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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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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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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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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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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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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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All Together Now? One Man's Walk in Search of His Father and a Lost England by Mike Carter - £14.99
When Mike Carter's father died, he decided to follow the route of a march against unemployment his dad had organised 35 years before. Mike had a troubled relationship with his dad, and hoped the walk, undertaken a month before the Brexit vote, would ... 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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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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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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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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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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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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Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience by Paul Sng (Editor) - £20.00
Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience reveals untold stories from people who have been left out of the media narrative and left behind by government policy.   Featuring the work of accomplished documentary photographers, the book ... more
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Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain by Fintan O'Toole - £11.99
In exploring the answers to the question: 'why did Britain vote leave?', Fintan O'Toole finds himself discovering how trivial journalistic lies became far from trivial national obsessions; how the pose of indifference to truth and historical fact has ... more
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The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale - £12.99
The problem is not overpolicing, it is policing itself.   Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression. Among activists, journalists and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve polic ... 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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The Balfour Declaration: Empire, the Mandate and Resistance in Palestine by Bernard Regan - £9.99
The true history of the imperial deal that transformed the Middle East and sealed Palestine’s fate.  On 2 November 1917, the British government, represented by Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour, declared it was in favour of “the establishme ... more
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Shut Down the Business School: What's Wrong with Management Education by Martin Parker - £14.99
Business schools are institutions which, a decade after the financial crash, continue to act as loudspeakers for neoliberal capitalism with all its injustices and planetary consequences. In this lively and incendiary call to action, Martin Parker off ... 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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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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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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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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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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What Kind of Creatures Are We? by Noam Chomsky - £11.99
Noam Chomsky is widely known and deeply admired for being the founder of modern linguistics, one of the founders of the field of cognitive science, and perhaps the most avidly read political theorist and commentator of our time. In these lectures, he ... more
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