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The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money by Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier - £9.99
From the winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting   11.5 million documents sent through encrypted channels. The secret records of 214,000 offshore companies. The largest data leak in history.   In early 2015, an anonymous wh ... more
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No is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics by Naomi Klein - £12.99
Naomi Klein - award-winning journalist, bestselling author of No Logo, The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, scourge of brand bullies and corporate liars - gives us the toolkit we need to survive our surreal, shocking age.  Reme ... more
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Basic Income: And How We Can Make it Happen by Guy Standing - £8.99
Shouldn't everyone receive a stake in society's wealth? Could we create a fairer world by granting a guaranteed income to all? What would this mean for our health, wealth and happiness?   Basic Income is a regular cash transfer from the stat ... more
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Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism by Gregory Sholette - £18.99
In the aftermath of the 2016 US elections, Brexit, and a global upsurge of nationalist populism, it is evident that the delirium and the crisis of neoliberal capitalism is now the delirium and crisis of liberal democracy and its culture. And though c ... more
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Creeping Fascism: Brexit, Trump, and the Rise of the Far Right by Neil Faulkner - £12.00
It was one of those moments when the world changed. Like the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the bombing of the Twin Towers in 2001, and the financial crash of 2008, the election of Donald Trump as US president in November 2016 sent shock-waves acro ... more
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The Political Thought of Abdullah Ocalan: Kurdistan, Woman's Revolution and Democratic Confederalism by Abdullah Öcalan - £12.99
These are the essential writings of a man who inspired a new, egalitarian socialist regime in the Middle East, which is currently fighting for survival against religious extremism and state violence.   Abdullah Öcalan led the struggle for Kur ... more
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Until We Are Free: My Fight For Human Rights in Iran by Shirin Ebadi - £8.99
In this powerful book, Dr Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights lawyer and activist, tells of her fight for reform inside Iran, and the devastating backlash she faced after winning the Nobel Peace Prize.   Having fought tirelessly for democracy, equa ... more
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Voices from the 'Jungle': Stories from the Calais Refugee Camp by Calais Writers - £14.99
Often called the ‘Jungle’, the refugee camp near Calais in Northern France epitomises for many the suffering, uncertainty and violence which characterises the situation of refugees in Europe today. But the media soundbites we hear ignore the voic ... more
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Dismembered: How the Attack on the State Harms Us All by Polly Toynbee & David Walker - £9.99
What is the state? And what's it ever done for you? More than you think.   The state houses us, educates us, employs us, protects us on the street and in the wider world. It binds us all together. And it's under threat.   Toynbee and Wa ... more
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Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe's Deep Establishment by Yanis Varoufakis - £20.00
"One of the greatest political memoirs of all time"(Guardian) What happens when you take on the establishment? In this blistering, personal account, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis blows the lid on Europe's hidden agenda and exposes what a ... more
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The Seven: The Lives and Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic by Ruth Dudley Edwards - £9.99
On Easter Sunday, 23 April 1916, the seven members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood's military council met to proclaim an Irish Republic with themselves as the provisional government. After a week of fighting with the British army on the streets o ... more
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The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston - £9.99
Covering the long arc of Trump’s career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, NY would become an entirely new, and complex, breed of public figure. Trump is a man of great media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, a ... more
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The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting by Alexander Vasudevan - £16.99
A radical history of squatting and the struggle for the right to remake the city.  The Autonomous City is the first popular history of squatting as practised in Europe and North America. Alex Vasudevan retraces the struggle for housing in Ams ... more
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Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future by Raoul Martinez - £10.99
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 Freedo ... more
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Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth - £20.00
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER   Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Its outdated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists ... more
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The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings & Islamic Militancy in Nigeria by Helon Habila - £6.00
An urgent Penguin Special investigating the 2014 mass-kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by the world's deadliest terrorists.  On 14th April 2014, 276 girls disappeared from a secondary school in northern Nigeria, kidnapped by the world's deadlies ... more
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Ten Myths About Israel by Ilan Pappe - £9.99
The myths — and reality — behind the state of Israel.  In this groundbreaking book, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Occupation, the outspoken and radical Israeli historian Ilan Pappe examines the most contested ideas concerning ... more
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People Power: Fighting for Peace from the First World War to the Present by Lyn Smith - £24.95
People Power charts the history of the anti-war movement in the UK from the outbreak of the First World War to present-day conflicts in the Middle East, telling the story of conscientious objectors and others who have been engaged in protest over the ... more
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Go Home! The Politics of Immigration Controversies by Various authors - £14.99
In July 2013, the UK government arranged for a van to drive through parts of London carrying the message 'In the UK illegally? GO HOME or face arrest.' This book tells the story of what happened next.   The vans were short-lived, but they were ... more
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The Liar's Quartet: Bravo Figaro!, Cuckooed, the Red Shed - Playscripts, Notes and Commentary by Mark Thomas - £9.99
Funny, provocative and moving, The Liar’s Quartet includes the scripts with brand new commentary from Mark Thomas’ most acclaimed comic, political theatre. Layered with political insight (and insult), and peppered with anecdote, this is a bravura ... more
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And the Sun Shines Now: How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Britain by Adrian Tempany - £9.99
On 15 April 1989, 96 people were fatally injured on a football terrace at an FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield. The Hillsborough disaster was broadcast live on the BBC; it left millions of people traumatised, and English football in ruins.   And the ... more
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The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla (Editor) - £8.99
How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport?   Or be told that, as an actress, the part you’re most fitted to play is ‘wife of a terrorist’? How does it feel to have words from your nativ ... more
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Where the Line is Drawn: Crossing Boundaries in Occupied Palestine by Raja Shehadeh - £14.99
As a young boy, Raja Shehadeh was entranced by a forbidden Israeli postage stamp in his uncle's album, intrigued by tales of a green land beyond the border. Impossible then to know what Israel would come to mean to him, or to foresee the future occup ... more
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Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism by L.A. Kauffman - £9.99
A longtime movement insider's powerful account of the origins of today's protest movements and what they can achieve now.   As Americans take to the streets in record numbers to resist the presidency of Donald Trump, L.A. Kauffman’s timely, ... more
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Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left by Helena Sheehan - £16.99
Utterly corrupt corporate and government elites bankrupted Greece twice over. First, by profligate deficit spending benefitting only themselves; second, by agreeing to an IMF “bailout” of the Greek economy, devastating ordinary Greek citizens who ... more
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Movement Parties Against Austerity by Donatella della Porta, Joseba Fernández, Hara Kouki and Lorenzo Mosca - £16.99
The ascendance of austerity policies and the wave of protests they have generated have had a deep impact on the shape of contemporary politics. The stunning electoral successes of Syriza in Greece, Podemos in Spain and the Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) in ... more
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Bob Crow: Socialist, Leader, Fighter: A Political Biography by Gregor Gall - £20.00
Bob Crow was the most high-profile and militant union leader of his generation. This biography focuses on his leadership of the RMT union, examining and exposing a number of popular myths created about him by political opponents. Using the schema of ... more
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The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from Islamic State by Samer - £9.99
Since ISIS occupied Raqqa in eastern Syria, it has become one of the most isolated and fear-ridden cities on earth.  The sale of televisions has been banned, wearing trousers the wrong length is a punishable offence, and using a mobile phone ... more
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The Benn Diaries by Tony Benn - £30.00
Tony Benn was one of the twentieth century's most charismatic politicians. The Benn Diaries, kept for almost seventy years, are a uniquely authoritative, fascinating and readable record of the political life of our times.  This single-volume ... more
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The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine by Ben Ehrenreich - £9.99
This is a book about Palestine today. It is neither apologetic nor romanticized, but a powerful and brilliantly realized scream of a book, scorching and tender, from a journalist whose anger and empathy burn through every word.   Over the past thr ... more
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The Unchosen: The Lives of Israel's New Others by Mya Guarnieri Jaradat - £14.99
Drawing on a decade of courageous and pioneering reporting, Mya Guarnieri Jaradat brings us an unprecedented and compelling look at the lives of asylum seekers and migrant workers in Israel, who hail mainly from Africa and Asia.  From illegal ... more
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I am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin and Raoul Peck - £8.99
The New York Times bestseller based on the Oscar nominated documentary film.   In June 1979, the writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin embarked on a project to tell the story of America through the lives of three of his murdered friends: ... more
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Planet of Slums by Mike Davis - £9.99
The classic, brilliant, best-selling account of the rise of the world’s slums, where, according to the United Nations, one billion people now live.   According to the United Nations, more than one billion people now live in the slums of the ... more
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When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones - £14.99
A personal memoir from a leading figure in the gay rights movement, and partial inspiration for the acclaimed mini-series When We Rise from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, executive producer Gus Van Sant, and starring Guy Pearc ... more
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Where are the Unions? Workers and Social Movements in Latin America, the Middle East and Europe by Sian Lazar (Editor) - £19.99
The first fully comprehensive comparison of the Latin American ‘turn to the left’, the Middle East and North African ‘Arab Spring’ and the Occupy and anti-austerity movements of Europe and North America, with a focus on the apparent lack of u ... more
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Another Economy is Possible: Culture and Economy in a Time of Crisis by Manuel Castells - £17.99
Throughout the Western world, governments and financial elites responded to the financial crisis of 2008 by trying to restore the conditions of business as usual, but the economic, social and human damage inflicted by the crisis has given rise to a r ... more
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Cast Away: Stories of Survival from Europe's Refugee Crisis by Charlotte McDonald-Gibson - £9.99
Riot police are shutting down borders, 800 lives are lost in a single shipwreck, a boy's body washes up on a beach: this is the European Union in summer 2015. But how did a bloc founded upon the values of human rights and dignity for all reach this p ... more
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The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria by Janine di Giovanni - £9.99
Winner of the Hay Festival Award for Prose Winner of the 2016 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award Shortlisted for the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Excellence in Journalism Award   In May of 2012, Janine di Giovanni travelled to Syr ... more
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Romantic Rationalist: A William Godwin Reader by William Godwin, edited by Peter Marshall - £15.99
William Godwin (1756–1836) was one of the first exponents of utilitarianism and the first modern proponent of anarchism. He was not only a radical philosopher but a pioneer in libertarian education, a founder of communist economics, and an acute an ... more
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Modern Women: 52 Pioneers by Kira Cochrane - £20.00
Modern Women is a celebration of some of the­ influential and inspiring women who have changed the world through their lives, work and actions. From suffragettes to scientists, activists to artists, politicians to pilots and writers to riot grrrls, ... more
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Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There by Rutger Bregman - £16.99
A Sunday Times Bestseller.  We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman ... more
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Romaphobia: The Last Acceptable Form of Racism by Aidan McGarry - £14.99
Identifies the origins of Romaphobia, and points to meaningful ways to promote the inclusion of Roma in society.   Demonised by the media and persecuted for hundreds of years Roma communities are among the most persecuted groups in Europe. Based o ... more
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Beyond Brexit? How to Assess the UK's Future by Janice Morphet - £9.99
As the UK negotiates Brexit, what are the effects, implications and challenges that lie ahead? Janice Morphet takes a long term view on the range of institutional and operational options that may be deployed by the UK, EU and other international inst ... more
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Parliament Ltd: A Journey to the Dark Heart of British Politics by Martin Williams - £9.99
Investigative journalist Martin Williams lifts the lid on the hidden greed and corruption within British politics in this explosive expos�. "Eye-popping analysis of politicians' finances... a ground-breaking study... a fascinating and important ... more
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The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same by Jeffery Webber - £16.99
In this penetrating volume, Jeffery Webber explains the political dynamics and conflicts underpinning the contradictory evolution of left-wing governments and social movements in Latin America in the last two decades.   Throughout the 2000s, L ... more
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What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump's America by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians (Editors) - £12.99
Short, powerful essays on what we can do now to cope with Trump’s election, and how, moving forward, we can protect our values, our politics, and our country.  Contributors:   Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the Nati ... more
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Respectable: The Experience of Class by Lynsey Hanley - £9.99
Society is often talked about as a ladder, from which you can climb from bottom to top. The walls are less talked about. This book is about how people try to get over them, whether they manage to or not.   In autumn 1992, growing up on a vast Birm ... more
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How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow's World Today by John Thackara - £9.99
A visionary yet practical guide to building a more sustainable future, by one of the great voices of the environmental movement.   Is there no escape from an economy that devours nature in the name of endless growth? John Thackara’s answer i ... more
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Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin - £12.99
On February 26th 2012 seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with a bag of Skittles and a can of juice when a fatal encounter with a gun-wielding neighbourhood watchman ended his young life. In a matter of weeks, Trayvon Martin’s name w ... more
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The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers by Ann Pettifor - £12.99
What is money, where does it come from, and who controls it?  In this accessible, brilliantly argued book, leading political economist Ann Pettifor explains in straightforward terms history’s most misunderstood invention: the money system. Pe ... more
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And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability by Yanis Varoufakis - £8.99
THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER � The crisis in Europe is not over, it's getting worse. In this dramatic narrative of Europe�s economic rise and spectacular fall, Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece, �the emerging rock st ... more
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