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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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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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How Does It Feel? A Life of Musical Misadventures by Mark Kermode - £18.99
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 t ... more
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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle - £20.00
From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candour.  We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flyin ... more
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Wounds: A Memoir of War and Love by Fergal Keane - £9.99
A family story of blood and memory and the haunting power of the past.   2018 WINNER OF THE CHRISTOPHER EWART-BIGGS MEMORIAL PRIZE 2017 WINNER OF THE NON-FICTION IRISH BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER  After nearly three de ... more
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First Time Ever: A Memoir by Peggy Seeger - £9.99
Born in New York City in 1935, Peggy Seeger enjoyed a childhood steeped in music and politics. Her father was the noted musicologist Charles Seeger; her mother, the modernist composer Ruth Crawford; and her brother Pete, the celebrated writer of prot ... more
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The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution by Tariq Ali - £9.99
The secret life of the man who reshaped Russia.   Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, leader of the October 1917 uprising, is one of the most misunderstood leaders of the twentieth century. In his own time, there were many, even among his enemies, who ackn ... more
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A Radical History of the World by Neil Faulkner - £14.99
History is a weapon. The powerful have their version of events, the people have another. And if we understand how the past was forged, we arm ourselves to change the future.   This is the history of the struggle and revolution of human society ... more
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The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell - £8.99
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 Peterloo Massacre by Joyce Marlow - £9.99
Unity of the oppressed can make a difference in politically uncertain times.  A peaceful protest turned tragedy; this is the true story of the working class fight for the vote.  On August 16 1819, in St Peter’s Field, Manchester, a ... more
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Peterloo: Voices, Sabres and Silence by Graham Phythian - £16.99
On 16 August 1819 on St Peter’s Field, Manchester, a peaceful demonstration of some 60,000 workers and reformers was brutally dispersed by sabrewielding cavalry, resulting in at least fifteen dead and over 600 injured. Within days the slaughter was ... more
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The Last Interview: Conversations with Giovanni Tesio by Primo Levi - £12.99
Translated by Judith Woolf   At the start of 1987, Primo Levi took part in a remarkable series of conversations about his early life with a friend and fellow writer, Giovanni Tesio. This book is the result of those meetings, originally intende ... more
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A Most Un-Ladylike Occupation by Lisa Wright - £9.99
Lucy Deane was from an upper class military family and was appointed in 1893, aged 28, by Herbert Asquith; then the Home Secretary, and she was sent across the British Isles, to the dismay of male factory inspectors, to inspect and report on the cond ... more
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Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain by Clair Wills - £9.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2018 TLS BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017  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 motiv ... more
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No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson by Jeff Sparrow - £9.99
Film star. Icon. Agitator. Martyr.   Paul Robeson was a brilliant student and champion athlete who abandoned a career in law to find worldwide fame as a performer and activist. He was undoubtedly the most famous African American of his time — be ... more
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When The Clyde Ran Red: A Social History of Red Clydeside by Maggie Craig - £9.99
When the Clyde Ran Red paints a vivid picture of the heady days when revolution was in the air on Clydeside. Through the bitter strike at the huge Singer Sewing machine plant in Clydebank in 1911, Bloody Friday in Glasgow’s George Square in 1919, t ... more
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Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir by Ngugi wa Thiong'o - £8.99
Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s powerful prison memoir begins half an hour before his release on 12 December 1978. A year earlier, he recalls, armed police arrived at his home and took him to Kenya’s Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. There, Ngugi lives in a ... more
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The NHS at 70: A Living History by Ellen Welch - £12.99
At midnight on 5th July 1948, the National Health Service was born with the founding principal to be free at the point of use and based on clinical need rather than on a person’s ability to pay. Seventy years since its formation, these core princip ... more
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Organized Labor And The Black Worker 1619-1981 by Philip S. Foner - £18.99
In this classic account, historian Philip Foner traces the radical history of Black workers’ contribution to the American labor movement. "Organized Labor and the Black Worker… documents a very long history of trade union and white working-cla ... more
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After Kathy Acker: A Biography by Chris Kraus - £9.99
Rich girl, street punk, lost girl and icon ... scholar, stripper, victim and media-whore: The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, created mostly by Acker herself. The media storm that surrounded Kathy Acker's books was ... more
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Swell by Jenny Landreth - £9.99
SHORLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017   These days, swimming may seem like an egalitarian pastime, open to anyone with a swimsuit – but this wasn't always the case. In the 19th century, swimming was almost exclusively ... more
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Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa - £12.99
"I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have c ... more
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Mandela: His Essential Life by Peter Hain - £9.99
Mandela: His Essential Life chronicles the life and legacy of one of the twentieth century's most influential and admired statesmen. Charting his development from remote rural roots to city lawyer, freedom fighter, and then political leader, Peter Ha ... more
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The Russian Revolution: A View from the Third World by Walter Rodney - £16.99
Renowned Pan-African and socialist theorist on the Bolshevik Revolution and its post-colonial legacy.   In his short life, Guyanese intellectual Walter Rodney emerged as one of the foremost thinkers and activists of the anticolonial revolution ... more
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This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe - £7.99
The Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress delivers a much-awaited memoir which is wise, complex, smart and funny.   This Is Just My Face is the whirlwind tour of Gabourey Sidibe’s life so far. In it, we meet her polygamous father, ... more
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We Were the Future by Yael Neeman - £9.99
The kibbutzim are collective settlements in Israel which have been written about extensively over the years, and are praised as the only example in world history of entire communities attempting, voluntarily, to live in total equality. Conceived as a ... more
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Chase the Rainbow by Poorna Bell - £8.99
An honest yet uplifting account of a woman's life affected (but not defined) by the suicide of her husband and the deadly paradox of modern-day masculinity.   Punk rocker, bird nerd and book lover Rob Bell had a full, happy life. He had a lov ... more
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The Cold War: A New Oral History of Life Between East and West by Bridget Kendall - £12.99
The Cold War is one of the furthest-reaching and longest-lasting conflicts in modern history. It spanned the globe - from Greece to China, Hungary to Cuba - and lasted for almost half a century. It has shaped political relations to this day, drawing ... more
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