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Orwell on Freedom by George Orwell - £9.99
With an introduction by Kamila Shamsie.   ‘Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.’   George Orwell is one of the world’s most famous writers and social commentators. Through his wr ... more
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Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) by Rebecca Solnit - £12.99
Beginning with the election of Donald Trump ("The Loneliest Man in the World") and expanding back and forth into American history, surveillance, violence against the individual, the denormalizing of misogyny and the rehumanizing of public space. &nbs ... more
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Protest Kitchen by Carol J. Adams and Virginia Messina - £12.99
Protest Kitchen is an empowering guide to the food and lifestyle choices anyone can make for positive change in the face of the profound challenges of our time.  Our food choices have much more of an impact than most people imagine. They not only ... more
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In Praise of Disobedience: The Soul of Man Under Socialism and Other Writings by Oscar Wilde - £14.99
Works of Wilde’s annus mirabilis of 1891 in one volume, with an introduction by renowned British playwright.   In Praise of Disobedience draws on works from a single miraculous year in which Oscar Wilde published the larger part of his great ... more
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Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance by Bernie Sanders - £20.00
During his campaign for President in 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders stated over and over again that the future of America was dependent upon its willingness to start a political revolution. Real change never occurs from the top down – it always happe ... more
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Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli - £6.99
A moving, eye-opening polemic about the US-Mexico border and what happens to the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Mexican and Central American children arriving in the US without papers.  'We are driving across Oklahoma in early June when we ... more
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The New Poverty by Stephen Armstrong - £9.99
We are living in an age of unprecedented poverty. But who are the new poor? And what hope do they have?  The New Poverty is the story of an unreported Britain, betrayed by politicians and left stranded by the retreat of the welfare state. Tod ... more
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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence by Kristen Ghodsee - £12.99
The argument of this book can be summed up succinctly: unregulated capitalism is bad for women, and if we adopt some ideas from socialism, women will have better lives.  If done properly, socialism leads to economic independence, better labou ... more
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Vintage Minis: Austerity by Yanis Varoufakis - £3.50
VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.   How do we choose between what is fair and just, and what our debtors demand of us? Yanis Varoufakis was put in such a dilemma in 2015 when he became the finance minister of Greece. In this ... more
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I Know There Are So Many of You by Alain Badiou - £9.99
The history of humanity has only just begun. The Neolithic Revolution may have endowed us with unparalleled means of communication, subsistence and knowledge acquisition. However, it is clear in today’s world that inequality, power hierarchies and ... more
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Reporting the Troubles: Journalists tell their stories of the Northern Ireland conflict by Deric Henderson and Ivan Little - £14.99
In Reporting the Troubles sixty-eight renowned journalists tell their stories of working in Northern Ireland during the Troubles the victims that they have never forgotten, the events that have never left them, and the lasting impact of the experienc ... more
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The Shock Doctrine of the Left by Graham Jones - £9.99
Shocks, from natural disasters to military catastrophes, have been exploited for years by the state to impose privatisation, cuts and rampant free markets on us. This book argues that the Left can turn this on its head by using those same moments of ... more
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The Socialist Challenge Today: Syriza, Sanders, Corbyn by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin - £6.99
In what direction should the left move in the 21st century?  The so-called 'Third Way' lacked realism as well as imagination. The social democratic embrace of neoliberal globalization now lies threadbare amidst multiple economic, ecological, ... more
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Economics for the Many by John McDonnell (Editor) - £12.99
Our economy is rigged in favour of a wealthy elite. We need a new approach: an economics for the many.   Big challenges lie ahead for our society: the rise of automation and the threat of catastrophic climate change. But so, too, do the huge p ... more
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Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere by Jeanette Winterson - £7.99
“Behind every great woman is a man who tried to stop her.”  A century after women were first granted the vote, award-winning author Jeanette Winterson celebrates how far we have come on the road to equality, and calls on women and men ali ... more
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Entitled: A Critical History of the British Aristocracy by Chris Bryant - £10.99
Exploring the extraordinary social and political dominance enjoyed by the British aristocracy over the centuries, Entitled seeks to explain how a tiny number of noble families rose to such a position in the first place. It reveals the often nefarious ... more
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Peak Inequality: Britain's Ticking Time Bomb by Danny Dorling - £12.99
Inequality is the key political issue of our time. Danny Dorling wrote his seminal work Injustice: Why social inequality persists in 2010, and as an early proponent of rapidly reducing economic inequalities, he is now much sought-after as one of the ... more
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Don't Let My Past Be Your Future: A Call to Arms by Harry Leslie Smith - £8.99
Don't Let My Past Be Your Future, Harry Leslie Smith's follow-up to Harry's Last Stand, is both a survival guide for today's generations and a memoir about persevering through difficult times with one's dignity and optimism intact.  THIS A CA ... more
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Citizens of Nowhere: How Europe Can Be Saved from Itself by Lorenzo Marsili and Niccolo Milanese - £9.99
With a Foreword by Tania Bruguera Afterword by Yanis Varoufakis  Europe might appear like a continent pulling itself apart. Ten years of economic and political crises have pitted North versus South, East versus West, citizens versus institut ... more
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Things Can Only Get Worse? Twenty Confusing Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter by John O'Farrell - £8.99
"Hilarious, insightful and has that rare quality of making politics fun. A brilliant book everyone should read, whoever you vote for."(Owen Jones, author of The Establishment) From the giddy heights of New Labour's landslide victory in 1997 to the ... more
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CND At 60: Britain's Most Enduring Mass Movement by Kate Hudson - £12.95
Kate Hudson’s new book charts the inside story of CND over six decades, as it became a byword for protest and radicalism.   This book is timed to coincide with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s 60th anniversary, drawing on archive m ... more
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Life Lessons: The Case for a National Education Service by Melissa Benn - £8.99
A radical agenda to make our education system fit for the twenty-first century.  Our education system has been damaged by politicians who have arrogantly imposed a regime of market-driven reforms. It is time to reframe education as an essenti ... more
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Marx and Marxism by Gregory Claeys - £8.99
An illuminating history of Marx's thought and intellectual influence from a leading historian of socialism.   Why was Marx so successful as a thinker? Did he have a system and if so, what does it consist of? How did Marxism develop in the twen ... more
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Gaza: Preparing for Dawn by Donald Macintyre - £10.99
A highly respected voice reveals the truth behind the myths in the Middle East's crucible of conflict.   Uniquely imprisoned, most Palestinians in Gaza cannot travel beyond the confines of the Strip, and in times of war escape is impossible. T ... more
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Eve Was Shamed: How British Justice is Failing Women by Helena Kennedy - £20.00
What comes after #MeToo? One of our most eminent lawyers and defenders of human rights answers with this urgent, authoritative and deeply shocking look at British justice.   In Eve Was Shamed Helena Kennedy forensically examines the pressing new e ... more
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If the War Goes On... Reflections on War and Politics by Herman Hesse - £9.99
A collection of essays on the absurdity of war, from the Nobel Prize laureate.   Herman Hesse remained clear-sighted and consistent in his political views and his passionate espousal of pacifism and the bloody absurdity of war from the start o ... more
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Palestine in Black and White by Mohammad Sabaaneh - £10.99
Palestine in Black and White is an intimate and powerful portrayal of life under occupation from one of the most talented cartoonists working today.   Mohammad Sabaaneh has gained worldwide renown for his black and white sketches. His stark ge ... more
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Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy by Lynne Segal - £9.99
What is the true meaning of happiness? Lynne Segal explores the radical potential of being together.   Why are we so obsessed by the pursuit of happiness? With new ways to measure contentment we are told that we have a right to individual joy. But ... more
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Propaganda Blitz: How the Corporate Media Distort Reality by David Edwards and David Cromwell - £14.99
Do you trust the liberal media? While the tabloid and right-wing press - the Sun, The Times, the Mail and the Express - are constantly criticised for dangerous bias, outlets like the BBC and the Guardian are trusted by their readers to report in the ... more
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Brexit and British Politics by Geoffrey Evans and Anand Menon - £12.99
Brexit has changed everything - from our government, to our economy and principal trading relationship, to the organization of our state. This watershed moment, which surprised most observers and mobilized previously apathetic sections of the elector ... more
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To Obama: With Love, Joy, Hate and Despair by Jeanne Marie Laskas - £20.00
One of the most important politics books of the year, To Obama is a record of a time when politics intersected with empathy.   Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten o ... more
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Stick it to the Man by Stickerbomb - £12.99
This timely sticker book brings together around 200 of the best protest stickers created by artists and activists around the world. Funny, irreverent, bold and poignant, the stickers tackle the range of key issues of acute concern today, including fe ... more
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Decolonising the University by Gurminder K. Bhambra, Dalia Gebrial and Kerem Nişancıoğlu - £16.99
In 2015, students at the University of Cape Town demanded the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, the imperialist, racist business magnate, from their campus. The battle cry '#RhodesMustFall' sparked an international movement calling for the decolon ... more
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Rhodes Must Fall: The Struggle to Decolonise the Racist Heart of Empire by the Rhodes Must Fall Movement, Oxford - £9.99
A decisive book written by the Rhodes Must Fall movement, offering unparalleled insight into the institutional racism at the heart of empire.   When students at Oxford University called for a statue of Cecil Rhodes to be removed, following sim ... more
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Armistice: A Laureate's Choice of Poems of War and Peace by Carol Ann Duffy (Editor) - £12.99
The Armistice of 1918 brought ceasefire to the war on the Western Front, but ‘the Great War’ would not as hoped be ‘the war to end all wars’.   In this affecting selection, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, guides us deep into the act a ... more
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Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State by Chris Renwick - £9.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE LONGMAN-HISTORY TODAY PRIZE 2018 LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2018   A landmark book from a remarkable new historian, on a subject that has never been more important - or imperilled   Today, everybody seems to agree tha ... more
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Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House by Omarosa Manigault Newman - £20.00
#1 New York Times Bestseller   The former Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the Trump White House provides an eye-opening look into the corruption and controversy of the current admin ... more
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First As Tragedy, Then As Farce by Slavoj Žižek - £10.99
From the tragedy of 9/11 to the farce of the financial meltdown.   Billions of dollars were hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilisation. So why has it not been possible to bring the same forces to ... more
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Poverty: A Very Short Introduction by Philip N. Jefferson - £7.99
No one wants to live in poverty. Few people would want others to do so. Yet, millions of people worldwide live in poverty. According to the World Bank, over 700 million people lived on less than US $2 a day in 2013. Why is that? What has been done ab ... more
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You Had Better Make Some Noise: Words to Change the World by Various authors - £6.95
A timeless collection of quotations by visionaries who have been catalysts for change - through the ages and across the globe.   You Had Better Make Some Noise brings together the words of social activists, revolutionaries, artists, writers, m ... more
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Modern Science and Anarchy by Peter Kropotkin - £19.95
The definitive edition of Peter Kropotkin's final book, Modern Science and Anarchy is the summation of his forty years in the anarchist movement. It represents his theory that the doctrines of anarchism were a necessary consequence of “the great ge ... more
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Rape and Resistance by Linda Martí­n Alcoff - £17.99
Sexual violence has become a topic of intense media scrutiny, thanks to the bravery of survivors coming forward to tell their stories. But, unfortunately, mainstream public spheres too often echo reports in a way that inhibits proper understanding of ... more
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Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch - £8.99
Where are you really from?   You’re British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British.   So why do people keep asking you where you are from?   Brit(ish) is abou ... more
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Poverty Propaganda: Exploring the Myths by Tracy Shildrick - £23.99
Does ‘real’ poverty still exist in Britain? How do people differentiate between the supposed ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor? Is there a culture of worklessness passed down from generation to generation? Bringing together historical an ... more
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The Long Road to Harpers Ferry: The Rise of the First American Left by Mark A. Lause - £17.99
This is the first comprehensive history of pre-Civil War American radicalism, mapping the journeys of the land reformers, Jacksonian radicals and militant abolitionists on the long road to the failed slave revolt of Harpers Ferry in 1859.  Th ... more
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The Battle For Paradise Puerto Rico: Takes on the Disaster Capitalists by Naomi Klein - £8.99
"We are in a fight for our lives. Hurricanes Irma and María unmasked the colonialism we face in Puerto Rico, and the inequality it fosters, creating a fierce humanitarian crisis. Now we must find a path forward to equality and sustainability, a path ... more
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Decoding Chomsky: Science and Revolutionary Politics by Chris Knight - £12.99
A fresh and fascinating look at the philosophies, politics, and intellectual legacy of one of the twentieth century’s most influential and controversial minds.  Occupying a pivotal position in postwar thought, Noam Chomsky is both the found ... more
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Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota's Struggle for Justice by Bikem Ekberzade - £12.99
In 2016, the world looked on as thousands set up camp within Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to protest the re-routing of the Dakota Access oil pipeline close to the Reservation's northern border. People from many Native American tribes were joined b ... more
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A Radical History of the World by Neil Faulkner - £14.99
History is a weapon. The powerful have their version of events, the people have another. And if we understand how the past was forged, we arm ourselves to change the future.   This is the history of the struggle and revolution of human society ... more
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Letters to Change the World: From Pankhurst to Orwell by Travis Elborough (Editor) - £14.99
"We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."(Martin Luther King) In an era where the liberties we often take for granted are under threat, Letters To Change th ... more
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Talking to North Korea: Ending the Nuclear Standoff by Glyn Ford - £14.99
North Korea's regime is often called 'crazy'. But what if we tried to understand the motivations of its leadership? This provocative insider account challenges the media myths which paint North Korea as a rogue state run by a mad leader, myths which ... more
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