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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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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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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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Renegade: The Life and Times of Darcus Howe by Robin Bunce and Paul Field - £9.99
Born in Trinidad during the dying days of British colonialism, Darcus Howe has become an uncompromising champion of racial justice. The book examines how Howe's unique political outlook was inspired by the example of his friend and mentor C.L.R. Jame ... more
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Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbours by Slavoj �i�ek - £7.99
Today, hundreds of thousands of people, desperate to escape war, violence and poverty, are crossing the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Europe. Our response from our protected European standpoint, argues Slavoj Zizek, offers two versions of ideologic ... more
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Street Spirit: The Power of Protest and Mischief by Steve Crawshaw, with a Foreword by Ai Weiwei - £16.99
When no one’s listening, it takes more than shouting louder to be heard...   Street Spirit is a celebration of some of the most remarkable protests from around the world that have used humour, courage and creativity to bring about change. Am ... more
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Indefensible: Seven Myths That Sustain the Global Arms Trade by Paul Holden et al. - £9.99
Although there is often opposition to individual wars, most people continue to believe that the arms industry is necessary in some form: to safeguard our security, provide jobs and stimulate the economy. Not only conservatives, but many progressives ... more
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Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Jerry Kaplan - £10.99
An insightful, engaging tour by a noted Silicon Valley insider of how accelerating developments in Artificial Intelligence will transform the way we live and work.   Selected as one of the 10 best science and technology books of 2015 by The Econom ... more
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"They Can't Kill Us All": The Story of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery - £9.99
A deeply reported book on the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, offering unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America, and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it   In over a year of on-the-ground ... more
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The Ways of the World by David Harvey - £9.99
The essential anthology of writings by the world's leading Marxist thinker: this book presents a sequence of landmark works in David Harvey's intellectual journey over five decades.   It shows how experiencing the riots, despair and injustice ... more
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The Rise of the Right: English Nationalism and the Transformation of Working-Class Politics by Simon Winlow, Steve Hall and James Treadwell - £12.99
The shock Brexit result highlighted a worrying trend: underemployed white men and women who have seen their standard of living fall, their communities disintegrate and their sense of value, function and inclusion diminish, desperately want a mainstre ... more
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A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming - £16.99
This is the story of Doaa, an ordinary girl from a village in Syria, who in 2015 became one of five hundred people crammed on to a fishing boat setting sail for Europe. The boat was deliberately capsized, and of those five hundred people, eleven surv ... more
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The Egyptians: A Radical Story by Jack Shenker - £10.99
"I started reading this and couldn't stop. It's a remarkable piece of work, and very revealing. A stirring rendition of a people's revolution."(Noam Chomsky) "The deepest and most comprehensive account of Egypt's revolution in the English language ... more
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Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar and Alana Yu-lan Price (Editors) - £15.99
A thorough and timely exploration of the reality of US police violence against Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.   What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? ... more
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Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life by Nato Thompson - £20.00
"Culture As Weapon is a brilliant and scathing take no prisoners critique of contemporary culture. Spanning military occupation, capitalism masquerading as charity, and personal computing, Nato Thompson shows us the dark side of how culture is deploy ... more
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Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the American Circus by Matt Taibbi - £14.99
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  "The thing is, when you actually think about it, it's not funny. Given what's at stake, it's more like the opposite, like the first sign of the collapse of the United States as a global superpower. Twenty years from ... more
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Last Interview - and Other Conversations by Martin Luther King, Jr. - £12.99
As the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum, and books like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen swing national attention toward the racism and violence that continue to poison our communities, it’s as ... more
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The Ministry of Nostalgia: Consuming Austerity by Owen Hatherley - £9.99
Why should we have to “Keep Calm and Carry On”?  In this brilliant polemical rampage, Owen Hatherley shows how our past is being resold in order to defend the indefensible. From the marketing of a “make do and mend” aesthetic to the gro ... more
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Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Woman Who are Transforming the Arab World by Katherine Zoepf - £12.99
For more than a decade, Katherine Zoepf has lived in or traveled throughout the Arab world, reporting on the lives of women, whose role in the region has never been more in flux. Only a generation ago, female adolescence as we know it in the West did ... more
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The Lost World of British Communism by Raphael Samuel - £12.99
A fascinating account of life as a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain.   The Lost World of British Communism is a vivid account of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Raphael Samuel, one of post-war Britain’s most notable histo ... more
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Hillsborough Voices: The Real Story Told by the People Themselves by Kevin Sampson, in association with the Hillsborough Justice Campaign - £8.99
On 15 April 1989 the world witnessed one of the worst football disasters occur at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield: 96 people were crushed to death and another 766 injured in what later was admitted to be caused by a shocking failure by police. ... more
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Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe by Antony Loewenstein - £9.99
How Capitalism makes a fortune from disaster, poverty and catastrophe.   Disaster has become big business. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, ... more
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The New Way of the World: On Neoliberal Society by Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval - £12.99
Exploring the genesis of neoliberalism, and the political and economic circumstances of its deployment, Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval dispel numerous common misconceptions.  Neoliberalism is neither a return to classical liberalism nor the r ... more
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Lord Leverhulme's Ghosts: Colonial Exploitation in the Congo by Jules Marchal - £12.99
The definitive account of exploitation in the Congo, introduced by Adam Hochschild.  In the early twentieth century, the worldwide rubber boom led British enterpreneur Lord Leverhulme to the Belgian Congo. Warmly welcomed by the murderous reg ... more
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Trump This! The Life and Times of Donald Trump: An Unauthorized Biography by Marc Shapiro - £11.99
Who is Donald Trump?   Even after a yearlong presidential campaign, andconstant media coverage, many Americans don’t know if he’s for real or just abusinessman turned showman turned politician who has become President of the United States. ... more
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The Aesthetic of Our Anger: Anarcho-Punk, Politics and Music by Mike Dines and Matthew Worley (Editors) - £18.00
Punk is one of the most fiercely debated post-war subcultures. Despite the attention surrounding the movement’s origins, analyses of punk have been drawn predominantly from a now well-trodden historical narrative. This simplification of punk’s hi ... more
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Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity by Jackson Katz - £15.99
Why has the U.S. never had a woman president?   The big story about gender in the 2016 presidential year was supposed to be about Hillary Clinton, and her quest to become the first woman president of the United States. Then Donald Trump’s ca ... more
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War Is A Lie by David Swanson - £17.50
War Is A Lie by David Swanson is a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, with a focus on those that have been most widely defended as just and good. This is a handbook of sorts, ... more
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What is Anarchism? An Introduction by Vernon Richards (Editor) - £11.99
Anarchists believe that the point of society is to widen the choices of individuals. Anarchism is opposed to states, armies, slavery, the wages system, the landlord system, prisons, capitalism, bureaucracy, meritocracy, theocracy, revolutionary gover ... more
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The BBC: Myth of a Public Service by Tom Mills - £16.99
The BBC: The mouthpiece of the Establishment?  The BBC is one of the most important institutions in Britain; it is also one of the most misunderstood. Despite its claim to be independent and impartial, and the constant accusations of a liberal ... more
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Walls Come Tumbling Down: The Music and Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge by Daniel Rachel - £25.00
Walls Come Tumbling Down charts the pivotal period between 1976 and 1992 that saw politics and pop music come together for the first time in Britain's musical history; musicians and their fans suddenly became instigators of social change, and 'the po ... more
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From the Lines of Dissent by Media Diversified - £10.00
From the Lines of Dissent is a compilation of select articles, comment pieces and academic analysis originally commissioned for Media Diversified's online platform, covering politics, literature, sexuality, education, religion, media and much more. T ... more
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Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders - £14.99
An inside account of Sanders' extraordinary campaign - and a blueprint for future political action. "Bernie Sanders has changed US politics forever."(Owen Jones) Bernie Sanders stormed to international headlines after running an extraordinary c ... more
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Players' Work Time: A History of the British Musicians' Union, 1893-2013 by Martin Cloonan and John Williamson - £14.99
This book examines the working lives of musicians over the past 120 years via the history of the Musicians' Union. The union has been at the centre of all major agreements covering the employment of musicians across the UK's music industries for this ... more
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United Ireland: Why Unification is Inevitable and How it Will Come About by Kevin Meagher - £12.99
For over two centuries, the ‘Irish Question’ has dogged British politics in one form or another – Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ being perhaps the bloodiest manifestation. And although the past twenty years have seen intensive efforts to s ... more
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Specters of Revolt by Richard Gilman-Opalsky - £8.99
In 1848, Karl Marx declared that a communist specter was haunting Europe. In 1994, Jacques Derrida considered how the specter of Marx would haunt the post-Cold War world. In Specters of Revolt, Gilman-Opalsky argues that the world is haunted by revol ... more
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Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek - £9.99
What unites Google and Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, Siemens and GE, Uber and Airbnb? Across a wide range of sectors, these firms are transforming themselves into platforms: businesses that provide the hardware and software foundation for others to ... more
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We Do Things Differently: The Outsiders Rebooting Our World by Mark Stevenson - £12.99
Our systems are failing. Old models - for education, healthcare and government, food production, energy supply - are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world's population heads towards 10 billion, it's clear we need new approaches ... more
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The Yellow Wind by David Grossman - £10.99
First published in 1988, The Yellow Wind is Israeli novelist David Grossman’s impassioned account of what he observed on the West Bank in early 1987: not only the misery of the Palestinian refugees and their deep-seated hatred of the Israelis, but ... more
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Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance by John Berger - £8.99
Hold Everything Dear is John Berger's vital response to today's global economic and military tyranny. From Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and 7/7, to resistance in Ramallah and traumatic dislocation in the Middle East, it is a profound meditation on what po ... more
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Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest - £9.99
Let Them Eat Chaos, Kate Tempest's new long poem written for live performance and heard on the album release of the same name, is both a powerful sermon and a moving play for voices.   Seven neighbours inhabit the same London street, but are ... more
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Why the Politics of Breastfeeding Matter by Gabrielle Palmer - £7.99
The Politics of Breastfeeding, first published in 1988, remains a hugely important book. It exposes infant feeding as one of the most important global public health issues of our time, and describes how big business and vested interests influence the ... more
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One World Now: The Ethics of Globalization by Peter Singer - £12.99
One World Now seamlessly integrates major developments of the past decade into Peter Singer's classic text on the ethics of globalization, One World.  Singer, often described as the world's most influential philosopher, here addresses such essen ... more
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