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Left Americana: The Radical Heart of US History by Paul Le Blanc - £19.99
Essays highlighting socialist and left-wing traditions that helped shape US history in the direction of "liberty and justice for all".   From the Marxist-tinged anarchism of the Haymarket martyrs to the Occupy Wall Street movement, these essays gi ... more
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The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World by Marwan M. Kraidy - £15.95
Uprisings spread like wildfire across the Arab world from 2010 to 2012, fueled by a desire for popular sovereignty. In Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria, protesters flooded the streets and the media, voicing dissent through slogans, graffiti, puppetry, video ... more
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Hinterland by Chris Mullin - £9.99
All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who did. By the time he entered parliament he had reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and tracked down the survivors of the CIA operat ... more
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Mandela: The Graphic Novel by Umlando Wezithombe - £14.99
A vivid account of Nelson Mandela's extraordinary life in the form of a full-colour graphic novel.   Freedom fighter, fugitive, celebrated prisoner, president: the hero of a nation. Nelson Mandela was called a terrorist, forced into hiding, ca ... more
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Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles - £12.99
‘How to live in the face of so much suffering? What difference can one person make in this beautiful, imperfect, and imperilled world?’   In Draw Your Weapons, Sarah Sentilles offers an impassioned defence of life lived by peace and princi ... more
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Futures of Black Radicalism by Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin (Editors) - £19.99
With racial justice struggles on the rise, a probing collection considers the past and future of Black radicalism.   Black rebellion has returned. Dramatic protests have risen up in scores of cities and campuses; there is renewed engagement wi ... more
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Thomas Piketty's 'Capital in the Twenty First Century': An Introduction by Stephan Kaufmann and Ingo Stützle, translated by Alexander Locascio - £7.99
An introduction to Thomas Piketty’s monumental work.   US Nobel Prize–winner Paul Krugman described Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century as “perhaps the most important book of the last decade.” It has sparked major intern ... more
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The Trump Revolt by Edward Ashbee - £9.99
This book considers the reasons for Donald Trump's surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election. It charts the prolonged campaign and the realigning processes that took place, analysing the ideas that defined the Trump platform, the electoral s ... more
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Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons by Robin Levi and Ayelet Waldman (Editors) - £14.99
Inside This Place, Not of It reveals some of the most egregious human rights violations within women’s prisons in the United States.   In their own words, the thirteen narrators in this book recount their lives leading up to incarceration a ... more
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Big Capital: Who Is London For? by Anna Minton - £8.99
The inside story of London's housing crisis, by the award-winning author of Ground Control.  London is facing the worst housing crisis in modern times, with knock-on effects for the rest of the UK. Despite the desperate shortage of housing, t ... more
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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean - £9.99
An explosive exposé of the man who devoted his career to shackling democracy — and succeeded.   Libertarian billionaires are using their wealth and power to drastically curtail the US democratic process, disempowering ordinary citizens whil ... more
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Protest! Stories of Resistance by Ra Page (Editor) - £14.99
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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Optimism Over Despair by Noam Chomsky - £6.00
An essential overview of the problems of our world today -- and how we should prepare for tomorrow -- from the world's leading public intellectual.   We have two choices. We can be pessimistic, give up, and help ensure that the worst will happ ... more
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The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction (Fourth Edition) by Gregory Harms and Todd M. Ferry - £16.99
The Palestine-Israel conflict is the most notorious and ingrained conflict in living memory. Yet the way it is reported in the media is often confusing, leading many to falsely assume the hostilities stretch continuously back to an ancient period. ... more
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Muslim Identity in a Turbulent Age by Mike Hardy, Fiyaz Mughal and Sarah Markiewicz (Editors) - £14.99
How can Islam be understood in the context of internal struggles for unity and identity, a rise in anti-Muslim hate crime and continued media portrayals of violence, extremism, warfare and oppression? Looking at Islam as a faith, a whole system with ... more
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Irregular War: Isis and the New Threat from the Margins by Paul Rogers - £9.99
The world has changed. Rather than a clash of civilisations, the West now faces revolts from the margins, driven by widening economic divisions, rising global elites and dangerous environmental constraints.   The emergence of global terrorist ... more
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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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Balfour's Shadow: A Century of British Support for Zionism and Israel by David Cronin - £16.99
This is the controversial history of the British government’s involvement in the Zionist project, from the Balfour Declaration in 1917 to the present day.  Written by the British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, the Declaration stated ... 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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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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