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"They Can't Kill Us All": The Story of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery - £9.99
A deeply reported book on the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, offering unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America, and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it   In over a year of on-the-ground ... more
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The Ways of the World by David Harvey - £9.99
The essential anthology of writings by the world's leading Marxist thinker: this book presents a sequence of landmark works in David Harvey's intellectual journey over five decades.   It shows how experiencing the riots, despair and injustice ... more
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The Rise of the Right: English Nationalism and the Transformation of Working-Class Politics by Simon Winlow, Steve Hall and James Treadwell - £12.99
The shock Brexit result highlighted a worrying trend: underemployed white men and women who have seen their standard of living fall, their communities disintegrate and their sense of value, function and inclusion diminish, desperately want a mainstre ... more
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A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming - £16.99
This is the story of Doaa, an ordinary girl from a village in Syria, who in 2015 became one of five hundred people crammed on to a fishing boat setting sail for Europe. The boat was deliberately capsized, and of those five hundred people, eleven surv ... more
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The Egyptians: A Radical Story by Jack Shenker - £10.99
"I started reading this and couldn't stop. It's a remarkable piece of work, and very revealing. A stirring rendition of a people's revolution."(Noam Chomsky) "The deepest and most comprehensive account of Egypt's revolution in the English language ... more
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Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar and Alana Yu-lan Price (Editors) - £15.99
A thorough and timely exploration of the reality of US police violence against Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.   What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? ... more
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Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life by Nato Thompson - £20.00
"Culture As Weapon is a brilliant and scathing take no prisoners critique of contemporary culture. Spanning military occupation, capitalism masquerading as charity, and personal computing, Nato Thompson shows us the dark side of how culture is deploy ... more
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Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the American Circus by Matt Taibbi - £14.99
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  "The thing is, when you actually think about it, it's not funny. Given what's at stake, it's more like the opposite, like the first sign of the collapse of the United States as a global superpower. Twenty years from ... more
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Last Interview - and Other Conversations by Martin Luther King, Jr. - £12.99
As the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum, and books like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen swing national attention toward the racism and violence that continue to poison our communities, it’s as ... more
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The Ministry of Nostalgia: Consuming Austerity by Owen Hatherley - £9.99
Why should we have to “Keep Calm and Carry On”?  In this brilliant polemical rampage, Owen Hatherley shows how our past is being resold in order to defend the indefensible. From the marketing of a “make do and mend” aesthetic to the gro ... more
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Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Woman Who are Transforming the Arab World by Katherine Zoepf - £12.99
For more than a decade, Katherine Zoepf has lived in or traveled throughout the Arab world, reporting on the lives of women, whose role in the region has never been more in flux. Only a generation ago, female adolescence as we know it in the West did ... more
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The Lost World of British Communism by Raphael Samuel - £12.99
A fascinating account of life as a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain.   The Lost World of British Communism is a vivid account of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Raphael Samuel, one of post-war Britain’s most notable histo ... more
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Hillsborough Voices: The Real Story Told by the People Themselves by Kevin Sampson, in association with the Hillsborough Justice Campaign - £8.99
On 15 April 1989 the world witnessed one of the worst football disasters occur at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield: 96 people were crushed to death and another 766 injured in what later was admitted to be caused by a shocking failure by police. ... more
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Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe by Antony Loewenstein - £9.99
How Capitalism makes a fortune from disaster, poverty and catastrophe.   Disaster has become big business. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, ... more
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The New Way of the World: On Neoliberal Society by Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval - £12.99
Exploring the genesis of neoliberalism, and the political and economic circumstances of its deployment, Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval dispel numerous common misconceptions.  Neoliberalism is neither a return to classical liberalism nor the r ... more
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Lord Leverhulme's Ghosts: Colonial Exploitation in the Congo by Jules Marchal - £12.99
The definitive account of exploitation in the Congo, introduced by Adam Hochschild.  In the early twentieth century, the worldwide rubber boom led British enterpreneur Lord Leverhulme to the Belgian Congo. Warmly welcomed by the murderous reg ... more
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Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity by Jackson Katz - £15.99
Why has the U.S. never had a woman president?   The big story about gender in the 2016 presidential year was supposed to be about Hillary Clinton, and her quest to become the first woman president of the United States. Then Donald Trump’s ca ... more
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War Is A Lie by David Swanson - £17.50
War Is A Lie by David Swanson is a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, with a focus on those that have been most widely defended as just and good. This is a handbook of sorts, ... more
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What is Anarchism? An Introduction by Vernon Richards (Editor) - £11.99
Anarchists believe that the point of society is to widen the choices of individuals. Anarchism is opposed to states, armies, slavery, the wages system, the landlord system, prisons, capitalism, bureaucracy, meritocracy, theocracy, revolutionary gover ... more
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The BBC: Myth of a Public Service by Tom Mills - £16.99
The BBC: The mouthpiece of the Establishment?  The BBC is one of the most important institutions in Britain; it is also one of the most misunderstood. Despite its claim to be independent and impartial, and the constant accusations of a liberal ... more
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Walls Come Tumbling Down: The Music and Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge by Daniel Rachel - £25.00
Walls Come Tumbling Down charts the pivotal period between 1976 and 1992 that saw politics and pop music come together for the first time in Britain's musical history; musicians and their fans suddenly became instigators of social change, and 'the po ... more
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From the Lines of Dissent by Media Diversified - £10.00
From the Lines of Dissent is a compilation of select articles, comment pieces and academic analysis originally commissioned for Media Diversified's online platform, covering politics, literature, sexuality, education, religion, media and much more. T ... more
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Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders - £14.99
An inside account of Sanders' extraordinary campaign - and a blueprint for future political action. "Bernie Sanders has changed US politics forever."(Owen Jones) Bernie Sanders stormed to international headlines after running an extraordinary c ... more
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Players' Work Time: A History of the British Musicians' Union, 1893-2013 by Martin Cloonan and John Williamson - £14.99
This book examines the working lives of musicians over the past 120 years via the history of the Musicians' Union. The union has been at the centre of all major agreements covering the employment of musicians across the UK's music industries for this ... more
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United Ireland: Why Unification is Inevitable and How it Will Come About by Kevin Meagher - £12.99
For over two centuries, the ‘Irish Question’ has dogged British politics in one form or another – Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ being perhaps the bloodiest manifestation. And although the past twenty years have seen intensive efforts to s ... more
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Specters of Revolt by Richard Gilman-Opalsky - £8.99
In 1848, Karl Marx declared that a communist specter was haunting Europe. In 1994, Jacques Derrida considered how the specter of Marx would haunt the post-Cold War world. In Specters of Revolt, Gilman-Opalsky argues that the world is haunted by revol ... more
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Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek - £9.99
What unites Google and Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, Siemens and GE, Uber and Airbnb? Across a wide range of sectors, these firms are transforming themselves into platforms: businesses that provide the hardware and software foundation for others to ... more
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We Do Things Differently: The Outsiders Rebooting Our World by Mark Stevenson - £12.99
Our systems are failing. Old models - for education, healthcare and government, food production, energy supply - are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world's population heads towards 10 billion, it's clear we need new approaches ... more
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The Yellow Wind by David Grossman - £10.99
First published in 1988, The Yellow Wind is Israeli novelist David Grossman’s impassioned account of what he observed on the West Bank in early 1987: not only the misery of the Palestinian refugees and their deep-seated hatred of the Israelis, but ... more
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Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance by John Berger - £8.99
Hold Everything Dear is John Berger's vital response to today's global economic and military tyranny. From Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and 7/7, to resistance in Ramallah and traumatic dislocation in the Middle East, it is a profound meditation on what po ... more
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Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest - £9.99
Let Them Eat Chaos, Kate Tempest's new long poem written for live performance and heard on the album release of the same name, is both a powerful sermon and a moving play for voices.   Seven neighbours inhabit the same London street, but are ... more
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Why the Politics of Breastfeeding Matter by Gabrielle Palmer - £7.99
The Politics of Breastfeeding, first published in 1988, remains a hugely important book. It exposes infant feeding as one of the most important global public health issues of our time, and describes how big business and vested interests influence the ... more
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One World Now: The Ethics of Globalization by Peter Singer - £12.99
One World Now seamlessly integrates major developments of the past decade into Peter Singer's classic text on the ethics of globalization, One World.  Singer, often described as the world's most influential philosopher, here addresses such essen ... more
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Four Futures: Life After Capitalism by Peter Frase - £8.99
An exhilarating exploration into the utopias and dystopias that could develop from present society.  Peter Frase argues that increasing automation and a growing scarcity of resources, thanks to climate change, will bring it all tumbling down. I ... more
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In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe - £19.99
In this original and trenchant work, Christina Sharpe interrogates literary, visual, cinematic, and quotidian representations of Black life that comprise what she calls the "orthography of the wake."   Activating multiple registers of "wake" ... more
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Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now? The Facts About Britain's Bitter Divorce from Europe 2016 by Ian Dunt - £7.99
In Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now? Ian Dunt assesses the impact of leaving the EU on British politics, business and the law.   He explains that unless there is an extension to the current timetable for Brexit, Britain faces severe problems fro ... more
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Brexit: How Britain Left Europe by Denis MacShane - £8.99
HOW COULD THIS HAVE HAPPENED? On 23 June 2016, UK voters elected to leave the European Union. The result was perhaps the biggest bombshell in modern British political history.  In this new and updated edition of Denis MacShane's bestselling h ... more
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From Syria with Love by Molly Masters - £10.00
A close-up portrait of children caught up in the Syria conflict. It brings together poems, pictures (previously displayed at the ‘From Syria With Love’ exhibition) and stories from young people living in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon, alongsid ... more
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Scotland the Bold by Gerry Hassan - £9.99
How our nation has changed and why there's no going back.   Scotland has changed fundamentally. This story has become a familiar one, but have we yet understood its full meaning and the resulting consequences? What kind of choices do we fac ... more
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Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future by Raoul Martinez - £20.00
The ideal of freedom is at the heart of our political and economic system. It is foundational to our sense of justice, our way of life, our conception of what it is to be human. But are we free in the way that we think we are?  In Creating Fr ... more
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Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune by Kristin Ross - £9.99
Reclaiming the legacy of the Paris Commune for the twenty-first century.   Kristin Ross�s new work on the thought and culture of the Communard uprising of 1871 resonates with the motivations and actions of contemporary protest, which has found ... more
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Activestills: Photography as Protest in Palestine/Israel by Vered Maimon and Shiraz Grinbaum - £20.00
In 2005, a group of photographers took a stand alongside the people of the small town of Bil’in, and documented their fight to stop the Israeli government building the infamous West Bank Barrier. Inspired by what they had seen in Bil’in, the grou ... more
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Re-Enchanting the Activist: Spirituality and Social Change by Keith Hebden - £8.99
In this energising book, Keith Hebden gathers inspiring first-hand accounts that show how spirituality and politics are converging to reignite modern activism.   Informative and eye-opening, it explores the meaning of activism in a world that ... more
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Radical London in the 1950s by David Mathieson - £14.99
In September 1960 the central London district of St Pancras was convulsed by rioting. What had begun months before as a peaceful protest about the lack of decent housing spiraled into some of the worst street fighting ever seen in the capital. The vi ... more
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Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism by Alain Brossat and Sylvia Klingberg - £16.99
Recovering the history of the revolutionary Jewish tradition.  Jewish radicals manned the barricades on the avenues of Petrograd and the alleys of the Warsaw ghetto; they were in the vanguard of those resisting Franco and the Nazis. They origin ... more
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Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption by Walidah Imarisha - £13.50
Angels with Dirty Faces is no romanticized tale of crime and punishment. The three lives in this creative nonfiction account are united by the presence of actual harm - sometimes horrific violence. Imarisha, dealing with the complexities of her own e ... more
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Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela by George Ciccariello-Maher - £8.99
Latin America’s experiments in direct democracy.  Since 2011, a wave of popular uprisings has swept the globe, taking shape in the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring, 15M in Spain, and the anti-austerity protests in Greece. The demands have bee ... more
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Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late Capitalist Struggle by Kelly Fritsch, Clare O'Connor and A.K. Thompson (Editors) - £18.95
In Keywords (1976), Raymond Williams devised a "vocabulary" that reflected the vast social transformations of the post-war period. He revealed how these transformations could be grasped by investigating changes in word usage and meaning. Keywords for ... more
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Grunwick: The Workers' Story by Jack Dromey and Graham Taylor - £12.00
Grunwick was the strike that changed the rules of the game.   It changed the way the unions thought about race, about their own core values, and about the best way to organise among the new immigrant communities coming to Britain in the 1970s. ... more
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Who Really Feeds the World? The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology by Vandana Shiva - £14.99
A radical new vision for global food production, from one of the world’s most iconic environmental thinkers.   The world’s food supply is in the grip of a profound crisis. Humanity’s ability to feed itself is threatened by a wasteful, gl ... more
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Seeing Things As They Are: Selected Journalism and Other Writings by George Orwell - £9.99
An enlightening anthology of George Orwell's journalism and non-fiction writing, showing his genius across a wide variety of genres. Selected by leading expert Peter Davison.  Famous for his novels and essays, Orwell remains one of our very b ... more
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