made vegan with just a simple substitution or two. You can enjoy the same big, bold, salty-sweet-spicy-rich-umami recipes of modern Japanese soul ... more

Shame On Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging - by Tessa McWatt - £9.99
"This remarkable meditation on beautiful, human bodies formed by the violence of slavery and by colonial shame resists categorisation, even as it shows up the ways in which categories of race and identity are no more than empty methods of social cont ... more

Chauvo-Feminism: On Sex, Power and #MeToo - by Sam Mills - £7.99
The 2017 #MeToo movement was a flagship moment, a time which empowered women to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse in a spirit of solidarity and in demand of change. But have some men simply changed tactics?   Acclaimed author ... more

The Wisdom of Tea: Life Lessons from the Japanese Tea Ceremony - by Noriko Morishita - £8.99
For more than 25 years Noriko Morishita has studied and practised the intricate rules of the famous Japanese Tea Ceremony, trying to master its complexities in order to find inner peace.   In this vivid account of her experience of the univer ... more

Treasured Islands: The explorer's guide to over 200 of the most beautiful and intriguing islands... - by Peter Naldrett - £18.99
Islands represent adventure, mystery, wilderness and escapism. Surrounded by water, they're somewhere to run away to, to be marooned on, to find a paradise... The British Isles includes some 194 inhabited islands (out of a total of over 6,000), ra ... more

A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen - by David Hockney and Martin Gayford - £19.95
Informed and energized by a lifetime of painting, drawing and making images with cameras, David Hockney, in collaboration with the art critic Martin Gayford, explores how and why pictures have been made across the millennia. What makes marks on a fla ... more

In Their Shoes: Navigating Non-Binary Life - by Jamie Windust - £12.99
Combining light-hearted anecdotes with their own hard-won wisdom, Jamie Windust explores everything from fashion, dating, relationships and family, through to mental health, work and future key debates.   From trying on clothes in secret to i ... more

12 Bytes: How We Got Here. Where We Might Go Next. - by Jeanette Winterson - £16.99
Twelve bytes. Twelve eye-opening, mind-expanding, funny and provocative essays on the implications of artificial intelligence for the way we live from Sunday Times-bestselling author Jeanette Winterson.   Drawing on her years of thinking abou ... more

The Gran Tour: Travels With My Elders - by Ben Aitken - £9.99
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE ACCLAIMED A CHIP SHOP IN POZNAN.   One millennial, six coach trips, one big generation gap. When Ben Aitken learnt that his gran had enjoyed a four-night holiday including four three-course dinners, four cooked breakfasts, ... more

Tastes of Honey: The Making of Shelagh Delaney and a Cultural Revolution - by Selina Todd - £9.99
The ground-breaking, firebrand playwright who changed our cultural and social landscape and put working-class lives centre stage.   On 27 May 1958, A Taste of Honey opened in a small fringe theatre in London. Written by a nineteen-year-old bus dri ... more

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies - by Resmaa Menakem - £9.99
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  The consequences of racism can be found in our bodies - in skin and sinew, in bone and blood.  In this ground-breaking, inspiring work, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage, the physical consequences of dis ... more

Broken Greek: A Story of Chip Shops and Pop Songs - by Pete Paphides - £9.99
*AS READ ON BBC RADIO 4 'BOOK OF THE WEEK'*  'Do you sometimes feel like the music you're hearing is explaining your life to you?'  When Pete's parents moved from Cyprus to Birmingham in the 1960s in the hope of a better life, they had no mon ... more

More Than a Woman - by Caitlin Moran - £8.99
A decade ago, Caitlin Moran thought she had it all figured out.  Her instant bestseller How to Be a Woman was a game-changing take on feminism, the patriarchy, and the general 'hoo-ha' of becoming a woman. Back then, she firmly believed 'the diff ... more

The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War - by Giles Tremlett - £14.99
The first major history of the International Brigades: a tale of blood, ideals and tragedy in the fight against fascism.  The Spanish Civil War was the first armed battle in the fight against fascism, and a rallying cry for a generation. Over 3 ... more

Unsilencing Gaza: Reflections on Resistance - by Sara Roy - £19.99
Gaza, the centre of Palestinian nationalism and resistance to the occupation, is the linchpin of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the key to its resolution. Since 2005, Israel has deepened the isolation of the territory, severing it almost comple ... more

Funny You Should Ask... Your Questions Answered by the QI Elves - by QI Elves - £8.99
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ZOE BALL   The QI Elves are the brains behind the enduringly popular BBC TV panel show QI.  Every Wednesday the Elves appear on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show where they answer the ponderings and wonderings of ... more

Who Am I, Again? - by Lenny Henry - £9.99
***BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week***   Sir Lenny Henry is one of the country's best-loved comedians with a career spanning over forty years. Here he writes about his youth for the first time.  You might think you know Lenny Henry. Think a ... more

Give Us Freedom: The Women who Revolutionised the Modern World - by Rosalind Miles - £10.99
'They will have to choose between giving us freedom or giving us death'  So said,in 1913, the brilliant orator and suffragette,Emmeline Pankhurst, just one of the inspiring women who won the vote for women. She remains a heroine for those det ... more

The Black History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained - by DK, with a Foreword by David Olusoga - £19.99
Which were the most powerful African empires? Who were the pioneers of jazz? What sparked the Black Lives Matter movement?   This book answers these questions and many more, exploring the rich history of the peoples of Africa and the African diasp ... more

Vesper Flights - by Helen Macdonald - £9.99
*A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER* *A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK*  Animals don't exist to teach us things, but that is what they have always done, and most of what they teach us is what we think we know about ourselves.   From the bestselling author o ... more

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture - by Sudhir Hazareesingh - £10.99
The definitive modern biography of the great slave leader, military genius and revolutionary hero Toussaint Louverture.  The Haitian Revolution began in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue with a slave revolt in August 1791, and culmina ... more

Why Rebel - by Jay Griffiths - £7.99
"If bravery itself could write, it would write like she does"(John Berger) Why rebel?  Because our footprint on the Earth has never mattered more than now. How we treat it, in the spirit of gift or of theft, has never been more impor ... more

Bird Therapy - by Joe Harkness - £9.99
A personal, passionate and practical guide to the mental health benefits of bird watching.  I broke down in 2013 and it nearly broke me. Shaking and hateful, I tried the things the doctor said I should. Yes - medication helped. Counselling was en ... more

Bowie's Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life - by John O'Connell - £9.99
'What is your idea of perfect happiness?' 'Reading.' 'What is the quality you most like in a man?' 'The ability to return books.'  Three years before he died, David Bowie made a list of the one hundred books that had transformed his life - a ... more

Paint Your Town Red: How Preston Took Back Control and Your Town Can Too - by Matthew Brown and Rhian E Jones - £10.99
Across the world, there is a growing recognition that a new kind of economy is needed: more democratic, less exploitative, less destructive of society and the planet.  Paint Your Town Red looks at how wealth can be generated and shared at a l ... more

One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time - by Craig Brown - £9.99
WINNER OF THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2020   A Spectator Book of the Year A Times Book of the Year A Telegraph Book of the Year A Sunday Times Book of the Year   From the award-winning author of Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Marga ... more

Renegade: Darcus Howe and the Fight for Civil Rights - by Robin Bunce and Paul Field - £12.99
Renegade examines the struggle for racial justice in the UK, through the lens of one of Britain's most influential, and controversial, journalists and campaigners.  Born in Trinidad during the dying days of colonialism, Howe became an uncompromis ... more

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