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Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy by Noam Chomsky, with David Barsamian - £8.99
Global Discontents is an essential guide to geopolitics and how to fight back, from the world's leading public intellectual   What kind of world are we leaving to our grandchildren? How are the discontents kindled today likely to blaze and explode ... more
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Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe's Deep Establishment by Yanis Varoufakis - £9.99
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 actually goes on in its corridors of power.  Varoufakis sp ... more
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Yugoslavia: Peace, War, and Dissolution by Noam Chomsky - £18.99
The Balkans, in particular the turbulent ex-Yugoslav territory, have been among the most important world regions in Noam Chomsky’s political reflections and activism for decades. His articles, public talks, and correspondence have provided a critic ... more
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The Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis by George Monbiot - £9.99
Today, our lives are dominated by an ideology of extreme competition and individualism. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. But we cannot replace it without a positive vision, one that reengages people in politics and l ... more
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Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class by the Working Class by Nathan Connolly (Editor) - £9.99
"In July 2016, a little over a month after the Brexit vote, Nikesh Shukla, the man behind The Good Immigrant, tweeted:   Someone should do a Good Immigrant-style state of the nation book of essays by writers from working class backgrounds.  Ou ... more
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The New Working Class: How to win hearts, minds and votes by Claire Ainsley - £12.99
Recent events such as the Brexit vote and the 2017 general election result highlight the erosion of traditional class identities and the decoupling of class from political identity. The majority of people in the UK still identify as working class, ye ... more
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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Crisis in Our Justice System by Jon Robins - £12.99
Whenever a miscarriage of justice hits the headlines, it is tempting to dismiss it as an anomaly – a minor hiccup in an otherwise healthy judicial system. Yet the cases of injustice that feature in this book reveal that they are not just minor hicc ... more
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Why Bad Governments Happen To Good People by Danny Katch - £12.99
A sharp-witted indictment of our broken political system and a vision for a socialist alternative that is truly by and for the people.   The election of Donald Trump has sent the United States and the world into uncharted waters, with a bigote ... more
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Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults by Laurie Penny - £9.99
"I can't really think of another writer who so consistently and bravely keeps thinking and talking and learning and trying to make the world better"(Caitlin Moran) Smart and provocative, witty and uncompromising, this collection of Laurie Penn ... more
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Rise Like Lions: Poetry for the Many by Compiled by Ben Okri - £18.99
An anthology of inspiring political poetry compiled by award-winning poet and novelist Ben Okri.   In Rise Like Lions, Booker Prize winning writer Ben Okri has compiled a collection of poems that celebrate the many voices of politics, from pol ... more
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Will Big Business Destroy Our Planet? by Peter Dauvergne - £9.99
Walmart. Coca-Cola. BP. Toyota. The world economy runs on the profits of transnational corporations. Politicians need their backing. Non-profit organizations rely on their philanthropy. People look to their brands for meaning. And their power continu ... more
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Rise: How Jeremy Corbyn Inspired the Young to Create a New Socialism by Liam Young - £12.99
"Liam is one of Britain’s most brilliant young writers. He was ridiculed for believing a Corbyn-led Labour party could inspire people – but ultimately completely vindicated. If you want to know why the youth surge happened, this is an absolute mu ... more
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Work: The Last 1,000 Years by Andrea Komlosy - £16.99
Tracing the complexity and contradictory nature of work throughout history   Say the word “work,” and most people think of some form of gainful employment. Yet this limited definition has never corresponded to the historical experience of ... more
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The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran by Masih Alinejad - £14.99
BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK   This memoir is the extraordinary story of how one Iranian woman overcame enormous adversity to fight for what she truly believed and founded a major movement for women around the world with the simple removal of ... more
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Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain by James Bloodworth - £12.99
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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Straight Jacket: Overcoming Society's Legacy of Gay Shame by Matthew Todd - £9.99
WINNER BOYZ BEST LGBT BOOK 2017 SHORTLISTED FOR THE POLARI BOOK PRIZE 2017   Straight Jacket is a revolutionary clarion call for gay men, the wider LGBT community, their friends and family. Part memoir, part ground-breaking polemic, it looks ... more
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A Country to Call Home: An Anthology on the Experiences of Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers by Lucy Popescu (Editor) - £9.99
From the editor of A Country of Refuge comes an anthology of new writing on one of the defining issues of our time. Focusing on the fate of refugee children and young adults, it is aimed at children and adult readers alike, and features work from Mic ... 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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Billy Bragg: Still Suitable for Miners by Andrew Collins - £9.99
He was a punk. He was a soldier. He was a flag-waver for both the Labour Party and the miners. He is Billy Bragg, best known as a passionate, protest folk singer and a tireless promoter of political and humanitarian causes all over the world. His li ... more
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Speaking of Universities by Stefan Collini - £9.99
A devastating analysis of what is happening to our academia.   In recent decades there has been an immense global surge in the numbers both of universities and of students. In the UK alone there are now over 140 institutions teaching more subj ... more
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Towards a Gay Communism: Elements of a Homosexual Critique by Mario Mieli - £18.99
First published in Italian in 1977, Mario Mieli's groundbreaking book is an early landmark of revolutionary queer theory – now available for the first time in a complete and unabridged English translation.   Among the most important works ev ... more
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Street-fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties by Tariq Ali - £9.99
Tariq Ali revisits his formative years as a young radical. Reissued for the 1968 anniversary, Street-Fighting Years captures the mood and energy of the era of hope and passion as Ali tracks the growing significance of the nascent protest movement. &n ... more
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Joyful Militancy: Building Thriving Resistance in Toxic Times by Nick Montgomery and Carla Bergman - £13.00
Why do radical movements and spaces sometimes feel laden with fear, anxiety, suspicion, self-righteousness, and competition? Montgomery and bergman call this phenomenon rigid radicalism: congealed and toxic ways of relating that have seeped into soci ... more
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Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala - £16.99
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 rac ... more
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On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back by Stacey Dooley - £14.99
Put yourself in their shoes.   In 2007, Stacey Dooley was a twenty-something working in fashion retail. She was selected to take part in the BBC series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts which saw her live and work alongside Indian factory workers making c ... more
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Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier - £9.99
An eye-opening account of the migrant crisis which shows why our global refugee regime is broken and how it can be fixed.   Europe is facing its greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War, yet the institutions responding to it remain v ... more
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Brexit and Ireland: The Dangers, the Opportunities, and the Inside Story of the Irish Response by Tony Connelly - £9.99
Brexit represents the single greatest economic and foreign-policy challenge to the Irish state since the Second World War. There is hardly any area of Irish life that won't be affected.   More than any other journalist, RTE's long-time Brussels co ... more
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No is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics by Naomi Klein - £9.99
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.  Remember ... more
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Policing The Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment by Angela J. Davis, Bryan A. Stevenson, Marc Mauer, Bruce Western and Jeremy Travis - £11.99
A comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal schol ... more
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May Day Manifesto 1968 by Raymond Williams (Editor) - £10.99
Anniversary edition of the classic political manifesto.   Urgently relevant to current arguments about the crisis of austerity, the 1968 manifesto set out a new agenda for socialist Britain, after the failure of the postwar consensus. It sought to ... more
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Repeal the 8th by Una Mullally (Editor) - £9.99
Abortion is illegal in almost every circumstance in Ireland, making it the only democracy in the western world to have such a constitutional ban. This anthology, a national bestseller, is the definitive collection of the writing and art inspired by t ... more
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Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google & Amazon Have Cornered Culture&Undermined Democracy by Jonathan Taplin - £8.99
LONGLISTED FOR THE FT & MCKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD   Google. Amazon. Facebook. The modern world is defined by vast digital monopolies turning ever-larger profits. Those of us who consume the content that feeds them are farmed for ... more
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Dear Zealots: Letters from a Divided Land by Amos Oz - £10.99
"Concise, evocative... Dear Zealots is not just a brilliant book of thoughts and ideas – it is a depiction of the struggle of one man who, for decades, has insisted on keeping a sharp, strident and lucid perspective in the face of chaos and at time ... more
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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward - £17.99
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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Too Much Stuff: Capitalism in Crisis by Kozo Yamamura - £9.99
Where has capitalism gone wrong? Why are advanced capitalist economies so sick and why do conventional policy solutions, such as reduced taxes and increased money supply, produce only wider income disparity and inequality?   We now live in a n ... more
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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Rönnlund - £12.99
A timely, short and essential book about the power of facts in a post-truth world, by late international sensation Hans Rosling ('a true inspiration' - Bill Gates) and his long-term collaborators Ola and Anna.   Factfulness: The stress-reducin ... more
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Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense by Marcello Di Cintio - £8.99
Across Palestine, from the Allenby Bridge and Ramallah, to Jerusalem and Gaza, Marcello Di Cintio has met with writers, poets, librarians, booksellers and readers, finding extraordinary stories in every corner. Stories of how revolutionary writing is ... more
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What Would Marx Do? How the greatest political theorists would solve your everyday problems by Gareth Southwell - £12.99
Let the greatest political philosophers in history answer all your everyday questions and in doing so make even the most complex political theories easy to understand.  Have you ever wondered what Kant might have to say about your addiction t ... more
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Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary by Ronald Rael - £24.95
Borderwall as Architecture is an artistic and intellectual hand grenade of a book, and a timely re-examination of what the physical barrier that divides the United States of America from the United Mexican States is and could be.  It is both a p ... more
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At War With War: 5000 Years of Conquests, Invasions, and Terrorist Attacks, Illustrated by Seymour Chwast - £13.99
Introduction by Victor Navasky.   At War with War visualizes humanity's 5,000-year-long state of conflict, chaos, and violence on a continuous timeline. Seventy pages of stark black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings and woodcuts illustrate histor ... more
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The Working Class: Poverty, Education and Alternative Voices by Ian Gilbert - £24.99
In The Working Class: Poverty, Education and Alternative Voices, Ian Gilbert unites educators from across the UK and further afield to call on all those working in schools to adopt a more enlightened and empathetic approach to supporting children in ... more
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Between The Bullet And The Lie: Essays on Orwell by Kristian Williams - £15.00
Old debates about democracy vs. socialism vs. fascism are back. Missing from today’s versions are the voices of moral clarity, those that challenge us to be our best selves in difficult times. Kristian Williams has mined the intellect of a man who, ... more
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Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King and Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds - £10.99
The life story of Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr. and singular twentieth-century American civil and human rights activist. "Coretta is more relevant today than ever... a female who takes responsibility for creating something bet ... more
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Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton - £10.99
In this combative, controversial book, Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and done with. Taking ten of the most common objections to Marxism - that it leads to political tyranny, that it reduces everything to the econo ... more
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Posters for Change: Tear, Paste, Protest: 50 Removable Posters by Various artists - £21.99
The US presidential election in 2016 brought to a head myriad political activism around the world, around the rights of minorities, women, the LGBTQ community, and the environment. In the midst of this turmoil, nearly 300 designers from around the wo ... more
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Where the Line is Drawn: Crossing Boundaries in Occupied Palestine by Raja Shehadeh - £8.99
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.He couldn't have known then what Israel would come to mean to him, or to foresee the future oc ... more
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Protest! Stories of Resistance by Ra Page (Editor) - £12.99
Whatever happened to British protest?  For a nation that brought the world Chartism, the Suffragettes, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, and so many other grassroots social movements, Britain rarely celebrates its long, great tradition of people power.   ... more
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Everywoman: One Woman's Truth About Speaking the Truth by Jess Phillips - £8.99
Shortlisted for the Parliamentary Book Awards 2017: the perfect book for International Women's Day.   If you’re thinking, ‘Jess, who?’ then I’m glad that there was something about ‘Everywoman’ and ‘truth’ that caught your eye. ... more
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A New Politics from the Left by Hilary Wainwright - £9.99
Millions of people passionately desire a viable alternative to austerity, authoritarianism and fear. They reject both corporate capitalism and an elite political system over which they have no control, but they are sceptical of the traditional weapon ... more
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Reframing 1968: American Politics, Protest and Identity by Martin Halliwell and Nick Witham (Editors) - £24.99
The first 50-year retrospective of the most tumultuous year the 1960s for activism and radical politics.  The assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy. Gay rights, women's rights and civil rights. The Black Panthers and the Viet ... more
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Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth - £9.99
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 whil ... more
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