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Protest: Britain on the March by Mirrorpix - £12.99
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."(Margaret Mead) Britain was built on protest. From Magna Carta to the suffragettes, the Peasants’ Revolt to ... more
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Introducing Feminism: A Graphic Guide by Cathia Jenainati, Judy Groves and Jem Milton - £13.99
What is feminism? Why are we still talking about it, and what can it tell us about ourselves, our societies and prejudices?   In this unique, illustrated introduction, we’ll explore the early history of conscious struggle against sexist op ... more
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Rife: Twenty-One Stories from Britain's Youth by Nikesh Shukla and Sammy Jones (Editors) - £9.99
Young people in this country are facing a chasm of doubt and instability. Mental health problems are widespread, university fees are rising, job opportunities are drying up, and the prospect of ever owning a home is increasingly out of reach. But thi ... more
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The Kabul Peace House: How a Group of Young People are Daring to Dream in a Land of War by Mark Isaacs - £14.99
This is a story of hope and resilience in Afghanistan, a country constantly under siege from within and without.   Refugee advocate, activist and author Mark Isaacs takes us inside a remarkable and unlikely peace project established in Afghan ... more
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Antisemitism: What It Is, What It Isn't, Why It Matters by Julia Neuberger - £8.99
Antisemitism has been on the rise in recent years, with violent attacks, increased verbal insults, and an acceptability in some circles of what would hitherto have been condemned as outrageous antisemitic discourse. Yet despite the dramatic increase ... more
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The Messenger by Shiv Malik - £12.99
Every reporter knows the first rule of journalism: never betray your source. But what if your source turns out to be unworthy of your silence? What if it's your source who betrays you?  The Messenger tells the story of an unlikely friendship betw ... more
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Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees: What to Do, What Not to Do, and How to Help by Sarah Crowther - £19.99
This hands-on guide provides quick, insightful guidance for practitioners who find themselves working with asylum seekers and refugees. Part I covers the essentials of understanding refugees' experiences including what they are coping with now they a ... more
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American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear by Khaled A. Beydoun - £17.99
“I remember the four words that repeatedly scrolled across my mind after the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. ‘Please don’t be Muslims, please don’t be Muslims.’ The four words I whispered to myself on 9/11 ... more
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Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World by Adam Tooze - £12.99
The definitive history of the Great Financial Crisis, from the acclaimed author of The Deluge and The Wages of Destruction.  In September 2008 the Great Financial Crisis, triggered by the collapse of Lehman brothers, shook the world. A decade ... more
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Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by adrienne maree brown - £14.00
How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life?   Author and editor adrienne maree brown finds the ans ... more
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Skint Estate: A Memoir of Poverty, Motherhood and Survival by Cash Carraway - £14.99
“Everyone has their price. It’s just not always monetary. Mine is though. 20 quid.”  Single mum. ‘Stain on society’. Caught in a poverty trap. It’s a luxury to afford morals and if you’re Cash Carraway, you do what you can to survi ... more
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Let Her Fly: A Father's Journey and the Fight for Equality by Ziauddin Yousafzai, with Louise Carpenter - £9.99
In this intimate and extraordinary memoir, Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala, gives a moving account of fatherhood and his lifelong fight for equality – proving there are many faces of feminism.  “Whenever anybody has asked me how Mala ... more
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The New Populism: Democracy Stares Into the Abyss by Marco Revelli - £16.99
A crisp, trenchant dissection of populism today. Syriza, Trump, Podemos, and Brexit — these and other electoral earthquakes of recent years have been grouped under the term “populism.” But what actually defines populism?  Marco Revelli answ ... more
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Others: Writers On the Power of Words to Help Us See Beyond Ourselves by Charles Fernyhough (Editor) - £9.99
Writers celebrate the power of words to show us the world as others see it, raising funds for refugee and anti-hate charities.   Across the world, intolerance of otherness is growing: in Donald Trump’s America, in Brexit Britain and in a Europe ... more
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Parkland by Dave Cullen - £14.99
The deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting.  Emma Gonzalez called BS. David Hogg called out Adult America. Cameron Kasky recruited a colorful band of teenagers. Four days after escaping Marjory S ... more
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About Anarchism by Nicolas Walter - £12.99
Today the word “anarchism” inspires both fear and fascination. But few people understand what anarchists believe, what anarchists want, and what anarchists do. This incisive book puts forward the case for anarchism as a pragmatic philosophy.   ... more
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Brexit Without The Bullshit: The Facts on Food, Jobs, Schools, and the NHS by Gavin Esler - £8.99
From strawberries to passports, Gavin Esler presents a no-bullshit guide to the most momentous change in British life for decades.   In seven succinct chapters, the BBC TV veteran sets out how leaving the European Union will affect:  ... more
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Urban Warfare: Housing under the Empire of Finance by Raquel Rolnik - £19.99
How finance and politics have caused the global housing crisis.   The most comprehensive survey of the current crisis, Urban Warfare charts how the financial crisis and wider urban politics have left millions homeless and in financial desperat ... more
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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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No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg - £2.99
The history-making, ground-breaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young activist who has become the voice of a generation.   'Everything needs to change. And it has to start today'   In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Gre ... more
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After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response by Dan Bulley, Jenny Edkins, Nadine El-Enany (Editors) - £16.99
On the 14th June 2017, a fire engulfed a tower block in West London, seventy-two people lost their lives and hundreds of others were left displaced and traumatised. The Grenfell Tower fire is the epicentre of a long history of violence enacted by gov ... 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 - £9.99
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-reducing ha ... more
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You Are What You Read by Jodie Jackson - £8.99
Why changing your media diet can change the world.   Do you ever get that feeling of overwhelming hopelessness, the moment you switch off the evening news? Do you get sucked into a state of sadness about the world we live in, without any hop ... 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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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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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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