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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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American Politics: A Graphic History by Laura Locker and Julia Scheele - £12.99
Following in the footsteps of the highly successful Queer: A Graphic History, illustrator Julia Scheele teams up with Dr Laura Locker in this comic-book introduction to the political history of the Land of Opportunity.  How did a political ou ... more
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I Can't Breathe: The Killing that Started a Movement by Matt Taibbi - £9.99
The incredible story of the death of Eric Garner, the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement and the new fault lines of race, protest, policing and the power of the people.   On July 17, 2014, a forty-three-year-old black man named Eric Garner d ... more
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Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward - £20.00
The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it.   With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President ... more
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Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber - £20.00
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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Champions of Equality: Trade Unions and LGBT Rights in Britain by Peter Purton - £20.00
"It was active campaigning in the trade union movement, especially in the workplace, that helped us win LGBT equality. And Peter’s book explains how that happened."(Angela Eagle MP) This book explores the work done by the unions in supporting LG ... more
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Jeremy Corbyn and the Strange Rebirth of Labour England by Francis Beckett and Mark Seddon - £20.00
Post-war Labour England wasn’t a bad place to live, but after Labour’s 2015 election defeat, the prospect of a healthier, happier and fairer country seemed more remote than ever.   Who would have predicted that career backbencher and seria ... more
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Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell - £9.99
A creative call to arms from the mind of Neil Gaiman, combining his extraordinary words with deft and striking illustrations by Chris Riddell. Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art.   Be bold. Be rebellious. ... more
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Resist! How to Be an Activist in the Age of Defiance by Huck and Michael Segalov - £14.99
Resist! is the indispensable how-to guide for people looking to make a stand. Included are solid pieces of advice, practical tips and inspirational stories from those who have already successfully stood up and made a difference. Learn the principles ... more
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Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly - Art, Human Rights, and the Power of Writing a Letter by David Spalding (Editor) - £18.99
Contributions by Ai Weiwei, Cheryl Haines, David Spalding, and Jasmine Heiss. Edited by David Spalding   Renowned artist Ai Weiwei engaged nearly 900,000 visitors in a conversation about human rights with his art installation @Large: Ai Weiwei on ... more
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Check Up: Our NHS at 70 by Mark Thomas - £9.99
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, award-winning comedian and activist Mark Thomas takes a look at our NHS, what state it’s in, where it’s going, and what we need to do to keep it. ... more
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Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain by Darren McGarvey - £8.99
Winner of the Orwell Prize 2018.  Darren McGarvey has experienced poverty and its devastating effects first-hand. He knows why people from deprived communities all around Britain feel angry and unheard. And he wants to explain... So he invite ... more
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#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line by David Hogg and Lauren Hogg - £7.99
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   From two survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting comes a declaration for our times, and an in-depth look at the making of the #NeverAgain movement.  On February 14, 2018, seventeen-year-old David Hogg and his ... more
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Ahed Tamimi: A Girl Who Fought Back by Manal Tamimi, Paul Heron, Paul Morris and Peter Lahti - £13.99
Ahed Tamimi received prominent media coverage internationally when she was arrested by the Israeli Occupation authorities shortly before Christmas 2017. Israeli soldiers forced their way into the Tamimi’s home at night time, and arrested Nariman an ... more
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Talking Across the Divide by Justin Lee - £12.99
A guide to learning how to communicate with people who have diametrically opposed opinions from you, how to empathize with them, and how to (possibly) change their minds.   America is more polarized than ever. Whether the issue is Donald Trump ... more
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When The Clyde Ran Red: A Social History of Red Clydeside by Maggie Craig - £9.99
When the Clyde Ran Red paints a vivid picture of the heady days when revolution was in the air on Clydeside. Through the bitter strike at the huge Singer Sewing machine plant in Clydebank in 1911, Bloody Friday in Glasgow’s George Square in 1919, t ... more
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Leeds Postcards by Christine Hankinson & Craig Oldham - £12.00
For the past four decades, independent postcard press Leeds Postcards has been making oppositional, inspiring images; activism by design. The cards are not of Leeds; the name represents a defiant rejection of the hegemony of London. The images cover ... more
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The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius by George Orwell - £6.99
George Orwell's moving reflections on the English character and his passionate belief in the need for political change.   The Lion and the Unicorn was written in London during the worst period of the blitz. It is vintage Orwell, a dynamic out ... more
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White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society by Kalwant Bhopal - £12.99
Description Author Contents Reviews Why and how do those from black and minority ethnic communities continue to be marginalised? Despite claims that we now live in a post-racial society, race continues to disadvantage those from bla ... more
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William Morris's Socialist Diary by Florence Boos - £10.00
William Morris was the most prominent artist and writer to embrace the new socialist movement of the 1880s. As the leader of one of Britain’s two major socialist organisations from 1885 to 1890, his personal example and dedication inspired and enco ... more
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New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future by James Bridle - £16.99
As the world around us increases in technological complexity, our understanding of it diminishes. Underlying this trend is a single idea: the belief that our existence is understandable through computation, and more data is enough to help us build a ... more
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Feminist Freedom Warriors by Linda E. Carty and Chandra Talpade Mohanty (Editors) - £15.99
A collection of compelling narratives highlighting the struggles of feminist warriors whose voices are too often marginalized.   Feminist Freedom Warriors tells the stories of women of color from the Global South, weaving together cross-generation ... more
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The Beekeeper of Sinjar by Dunya Mikhail - £10.99
In The Beekeeper of Sinjar, the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail tells the harrowing stories of women from across Iraq who have managed to escape the clutches of ISIS. Since 2014, ISIS has been persecuting the Yazidi people, killing or ens ... more
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Give People Money: The Surprisingly Simple Idea to Solve Inequality and Revolutionise our Lives by Annie Lowrey - £12.99
Selected as an Editor's Pick in the New York Times bestseller list!   Surely just giving people money couldn't work. Or could it?   Imagine if every month the government deposited £1000 in your bank account, with no strings attached ... more
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I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet - £9.99
Souad Mekhennet is a German-born Moroccan Muslim, a Washington Post correspondent, still based in Germany. This is her brave and powerful memoir. Her life and her quest are nothing less than THE modern story.   I was told to come alone. I was not ... more
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Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx by Mike Davis - £17.99
Is revolution possible in the age of the Anthropocene?   Marx has returned, but which Marx? Recent biographies have proclaimed him to be an emphatically nineteenth-century figure, but in this book, Mike Davis’s first directly about Marx and Marx ... more
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Football Leaks: Uncovering the Dirty Deals Behind the Beautiful Game by Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger - £12.99
One anonymous football fan. 18.6 million confidential documents. This is the explosive story of the biggest leak in sporting history – and the shady underworld of modern football.   In 2016, a whistle-blower known only as ‘John’ st ... more
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Posh Boys: How the English Public Schools Ruin Britain by Robert Verkaik - £16.99
Imagine a world where leaders are able to pass power directly to their children. These children are plucked from their nurseries and sent to beautiful compounds far away from all the other children. They are provided with all the teachers they need, ... more
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We Shall Fight Until We Win: A Century of Pioneering Political Women, The Graphic Novel Anthology by Various authors - £9.99
We Shall Fight Until We Win celebrates the centenary of the first women gaining the right to vote in Great Britain. Charting ten decades of political activism, campaigning and moving forward, this graphic anthology offers an insight into the key mome ... more
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Can We Solve the Migration Crisis? by Jacqueline Bhabha - £9.99
Every minute 24 people are forced to leave their homes and over 65 million are currently displaced world-wide. Small wonder that tackling the refugee and migration crisis has become a global political priority.   But can this crisis be resol ... more
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Life in the Debt Trap: Stories of Children and Families Struggling with Debt by Sorcha Mahony and Larissa Pople - £9.99
What is life like for families who are stuck in problem debt? Why do they fall into a spiral of debt in the first place, and why is it so hard to escape?  The first hand stories in this book offer a unique understanding of life for families a ... more
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Lampedusa: Gateway to Europe by Pietro Bartolo and Lidia Tilotta - £9.99
The moving and essential testimony of an Italian doctor who has worked for twenty-five years on the front line of perhaps the largest mass migration in human history.   It is common to think of the refugee crisis as a recent phenomenon, but Dr ... more
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A Modest Proposal To Solve the Palestine-Israel Conflict by Karl Sabbagh - £10.00
The title of this book is ironic. sets out a solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict which is about as immodest as you could get – it will require a huge amount of effort, collaboration, fund-raising and organisation to achieve it. But in Karl ... more
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Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century by Kehinde Andrews - £16.99
One of Britain’s most highly acclaimed Black educators presents the history of Black radicalism, reclaiming it for the twenty-first century.   Back to Black traces the long and eminent history of Black radical politics. Born out of resistanc ... more
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