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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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Shenzhen: A Travelogue From China by Guy Delisle - £12.99
Guy Delisle's work for a French animation studio requires him to oversee production at various Asian studios on the grim frontiers of free trade. His employer puts him up for months at a time in 'cold and soulless' hotel rooms where he suffers the us ... more
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How Does It Feel? A Life of Musical Misadventures by Mark Kermode - £8.99
The hilarious, self-deprecating, blissfully nostalgic memoir of adored film critic Mark Kermode's riotous attempts to become a popstar.   Following a formative encounter with the British pop movie Slade in Flame in 1975, Mark Kermode decided that ... more
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The Apology by Eve Ensler - £16.99
"One of the most shatteringly brilliant books I have read. As soon as I finished it, I read it again, and again, and again"( Decca Aitkenhead, Sunday Times) Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. S ... more
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Black British History: New Perspectives by Hakim Adi (Editor) - £18.99
An unparalleled study of the black British experience, unearthing its crucial yet largely forgotten role in shaping British history.   For over 1500 years before the Empire Windrush docked on British shores, people of African descent have play ... 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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Sunny Side Up: A Story of Kindness and Joy by Susan Calman - £9.99
In 2017 Susan Calman danced her way into our hearts on Strictly Come Dancing. Her enthusiasm and absolute joy at being part of the show and learning to dance, brought sunshine into 11M homes every Saturday night.   Buoyed by the mental upgrade Susa ... more
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Made In Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country by Billy Connolly - £8.99
All roads lead home.   ‘After my knighthood was announced, a woman from the BBC came to Glasgow to interview me. We sat down in a lovely hotel in a nice part of town, and she hit me with her first question: “This must mean a lot to you, with y ... more
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Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff - £9.99
A leading new exploration of the Windrush generation, featuring David Lammy and Lenny Henry.  Britain was known as the Mother Country: a home away from home; a place that you would be welcomed with open arms; a land where you were free to build a ... more
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I'm Only In It for the Parking: Life and Laughter From the Priority Seats by Lee Ridley - £14.99
What’s the worst thing about being disabled? Is it the shameless staring? Is it that people assume you’re a bit thick because you can’t speak? Or is it that your friends always take you to theme parks just so they can jump the queues?  In f ... 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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A Normal Family: Everyday Adventures With Our Autistic Son by Henry Normal - £9.99
Johnny is nineteen. He likes music, art and going to the beach. He is also autistic - in his case that means he will probably never get a job, never have a girlfriend, never leave home. And over the last nineteen years this is what his father, TV pro ... 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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Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre by Jacqueline Riding - £8.99
"A superb account of one of the defining moments in modern British history"(Tristram Hunt) On a hot late summer's day, a crowd of 60,000 gathered in St Peter's Field. They came from all over Lancashire – ordinary working-class men, women and chi ... more
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Pride: Photographs After Stonewall by Fred W. McDarrah - £20.00
Foreword by Peter Tatchell and Hilton Als, and introduction by Allen Ginsberg and Jill Johnston.  The ultimate visual chronicle of life in New York's gay community following the Stonewall Riots, by the late Fred W. McDarrah, published in time ... more
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Freedom: The Overthrow of the Slave Empires by James Walvin - £20.00
In this timely and very readable new work, Walvin focuses not on abolitionism or the brutality and suffering of slavery, but on resistance, the resistance of the enslaved themselves – from sabotage and absconding to full-blown uprisings – and its ... more
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No Walls And The Recurring Dream: A Memoir by Ani DiFranco - £20.00
A memoir by the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco.  In her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, Ani DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of ... more
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Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary - £9.99
Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn't "look" autistic. But, as he's quick to point out in this memoir, autism "looks" different for ju ... more
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The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography by Benjamin Zephaniah - £9.99
*BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week*  Benjamin Zephaniah, who has travelled the world for his art and his humanitarianism, now tells the one story that encompasses it all: the story of his life.   In the early 1980s when punks and Rastas were on the ... 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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Jurgen Klopp: The Biography by Elmar Neveling - £9.99
Updated to include the Champions League Final 2018. "It is the intensity of the football, of how the people live football in Liverpool, all the Liverpool fans around the world. It is not a normal club, it is a special club."(Jurgen Klopp) A ... more
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Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot - £8.99
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Winner of the Whiting Award for Non-Fiction Selected by Emma Watson as an Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick   Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on an Indian Reservation in the Pac ... more
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Images of The National Archives: Suffragettes by Lauren Willmott - £14.99
1918 was a watershed moment for the development of British democracy: for the first time, some women could vote. The occasion marked the culmination of a fifty-year long and arduous struggle of thousands of women and men up and down the country.  ... more
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The Moth Presents: Occasional Magic - 50 True Stories of Defying the Impossible by Catherine Burns (Editor) - £12.99
Before television and radio, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their homes, and tell stories. Their bewitched listeners would sit and listen long into the night as moths flitted around overhead. Storytelling phenomenon The Moth rec ... more
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A World to Win: The Life and Works of Karl Marx by Sven-Eric Liedman - £14.99
The definitive biography of Karl Marx.  Karl Marx has fascinated and inspired generations of radicals for the past two hundred years. In this new, definitive biography, Sven-Eric Liebman makes his work live once more for a new generation. Des ... more
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Who Killed My Father by Édouard Louis - £10.99
Who Killed My Father is the story of a tough guy – the story of the little boy I never was. The story of my father.   In Who Killed My Father, Édouard Louis explores key moments in his father’s life, and the tenderness and disconnects in ... more
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Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan - £8.99
When Lucy Mangan was little, stories were everything. They opened up different worlds and cast new light on this one.   She was whisked away to Narnia – and Kirrin Island – and Wonderland. She ventured down rabbit holes and womble burrows ... more
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Eugene V. Debs: A Graphic Biography by Paul Buhle, Steve Max, and Dave Nance, illustrated by Noah Van Sciver - £11.99
A graphic biography of socialist labor legend Eugene V. Debs.  Dynamic and beloved American radical, labor leader, and socialist Eugene Victor Debs led the Socialist Party to federal and state office across the United States by the 1920s. Imp ... more
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Wild Ruins B.C.: The Explorer's Guide to Britain's Ancient Sites by Dave Hamilton - £16.99
Wild Ruins B.C. reveals Britain’s extraordinary ancient history, from 10,000 years ago to the birth of Christ. Exploring over 400 wild sites, discover the lost remains and mysterious stones that lie hidden in some of the most beautiful landscapes o ... more
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The Salt Path by Raynor Winn - £9.99
The uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline.   THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER & SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD & WAINWRIGHT GOLDEN ... more
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All Together Now? One Man's Walk in Search of His Father and a Lost England by Mike Carter - £14.99
When Mike Carter's father died, he decided to follow the route of a march against unemployment his dad had organised 35 years before. Mike had a troubled relationship with his dad, and hoped the walk, undertaken a month before the Brexit vote, would ... more
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Also Human: The Inner Lives of Doctors by Caroline Elton - £9.99
Doctors are the people we turn to in our darkest moments. We trust them with our lives. But what does that stress do to a person?   What does it take to confront death, disease, distress and suffering every day? To work in a healthcare system stre ... more
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Women: Our History by Dorling Kindersley Ltd - £20.00
Re-examining history from a female perspective, this book celebrates the numerous important roles women have played in culture and society that are less often told.  Packed full of evocative images, this gloriously illustrated book reveals th ... more
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Questions I Am Asked About the Holocaust by Hédi Fried, translated by Alice E. Olsson - £12.99
‘There are no stupid questions, nor any forbidden ones, but there are some questions that have no answer.’   Hédi Fried was nineteen when the Nazis snatched her family from their home in Eastern Europe and transported them to Auschwit ... more
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The Murder Of Rosa Luxemburg by Klaus Gietinger - £14.99
On the tracks of the killers of Rosa Luxemburg.   The cold-blooded murder of revolutionary icons Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in the pitched political battles of post-WWI Germany marks one of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth centu ... more
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Hearts And Minds: The Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote by Jane Robinson - £9.99
Set against the background of the campaign for women to win the vote, this is a story of the ordinary people effecting extraordinary change.   1913: the last long summer before the war. The country is gripped by suffragette fever. These impass ... more
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The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found by Bart van Es - £9.99
Little Lien wasn't taken from her Jewish parents - she was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not. ... more
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The Women in the Room: Labour's Forgotten History by Nan Sloane - £20.00
In February 1900 a group of men representing trade unionists, socialists, Fabians and Marxists gathered in London to make another attempt at establishing an organisation capable of getting working-class men elected to Parliament. The body they set up ... more
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Invisible: A Diary of Rough Sleeping in Britain by Andrew Fraser - £10.00
Many writers and books talk about the homeless. Andrew has direct experience. His writing on life as a rough sleeper, interwoven through this scorching diary piece, offers a clear-eyed truth from the gutters of Britain’s housing crisis. His testimo ... more
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War And An Irish Town by Eamonn McCann - £14.99
War and an Irish Town is Eamonn McCann's classic account of growing up Catholic in a Northern Irish ghetto.   McCann’s account of what it is like to grow up a Catholic in a Northern Irish ghetto — first published in 1974 — quickly becam ... more
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The Prison Letters Of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela - £25.00
An unforgettable portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century, published on the centenary of his birth.  Arrested in 1962 as South Africa’s apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against politi ... more
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Salah - King of The Kop by Frank Worrall - £8.99
This is the story of the new King of the Kop.   When Mohamed Salah signed for Liverpool from Rome in 2017, his record fee was initially greeted with some scepticism. While he'd been singled out as a future star back in Egypt, and performed wel ... more
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Auschwitz: A History by Sybille Steinbacher - £9.99
At the terrible heart of the modern age lies Auschwitz. In a total inversion of earlier hopes about the use of science and technology to improve, extend and protect human life, Auschwitz manipulated the same systems to quite different ends.  In ... more
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The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing Up in the Warsaw Ghetto by Mary Berg - £10.99
Mary Berg was fifteen when the German army poured into Poland in 1939. She survived four years of Nazi terror, and managed to keep a diary throughout.   This astonishing, vivid portrayal of life inside the Warsaw Ghetto ranks with the most sig ... more
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In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law by Sarah Langford - £8.99
"I loved this book. It made my heart sing. Written by a woman in the law with compassion, wit and legal know-how, these true life courtroom stories tell it like it is."(Helena Kennedy QC) Sarah Langford is a barrister. Her job is to stand in cou ... more
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South of Forgiveness by Thordis Elva - £8.99
A woman, a man, a rape, and a hard journey from violence to reconciliation.   One ordinary spring morning in Reykjavik, Thordis Elva kisses her son and partner goodbye before boarding a plane to do an extraordinary thing: fly seven thousand miles ... more
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Some Old Bloke: Recollections, Obsessions and the Joys of Blokedom by Robert Llewellyn - £16.99
When writer, comedian and Red Dwarf actor Robert Llewellyn's son scrawled a picture of him at Christmas and titled it 'Some Old Bloke', Robert was cast deep into thought about life and what it means to be a bloke and an old one at that.   In t ... more
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We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates - £9.99
An essential account of modern America, from Obama to Trump, from black lives matter to white supremacists rising - by the bestselling author of Between the World and Me.  Obama's presidency was a watershed moment in American history. From 2008-2 ... more
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The Secret Teacher: Dispatches from the Classroom by Anon - £8.99
I will teach them literature, poetry, culture. I will teach them The Waste Land! I will be the Best Teacher Who Has Ever Lived! Or so The Secret Teacher thinks. On his first day at an inner-city state school he gets nuked.  The class he is made t ... more
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Bloody Brilliant Women by Cathy Newman - £20.00
A fresh, opinionated history of all the brilliant women you should have learned about in school but didn’t.  For hundreds of years we have heard about the great men of history, but what about herstory?  In this freewheeling history of modern ... more
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The Choice by Edith Eger - £8.99
THE AWARD-WINNING INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER by Edith Eger, as seen on BBC Breakfast.   Little dancer', Mengele says, ‘dance for me’   In 1944, sixteen-year-old ballerina Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Separated from her parents on ... more
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