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This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay - £8.99
"Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable."(Stephen Fry) Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year Winner of the Books Are My Bag Non-Fiction Book of the Year Winner o ... more
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An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King by William F. Pepper - £12.99
Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, we are still grappling with the familiar, difficult truths about race in America. The injustices he resisted are still a part of our everyday life, and racism is as much a driving force in our ... more
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Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World by John Man - £9.99
Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors. Equal to men in battle, legends claimed they cut off their right breasts to improve their archer ... more
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Stay With Me, Rhys by Melanie Jones - £7.99
‘Stay with me, Rhys,’ I kept saying over and over again. ‘Please stay with me. I love you.’  There was still no expression in his eyes. I was talking and talking to him, desperate to let him know I was there, but there was no flicker in his ... more
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Conundrum by Jan Morris - £8.99
As one of Britain's best and most loved travel writers, Jan Morris has led an extraordinary life. Perhaps her most remarkable work is this grippingly honest account of her ten-year transition from man to woman - its pains and joys, its frustrations a ... more
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Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra - £9.99
How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world - from American 'shooters' and ISIS to Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social med ... more
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Miss Muriel Matters: The Fearless Suffragist Who Fought for Equality by Robert Wainwright - £9.99
In 1908 Muriel Matters, known as ‘that daring Australian girl’, chained herself to an iron grille in the House of Commons to demand votes for women, thus becoming the first woman to make a speech in the House. The following year she made headline ... more
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The Secret Life of a Black Aspie: A Memoir by Anand Prahlad - £16.50
Anand Prahlad was born on a former plantation in Virginia in 1954. This memoir, vividly internal, powerfully lyrical, and brilliantly impressionistic, is his story.   For the first four years of his life, Prahlad didn’t speak. But his silenc ... more
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The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border by Garrett Carr - £8.99
In the wake of the EU referendum, the United Kingdom’s border with Ireland has gained greater significance: it is set to become the frontier with the European Union.   To uncover its secret landscape, with a troubled past and an uncertain fu ... more
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My European Family: The First 54,000 Years by Karin Bojs - £9.99
Karin Bojs grew up in a small, broken family. At her mother's funeral she felt this more keenly than ever. As a science journalist she was eager to learn more about herself, her family and the interconnectedness of society. After all, we're all relat ... more
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Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes - £9.99
A moving celebration of what Bill Hayes calls "the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected" of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks.   Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a o ... more
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'I Was Transformed': Frederick Douglass: An American Slave in Victorian Britain by Laurence Fenton - £20.00
In the summer of 1845, Frederick Douglass, the young runaway slave catapulted to fame by his incendiary autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, arrived in Liverpool for the start of a near-two-year tour of Brita ... more
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I Must Belong Somewhere by Jonathan Dean - £8.99
From Sunday Times journalist Jonathan Dean, a journey into his family history, which throws up surprising parallels with the present-day refugee crisis.  Jonathan Dean's great-grandfather, David Schapira, lived a life of epic achievement and ... 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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The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir by Peter Gajdics - £17.99
Author Peter Gajdics spent six years in a bizarre form of conversion therapy (delivered in the form of primal therapy) that attempted to "cure" him of his homosexuality. Kept with other patients in a cult-like home in British Columbia, Canada, Gajdic ... more
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Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport by Deborah Oppenheimer - £9.99
With a preface by Lord Richard Attenborough, a collection of accounts from some of the 10,000 children rescued from the Nazi Regime and brought to the UK by the Kinderstransport scheme.  In November 1938, international public opinion was shoc ... more
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Money On't Table: Grit, Work and Family Pride by Corinne Sweet - £8.99
"Nottinghamshire, 1930. A county in the Midlands, right in the centre of England, with a heavily industrialised city at its heart. Nottingham was known for its tightly-packed, soot-encrusted, red-brick back-to-back terraced houses; smoke curling over ... more
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Beryl Bainbridge: Love by All Sorts of Means: A Biography by Brendan King - £10.99
Dame Beryl Bainbridge was one of the most popular and recognisable English novelists of her generation. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, and her critically acclaimed novels The Dressmaker (1973), The Bottle Factory Outing (1974), ... more
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Toxteth Tales: Growin' up in Liverpool 8 by Ken Hayter - £8.99
Liverpool in the 40s and 50s: a city of safe, cosy little streets - except when Hitler's Luftwaffe couldn't find the docks. A city of two-up, two-downs, where two or three generations lived within a few doors of each other, and often behind one door. ... more
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Votes For Women! The Pioneers and Heroines of Female Suffrage by Jenni Murray - £7.99
Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Millicent Fawcett, Emmeline Pankhurst, Constance Markievicz, Nancy Astor.   They terrorised the establishment.   They fought for the vote.   They pushed back boundaries and revolut ... more
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Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing by Marie Hicks - £14.95
In 1944, Britain led the world in electronic computing. By 1974, the British computer industry was all but extinct. What happened in the intervening thirty years holds lessons for all postindustrial superpowers. As Britain struggled to use technology ... more
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The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers - £18.99
From the best-selling author of The Circle - the gripping true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war.   Mokht ... more
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Brave by Rose McGowan - £20.00
"My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same."(Rose McGowan) A revealing memoir and empowering manifesto – A ... more
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Sophie Scholl and the White Rose by Annette Dumbach and Jud Newborn - £9.99
This is the gripping story of the five Munich university students who set up an underground resistance movement in World War II, featured in the award-winning Oscar-nominated film, Sophie Scholl - The Final Days.  This 75th anniversary edition c ... more
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Red Star Over China: The Classic Account of the Birth of Chinese Communism by Edgar Snow - £12.99
A reissue of Edgar Snow’s classic account as the first Westerner to meet Mao and the Chinese Communist leaders in 1936.   Edgar Snow was the first Westerner to meet Mao and the Chinese Communist leaders in 1936 and the first to bring back an ... more
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Rise Up Women! The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes by Diane Atkinson - £30.00
Marking the centenary of female suffrage, this definitive history charts women's fight for the vote through the lives of those who took part, in a timely celebration of an extraordinary struggle.  An Observer Pick of 2018 A New Statesman Book of ... more
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Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India by Shashi Tharoor - £9.99
In the eighteenth century, India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed ... more
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The January Man: A Year of Walking Britain by Christopher Somerville - £9.99
The January Man is the story of a year of walks that was inspired by a song, Dave Goulder’s ‘The January Man’. Month by month, season by season and region by region, Christopher Somerville walks the British Isles, following routes that continua ... more
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The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, Last Veteran of the Trenches, 1898-2009 by Richard van Emden, with Harry Patch - £9.99
On 17 June 2009, Harry Patch celebrated his 111th birthday. At the time, he was the last living British Tommy that had fought in the trenches of the First World War. Now that direct link with the past has gone. From his vivid memories of an Edwardian ... more
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Hearts And Minds: The Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote by Jane Robinson - £20.00
FEATURED ON BBC RADIO 4 'START THE WEEK'.   Set against the colourful background of the entire campaign for women to win the vote, Hearts and Minds tells the remarkable and inspiring story of the suffragists' march on London.   1913: th ... more
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A Woman's Work by Harriet Harman - £9.99
When Harriet Harman started her career, men-only job adverts and a 'women's rate' of pay were the norm, female MPs were a tiny minority - a woman couldn't even sign for a mortgage. But, she argues, we should never just be grateful that things are bet ... more
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Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Sicknesses by Stephen McGann - £8.99
His family survived famine-ravaged Ireland in the 1850s.  His ancestors settled in poverty-rife Victorian Liverpool, working to survive and thrive.  Some of them became soldiers serving on the Western Front.  One would be the last man to step off ... more
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Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives by Dana Canedy, Darcy Eveleigh, Damien Cave and Rachel L. Swarns - £22.99
Hundreds of stunning images from black history have long been buried in The New York Times archives. None of them were published by The Times – until now. Unseen uncovers these never-before published photographs and tells the stories behind them.&n ... more
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Justice for Laughing Boy: Connor Sparrowhawk - A Death by Indifference by Sara Ryan - £12.99
On July 4th 2013, Connor Sparrowhawk, also known as Laughing Boy or LB, was found dead in a specialist NHS unit. Connor, who had autism and epilepsy, had a seizure while in the bath and no member of staff was on hand to stop him from drowning. An ent ... 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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Raoul Wallenberg: The Man Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust by Ingrid Carlberg - £12.99
An Honorary Citizen of the U.S.A., and designated as one of the Righteous among the Nations by Israel, Raoul Wallenberg's heroism in Budapest at the height of the Holocaust saved countless lives, and ultimately cost him his own.  A series of unli ... more
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In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott - £9.99
WINNER OF THE 2017 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD   In the vein of Bad Blood and Why be Happy when you can be Normal?: an enthralling, at times shocking, and deeply personal family memoir of growing up in, and breaking away from, a fundamentalist Chris ... more
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The Balfour Declaration: Empire, the Mandate and Resistance in Palestine by Bernard Regan - £16.99
The true history of the imperial deal that transformed the Middle East and sealed the fate of Palestine On November 2, 1917, the British government, represented by Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour, declared that they were in favor of “the establi ... more
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Auschwitz Testimonies 1945-1986 by Primo Levi, with Leonardo De Benedetti - £14.99
In 1945, soon after the liberation of Auschwitz, Soviet authorities in control of the Kattowitz (Katowice) camp in Poland asked Primo Levi and his fellow captive Leonardo De Benedetti to compile a detailed report on the sanitary conditions they witne ... more
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The Company of Trees: A Year in a Lifetime's Quest by Thomas Pakenham - £12.99
Acclaimed historian and bestselling author Thomas Pakenham shares his profound love of trees and reverence for nature, rooted in the family estate of Tullynally in Ireland.   Thomas Pakenham is an indefatigable champion of trees. In The Co ... more
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The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love by Per J Andersson - £9.99
The story begins in a public square in New Delhi. On a cold December evening a young European woman of noble descent appears before an Indian street artist known locally as PK and asks him to paint her portrait - it is an encounter that will change t ... more
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1997: The Future that Never Happened by Richard Power Sayeed - £10.99
An immersive account of Britain in 1997, a year which laid the foundation of our current political crisis.   Tony Blair and Noel Gallagher shaking hands at No. 10. Saatchi’s YBAs setting the international art world aflame. Geri Halliwell in ... more
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Transgender History: The Roots of Today's Revolution by Susan Stryker - £13.99
A timely second edition of the classic text on transgender history, with a new introduction and updated material throughout   Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronologi ... 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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!No Pasaran! Writings from the Spanish Civil War by Pete Ayrton - £10.99
The Spanish Civil War captured the imaginations of writers and readers around the world. ¡No Pasarán! collects thirty-eight of the most vivid, poignant stories to come out of the conflict, by writers from across the political, geographical and arti ... more
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Last Girl Standing by Trina Robbins - £17.99
Born on the cusp of WWII in 1938, at a time when other little girls dreamed of being nurses and secretaries, Trina Robbins’s ambition was to be a bohemian; and indeed she did. She chronicles a life of sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll — and comics ... more
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C.L.R. James: The Artist as Revolutionary by Paul Buhle - £14.99
C. L. R. James was a protean twentieth-century Marxist intellectual, widely recognized as a pioneering scholar of slave revolt; a leading voice of Pan-Africanism; a peripatetic revolutionary and scholar who was active in US and UK radical movements; ... more
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Che: A Graphic Biography by Spain Rodriguez - £9.99
The classic graphic biography of Che Guevara—the most iconic revolutionary of the twentieth century.  This dramatic and extensively researched book breathes new life into the story of Ernesto “Che” Guevara. It portrays his revolutionary str ... more
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Glasgow: The Autobiography by Alan Taylor - £9.99
Glasgow: The Autobiography tells the story of the fabled, former Second City of the British Empire from its origins as a bucolic village on the rivers Kelvin and Clyde, through the Industrial Revolution to the dawning of the second millennium.  ... more
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Maria and Me: A Father, A Daughter (and Autism) by Maria Gallardo and Miguel Gallardo - £12.99
Giving a father's insight into life with his daughter Maria, aged 12, who has autism, this comic tells the story of their week holiday in the Canary Islands, Spain. Delightful illustrations and dialogue between father and daughter show the day-to-day ... more
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Black Tudors: The Untold Story by Miranda Kaufmann - £18.99
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 ... more
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