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Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre by Polyp, Poole and Schlunke - £11.99
The explosive tale of Peterloo, told ‘verbatim’ style through the voices of those who were there. More than 15 people died and 600 were severely wounded by sabre-wielding troops at a peaceful pro-democracy rally. This is a visual account of the 1 ... more
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Syria after the Uprisings: The Political Economy of State Resilience by Joseph Daher - £22.99
Syria has been at the centre of world news since 2011, following the beginnings of a popular uprising in the country and its subsequent violent repression. Eight years on, Joseph Daher analyses the resilience of the regime and the failings of the upr ... more
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The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line by Kojo Koram (Editor) - £18.99
The War on Drugs has led to millions of people dead, displaced and incarcerated. Disproportionately enforced on oppressed races, international drug prohibition has reinforced the colour line across the globe.   While laws prohibiting the produ ... more
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To Provide All People: A Poem in the Voice of the NHS by Owen Sheers - £8.99
July 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service Act. Owen Sheers, the author of Pink Mist and the BAFTA nominated The Green Hollow, has created a virtuosic 'film-poem' to coincide with the Vox Pictures/BBC production broadcast to ... more
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This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook by Extinction Rebellion - £7.99
Extinction Rebellion are inspiring a whole generation to take action on climate breakdown. Now you can become part of the movement - and together, we can make history.   It's time. This is our last chance to do anything about the global climate ... more
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Jailbirds: Lessons from a Women's Prison by Mim Skinner - £16.99
Darkly funny, heartbreakingly poignant and stark in its revelations about the UK’s attitude towards people on the fringes of society and women in general, JAILBIRDS is this year’s book you need to read.   “Did you know:  – that ... more
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Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People by Frances Ryan - £12.99
The austerity crisis and threat to disability rights.   In austerity Britain, disabled people have become the favourite target. From social care to the benefits system, politicians and media alike have made the case Britain’s 12 million disa ... more
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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence by Kristen Ghodsee - £8.99
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 labour co ... more
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A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide by Linda Melvern - £12.99
Linda Melvern’s classic, investigative account of the Rwandan genocide, now with a new Introduction.  Events in Rwanda in 1994 mark a landmark in the history of modern genocide. Up to one million people were killed in a planned public and p ... more
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The Many Not The Few: An Illustrated History of Britain Shaped by the People by Sean Michael Wilson and Robert Brown - £9.99
An old union rep, Joe, and his granddaughter, Arushi, spend a few pleasant days together going over the history of the labour movement. Over tea and sandwiches in his studio they consider the whole wide sweep and points of connection throughout histo ... more
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The Groundings with My Brothers by Walter Rodney - £9.99
A remarkable book on the international operations of racism and the global meaning of Black Power.  In this classic work published in the heady days of anti-colonial revolution, Groundings with My Brothers follows the global circulation of em ... more
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I Will Never See the World Again by Ahmet Altan - £9.99
The destiny I put down in my novel has become mine. I am now under arrest like the hero I created years ago. I await the decision that will determine my future, just as he awaited his. I am unaware of my destiny, which has perhaps already been decide ... more
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Change the World Without Taking Power: The Meaning of Revolution Today by John Holloway - £17.99
This book is a profound search for a theory of social change. Through clearing away the cobwebs of revolutionary socialism, it renews the fight for the ending of capitalism and the construction of a new, fairer world.   After a century of fail ... more
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In Defense of the US Working Class by Mary-Alice Waters - £6.00
"Without understanding the devastation of the lives of working-class families in regions like West Virginia, and the vast increase in class inequality since the 2008 crisis, you can’t understand what’s happening in the United States."   A ... more
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War Gardens: A Journey Through Conflict in Search of Calm by Lalage Snow - £12.99
A journey through the most unlikely of gardens: the oases of peace people create in the midst of war.  In this millennium, we have become war weary. From Afghanistan to Iraq, from Ukraine to South Sudan and Syria, from Kashmir to the West Ban ... more
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Protest and Power: The Battle For The Labour Party by David Kogan - £20.00
Labour has shifted from the New Left, to New Labour, to Corbynista Labour. Now, it may see power again with a most unlikely group of activists from the 1970s, becoming the fourth generation to win power since 1945.   Only Clement Attlee, Harol ... more
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F**k the Establishment: 101 ways to get your voice heard and change the world by The F Team - £6.99
A helpful and positive illustrated guide to exacting the change in the world you want to see, using the tools you already have at your disposal.   The mood in the world right now isn’t good. Some of us might be feeling let down by our govern ... more
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The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World by Mason Funk - £20.00
The Book of Pride captures the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present, through richly detailed, stunning interviews with the leaders, activists, and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and made it happen. These ind ... more
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Home-Grown: How Domestic Violence Turns Men Into Terrorists by Joan Smith - £16.99
What do the attacks in London Bridge, Manchester and Westminster have in common with those at the Charlie Hebdo offices, the Finsbury Park Mosque attack and multiple US shootings?  They were all carried out by men with histories of domestic v ... more
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Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era by Jason Baumann (Editor) - £17.99
These indelible images are among the hundreds housed in the New York Public Library’s archive of photographs of LGBT history from photojournalists Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies.  This powerful collection — which captures the energy, hu ... more
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Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956 by Evan Smith and Matthew Worley (Editors) - £14.99
Waiting for the Revolution is a volume of essays examining the diverse currents of British left-wing politics from 1956 to the present day. The book is designed to complement the previous volume, Against the grain: The far left in Britain from 1956, ... more
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Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders by Various artists - £9.99
From all over the world, picture book illustrators sent original images and personal messages, in postcard form, for Migrations, an exhibition at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava, in 2017, curated by the University of Worcester's Internationa ... more
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House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia by Craig Unger - £9.99
House of Trump, House of Putin offers the first comprehensive investigation into the decades-long relationship among Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian Mafia that ultimately helped win Trump the White House.   It is a chilling story ... more
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Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers by Kit de Waal (Editor) - £9.99
Working-class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed.  Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir written in celebration, not apology: these are narratives rich in barbed humour, reflecting the dep ... more
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Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being by Paul Mason - £20.00
A passionate defence of humanity and a work of radical optimism from the international bestselling author of Postcapitalism.  How do we preserve what makes us human in an age of uncertainty? Are we now just consumers shaped by market forces? ... more
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Lights In The Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe by Daniel Trilling - £8.99
A mother who puts her children into a refrigerated lorry and asks, ‘What else could I do?’ A runaway teenager who comes of age on the streets and in abandoned buildings. A student who leaves his war ravaged country behind because he doesn’t wan ... more
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Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing by John Boughton - £9.99
A narrative history of council housing - from slums to the Grenfell Tower.   Urgent, timely and compelling, Municipal Dreams brilliantly brings the national story of housing to life.   In this landmark reappraisal of council housing, historian ... more
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A Walk Through Paris: A Radical Exploration by Eric Hazan - £9.99
A walker’s guide to Paris - taking us through its past, present and possible futures.  Eric Hazan, author of the acclaimed Invention of Paris, takes the reader on a walk from Ivry to Saint-Denis, roughly following the meridian that divides Pari ... more
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Lightless Sky: My Journey to Safety as a Child Refugee by Gulwali Passarlay - £9.99
The boy who fled Afghanistan and endured a terrifying journey in the hands of people smugglers is now a young man intent on changing the world. His story is a deeply harrowing and incredibly inspiring tale of our times.   ‘To risk my life ha ... more
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To Obama: A People's History by Jeanne Marie Laskas - £9.99
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 of th ... more
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Protest Stencil Toolkit (Revised edition) by Patrick Thomas - £19.99
With this book anyone can create protest graphics. The 46 die-cut stencils, plus a bespoke typeface, can be combined to create both slogans and powerful visual messages, and are robust enough to be re-used any number of times.   There are cla ... more
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50 Years Legal: Five Decades of Fighting for Equal Rights by Simon Napier-Bell, edited with Mark Neeter - £12.99
This is both the story of the 50-year battle for equal rights and deeply personal accounts from high profile politicians, comedians, actors and others in the public arena.  The book features contributions from David Hockney, Stephen Fry, Julian Clar ... more
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Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution by David Harvey - £11.99
Rousing manifesto on the city and the commons from the acclaimed theorist.  Long before Occupy, cities were the subject of much utopian thinking. They are the centers of capital accumulation as well as of revolutionary politics, where deeper cu ... more
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The Anatomy of Silence by Cyra Perry Dougherty (Editor) - £12.99
Before #MeToo, there was silence.   Let’s talk about that silence.   The Anatomy of Silence is an anthology of 26 voices speaking out loud - often for the first time - about what it means to stay silent, to be silenced, and to ... more
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Safe as Houses: Private Greed, Political Negligence and Housing Policy After Grenfell by Stuart Hodkinson - £11.99
As the tragedy of the Grenfell tower fire has slowly revealed a shadowy background of outsourcing, private finance initiatives and a council turning a blind eye to health and safety concerns, many questions need answers.   Stuart Hodkinson ha ... more
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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward - £9.99
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   A timely and groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race in America edited by Jesmyn Ward, the first woman to win the National Book Award twice.   In this bestselling collection of essays and poems, ... more
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You Can't Kill The Spirit! The Untold Story of the Women Who Set Up Camp to Stop Pit Closures by Sheffield Women Against Pit Closures - £12.00
In January 1993, seven pit camps were established to fight against pit closures announced in 1992 by Michael Heseltine, the President of the Board and Trade. One such Pit Camp, at Houghton Main in the Dearne Valley, was set up by local women and the ... more
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A World to Win: The Life and Works of Karl Marx by Sven-Eric Liedman - £14.99
The definitive biography of Karl Marx.  Karl Marx has fascinated and inspired generations of radicals for the past two hundred years. In this new, definitive biography, Sven-Eric Liebman makes his work live once more for a new generation. Des ... more
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The Good Immigrant USA by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman (Editors) - £16.99
The Good Immigrant USA is a collection of twenty-six personal essays by writers and personalities exploring race, identity and culture, a follow up to the British Book Award nominated and crowdfunded publishing phenomenon, The Good Immigrant.  GU ... more
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It's Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race by Mariam Khan (Editor) - £14.99
When was the last time you heard a Muslim woman speak for herself without a filter?  In 2016, Mariam Khan read that David Cameron had linked the radicalization of Muslim men to the ‘traditional submissiveness’ of Muslim women. Mariam felt pre ... more
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SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space by Derek Owusu - £16.99
"This is an inspiring collection of essays... Every page of this book breaks down stereotypes of what being a Black man is."(Benjamin Zephaniah ) What is the experience of Black men in Britain? With continued conversation around British identity, ... more
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Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala - £8.99
A searing modern polemic from the BAFTA- and MOBO-award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala.  From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist ... more
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Europe's Fault Lines: Racism and the Rise of the Right by Liz Fekete - £10.99
An expansive investigation into the relationship between contemporary states and the far-right.   It is clear that the right is on the rise, but after Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the spike in popularity of extreme-right parties across ... more
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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele - £9.99
“Twelve. That was the year that I learned that being Black and poor defined me more than being bright and hopeful and ready.”   The powerful memoir of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter which explores how the movement was born.   ... more
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Eugene V. Debs: A Graphic Biography by Paul Buhle, Steve Max, and Dave Nance, illustrated by Noah Van Sciver - £11.99
A graphic biography of socialist labor legend Eugene V. Debs.  Dynamic and beloved American radical, labor leader, and socialist Eugene Victor Debs led the Socialist Party to federal and state office across the United States by the 1920s. Imp ... more
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Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline by Nick Estes - £16.99
How two centuries of Indigenous resistance created the movement proclaiming “Water is life.”  In 2016, a small protest encampment at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, initially established to block construction of the Dakota Acce ... more
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Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis - £8.99
Yanis Varoufakis, the bestselling author of Adults in the Room, uses personal stories and famous myths to explain what economics is and why it has the power to change our world.  Why is there so much inequality? In this intimate and accessible bo ... more
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Cold War Steve Presents... The Festival of Brexit by Cold War Steve - £12.95
Cold War Steve has been acclaimed as the Brexit Bruegel and a modern-day Hogarth or Gillray. His Twitter feed, McFadden’s Cold War, has become a cult phenomenon, with over 120,000 followers (and counting). This book contains the prime cuts of his e ... more
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The Prison Letters Of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela - £25.00
An unforgettable portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century, published on the centenary of his birth.  Arrested in 1962 as South Africa’s apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against politi ... more
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A Mouth Full of Blood: Essays, Speeches, Meditations by Toni Morrison - £20.00
A vital new non-fiction collection from one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time.  ‘Word-work is sublime, she thinks, because it is generative; it makes meaning that secures our difference, our human difference—the way i ... 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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