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WoWFest 2021

Books from authors appearing at the 2021 Writing on the Wall Festival.

Most books can be ordered within 7-10 days, subject to availability. If you need a book urgently, or by a specific date, you can always contact us before ordering to ask how long it would take
The Sound Recordist - by Sean Street - £7.00
A sequence based on a life’s work in radio and a fascinating insight into British broadcasting.   Seán Street is a poet, radio practitioner, teacher, and a writer of many prose works that explore the philosophical nature of sound. He spent his ... more

Reflections: A Poet-Theologian in Lockdown Leeds - by Hannah Stone - £0.00
Reflections: A Poet-Theologian in Lockdown Leeds features a collection of stories, observations and poetry by Leeds based author, Hannah Stone.   The project began in Spring 2020 as England entered the first lockdown. Hannah was appointed Poet ... more

Supporting Cast - by Kit de Waal - £8.99
***From the acclaimed author of My Name is Leon***  As she walks out of her marriage, a woman remembers the day her husband rescued a boy from drowning. A blind man on his wedding day celebrates the pursuit of love. And a young man leaves pri ... more

The Trick to Time - by Kit de Waal - £8.99
A heart-wrenching love story from the internationally bestselling author of My Name Is Leon  Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding house. On her first night out in 1970s ... more

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

Many Different Kinds of Love: A Story of Life, Death and the NHS - by Michael Rosen, illustrated by by Chris Riddell - £14.99
A national treasure's journey to the brink and back.   'Will I wake up?' 'There's a 50:50 chance.'  Michael Rosen wasn't feeling well. Soon he was struggling to breathe, and then he was admitted to hospital, suffering from coronavirus as th ... more

You Wait Till I'm Older Than You! - by Michael Rosen - £6.99
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGET OFF, GET OFF, GET OFF!  Well what would you say if your brother kept whacking you with a spoon, or the spider made it all the way up the toilet bowl or your mum made you wear that horrible shirt?  Find out in this ... more

The Contradictions of Media Power - by Dr Des Freedman - £22.99
Media power is a crucial, although often taken for granted, concept. We assume, for example, that the media are 'powerful'; if they were not, why would there be so many controversies over the regulation, control and impact of communicative institutio ... more

The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs the Masters of the Universe - by Matt Kennard - £9.99
While working at the Financial Times, investigative journalist Matt Kennard uncovered a scam - a deception and rip-off of immense proportions.   From slanging matches with Henry Kissinger to afternoon coffees with the man who captured Che Guevara ... more

Return: A Palestinian Memoir - by Ghada Karmi - £16.99
An extraordinary memoir of exile and the impossibility of finding home, from the author of In Search of Fatima.  'The journey filled me with bitterness and grief. I remember looking down on a nighttime Tel Aviv from the windows of a place takin ... more

Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror - by Victoria Brittain - £17.99
Shadow Lives reveals the unseen side of the '9/11 wars': their impact on the wives and families of men incarcerated in Guantanamo, or in prison or under house arrest in Britain and the US. Victoria Brittain shows how these families have been made soc ... more

The Woman Warrior - by Maxine Hong Kingston - £9.99
With an introduction by Xiaolu Guo   A classic memoir set during the Chinese revolution of the 1940s and inspired by folklore, providing a unique insight into the life of an immigrant in America.   When we Chinese girls listened to the ... more

Cut: One Woman's Fight Against FGM in Britain Today - by Hibo Wardere - £12.99
Imagine for a moment that you are 6-years-old and you are woken in the early hours, bathed and then dressed in rags before being led down to an ominous looking tent at the end of your garden. And there, you are subjected to the cruellest cut, ordered ... more

Dark Chapter - by Winnie M Li - £8.99
Highly Commended for the CWA Debut Dagger 2015 Shortlisted for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize 2015 Shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Prize 2015 Runner-up in the SI Leeds Literary Prize   Vivian is a cosmopolitan Taiwanese-American tou ... more

Never Seen The Sea - by Holly Watson - £5.99
The Coventry Conch is a celebrated blog, excerpted on the BBC and featured on the Funny Women website. It has been called the 1990s answer to Adrian Mole in girl form.   Holly Watson tells the tale of a young girl's experience growing up in C ... more

Algorithm Party - by Roy - £7.99
Algorithm Party is a debut publication in which an utterly original, fully-formed literary voice announces itself, somehow full of life, on the page.   Liverpool’s spoken-word performer Roy’s deft, articulate and startlingly observed stor ... more

Shuggie Bain - by Douglas Stuart - £8.99
Winner of the Booker Prize 2020 Shortlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2020 A BBC Radio 2 Between the Covers 2021 Book Choice   It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always exp ... more

Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns - by Kerry Hudson - £8.99
A powerful, personal agenda-changing exploration of poverty in today’s Britain.  'When every day of your life you have been told you have nothing of value to offer, that you are worth nothing to society, can you ever escape that sense of being ... more

Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma - by Kerry Hudson - £8.99
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2012, Tony Hogan introduces an irresistible new Scottish voice...  Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Sky Arts Awards, the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, the Saltire Scottish ... more

Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home - by Nikesh Shukla - £16.99
How do you find hope and even joy in a world that is racist, sexist and facing climate crisis? How do you prepare your children for it, but also fill them with all the boundlessness and eccentricity that they deserve and that life has to offer?  ... more

What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions - by Jeffrey Boakye and Darren Chetty - £9.99
Masculinity is being discussed more than ever before, in a range of contexts. People talk about 'toxic masculinity', claim that there is a crisis in masculinity or argue that we need to 'reclaim masculinity'. There have always been many ways of being ... more

What is Race? Who are Racists? Why Does Skin Colour Matter? And Other Big Questions - by Claire Heuchan and Nikesh Shukla - £9.99
An important and timely book on race and racism, encouraging children to think for themselves about the issues involved.  Talk about race is often discouraged, but this book aims to bring everyone into the conversation. It explores the history of r ... more

The Good Immigrant - by Nikesh Shukla (Editor) - £8.99
How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport?   Or be told that, as an actress, the part you’re most fitted to play is ‘wife of a terrorist’? How does it feel to have words from your nativ ... more

The Book of Queer Prophets: 24 Writers on Sexuality and Religion - by Ruth Hunt (Curator) - £14.99
Is it possible to believe in God and be gay? How does it feel to be excluded from a religious community because of your sexuality? Why do some people still believe being LGBT is a sin?   The Book of Queer Prophets contains modern-day epistles fro ... more

My Rock 'n' Roll Friend - by Tracey Thorn - £16.99
In 1983, backstage at the Lyceum in London, Tracey Thorn and Lindy Morrison first met. Tracey's music career was just beginning, while Lindy, drummer for The Go-Betweens, was ten years her senior. They became confidantes, comrades and best friends, a ... more

Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to be a Pop Star - by Tracey Thorn - £9.99
"The Sunday Times top ten bestselling memoir of Tracey Thorn's 30-year pop career with Marine Girls and Everything But The Girl, and her collaborations with Paul Weller, Massive Attack and Todd Terry. A Radio 4 Book of the Week in March 2013."(Tracey ... more

Typical Girls: The Story of "The Slits" - by Zoe Howe - £14.95
Wild, defiant and startlingly inventive, The Slits were ahead of their time. Although they created some unique hybrids - dub reggae and pop-punk, African rhythms, funk and free jazz - they were dismissed as being unable to play. Their lyrics were wit ... more

Diary of the Smyth Wailey's - by Tony Wailey - £7.99
Researching a family history can't erase the facts that what you don't really know and try to set down you'll never really know. The facts are like emigre' years, seen through the haze of distance, with blurred lines and distorted perspectives like b ... more

Mandrake Petals and Scattered Feathers: Tales from the Forest and Beyond - by David Greygoose - £8.99
These magical tales are set in the liminal space of the forest where nothing is quite what it seems.  Shape-shifting and trickery lurk behind every tree and the figures we glimpse through the mist are mutable and indeterminate.  A los ... more

Inside Pale Eyes: A Dream Noir - by Dave Ward, illustrated by Bryan Biggs - £5.99
A fractured narrative of grey twilight where half-glimpsed figures flicker through a deserted city-scape. Connection is everything, but nobody connects.  The flowers smell of passion. Of dust. Of dirt. Of hurt that floods a siren’s dirge up ... more

The Well at Winter Solstice - by Eleanor Rees - £9.99
These are the voices of those who are silent: in the graveyards, holy wells, the river, the changing tides. A ghostly choir of lost children, hermits, lovers and rough sleepers, serving maids and sailor boys, saints and hermaphrodites resounding thro ... more

Eliza and the Bear - by Eleanor Rees - £9.99
Eleanor Rees's first collection, Andraste's Hair was shortlisted for Best First Collection in the 2007 Forward Prizes and for the 2008 Glen Dimplex Poetry Award.  In her second full-length collection she continues to play the role of mythologiser an ... more

Never Leave the Dog Behind: Our Love of Dogs and Mountains - by Helen Mort - £8.99
'We live in a world populated by dog lovers, where many of us regard them as members of the family. We are fascinated by them: either anthropomorphising our pets or obsessing about the ways they differ from us. And mountains – theatres of risk, dra ... more

Division Street - by Helen Mort - £12.00
SHORTLISTED FOR THE T.S. ELIOT PRIZE 2013   SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA POETRY AWARD 2013   The much-anticipated debut collection from award-winning poet and rising star, Helen Mort.   A stone is lobbed in '84, hangs like a star over Orgre ... more

Actress - by Anne Enright - £16.99
*LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2020*  From the Booker-winning Irish author, a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter's search to understand her mother's hidden truths.   This is the story of Irish theat ... more

A Fire in My Head - by Ben Okri - £9.99
A powerful collection of new and recently completed poems by Ben Okri covering topics of the day, such as the refugee crisis, racism, Obama, the Grenfell Tower fire, and the Corona outbreak.  In our times of crisis The mind has its powers  ... more

After the Formalities - by Anthony Anaxagorou - £9.99
A knife is pulled. An Uber driver is racially abused on the day of the Brexit referendum. A father bathes his son in ice water. A schoolboy drives a drawing pin into a map of the world.  The threat of violence is never far away in Anthony Anaxago ... more

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - by Elif Shafak - £8.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019  'Expect vibrant, vivid and eye-opening descriptions of Middle Eastern life propelled by a tender storyline, all in Shafak's haunting, beautiful and considered prose' Vanity Fair  'Incredibly sens ... more

How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division - by Elif Shafak - £4.99
It feels like the world is falling apart. So how do we keep hold of our optimism? How do we nurture the parts of ourselves that hope, trust and believe in something better? And how can we stay sane in this world of division?  In this beautifu ... more

Corbyn: The Resurrection - by Steve Bell - £12.99
The beginning of the gospel of Jeremiah, as it is written...   Since his unforeseen resurrection from the tepid ashes of the Labour Party in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn has been on a seemingly unstoppable upward trajectory. And one of Britain's best-loved ... more

Leonard and Hungry Paul - by Ronan Hession - £9.99
Leonard and Hungry Paul is the story of two friends trying to find their place in the world.   It is about those uncelebrated people who have the ability to change the world, not by effort or force, but through their appreciation of all that ... more

What You Could Have Won - by Rachel Genn - £10.00
Fame is the only thing worth having. Love is temporary brain damage. Or so thinks Henry Sinclair, a failing psychiatrist, whose career-breaking discovery has been pinched by a supervisor smelling of nipple grease and hot-dog brine.  An emotio ... more

Littlewoods Pools Girls - by Joan Boyce - £7.99
Littlewoods Pools Girls by Joan Boyce is based on interviews she conducted with many of the women who worked at Littlewoods.   For forty years until 1990s, Littlewoods Pools was one of the most famous brands in Britain. Millions played the Pools ... more

Under the Bridge: A Liverpool Mystery - by Jack Byrne - £8.99
WHEN SECRETS RESURFACE THE PAST REACHES OUT...   2004: The discovery of a body in the Liverpool docklands unearths long forgotten secrets. Reporter Anne McCarthy is keen to prove herself and dives into the case with abandon. There she fin ... more

A Radical Practice in Liverpool: The Rise, Fall and Rise of Princes Park Health Centre - by Katy Gardner and Susanna Graham-Jones - £9.99
** Please note - this book has not been published yet, but we hope to have copies around mid May. We're happy to take pre-orders! ** "At its best Princes Park Health Centre was Nye Bevan’s dream fulfilled: health care, free for all at their poin ... more

I Don't Expect Anyone to Believe Me - by Juan Pablo Villalobos - £11.99
Winner of the 2016 Herralde Prize  The author of Down the Rabbit Hole delivers a hilarious and prize-winning tale of immigrants, students and gangsters in Barcelona.  ‘I don’t expect anyone to believe me,’ warns the narrator of ... more

Hurricane Season - by Fernanda Melchor - £12.99
The Witch is dead. After a group of children playing near the irrigation canals discover her decomposing corpse, the village of La Matosa is rife with rumours about how and why this murder occurred.  As the novel unfolds in a dazzling linguistic ... more

Men Who Hate Women: The Extremism Nobody is Talking About - by Laura Bates - £9.99
The extremism nobody talks about. And how it affects us all. Imagine a world in which a vast network of incels and other misogynists are able to operate, virtually undetected.  These extremists commit deliberate terrorist acts against women. ... more

Why Women Are Blamed For Everything - by Dr Jessica Taylor - £17.99
She asked for it. She was flirting. She was drinking. She was wearing a revealing dress. She was too confident. She walked home alone. She stayed in that relationship. She was naïve. She didn't report soon enough. She didn't fight back. She wanted i ... more

Cut from the Same Cloth? Muslim Women on Life in Britain - by Sabeena Akhtar (Editor) - £9.99
Do you wear that at home? Where are you really from? Does he make you wear that? Do you support acts of terror? Do you believe in 'British values'? Can I see your hair? Do you have equality? Are you hot in that? Can you be a feminist? Why don't you j ... more

LOCKS - by Ashleigh Nugent - £8.99
LOCKS is a book and one-man show about a mixed-race English boy in a Jamaican prison. Based on a true story.  "1993 was the year that Stephen Lawrence got murdered by racists, and I became an angry Black lad with a ‘chip on his shoulder’."  ... more

Redeemable: A Memoir of Darkness and Hope - by Erwin James - £9.99
Born in Somerset in 1957 to itinerant Scottish parents, Erwin James lost his mother when he was seven. Shipped from home to home and subject to the whims of various caregivers after his father turned to alcohol and violence, he committed his first cr ... more

How Abraham Abandoned Me - by Bejan Matur - £10.99
This collection covers the broad vision of mankind's history with a story of an individual journey, in the course of which the poet explores the cosmic and the microcosm, the immensities of Time and Space, of becoming and Being.  The poems came ... more

Brixton Rock - by Alex Wheatle - £9.99
Set in South London in the 1980s, Brenton Brown is a 16-year-old mixed race youth who has lived in a children's home all his life. He has never met his mother and is haunted by her loss. The best thing happens: Brenton is reunited with his mother, Cy ... more

A River Called Time - by Courttia Newland - £16.99
A monumental speculative fiction story of love, loyalty, politics and conscience set in parallel Londons.  The Ark was built to save the lives of the many, but rapidly became a refuge for the elite, the entrance closed without warning. Years ... more

C+nto and Othered Poems - by Joelle Taylor - £10.99
Rejected by our fathers, feared by our mothers, C+NTO tells the story of subversive butch counterculture that has been missing from contemporary LGBT narrative. Focusing on the private lives of characters from the gay scene, C+NTO speaks of the femal ... more

Remembered - by Yvonne Battle-Felton - £8.99
From the Women's Prize for Fiction longlist and the Northern Writer's Award Winner comes...  REMEMBERED  It is 1910 and Philadelphia is burning...  The last place Spring wants to be is in the rundown, coloured section of a hos ... more

Blood Grove - by Walter Mosley - £20.00
Ezekiel "Easy" Porterhouse Rawlins is an unlicensed private investigator turned hard-boiled detective always willing to do what it takes to get things done in the racially charged, dark underbelly of Los Angeles. But when Easy is approached by a shel ... more

The Awkward Black Man - by Walter Mosley - £20.00
Bestselling author Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of narrative tension, both with his extraordinary fiction and gripping writing for television. The Awkward Black Man collects seventeen of Mosley's most accomplished short stories to showca ... more

Refugee Tales: Volume II - by David Herd & Anna Pincus (Editors) - £9.99
Featuring Caroline Bergvall, Josh Cohen, Ian Duhig, Rachel Holmes, Jackie Kay, Olivia Laing, Helen Macdonald, Neel Mukherjee, Alex Preston, Kamila Shamsie & Marina Warner  Upon changing his religion, a young man is denounced as an apostate an ... more

God 99 - by Hassan Blasim - £9.99
Chess-playing people-traffickers, suicidal photographers, absurdist sound sculptors, cat-loving rebel sympathisers, murderous storytellers...  The characters in Hassan Blasim’s debut novel are not the inventions of a wild imagination, but real ... more

The Beekeeper of Aleppo - by Christy Lefteri - £8.99
For readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Kite Runner and The Other Hand - a testament to the human powers of survival.  In the midst of war, he found love In the midst of darkness, he found courage In the midst of tragedy, he found hope ... more

The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat: And Other Stories from the North - by Sjon and Ted Hodgkinson (Editors) - £9.99
This exquisite anthology collects together the very best fiction from across the Nordic region. Travelling from cosmopolitan Stockholm to the remote Faroe Islands, and from Denmark to Greenland, this unique and compelling volume displays the thrillin ... more

Ghost Town: A Liverpool Shadowplay - by Jeff Young - £16.00
Liverpool is a city of ghosts. Through the centuries, millions have lived here or come to find a new life, and found safe harbor. More than any other city in Britain its history resonates in the buildings, landscape and stories that have seeped into ... more

Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being - by Paul Mason - £9.99
A passionate defence of humanity and a work of radical optimism from the international bestselling author of Postcapitalism.  How do we preserve what makes us human in an age of uncertainty? Are we now just consumers shaped by market forces? A se ... more

Who Are We - And Should It Matter in the 21st Century? - by Gary Younge - £10.99
What does it mean to call yourself British in the 21st century?  If Obama was raised by his white mother, why is he the first black president?  Why do Muslims feel more at home in America, which invaded Iraq, than in France, which opposed the ... more

Mrs Death Misses Death - by Salena Godden - £14.99
Mrs Death tells her intoxicating story in this life-affirming fire-starter of a novel.  Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job and now she seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. Wolf Willeford, a tro ... more

Linton Kwesi Johnson: Selected Poems - by Linton Kwesi Johnson - £9.99
Pioneering poet Linton Kwesi Johnson revolutionized literary English with his electrifying fusion of oral verse, Jamaican Creole, radical politics and dub rhythms. This major selection covers over three decades and includes classic early poems like I ... more

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