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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!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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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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The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography by Edmund Gordon - £10.99
WINNER OF THE SOMERSET MAUGHAM AWARD   Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Financial Times, Spectator and Observer   Angela Carter’s life was as unconventional as anything in her fiction ... more
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The Leveller Revolution: Radical Political Organisation in England, 1640-1650 by John Rees - £11.99
The gripping story of the Levellers, the radical movement at the heart of the English Revolution.  The Levellers, formed out of the explosive tumult of the 1640s and the battlefields of the Civil War, are central figures in the history of dem ... more
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Something Dark by Lemn Sissay - £9.99
Something Dark tells the true story of Lemn Sissay who as a baby was given up by his Ethiopian mother in the 1960s. He was renamed Norman Greenwood and nicknamed Chalky White throughout his turbulent childhood in care, only to find out his real name ... more
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Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin - £20.00
"A sweet, filthy peach of a memoir from a cultural explosion of a man."(Caitlin Moran) Born in the mid-twentieth century and raised in the heart of conservative North Carolina, Armistead Maupin lost his virginity to another man “on the very spot ... more
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You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris, translated by Sam Taylor - £7.99
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER   What matters most in life? How do you build a happy life when terrible things happen? What is left behind when you lose the person you love the most?  One night last winter, Antoine Leiris was at home looking aft ... more
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Gerry Adams: An Unauthorised Life by Malachi O'Doherty - £14.99
How did Gerry Adams grow from a revolutionary street activist – in perpetual danger of arrest and assassination – into the leader of Sinn Féin, with intimate access to the British and Irish Prime Ministers and the US President? And how has he ou ... more
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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah - £8.99
The compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.   One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but ... more
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Russia: From Revolution to Counter-Revolution by Ted Grant - £14.99
The October Russian Revolution, led by Lenin and Trotsky, swept away landlordism and capitalism and placed the working class in power for the first time. It transformed the idea of socialism from theory into practice. From this point of view, the Bol ... more
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The Holocaust: A New History by Laurence Rees - £10.99
THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER AND THE FIRST AUTHORITATIVE ACCOUNT FOR 30 YEARS.  Two fundamental questions about the Holocaust must be answered:   How did it happen? And why? More completely than any other single work of histor ... more
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Citizen Clem by John Bew - £12.99
The Orwell Prize-winning biography of Clement Attlee, a landmark contribution to the political dialogue by the 'outstanding historian of his generation'  **WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING** **WINNER OF THE ELIZABETH LONGFORD ... more
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A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray - £9.99
The history of Britain, presented as you've never seen it before, through twenty-one women whose lives enthral and beguile, intrigue and inspire.   They were famous queens, unrecognised visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians. ... more
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Orwell's Nose: A Pathological Biography by John Sutherland - £9.99
In 2012 John Sutherland permanently lost his sense of smell. At about the same time he embarked on a re-reading of George Orwell’s works, and his lack of olfactory sense cast an entirely new light on the re-evaluation. What he now noticed was just ... more
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So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir by Michael Rosen - £16.99
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 bor ... more
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Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard, illustrated by Vanessa Baird - £16.99
The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller The New York Times Bestseller  From the author of the monumental My Struggle series, Karl Ove Knausgaard, one of the masters of contemporary literature and a genius of observation and introspection, comes the ... more
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A Most Deliberate Swindle: How Edwardian Fraudsters Pulled the Plug on the Electric Bus... by Mick Hamer - £10.99
"That London could have had electric buses a hundred years ago is extraordinary enough, but as Mick Hamer recounts with great panache, the reason it didn’t is even more extraordinary. This is a great tale, expertly told"(Michael Palin) On a war ... more
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Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga - £9.99
Winner of the 2017 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize A History Book of the Year Longlisted for the Orwell Prize Shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize   In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga ... more
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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard - £20.00
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... ... more
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Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain by Clair Wills - £25.00
The battered and exhausted Britain of 1945 was desperate for workers - to rebuild, to fill the factories, to make the new NHS work. From all over the world and with many motives, thousands of individuals took the plunge. Most assumed they would spend ... more
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Father Mychal Judge: An Authentic American Hero by Michael Ford - £15.99
Now revised, with a new introduction and reflections on events since 9/11, this spiritual portrait of Father Mychal Judge is a remarkable testimony to the hope and courage that he brought to thousands of people, not only as the New York City fire cha ... more
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Fighting Proud: The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars by Stephen Bourne - £17.99
In this astonishing new history of wartime Britain, historian Stephen Bourne unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and at home, and brings to light the great unheralded contribution they made to the war effort ... more
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Hinterland by Chris Mullin - £9.99
All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who did. By the time he entered parliament he had reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and tracked down the survivors of the CIA operat ... more
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White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s by Joe Boyd - £8.99
How was one man present at so many pivotal points of the birth of modern rock? Joe Boyd's classic memoir of the 60s music scene reissued as a Serpent's Tail Classic, with a new foreword by Hanif Kureishi.   When Muddy Waters came to London a ... more
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The Making of the Black Working Class in Britain by Ron Ramdin - £19.99
A classic history of the role of Black working-class struggles throughout the twentieth century.  In this pioneering history, Ron Ramdin traces the roots of Britain’s disadvantaged black working class. From the development of a small black ... more
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Mandela: The Graphic Novel by Umlando Wezithombe - £14.99
A vivid account of Nelson Mandela's extraordinary life in the form of a full-colour graphic novel.   Freedom fighter, fugitive, celebrated prisoner, president: the hero of a nation. Nelson Mandela was called a terrorist, forced into hiding, ca ... more
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Sugar, Sugar: Bitter Sweet Tales of Indian Migrant Workers by Lainy Malkani - £9.99
A fascinating web of honey-coloured threads linking Indian migrant workers, who first left the Sub-Continent more than a hundred and fifty years ago, and their descendants now living in contemporary Britain.   Sugar Sugar: Bitter-sweet Tales ... more
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Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida - £14.99
Following his ground-breaking international bestseller The Reason I Jump, written when he was only thirteen, Naoki Higashida offers equally illuminating and practical insights into autism from his current perspective as a young man.   Naoki Hi ... more
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