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The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics by Diarmaid Ferriter - £12.99
For the past two decades, you could cross the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic half a dozen times without noticing or, indeed, turning off the road you were travelling. It cuts through fields, winds back-and-forth across roads, and we ... more
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Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain by James Bloodworth - £8.99
We all define ourselves by our profession. But what if our job was demeaning, poorly paid, and tedious? Cracking open Britain’s divisions journalist James Bloodworth spends six months living and working across Britain, taking on the country’s mos ... more
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Soccer Vs. The State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics by Gabriel Kuhn - £15.99
Soccer has turned into a multi-billion-dollar industry. Professionalism and commercialization dominate its global image. Yet the game retains a rebellious side, maybe more so than any other sport co-opted by moneymakers and corrupt politicians. From ... more
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Fearless Cities: A Guide to the Global Municipalist Movemen by Barcelona en Comu with Debbie Bookchin and Ada Colau - £9.99
In a world in which fear and insecurity are being twisted into hate, and inequalities, xenophobia and authoritarianism are on the rise, a renewed municipalist movement is standing up to defend human rights, radical democracy and the common good.  ... more
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The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making Us All Poorer by Nicholas Shaxson - £20.00
Global finance is a system that works for the few and against the many.   We need finance – but when finance grows too big it becomes a curse. The City of London is the single biggest drain on our resources; it sucks talent out of every sphe ... more
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Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay - £14.99
Edited and with an introduction by Roxane Gay, the New York Times bestselling and deeply beloved author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, this anthology of first-person essays tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on.  In this valuable and tim ... more
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Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States by Sharon Smith - £15.99
This accessible, critical history of the U.S. labor movement examines the hidden history of workers' resistance.   Workers in the United States have a rich tradition of fighting back and achieving gains previously thought unthinkable, from the ... more
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Alerta! Alerta!: Snapshots of Europes Anti-fascist Struggle by Patrick Strickland - £13.00
According to journalist Patrick Strickland, “Anti- fascists are winning. . . .Whether they are shutting down racist speakers, or protesting a news program for providing them an unchecked platform elsewhere, anti-fascists [have] made it impossible f ... more
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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo - £9.99
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.   In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful ... more
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Equal Power: Gender Equality and How to Achieve It by Jo Swinson - £8.99
Shortlisted for the 2018 Parliamentary Book Awards (Best Memoir by a Parliamentarian)  Why is gender inequality so stubbornly persistent? Power. Even today, power remains concentrated in the hands of men right across the worlds of business, p ... more
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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Woolff - £8.99
With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time.   The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, th ... more
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How Sugar Corrupted the World by James Walvin - £9.99
How did a simple commodity, once the prized monopoly of kings and princes, become an essential ingredient in the lives of millions, before mutating yet again into the cause of a global health epidemic?   The story of sugar, and of mankind's de ... more
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Bullshit Jobs: A The Rise of Pointless Work And What We Can Do About It by David Graeber - £9.99
Be honest: if your job didn't exist, would anybody miss it? Have you ever wondered why not? Up to 40% of us secretly believe our jobs probably aren't necessary. In other words: they are bullshit jobs. This book shows why, and what we can do about it. ... more
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This Is How We Survive: Revolutionary Mothering, War, and Exile in the 21st Century by Mai’a Williams - £14.99
In This Is How We Survive: Revolutionary Mothering, War, and Exile in the 21st Century, Mai’a Williams shares her experiences working in conflict zones and with liberatory resistance communities as a journalist, human rights worker, and midwife in ... more
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Rule Britannia: Brexit and the End of Empire by Danny Dorling and Sally Tomlinson - £12.99
Things fall apart when empires crumble. This time, we think, things will be different. They are not. This time, we are told, we will become great again. We will not.  In Rule Britannia, Danny Dorling and Sally Tomlinson argue that the vote to ... more
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Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right's Challenge to State and Empire by Matthew N. Lyons - £20.99
A major study of movements that strive to overthrow the U.S. government, that often claim to be anti-imperialist and sometimes even anti-capitalist yet also consciously promote inequality, hierarchy, and domination, generally along explicitly racist, ... more
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape by Sohaila Abdulali - £9.99
Thoughtful, provocative and intelligent, this game-changing book looks at sexual assault and the global discourse on rape from the viewpoint of a survivor, writer, counsellor and activist.  Sohaila Abdulali was the first Indian rape survivor ... more
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Colorblind Racism by Meghan Burke - £15.99
How can colorblindness – the idea that race does not matter – be racist? This illuminating book introduces the paradox of colorblind racism: how dismissing or downplaying the realities of race and racism can perpetuate inequality and violence. ... more
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The Power of Politicians by Frances D’ Souza and Tessa Jowell - £7.99
Edited and with an introduction by Claire Foster-Gilbert.   The Power of Politicians is an account of Tessa Jowell’s experience of entering politics and making effective sense of her role. Here, with Frances D’Souza, she gives fascinating insi ... more
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Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest by Zeynep Tufekci - £10.99
A firsthand account and incisive analysis of modern protest, revealing internet-fueled social movements’ greatest strengths and frequent challenges.  To understand a thwarted Turkish coup, an anti-Wall Street encampment, and a packed Tahrir ... more
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One-Dimensional Queer by Roderick A. Ferguson - £14.99
The story of gay rights has long been told as one of single-minded focus on the fight for sexual freedom. Yet its origins are much more complicated than this single-issue interpretation would have us believe, and to ignore gay liberation's multidimen ... more
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Brexit, No Exit: Why (in the End) Britain Won't Leave Europe by Denis MacShane - £8.99
The UK's Brexit vote in 2016 and the inconclusive general election just 12 months later have unleashed a wave of chaos and uncertainty - on the eve of formal negotiations with the EU.  Denis MacShane - former MP and Europe minister under Ton ... more
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How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps (Second Edition) by Youssef El-Gingihy - £10.99
The blueprint that the government does not want you to see. The story of how your NHS was sold off and why you will have to buy private health insurance soon.  Events have spiralled since the first edition of How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy ... more
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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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Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe by Benjamin Martill and Uta Steiger (Editors) - £15.00
Brexit will have significant consequences for the country, for Europe, and for global order. And yet much discussion of Brexit in the UK has focused on the causes of the vote and on its consequences for the future of British politics.  This volu ... 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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