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The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw - £8.99
If I had not kissed anyone, or danced with anyone, or had a reason to cry, the music made me feel as if I had gone through all that anyway... the music attracted and repelled, organised and disturbed and then let us into the night, clusters of emotio ... more
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Notes on Blindness: A Journey Through the Dark by John Hull - £8.99
'It's a gift. Not a gift I want, but it is a gift'   Days before the birth of his first son, writer and academic John M. Hull started to go blind. He would lose his sight entirely, plunged into darkness, unable to distinguish any sense of light or ... more
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The Benn Diaries by Tony Benn - £30.00
Tony Benn was one of the twentieth century's most charismatic politicians. The Benn Diaries, kept for almost seventy years, are a uniquely authoritative, fascinating and readable record of the political life of our times.  This single-volume ... more
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The Lancashire Witches: A Chronicle of Sorcery and Death on Pendle Hill by Philip C. Almond - £10.99
In the febrile religious and political climate of late sixteenth-century England, when the grip of the Reformation was as yet fragile and insecure, and underground papism still perceived to be rife, Lancashire was felt by the Protestant authorities t ... more
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Bob Crow: Socialist, Leader, Fighter: A Political Biography by Gregor Gall - £20.00
Bob Crow was the most high-profile and militant union leader of his generation. This biography focuses on his leadership of the RMT union, examining and exposing a number of popular myths created about him by political opponents. Using the schema of ... more
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No Way but Gentlenesse: A Memoir of How Kes, My Kestrel, Changed My Life by Richard Hines - £8.99
�There is no way but gentlenesse to redeeme a Hawke� Edmund Bert, 1619   Born and raised in the South Yorkshire mining village of Hoyland Common, Richard Hines remembers sliding down heaps of coal dust, listening out for the colliery siren at ... more
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The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty: The Husaynis 1700-1948 by Ilan Pappe - £12.99
The Husayni family of Jerusalem dominated Palestinian history for 250 years, from the Ottoman times through to the end of the British Mandate. At the height of the family’s political influence, positions in Jerusalem could only be obtained through ... more
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Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration by David Wojnarowicz - £10.99
I am glad I am alive to witness these things; giving words to this life of sensations is a relief. Smell the flowers while you can.   Close to the Knives is the artist, writer and activist David Wojnarowicz's extraordinary memoir. Filthy, beau ... more
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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir by Chris Packham - £8.99
Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn't do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I'd climbed through a ho ... more
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Switched On: My Journey from Asperger's to Emotional Awareness by John Elder Robison - £9.99
Imagine hearing the words of a song but not feeling the passion that lies within. Imagine living for years with someone in need and not being able to sense their sadness. Imagine your world turned upside down...   Like so many others, John Elder R ... more
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I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman - £12.99
A memoir of mothers and daughters, traced through four generations, from Paris to New York and back again.   More than Nadja Spiegelman’s famous father, Maus creator Art Spiegelman, and more than most mothers, hers — French-born New Yorker a ... more
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This Mum Runs by Jo Pavey - £8.99
The inspirational story of athlete Jo Pavey, the runner and mum who ran at a record-breaking fifth Olympic Games at Rio 2016.   'Come-back races? I've had more than a few, the night of 10 May 2014 was the ultimate long shot. I was a forty-year ... more
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Concentration Camps: A Short History by Dan Stone - £12.99
Concentration camps are a relatively new invention, a recurring feature of twentieth century warfare, and one that is important to the modern global consciousness and identity. Although the most famous concentration camps are those under the Nazis, t ... more
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Alan Turing: The Life of a Genius by Dermot Turing - £6.00
Alan Turing was an extraordinary man who crammed into a life of only 42 years the careers of mathematician, codebreaker, computer scientist and biologist. His codebreaking work at Bletchley Park was so significant it helped to shorten the Second Worl ... more
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Stop the Clocks: Thoughts on What I Leave Behind by Joan Bakewell - £9.99
Now in her eighties, one of Britain's finest and most spirited women looks back on her life.   Joan Bakewell has led a varied, sometimes breathless life: she has been a teacher, copywriter, studio manager, broadcaster, journalist, the governme ... more
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The Co-Op's Got Bananas: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Post-War North by Hunter Davies - £8.99
Despite the struggle to make ends meet during the tough years of warfare in the 1940s and rationing persisting until the early 1950s, life could still be sweet. Especially if you were a young boy, playing football with your pals, saving up to go to t ... more
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What Happened, Miss Simone? by Alan Light - £9.99
Inspired by the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, this is the story of the real Miss Simone.   What Happened, Miss Simone? tells the story of incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon Nina Simone, one of the most influential, provocativ ... more
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A Short History of the Russian Revolution by Geoffrey Swain - £10.99
In 1917 revolutionary fervour swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and instigating political and social changes that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union. Arising out of proletariat discontent with the Tsarist autocracy ... more
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Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, 1917 by Helen Rappaport - £9.99
SELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE TELEGRAPH AND EVENING STANDARD   Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin’s Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St Petersburg) was in turmoil. Foreign visitors who filled ho ... more
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Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman - £8.99
Her Again is an intimate look at the artistic coming of age of the greatest actress of her generation, from the homecoming float at her suburban New Jersey high school to her star-making roles in The Deer Hunter, Manhattan, and Kramer vs. Kramer. &nb ... more
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Summer Before the Dark: Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936 by Volker Weidermann, translated by Carol Brown Janeway - £8.99
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week   It's as if they're made for each other. Two men, both falling, but holding each other up for a time.   Ostend, 1936: the Belgian seaside town is playing host to a coterie of artists, intellectuals and madmen ... more
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A People's History of the French Revolution by Eric Hazan, translated by David Fernbach - £12.99
A bold new history of the French Revolution from the standpoint of the peasants, workers, women and sans culottes.   The assault on the Bastille, the Reign of Terror, Danton mocking his executioner, Robespierre dispensing a fearful justice, and th ... more
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A People's History of the Russian Revolution by Neil Faulkner - £12.99
The Russian Revolution may well be the most misunderstood event in modern history. In A People's History of the Russian Revolution, Neil Faulkner sets out to debunk the myths. In this fast-paced introduction to the tumultuous events, the Russian peop ... more
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Africa's Long Road Since Independence: The Many Histories of a Continent by Keith Somerville - £10.99
Over the last half century, sub-Saharan Africa has not had one history, but many. Histories that have intertwined, converged and diverged. They have involved a continuing process of decolonization and state-building, conflict, economic problems but a ... more
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Trans Voices: Becoming Who You Are by Declan Henry - £12.99
Personal, first-hand accounts from transgender and non-binary individuals and the diverse experiences and challenges they face before, during and after transition.  This comprehensive introduction to trans issues details the social, physical and ... more
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The Sacred Combe: A Search for Humanity's Heartland by Simon Barnes - £9.99
We've all got one. A secret, special place. Hidden. Enclosed. A little greener and more fertile than the world outside. Here the birds are slightly more exotic, slightly more confiding, the grass greener and the fruit sweeter. To know such a place, t ... more
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Roots and Culture: Cultural Politics in the Making of Black Britain by Eddie Chambers - £15.99
How did a distinct and powerful Black British identity emerge? In the 1950s, when many Caribbean migrants came to Britain, there was no such recognised entity as "Black Britain." Yet by the 1980s, the cultural landscape had radically changed, and a r ... more
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Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949 by David Cesarani - £14.99
David Cesarani's Final Solution is an intelligent and thought-provoking short history of the Holocaust. Not only does David Cesarani draw together and engage with the latest scholarly research, making extensive use of previously untapped resources su ... more
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Greenpeace Captain: Bizarre Wanderings on the Rainbow Warrior by Peter Willcox - £9.99
In over 30 years as a senior captain for Greenpeace International, Peter Willcox has been in the vanguard of the international environmentalist movement. He has led crews into battle for the good of the planet against whale killers, nuclear testing s ... more
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Lord Leverhulme's Ghosts: Colonial Exploitation in the Congo by Jules Marchal - £12.99
The definitive account of exploitation in the Congo, introduced by Adam Hochschild.  In the early twentieth century, the worldwide rubber boom led British enterpreneur Lord Leverhulme to the Belgian Congo. Warmly welcomed by the murderous reg ... more
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The Disappearance of Emile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case by Michael Rosen - £16.99
It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Émile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter ‘J’accuse’ and losing. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he ... more
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Strange Fascination: David Bowie - The Definitive Story by David Buckley - £10.99
The Sunday Times bestseller.   David Bowie was arguably the most influential artist of his time, reinventing himself again and again, transforming music, style and art for over five decades.   David Buckley's unique approach to unravell ... more
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Comet Sweeper: Caroline Herschel's Astronomical Ambition by Claire Brock - £8.99
Having escaped domestic servitude in Germany by teaching herself to sing, and established a career in England, Caroline Herschel learned astronomy while helping her brother William, then Astronomer Royal.   Soon making scientific discoveries i ... more
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Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory by Keggie Carew - £8.99
Winner of the Costa Biography Award   Keggie Carew grew up under the spell of an unorthodox, enigmatic father. An undercover guerrilla agent during the Second World War, in peacetime he lived on his wits and dazzling charm. But these were not ... more
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Trump: A Graphic Biography by Ted Rall - £9.99
Real Estate Billionaire. Reality TV star. President?   Donald Trump inherited a fortune from his father. But he wanted more.   Shrewd and indefatigable, he never missed an opportunity to expand his holdings. He transformed himself into ... more
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Muhammad Ali by Sybille Titeux and Amazing Ameziane - £16.99
The story of boxing icon Muhammad Ali!   An original graphic novel celebrating the life of the glorious athlete who metamorphosed from Cassius Clay to become a three-time heavyweight boxing legend, activist, and provocateur: Muhammad Ali. Not ... more
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Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon - £7.99
"I loved it. A brilliant fast and funny and frank look at something that absolutely needs to be talked about in this way"(Matt Haig) Bryony Gordon has OCD.   It's the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that ... more
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The 1916 Irish Rebellion by Bríona Nic Dhiarmada - £20.00
The 1916 Irish Rebellion includes a historical narrative; a lavish spread of contemporary images and photographs; and a rich selection of sidebar quotations from contemporary documents, prisoners' statements, and other eyewitness accounts to capture ... more
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Detroit 67: The Year That Changed Soul by Stuart Cosgrove - £9.99
Detroit 67 is the story of Motor City in the year that changed everything. Twelve chapters take you on a turbulent year-long journey through the drama and chaos that ripped through the city in 1967 and tore it apart in personal, political and interra ... more
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Players' Work Time: A History of the British Musicians' Union, 1893-2013 by Martin Cloonan and John Williamson - £14.99
This book examines the working lives of musicians over the past 120 years via the history of the Musicians' Union. The union has been at the centre of all major agreements covering the employment of musicians across the UK's music industries for this ... more
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Theodor Geisel: A Portrait of the Man Who Became Dr. Seuss by Donald E. Pease - £9.99
Dr. Seuss's infectious rhymes, fanciful creatures, and roundabout plots not only changed the way children read but imagined the world. And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat and the Hat, these and other classics ha ... more
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The Victory with No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army by Colin G. Calloway - £10.99
Overview Description Table of Contents Author Information Reviews and Awards Cover New in Paperback New Edition The Victory with No Name The Native American Defeat of the First American Army Colin G. Calloway Descri ... more
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David Bowie: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by David Bowie - £12.99
The massive, world-wide outpouring of grief at the death of David Bowie notably focused on not only his stunning musical output, but also his fascinating refusal to stay the same — the same as other trending artists, or even the same as himself. & ... more
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Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune by Kristin Ross - £9.99
Reclaiming the legacy of the Paris Commune for the twenty-first century.   Kristin Ross�s new work on the thought and culture of the Communard uprising of 1871 resonates with the motivations and actions of contemporary protest, which has found ... more
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Jane Austen, The Secret Radical by Helena Kelly - £20.00
"A sublime piece of literary detective work that shows us once and for all how to be precisely the sort of reader that Austen deserves."(Caroline Criado-Perez, Guardian) Almost everything we think we know about Jane Austen is wrong. Her novels do ... more
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The Long and Winding Road by Alan Johnson - £16.99
From the condemned slums of Southam Street in West London to the corridors of power in Westminster, Alan Johnson’s multi-award-winning autobiography charts an extraordinary journey, almost unimaginable in today’s Britain.  This third volume ... more
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Radical London in the 1950s by David Mathieson - £14.99
In September 1960 the central London district of St Pancras was convulsed by rioting. What had begun months before as a peaceful protest about the lack of decent housing spiraled into some of the worst street fighting ever seen in the capital. The vi ... more
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Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism by Alain Brossat and Sylvia Klingberg - £16.99
Recovering the history of the revolutionary Jewish tradition.  Jewish radicals manned the barricades on the avenues of Petrograd and the alleys of the Warsaw ghetto; they were in the vanguard of those resisting Franco and the Nazis. They origin ... more
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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah - £20.00
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 ... more
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The Soviet Century by Moshe Lewin, edited by Gregory Elliott - £12.99
A leading historian draws guides us through the inner workings of Soviet power.   The USSR may no longer exist, but its history remains highly relevant — perhaps today more so than ever. Yet it is a history which for a long time proved impos ... more
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A Woman on the Edge of Time: A Son's Search for His Mother by Jeremy Gavron - £8.99
"Gavron has written a book as brave and honest as it is heart-stopping and gripping. With the meticulousness of a detective and the heart and soul of an abandoned son, he sets out to examine a family tragedy so raw and agonising that it is rarely tal ... more
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