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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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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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Trotsky in 1917 by Leon Trotsky - £12.50
Trotsky in 1917 is a collection of new translations, many translated for the first time, of Leon Trotsky’s writings from 1917, the year of the Russian revolution.  Trotsky, together with Lenin, was a leading figure in the revolution, chairi ... more
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Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play by Meagan Marie - £16.99
Take a celebratory look at accomplished women in the video game industry, ranging from high-level executives to programmers to cosplayers. This insightful and celebratory book highlights women who helped to establish the industry, women who disrupted ... more
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A People's History of Scotland by Chris Bambery - £10.99
A People’s History of Scotland looks beyond the kings and queens, the battles and bloody defeats of the past. It captures the history that matters today, stories of freedom fighters, suffragettes, the workers of Red Clydeside, and the hardship and ... more
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Insomnia by Marina Benjamin - £9.99
"Insomnia reads with the surreal and suspended cadence of those lonely hours in the night that only the sleep-less experience. It is, therefore, a kind and intimate companion to our meandering, agitated, non-knowing, spiritually naked thoughts at suc ... more
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The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats by Allen Ginsberg, Edited by Bill Morgan - £11.99
A unique history of the Beats, in the words of the movement's most central member, Allen Ginsberg, based on a seminal series of his lectures   In 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem 'Howl' and Jack Kerouac's On the Road, ... more
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A James Connolly Reader by James Connolly - £16.99
A stirring collection of James Connolly's most important speeches and writing.  Considered by many Ireland's most important revolutionary, James Connolly devoted his life to struggles against exploitation, oppression, and imperialism. Active ... more
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When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie, The Man Who Changed The World by Dylan Jones - £9.99
On 6 July 1972, David Bowie, with a flame-orange cockade quiff, lavishly applied make-up, wearing a multi-coloured jumpsuit that looked as though it were made from fluorescent fish skin, and carrying a brand spanking new blue acoustic guitar, made hi ... more
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May Made Me: An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France by Mitchell Abidor - £12.99
The mass protests that shook France in May 1968 were exciting, dangerous, creative and influential, changing European politics to this day. Students demonstrated, workers went on general strike, factories and universities were occupied. At the height ... more
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Long Road from Jarrow: A journey through Britain then and now by Stuart Maconie - £8.99
Three and half weeks. Three hundred miles. I saw roaring arterial highway and silent lanes, candlelit cathedrals and angry men in bad pubs. The Britain of 1936 was a land of beef paste sandwiches and drill halls. Now we are nation of vaping and nail ... more
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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard - £8.99
A memoir of love, death and jazz chickens, Eddie Izzard's fabulous Believe Me is his one and only autobiography...   'I know why I'm doing all this,' I said. 'Everything I do in life is trying to get her back. I think if I do enough things... that ... more
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Civilisations: First Contact / The Cult of Progress by David Olusoga - £15.00
A companion to the major new BBC documentary series CIVILISATIONS, presented by Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Simon Schama   Oscar Wilde said 'Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.' Was he right? In Civilisations, David Olusoga tr ... more
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Made In Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country by Billy Connolly - £20.00
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, wi ... more
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Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900 by Simon Schama - £10.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE   SELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 BY THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, MAIL ON SUNDAY AND OBSERVER  Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. From the Jews ... more
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Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State by Chris Renwick - £9.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE LONGMAN-HISTORY TODAY PRIZE 2018 LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2018   A landmark book from a remarkable new historian, on a subject that has never been more important - or imperilled   Today, everybody seems to agree tha ... more
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Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre by Jacqueline Riding - £25.00
"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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Freaks Like Me by Georgina Peterson - £7.99
Georgie was just a typical teenager when it happened; she was studying hard for a place at her dream university and having fun with her friends on weekends. She always knew what was coming next. She had her entire life planned, until one night and on ... more
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So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir by Michael Rosen - £9.99
The brilliant family memoir of the much-beloved poet and political campaigner.  In this hilarious, moving memoir, much-loved children’s poet and political campaigner Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. He was born in ... more
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Now You See Me: Lesbian Life Stories by Jane Traies (Editor) - £11.99
Older lesbians talk about their lives.   Now You See Me draws on a unique new archive of life stories, recorded by Jane Traies. In their own words, women from across the UK recreate a time when being lesbian meant hiding your true identity – or ... more
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Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff - £20.00
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 bui ... more
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Black Tudors: The Untold Story by Miranda Kaufmann - £9.99
A Book of the Year for the Evening Standard and the Observer.   A black porter publicly whips a white Englishman in the hall of a Gloucestershire manor house. A Moroccan woman is baptised in a London church. Henry VIII dispatches a Mauritanian div ... more
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Historical Heroines: 100 Women You Should Know About by Michelle Rosenberg and Sonia Picker - £14.99
Keeping it to just 100 was a struggle. But we figured that any more miscast, missing and misunderstood women in one sitting would push you over the edge in your righteous, indignant fury. So actually, we’re thinking of you. (You're welcome).   ... more
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