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Your Life in My Hands by Rachel Clarke - £16.99
To be a medical novice who makes decisions which - if you get them wrong - might forever alter, or end, a person's life? To toughen up the hard way, through repeated exposure to life-and-death situations, clinging on until your skills, expertise and ... more
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Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults by Laurie Penny - £12.99
"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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A Jihad for Love by Mohamed El Bachiri with David van Reybrouck - £5.99
Mohamed El-Bachiri is a driver on the Brussels metro rail system. He grew up and lives in the suburb of Molenbeek, notorious as the place from which a number of Belgian jihadis have come. He is also the husband of Loubna Lafquiri, the love of his lif ... more
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Who Really Runs Britain? by Alan White - £9.99
‘Outsourcing' ­- when will the horror stories stop coming?   Every year the government gives private companies like G4S, Serco, Capita and ATOS £80 billion of taxpayers' money to handle some of our most sensitive and important services - b ... more
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How to Resist: Turn Protest to Power by Matthew Bolton - £9.99
"This extraordinary book is the roadmap for a new kind of effective activism."(Brian Eno) "This book is for people who are angry with the ways things are and want to do something about it; for people who are frustrated with the system, or worried ... more
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Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil - £9.99
New York Times Bestseller   A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life - and threaten to rip apart our social fabric   We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions ... more
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Why Wales Never Was: The Failure of Welsh Nationalism by Simon Brooks - £16.99
Written as an act of protest in a Welsh-speaking community in north-west Wales, Why Wales Never Was combines a devastating analysis of the historical failure of Welsh nationalism with an apocalyptic vision of a non-Welsh future. It is the ‘progress ... more
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Jo Cox: More in Common by Brendan Cox - £16.99
A touching and very human portrait of Jo Cox: daughter, mother, wife, sister, MP and aidworker. "Jo Cox's selfless service to others made the world a better place"(Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States) THE NUMBER 1 SUNDAY TIMES B ... more
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Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World by Leif Wenar - £16.99
Natural resources like oil and minerals are the largest source of unaccountable power in the world. Petrocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend resource money on weapons and oppression; militants in Iraq and in the Congo spend resource money on radica ... more
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Universal Basic Income: Pennies from Heaven by Paul O'Brien - £12.99
This book is about a radical idea: the idea that each of us deserves enough money on which to live - and that it should be paid independently of our personal means, and independently of whether we work, or even want to work. The concept of ‘basic i ... more
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Pride: The Unlikely Story of the True Heroes of the Miner's Strike by Tim Tate - £8.99
They did so in the midst of the 1984 miners' strike - the most bitter and divisive dispute for more than half a century, and in one of the most turbulent periods in modern British history.   In the 1980s Margaret Thatcher's hardcore social an ... more
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I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See: Photographs from the Refugee Crisis by Giles Duley - £25.00
With texts by Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Robert Del Naja, Massive Attack   In October 2015, Giles Duley was commissioned by the UNHCR to document the refugee crisis. Over the next seven months, he was to criss-c ... more
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What is Islamophobia? Racism, Social Movements and the State by Narzanin Massoumi, Tom Mills and David Miller (Editors) - £18.99
As racist undercurrents in many western societies become manifestly entrenched, the prevalence of Islamophobia - and the need to understand what perpetuates it - has never been greater.   Critiquing the arguments found in notionally left accounts ... more
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Why We March: Signs Of Protest And Hope by Artisan - £11.99
On January 21, 2017, millions of people gathered worldwide for the Women’s March, one of the largest demonstrations in political history. Together they raised their voices in hope, protest, and solidarity.   This inspiring collection featur ... more
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Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman (Editors) - £12.99
Published to coincide the with 50th anniversary of the Israel occupation of the West Bank, an anthology that explores the human cost of the conflict there as witnessed by such notable writers as Colum McCann, Colm Toibin, Dave Eggers, Madeleine Thien ... more
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Jane Austen, The Secret Radical by Helena Kelly - £8.99
"A sublime piece of literary detective work that shows us once and for all how to be precisely the sort of reader that Austen deserves."(Caroline Criado-Perez, Guardian) Almost everything we think we know about Jane Austen is wrong. Her novels do ... more
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Shout It Loud, Shout It Clear by John Comino-James - £25.00
Over the last two years John Comino-James has been been photographing demonstrations across many parts of the UK, from those associated with the 2015 General Election right through to the 2016 EU Referendum.   In his new book, Shout It Loud, ... more
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Why I March: Images from the Women's March Around the World by Various photographers - £11.99
New York Times Bestseller Indiebound Bestseller The Washington Post Bestseller San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller   On January 21, 2017, five million people in 82 countries and on all seven continents stood up with one voice. The Women’s ... more
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The War on Women by Sue Lloyd Roberts - £8.99
In 1973, Sue Lloyd Roberts joined ITN as a news trainee and went on to be the UK's first female video-journalist to report alone from the bleak outposts of the Soviet Union, China and Iran. During her 30-year-long career she travelled the world and w ... more
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What Has The EU Ever Done For Us? by David Charter - £9.99
The voters have decided. Now find out what Brexit really means for the British way of life. From the bestselling author of Europe: In or Out comes the essential guide to post-Brexit Britain.  For better or worse, many areas of daily life w ... more
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Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon - £12.99
Black Skin, White Masks is a classic, devastating account of the dehumanising effects of colonisation experienced by black subjects living in a white world. First published in English in 1967, this book provides an unsurpassed study of the psychology ... more
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The Equality Effect: Improving Life for Everyone by Danny Dorling - £9.99
The Equality Effect is almost magical. In more equal countries, human beings are generally happier and healthier, there is less crime, more creativity and higher educational attainment. Danny Dorling delivers all evidence that is now so overwhelming ... more
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The Courage of Hopelessness: Chronicles of a Year of Acting Dangerously by Slavoj Žižek - £16.99
In these troubled times, even the most pessimistic diagnosis of our future ends with an uplifting hint that things might not be as bad as all that, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.   Yet, argues Slavoj Žižek, it is only when we ... more
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War Primer by Bertolt Brecht, edited by John Willett - £12.99
A terrifying series of short poems by one of the world’s leading playwrights, set to images of World War II.  In this singular book written during World War Two, Bertolt Brecht presents a devastating visual and lyrical attack on war under mod ... more
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Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World by Timothy Garton Ash - £10.99
Never in human history was there such a chance for freedom of expression. If we have Internet access, any one of us can publish almost anything we like and potentially reach an audience of millions. Never was there a time when the evils of unlimited ... more
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Upheaval: The Refugee Trek Through Europe by Navid Kermani - £12.99
By foot, in buses, prison vans and trains, a steady stream of refugees traveled from the Greek island of Lesbos into Europe. In the autumn of 2015, award-winning writer Navid Kermani decided to accompany them on the "Balkan route."  In this perc ... more
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Good As You: From Prejudice to Pride: 30 Years of Gay Britain by Paul Flynn - £20.00
In 1984 the pulsing electronics and soft vocals of Smalltown Boy would become an anthem uniting gay men. A month later, an aggressive virus, HIV, would be identified and a climate of panic and fear would spread across the nation, marginalising an alr ... more
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Harry Constable: In His Own Words by Bill Hunter - £10.00
Dockers set the pace for all the gains in wages and conditions during the 1940s and 50s. Most of their battles, against their bosses, the government and sometimes their own union, were led by rank and file committees. Harry Constable was one of their ... more
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The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money by Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier - £9.99
From the winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting   11.5 million documents sent through encrypted channels. The secret records of 214,000 offshore companies. The largest data leak in history.   In early 2015, an anonymous wh ... more
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Estates: An Intimate History by Lynsey Hanley - £9.99
Lynsey Hanley was born and raised just outside of Birmingham on what was then the largest council estate in Europe, and she has lived for years on an estate in London's East End.  Writing with passion, humour and a sense of history, she recounts ... more
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No is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics by Naomi Klein - £12.99
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.  Reme ... more
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Basic Income: And How We Can Make it Happen by Guy Standing - £8.99
Shouldn't everyone receive a stake in society's wealth? Could we create a fairer world by granting a guaranteed income to all? What would this mean for our health, wealth and happiness?   Basic Income is a regular cash transfer from the stat ... more
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Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism by Gregory Sholette - £18.99
In the aftermath of the 2016 US elections, Brexit, and a global upsurge of nationalist populism, it is evident that the delirium and the crisis of neoliberal capitalism is now the delirium and crisis of liberal democracy and its culture. And though c ... more
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Creeping Fascism: Brexit, Trump, and the Rise of the Far Right by Neil Faulkner - £12.00
It was one of those moments when the world changed. Like the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the bombing of the Twin Towers in 2001, and the financial crash of 2008, the election of Donald Trump as US president in November 2016 sent shock-waves acro ... more
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The Political Thought of Abdullah Ocalan: Kurdistan, Woman's Revolution and Democratic Confederalism by Abdullah Öcalan - £12.99
These are the essential writings of a man who inspired a new, egalitarian socialist regime in the Middle East, which is currently fighting for survival against religious extremism and state violence.   Abdullah Öcalan led the struggle for Kur ... more
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Until We Are Free: My Fight For Human Rights in Iran by Shirin Ebadi - £8.99
In this powerful book, Dr Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights lawyer and activist, tells of her fight for reform inside Iran, and the devastating backlash she faced after winning the Nobel Peace Prize.   Having fought tirelessly for democracy, equa ... more
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Voices from the 'Jungle': Stories from the Calais Refugee Camp by Calais Writers - £14.99
Often called the ‘Jungle’, the refugee camp near Calais in Northern France epitomises for many the suffering, uncertainty and violence which characterises the situation of refugees in Europe today. But the media soundbites we hear ignore the voic ... more
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Dismembered: How the Attack on the State Harms Us All by Polly Toynbee & David Walker - £9.99
What is the state? And what's it ever done for you? More than you think.   The state houses us, educates us, employs us, protects us on the street and in the wider world. It binds us all together. And it's under threat.   Toynbee and Wa ... more
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Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe's Deep Establishment by Yanis Varoufakis - £20.00
"One of the greatest political memoirs of all time"(Guardian) 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 a ... more
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The Seven: The Lives and Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic by Ruth Dudley Edwards - £9.99
On Easter Sunday, 23 April 1916, the seven members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood's military council met to proclaim an Irish Republic with themselves as the provisional government. After a week of fighting with the British army on the streets o ... more
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The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston - £9.99
Covering the long arc of Trump’s career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, NY would become an entirely new, and complex, breed of public figure. Trump is a man of great media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, a ... more
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The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting by Alexander Vasudevan - £16.99
A radical history of squatting and the struggle for the right to remake the city.  The Autonomous City is the first popular history of squatting as practised in Europe and North America. Alex Vasudevan retraces the struggle for housing in Ams ... more
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Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future by Raoul Martinez - £10.99
The ideal of freedom is at the heart of our political and economic system. It is foundational to our sense of justice, our way of life, our conception of what it is to be human. But are we free in the way that we think we are?  In Creating Freedo ... more
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Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth - £20.00
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 ... more
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The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings & Islamic Militancy in Nigeria by Helon Habila - £6.00
An urgent Penguin Special investigating the 2014 mass-kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by the world's deadliest terrorists.  On 14th April 2014, 276 girls disappeared from a secondary school in northern Nigeria, kidnapped by the world's deadlies ... more
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Ten Myths About Israel by Ilan Pappe - £9.99
The myths — and reality — behind the state of Israel.  In this groundbreaking book, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Occupation, the outspoken and radical Israeli historian Ilan Pappe examines the most contested ideas concerning ... more
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People Power: Fighting for Peace from the First World War to the Present by Lyn Smith - £24.95
People Power charts the history of the anti-war movement in the UK from the outbreak of the First World War to present-day conflicts in the Middle East, telling the story of conscientious objectors and others who have been engaged in protest over the ... more
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Go Home! The Politics of Immigration Controversies by Various authors - £14.99
In July 2013, the UK government arranged for a van to drive through parts of London carrying the message 'In the UK illegally? GO HOME or face arrest.' This book tells the story of what happened next.   The vans were short-lived, but they were ... more
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The Liar's Quartet: Bravo Figaro!, Cuckooed, the Red Shed - Playscripts, Notes and Commentary by Mark Thomas - £9.99
Funny, provocative and moving, The Liar’s Quartet includes the scripts with brand new commentary from Mark Thomas’ most acclaimed comic, political theatre. Layered with political insight (and insult), and peppered with anecdote, this is a bravura ... more
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And the Sun Shines Now: How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Britain by Adrian Tempany - £9.99
On 15 April 1989, 96 people were fatally injured on a football terrace at an FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield. The Hillsborough disaster was broadcast live on the BBC; it left millions of people traumatised, and English football in ruins.   And the ... more
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The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla (Editor) - £8.99
How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport?   Or be told that, as an actress, the part you’re most fitted to play is ‘wife of a terrorist’? How does it feel to have words from your nativ ... more
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