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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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Poems For a World Gone to Sh*t by Various poets - £9.99
An uplifting, moving and funny poetry anthology including the most-loved poets of the past and popular contemporary voices.  Discover the amazing power of poetry to make even the most f**cked up times feel better.  A beautiful little ... more
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A Hero for High Times by Ian Marchant - £16.99
Deep in a wood in the Marches of Wales, in an ancient school bus there lives an old man called Bob Rowberry.   A Hero for High Times is the story of how he ended up in this broken-down bus. It's also the story of his times, and the ideas that ... more
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Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni Tutti - £9.99
Art Sex Music is the autobiography of a musician who, as a founding member of the avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris & Cosey, has consistently challenged the boundaries of music over the past four decades.   It is th ... more
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The Dog's Last Walk (and Other Pieces) by Howard Jacobson - £9.99
Week after week, for eighteen years, the Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson wrote a weekly column for the Independent, reflecting in inimitable style on the sacred and the profane in turn, the frivolous and the serious, the deeply personal ... more
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Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction by Marina Warner - £7.99
From wicked queens, beautiful princesses, elves, monsters, and goblins, to giants, glass slippers, poisoned apples, magic keys, and mirrors, the characters and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over readers and audiences, both adults and childr ... more
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Strange Labyrinth: Outlaws, Poets, Mystics, Murderers and a Coward in London's Great Forest by Will Ashon - £9.99
In litter-strewn Epping Forest on the edge of London, might a writer find that magical moment of transcendence? He will certainly discover filthy graffiti and frightening dogs, as well as world-renowned artists and fading celebrities, robbers, lovers ... more
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The Sea Migrations: Tahriib by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf - £12.00
Although Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf has lived in exile in the UK for 20 years, she is fast emerging as one of the most outstanding Somali poets, as well as a powerful woman poet in a literary tradition still largely dominated by men. She is a master of t ... more
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Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography by Florent Silloray - £16.95
"If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough."(Robert Capa) Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography is a brilliant portrayal of the career of the great war photographer who, at the time of his death in 1954, had only one wish: to be ... more
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Swims by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett - £9.99
Plunge into mountain lakes and drift along meandering rivers in Swims, the debut poetry collection by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett.   A long poem taking many forms, Swims begins and ends in Devon, moving across the waterways of England and Wales: fr ... more
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Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa - £10.99
An unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.   Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of hi ... more
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I Am (Not) a Number: Decoding The Prisoner by Alex Cox - £9.99
The enormously puzzling TV series The Prisoner has developed a rapt cult following, and has often been described as 'surreal' or 'Kafkaesque.'   Alex Cox watched all the episodes of The Prisoner on their first broadcast, at the ripe old age of ... more
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Freedom Hospital: A Syrian Story by Hamid Sulaiman - £16.99
"With the intimacy of a person who has lived the tragedy himself but with the restraint of a true artist, Hamid Sulaiman tells a powerful tale of Syria’s descent into cataclysm while reminding us of those still tending the seeds of the revolutionar ... more
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You're Weird: A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs, and Anyone Else Who's Uniquely Awesome by Kate Peterson - £13.99
As seen on Buzzfeed: A quirky and engaging journal that celebrates what makes each of us a little weird.  Part journal, part activity book, and all fun, You’re Weird is a valentine for the inner weirdo in everyone–that part of us that doe ... more
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Portraits: John Berger on Artists by John Berger, edited by Tom Overton - £14.99
A major new book from one of the world's leading writers and art critics.  John Berger, one of the world's most celebrated art writers, takes us through centuries of drawing and painting, revealing his lifelong fascination with a diverse cast of ar ... more
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Nemo's Almanac: A Quiz for Book Lovers by Ian Patterson - £9.99
A literary quiz full of quotes that will challenge, cheer and enlighten book buffs.  Which bestselling novelist wrote about a tumble at the seaside? Do you know the poet who penned lines in praise of frogs? And who had strong opinions on Apri ... more
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To Read Aloud by Francesco Dimitri - £14.99
Reading a story to another person creates a bond between two people. It is often assumed that reading aloud is only for children, but the practice was once a common pleasure for adults too. The time has come to rediscover it. This simple yet powerful ... more
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Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story by Debbie Tung - £9.99
Sweet, funny, and quietly poignant, Debbie Tung’s comics reveal the ups and downs of coming of age as an introvert.   This illustrated gift book of short comics illuminates author Debbie Tung's experience as an introvert in an extrovert’ ... more
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The Very Short Story Starter: 101 Flash Fiction Prompts for Creative Writing by John Gillard - £14.99
Think about your writing from a new perspective and learn to tell a story in the most effective way possible with this flash fiction workbook.   Popular with creative writers around the world, flash fiction is an ultra-short story format (usu ... more
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Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith - £20.00
The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, bestselling author of Swing Time and White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays   No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for the unstoppable Zadie Smith. From social medi ... more
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Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class by the Working Class by Nathan Connolly (Editor) - £15.99
"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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Seeing Ourselves: Women's Self-Portraits by Frances Borzello - £18.95
This richly diverse exploration of female artists and self-portraits is a brilliant and poignant demonstration of originality in works of haunting variety.   The two earliest self-portraits come from 12th-century illuminated manuscripts in wh ... more
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Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture by Stephen Duncombe - £17.99
"Zines and underground culture offer up an alternative, a way of understanding and acting in the world that operates with different rules and upon different values than those of consumer capitalism. It is an alternative fraught with contradictions an ... more
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Backwards & in Heels: The Past, Present and Future of Women Working in Film by Alicia Malone - £12.99
"...but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he (Fred Astaire) did, backwards and in high heels."(Bob Thaves) Women in film: When it comes to early Hollywood and the women who worked in it, it can be tough to sort out the exact truth. ... more
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Disobedient Theatre: Alternative Ways to Inspire, Animate and Play by Chris Johnston - £18.99
Theatre is at its best when it is disobedient, when it argues back to society. But what enables it to achieve this impact? What makes it a force to be reckoned with? What are the principles and the tools of the trade that shape it to be effective, po ... more
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Kirigami by Monika Cilmi - £8.99
Kirigami involves the folding and cutting of paper to make beautiful shapes and decorations.   Many people enjoy origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, and delight in the variety of shapes that can be created. Kirigami adds a new ... more
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In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Fiona Sampson - £18.99
Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged sixteen, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain a ... more
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Blankets by Craig Thompson - £18.99
Wrapped in the snowfall of a blustery Midwestern winter, Blankets is the tale of two brothers growing up in rural isolation, and of the budding romance between two young lovers.  A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fal ... more
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Do You Mr Jones? Bob Dylan with the Poets and Professors by Neil Corcoran - £9.99
In 2016, Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize in Literature ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition’.  This collection of essays by leading poets and critics – with a new foreword by Will Self – ... more
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Crafting the Resistance: 35 Projects for Craftivists, Protestors, and Women Who Persist by Lara Neel and Heather Marano - £12.99
Knit, sew, and craft your way to self-empowerment.  Are you a Nasty Woman ready to smash the patriarchy with a needle and thread? Proudly proclaim your feminism with your very own DIY Bleeding Heart T-shirt? Or stage a protest with the rest of th ... more
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Impossible Photography: Surreal Pictures That Challenge Our Perception by Agata Toromanoff - £17.99
This collection of remarkable pictures from photographers around the globe will tease your eyes and challenge your perception of things by crossing the boundaries of rationality and reality.  Striking compositions, often humorous, dreamlike, ... more
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Winter Trees by Sylvia Plath - £10.99
The poems in Winter Trees were written in the last nine months of Sylvia Plath’s life, and form part of the group from which the Ariel poems were chosen. They reveal the poet at the height of her creative powers, exhibiting the startling imagery an ... more
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Angel Catbird Volume 3: The Catbird Roars by Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain - £12.50
The conclusion to Margaret Atwood’s graphic novel trilogy!   It’s all-out war in the madcap conclusion to Angel Catbird’s superhero saga. The evil rat army is aiming for world domination, and only a ragtag gang of half-cats stands in the ... more
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You Sad Feminist by Megan Beech - £9.99
How do you feel empowered when depression leaves you powerless? How do you promote self-esteem when your internal critic always shouts the loudest? How do you change the world when you can't get out of bed?   In the second collection by t ... more
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Workers Play Time: A Collection of Plays Born from the Great Struggles of the Trade Union Movement by Various authors - £9.99
A collection of plays born from the great struggles of the Trade Union movement.   Characters from Tolpuddle to Trico, from the early struggles for organisation to the recent struggles to save the youth service, speak out in the dozen plays co ... more
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The Joy of Mindful Writing: Notes to Inspire Creative Awareness by Joy Kenward - £8.99
Embrace the process of writing and the rich potential of conscious creativity and mindfulness with this enlightening insight into mindful writing.  Exploring how writing mindfully can create deeper connections with your words, your characters, a ... more
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(H)afrocentric Comics: Volumes 1-4 by Juliana “Jewels” Smith, illustrated by Ronald Nelson - £17.99
Glyph Award winner Juliana “Jewels” Smith and illustrator Ronald Nelson have created an unflinching visual and literary tour-de-force on the most pressing issues of the day — including gentrification, police violence, and the housing crisis — ... more
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Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred - A Collection of Time Lord Verse by James Goss, illustrated by Russell T Davies - £9.99
With illustrations by Russell T Davies, original showrunner of the new-era Doctor Who, the first ever Doctor Who poetry collection — a charming, funny and whimsical illustrated collection of verse that celebrates the joys and pitfalls of getting ol ... more
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The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell - £14.99
Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A ... more
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Protest Knits: Got Needles? Get Knitting! by Geraldine Warner - £9.99
Protest Knits is the book for you. From pussy hats to protest scarfs and political pin cushions to shy anarchist socks. Make your point with a crochet hook or pair of knitting needles. From the easy peasy to the more complex, here are more than 15 pr ... more
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British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 8 by Various photographers - £25.00
This dazzling collection showcases the very best of the British Wildlife Photography Awards, presenting over 150 of the winning, commended and shortlisted images from the 2017 competition. Featuring a range of photography from world-leading professio ... more
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The Forward Book of Poetry 2018 by Various poets - £9.99
The Forward Book of Poetry 2018 showcases a selection of the best contemporary poetry published in the British Isles over the last year, including the winners of 2017’s prestigious Forward Prizes for Poetry.  It is introduced by Andrew Marr, c ... more
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Bantam by Jackie Kay - £9.99
Jackie Kay’s first collection as Scottish Makar is a book about the fighting spirit – one, the poet argues, that we need now more than ever. Bantam brings three generations into sharp focus – Kay’s own, her father’s, and his own father’s ... more
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Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) by Bridget Quinn, illustrated by Lisa Congdon - £19.99
Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art canon. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the ... more
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The White Book by Han Kang - £10.00
From the author of The Vegetarian and Human Acts comes a book like no other.  The White Book is a meditation on colour, beginning with a list of white things. It is a book about mourning, rebirth and the tenacity of the human spirit. It is a stu ... more
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The Grip of Film by Richard Ayoade - £14.99
Gordy LaSure’s passionate about film. He eats film, he drinks film, and sometimes he’ll even watch a film. But most of all he loves talking to people about film: whether a comely student with low confidence and a father complex, a Studio ‘devel ... 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) - £9.99
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 extraordin ... more
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Sound System: The Political Power of Music by Dave Randall - £12.99
Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground innovators to pop icons many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to challenge the political and social order - and to prop up th ... more
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Listening to a Pogrom on the Radio by Michael Rosen - £8.99
'Poetry can stick up for the weak' according to Michael Rosen, or it can 'mock the mighty'; it can 'glorify our rulers or it can dissect them. You choose.'   In these powerful new poems Rosen is clear about his own choices. Listening to a Pog ... more
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A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind by Siri Hustvedt - £9.99
A trailblazing and inspiring collection of essays on art, feminism, neuroscience, psychology by the internationally bestselling novelist Siri Hustvedt.  Internationally acclaimed as a novelist, Siri Hustvedt is also highly regarded as a write ... 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 - £12.99
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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