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The Beatles: All Our Yesterdays (Graphic Novel) by Lalit Kumar Sharma and Jason Quinn - £13.99
The Beatles are the world’s most enduring and biggest rock band ever! This is the story of their struggle for success.  Taking us through the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, and their lives in Liverpool during the 1950s, we journey with them ... more
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Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine - £9.99
Here, available for the first time in the UK, is the book in which Claudia Rankine first developed the 'American Lyric' form which makes her Forward Prize-winning collection Citizen so distinctive: an original combination of poetry, lyric essay, phot ... 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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Calligraphies of Love by Hassan Massoudy - £10.00
Inspired by timeless poems from around the world, Hassan Massoudy’s calligraphy takes us on a visual journey through love in its many forms.   Through his signature broad strokes and vibrant colours, this master calligrapher brings to life t ... more
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Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature by Shelley DeWees - £9.99
Jane Austen and the Brontës endure as British literature’s leading ladies (and for good reason)— but were these reclusive parsons’ daughters really the only writing women of their day? A feminist history of literary Britain, this witty, fascin ... more
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The Disappearance of Emile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case by Michael Rosen - £16.99
It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Émile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter ‘J’accuse’ and losing. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he ... 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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On Raglan Road: Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them by Gerard Hanberry - £15.99
This lively collection uncovers for the first time how great Irish love songs came to be, and includes engaging biographies of the songwriters and their muses.  This is for anyone who ever wondered who the ‘Galway Girl’ was, or if there was ... more
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Highlife Giants: West African Dance Band Pioneers by John Collins - £12.99
As West Africa’s oldest form of popular music, highlife was the soundtrack of the independence era. Its influence still resonates today.   Highlife Giants is an intimate portrait of the pioneering artistes of West Africa’s music scene from the ... 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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Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen - £20.00
"Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this."(Bruce Springsteen) In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band p ... more
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The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America by Richard Gwyn (Editor) - £14.99
The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America is an anthology of Spanish language contemporary poetry from the Americas. Produced bilingually, with Spanish and English versions on facing pages, it is a welcome addition to the canon of translation ... more
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Selected Poems by Nancy Cunard, edited by Sandeep Parmar - £12.99
Selected Poems gathers writing from four decades of Nancy Cunard's life, some published here for the first time.   The selection illuminates Cunard's transnational modernist project in full, from her early years as a coterie poet on the edges ... more
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Evelyn Dove: Britain's Black Cabaret Queen by Stephen Bourne - £12.99
A pioneer and a trailblazer, Evelyn Dove left a mark in the arts industry. She was the first black female singer on BBC Radio and the first black British female singer to work in America, a quarter of a century before Shirley Bassey.   In a ca ... 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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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker - £12.50
Eisner and Harvey Award winner! "If anyone was ‘The Fifth Beatle’ it was Brian."(Paul McCartney) The Fifth Beatle graphic novel recounts the untold true story of Brian Epstein - the visionary manager who created Beatlemania and guided the ... more
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Theodor Geisel: A Portrait of the Man Who Became Dr. Seuss by Donald E. Pease - £9.99
Dr. Seuss's infectious rhymes, fanciful creatures, and roundabout plots not only changed the way children read but imagined the world. And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat and the Hat, these and other classics ha ... more
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Pocket Bowie Wisdom: Inspirational Words from a Rock Legend by David Bowie - £5.99
‘I’m just a cosmic yob, I suppose.’ ‘I change every day. I’m not outrageous. I’m David Bowie.’ ‘I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.’ Genre-hopping, gender-bending: Bowie has never been afraid to pushthe bound ... more
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A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger by Yasmin Gunaratnam (Editor) - £10.99
Edited by Yasmin Gunaratnam with Amarjit Chandan Contributors include Ali Smith, Julie Christie, Sally Potter, Ram Rahman, Nick Thorpe, Hsiao-Hung Pai and others. "John Berger has made the world a better place to live in. These essays tell us h ... more
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South Africa: The Art of a Nation by John Giblin and Christopher Spring - £25.00
South African archaeology preserves some of the earliest evidence of artistic thought and production anywhere in the world. Today, South Africa has an established and vibrant contemporary art scene that is often in dialogue with the deep and recent p ... more
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David Bowie: Starman: A Colouring Book by Coco Balderrama and Laura Coulman - £9.99
Featuring 30 iconic looks from every phase of his fashion evolution, David Bowie: Starman: A Colouring Book offers a uniquely creative way to remember David Bowie, the daring, chameleonic icon who changed popular music forever.  Whether posing a ... more
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Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake by Leo Damrosch - £12.99
In this richly illustrated portrait, a prize-winning biographer surveys the entire sweep of William Blake's creative work while telling the story of his life William Blake, overlooked in his time, remains an enigmatic figure to contemporary readers d ... more
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Walking with Plato: A Philosophical Hike Through the British Isles by Gary Hayden - £12.99
"If one keeps on walking, everything will be alright.” So said Danish writer Søren Kierkegaard, and so thought philosophy buff Gary Hayden as he set off on Britain's most challenging trek: to walk from John O'Groats to Land's End. But it wasn't al ... more
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The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow by Jackie Morris - £25.00
"The words of this book tell only a small part of what can be found in the images; a harbour in which to rest, a catalyst for the imagination."(Jackie Morris) A collection of twelve illustrated folk tales, or lullabies for grown-ups, set in a dist ... more
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Ten Poems About Friendship by Various poets - £4.95
We’ve had so many requests for a pamphlet about friends and friendship, and finally it’s here! This insightful selection of ten funny, poignant and refreshingly honest poems deals with the reality of friendship in all its forms. From childhood al ... more
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David Bowie: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by David Bowie - £12.99
The massive, world-wide outpouring of grief at the death of David Bowie notably focused on not only his stunning musical output, but also his fascinating refusal to stay the same — the same as other trending artists, or even the same as himself. & ... more
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Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer by Ngugi wa Thiong'o - £14.99
As a young student, internationally renowned author Ngugi wa Thiong’o found his voice as a playwright, journalist and novelist, writing his first, pivotal works just as the countries of East Africa were in the final throes of their independence str ... more
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Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches by Sharrell Luckett and Tia M. Shaffer (Editors) - £29.99
Black Acting Methods seeks to offer alternatives to the Euro-American performance styles that many actors find themselves working with.    A wealth of contributions from directors, scholars and actor trainers address afrocentric processes an ... more
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Standing Female Nude by Carol Ann Duffy - £9.99
Carol Ann Duffy's outstanding first collection, Standing Female Nude, introduced readers to all they would come to love about her poetry. From lovers to wives to war photographers, the poems it contains range from the delicately poignant to the fierc ... more
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The Art of Mindful Singing: Notes on Finding Your Voice by Jeremy Dion - £8.99
The Art of Mindful Singing is an enlightening insight into how we can all experience well-being through the meditative beauty and power of music. Jeremy Dion explores how singing can create a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us t ... more
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The Blue Touch Paper: A Memoir by David Hare - £9.99
When, in 2000, the National Theatre published its poll of the hundred best plays of the 20th century, David Hare had written five of them. Yet he was born in 1947 into an anonymous suburban street in Hastings. It is a world he believes to be as compl ... more
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 26 by Rosamund Kidmund Cox - £25.00
For more than 50 years, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography, while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill, and narrative excellence.   This powerful coll ... more
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National Geographic: Simply Beautiful Photographs by Annie Griffiths - £12.99
Just as its title indicates, National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs plumbs the depth of National Geographic's renowned Image Collection to highlight the loveliest and most appealing photographs from this impressive archive. The result is an ... more
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Frantumaglia: An Author's Journey Told Through Letters, Interviews, and Occasional Writings by Elena Ferrante - £16.99
From the author of My Brilliant Friend.   This book invites readers into Elena Ferrante’s workshop. It offers a glimpse into the drawers of her writing desk, those drawers from which emerged her three early standalone novels and the four ins ... more
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The Book Lover's Treasury of Quotations: An Inspired Collection on Reading, Writing and Literature by Jo Brielyn - £9.99
Rich with meaningful quotes, heartfelt humor and witty one-liners, The Book Lover's Treasury of Quotations brings together the best and brightest to speak on all that books have to offer.   Whether it s their ability to transport us to exciti ... more
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Landscapes: John Berger on Art by John Berger - £16.99
"John Berger teaches us how to think, how to feel how to stare at things until we see what we thought wasn’t there. But above all, he teaches us how to love in the face of adversity. He is a master."(Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things ... more
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Off the Shelf: A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse by Carol Ann Duffy (Editor) - £10.00
In Off the Shelf: A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has commissioned a selection of the UK's most loved and lauded poets to each write a poem in celebration of books and bookshops - the worlds they hold, the freedoms ... more
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M Train by Patti Smith - £9.99
M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village caf� where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, pa ... more
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Cormorance by Nick Hayes - £18.99
A girl, a boy and a deserted reservoir.   Cormorance is a story of fear, bravery and the redemptive force of connecting with the natural world.  A wordless, purely visual story, it is – like any work by the award-winning Nick Hayes – ... more
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Wait Till I'm Dead: Poems Uncollected by Allen Ginsberg - £9.99
Rainy night on Union Square, full moon. Want more poems? Wait till I'm dead. Allen Ginsberg, August 8, 1990, 3:30 A.M.  Allen Ginsberg wrote incessantly for more than fifty years, and many of the poems collected for the first time in this vo ... more
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Keeping On Keeping On by Alan Bennett - £25.00
'I seem to have banged on this year rather more than usual. I make no apology for that, nor am I nervous that it will it make a jot of difference. I shall still be thought to be kindly, cosy and essentially harmless. I am in the pigeon-hole marked 'n ... more
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The Prison Book Club by Ann Walmsley - £8.99
After Ann Walmsley was mugged near her house in Hampstead, she found she was unable to walk alone down the street and it shook her belief in the fundamental goodness of people. In Canada a few years later, when her friend Carol asked her to participa ... more
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Confabulations by John Berger - £6.99
'Language is a body, a living creature ... and this creature's home is the inarticulate as well as the articulate'.   John Berger's work has revolutionized the way we understand visual language. In this new book he writes about language itsel ... more
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The Map and the Clock: A Laureate's Choice of the Poetry of Britain and Ireland by Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke (Editors) - £20.00
The Map and the Clock is a celebration of the most scintillating poems ever composed on our islands.   Curated by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and by Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales, this anthology gathers fourteen centuries of extrao ... more
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And Yet... Essays by Christopher Hitchens - £10.99
Christopher Hitchens was an unparalleled, prolific writer, who raised the polemical essay to a new art form, over a lifetime of thinking and debating the defining issues of our times. As an essayist he contributed to the New Statesman, Atlantic Month ... more
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Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy by Bonnie Burton - £11.99
This is what a feminist crafter looks like!   Wear your ideology on your sleeve by creating feminist merit badges (like “started an all-girl band” or “rocked roller derby”). Prove that the political is personal with DIY power panties ... more
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Cats by Jane Bown - £14.99
Jane Bown is a legendary Observer photographer best-known for her portraits of icons from Beckett to Björk.   This is a charming collection of 100 black and white pictures of felines which reveals the same sympathetic eye and wit as her port ... more
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The John Lennon Letters by John Lennon and Hunter Davies - £12.99
A lifetime of letters, collected for the first time, from the legendary The Beatles musician and songwriter John Lennon.   John Lennon is one of the world's greatest-ever song writers, creator of 'Help!', 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', 'Imag ... more
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Tove Jansson: Work and Love by Tuula Karjalainen - £12.99
The definitive illustrated biography of one of the most unique and beloved children's authors of the 20th century, the creator of the Moomins.   Tove Jansson (1914-2001) led a long, colourful and productive life, impacting significantly the politi ... more
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The Forward Book of Poetry 2017 by Various poets - £8.99
The Forward Book of Poetry 2017 showcases the best contemporary poems published in the British Isles over the year, including the winners of 2016's Forward Prizes for Poetry.   This anthology, for seasoned poetry lovers and new readers alike, ... more
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All Through the Night: Night Poems and Lullabies by Marie Heaney (Editor) - £12.99
All Through the Night is a collection of moving and evocative night poems for all stages of life. Lullabies and other poems relating to children and parenting form the opening section, while later poems celebrate or give voice to our various night-ti ... more
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