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Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality by Ben Kirshner - £18.99
This is what democracy looks like: Youth organizers in Colorado negotiate new school discipline policies to end the school to jail track. Latino and African American students march to district headquarters to protest high school closure. Young immigr ... more
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I Belong Only to Myself: The Life and Writings of Leda Rafanelli by Andrea Pakieser - £12.00
Leda Rafanelli (1880–1971) was one of the most prolific propagandists in early twentieth century Italy. She began working as a typesetter in her teens, and went on to found and run several publishing houses. Her own body of work included scores of no ... more
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The Mythology of Work: How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself by Peter Fleming - £17.99
There was once a time when ‘work’ was inextricably linked to survival and self-preservation; where the farmer ploughed the land so their family could eat. But the sun has long since set on this idyllic tableau, and what was once an integral part of l ... more
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Friends of Alice Wheeldon: The Anti-War Activist Accused of Plotting to Kill Lloyd George by Sheila Rowbotham - £16.99
Friends of Alice Wheeldon is a remarkable play by Sheila Rowbotham that re-enacts the 1917 trial and subsequent imprisonment of Wheeldon for her alleged role in plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister Lloyd George. It is prefaced by an extended es ... more
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The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism: The Political Economy of Human Rights: Volume 1 by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman - £12.99
The Political Economy of Human Rights is an important two volume work, co-authored with Edward Herman – also co-author of the classic Manufacturing Consent – which provides a complete dissection of American foreign policy during the 1960s and '70s, l ... more
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Year 501: The Conquest Continues by Noam Chomsky - £12.99
Exploring “the great work of subjugation and conquest” which began with Columbus, in Year 501 Chomsky surveys the history of American imperial power in the ensuing 500 years that followed. Touching on everything from the British in India to the Ameri ... more
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On Power and Ideology: The Managua Lectures by Noam Chomsky - £9.99
In the late 1980s, in the midst of Reagan’s interventions in Central America, Chomsky travelled to Nicaragua and gave the lectures that became On Power & Ideology. The lectures provide a master class in foreign policy analysis from an intellectual at ... more
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Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London's Radical History by David Rosenberg - £9.99
The radical response to conservative heritage tours and banal day-tripper guides, Rebel Footprints brings to life the history of social movements in the capital. Transporting readers from well-known landmarks to history-making hidden corners, David R ... more
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Making Plans for Nigel: A Beginner's Guide to Farage and UKIP by Harry Paterson - £7.99
Is Nigel Farage an anti-establishment figure or simply a more right-wing establishment figure than David Cameron? This book looks in detail at the politics and personalities of UKIP, the public announcements and the private gaffes.   This boo ... more
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Everyone is African: How Science Explodes the Myth of Race by Daniel J. Fairbanks - £14.99
What does science say about race? "Few are aware that the best ammunition against racism comes from modern evolutionary biology and genetics, and this gap in the public understanding of science needs to be closed. Daniel J. Fairbanks’s small but c ... more
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A Socialist History of the French Revolution by Jean Jaurès - £25.00
"Every revolutionary party, every oppressed people, every oppressed working class can claim Jaurès, his memory, his example, and his person, for our own"(Leon Trotsky) Jean Jaurès was the celebrated French Socialist Party leader, assassinated in 1 ... more
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The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou - £7.99
A new program for the Left after the death of neoliberalism. "We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy, to parliamentary democracy—the form of state s ... more
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On Palestine by Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé - £6.00
On Palestine is Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé's indispensable update on a suffering region.   Operation Protective Edge, Israel's most recent assault on Gaza, left thousands of Palestinians dead and cleared the way for another Israeli land gra ... more
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Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine by Anna Reid - £10.99
A classic and vivid history of Ukraine, fully updated to cover the Euromaidan Revolution in 2014 and ongoing crisis in the Donbass.   Centre of the first great Slav civilisation in the tenth century, then divided between warring neighbours for ... more
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Sailing Close to the Wind: Reminiscences by Dennis Skinner - £9.99
Dennis Skinner, the famed Beast of Bolsover, is adored by legions of supporters and respected as well as feared by admiring enemies. Fiery and forthright, with a prodigious recall, Skinner is one of the best-known politicians in Britain. He remains a ... more
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Listen, Yankee! Why Cuba Matters by Tom Hayden - £17.99
Based on unprecedented access to both Cuban and American officials, a book that offers fresh insight into one of history's most enigmatic relationships between nation-states—from one of America's best-known voices of political and social activism.&nb ... more
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If... The Graphic Novel by Steve Bell - £18.99
A new collection by Britain’s finest political cartoonist, covering the less than glorious days of the Cameron-Clegg coalition government.  In his daily cartoon for the Guardian and his long-running strip, IF, in the same paper, Steve Bell ha ... more
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Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary by Dennis Childs - £17.00
In Slaves of the State Dennis Childs argues that the incarceration of black people and other historically repressed groups in chain gangs, peon camps, prison plantations, and penitentiaries represents a ghostly perpetuation of chattel slavery.   ... more
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Making Other Worlds Possible: Performing Diverse Economies by Gerda Roelvink, Kevin St. Martin, and J. K. Gibson-Graham (Editors) - £26.00
What exactly constitutes an economy? Making Other Worlds Possible brings together a compelling range of projects inspired by the diverse economies research agenda pioneered by J. K. Gibson-Graham.  Firmly establishing diverse economies as a fiel ... more
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Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg: The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic Thirty by Ben Stewart - £12.99
There is a saying in Russian jails. Never ne boysya ne prosi: don't trust, don't fear, don't beg. Don't trust because life here will always disappoint you. Don't fear because whatever you're scared of, you are powerless to prevent it. And don't beg b ... more
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Just Money: How Society Can Break the Despotic Power of Finance by Ann Pettifor - £7.99
We all spend a lot of our time thinking about money; how to get it, how to spend it. But its nature eludes most of us. We do not ask what money is, and so we organise our lives around a mystery.   In Just Money the acclaimed economist and crit ... more
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Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation by Vijay Prashad (Editor) - £8.99
Impassioned and intimate writing to Palestinians from celebrated American writers.   Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s seven-week bombing campaign and ground invasion of Gaza in the summer of 2014, resulted in half a million displaced Gazans ... more
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Fifty-Six: The Story of the Bradford Fire by Martin Fletcher - £16.99
On May 11 1985, fifty-six people died in a devastating fire at Bradford City's old Valley Parade ground. It was truly horrific, a startling story – and wholly avoidable – but it had only the briefest of inquiries, and it seemed its lessons were not l ... more
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The New Prophets of Capital by Nicole Aschoff - £8.99
A deft and caustic takedown of the new prophets of profit, from Bill Gates to Oprah.   As severe environmental degradation, breathtaking inequality, and increasing alienation push capitalism against its own contradictions, mythmaking has becom ... more
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Inside Alcatraz: My Time on the Rock by Jim Quillen - £12.99
Each day we saw the outside world in all its splendour, and each day that view served as a reminder that we had wasted and ruined our lives.   Jim Quillen, AZ586 - a runaway, problem child and petty thief - was jailed several times before his ... more
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Back to the Future of Socialism by Peter Hain - £19.99
What's gone wrong with capitalism and how should governments respond? Did Big Government or Big Banking cause the global financial crisis? Is the answer austerity or investment in growth; untrammelled market forces or regulating for the common good? ... more
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Austerity: The Great Failure by Florian Schui - £10.99
Austerity is at the center of political debates today. Its defenders praise it as a panacea that will prepare the ground for future growth and stability. Critics insist it will precipitate a vicious cycle of economic decline, possibly leading to poli ... more
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The Song of the Shirt: The High Price of Cheap Garments, from Blackburn to Bangladesh by Jeremy Seabrook - £14.95
In April 2013 Rana Plaza, an unremarkable eight-story commercial block in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, collapsed, killing 1,129 people and injuring over 2,000. Most of them were low paid textile workers who had been ordered to return to their cr ... more
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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden: A Short Guide to Modern Politics, the Coalition... by John Crace - £8.99
Exactly a week after the general election, two men – ‘Call me Dave’ and ‘Call me Nick’ – walked side by side into the rose garden of No. 10 Downing Street to give their first press-conference as Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, looking for a ... more
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Who Governs Britain? by Anthony King - £7.99
The British system has been radically transformed in recent decades, far more than most of us realise. As acclaimed political scientist and bestselling author Anthony King shows, this transformation lies at the heart of British politics today.   ... more
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Northern ReSisters: Conversations with Radical Women by Bernadette Hyland - £5.95
Bernadette Hyland interviews nine women from the North of England (including our own Mandy!) who have been active in some of the most important political campaigns of the last forty years, including trade unionism, Women's Liberation, anti-racism, th ... more
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Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency by Michael Gill - £19.50
Exploring and exposing efforts to restrict the sexuality of intellectually disabled people.   Already Doing It exposes the “sexual ableism” that denies the reality of people with intellectual disabilities who, despite the restrictions they fac ... more
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Philosophy and the Idea of Communism: Alain Badiou in Conversation with Peter Engelmann by Alain Badiou and Peter Engelmann - £9.99
In a well-known text called ‘The Communist Hypothesis’, first published in 2007, the renowned philosopher Alain Badiou breathed fresh life into the idea of communism as an intellectual representation that provides a critical perspective on existing p ... more
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Rough Justice by Roger Williams - £24.95
Rough Justice recounts the experiences of victims of police and criminal justice failings through the stories of some who fought back, often with amazing commitment and courage. Their feelings encompass frustration, confusion, helplessness and anger. ... more
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Down with the Royals by Joan Smith - £10.00
When Prince George was just eight weeks old, the Evening Standard declared him to be ‘the most influential person in London’. He couldn’t even walk, let alone talk. Yet one day he could become head of state, whether we like it or not.  Joan S ... more
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Burma's Spring: Real Lives in Turbulent Times by Rosalind Russell - £9.95
Burma’s Spring documents the struggles of ordinary people made extraordinary by circumstance. Rosalind Russell, a British journalist who came to live in Burma with her family, witnessed a time of unprecedented change in a secretive country that had b ... more
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Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts by Mel Evans - £12.99
Published on the fifth anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, Artwash is an intervention into the unsavoury role of the Big Oil company's sponsorship of the arts in Britain. Based on a high profile campaign, Mel Evans targets Chevron, Exxo ... more
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Behind the Curtain by Danusia Schejbal and Andrzej Klimowski - £15.99
"A portrait of life as an artist behind the Iron Curtain."(Danusia Schejbal and Andrzej Klimowski) During the 1970s, many East European citizens dreamed of going West. Behind the Curtain is an autobiographical account of two young art students ... more
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The Drone Eats with Me: Diaries from a City Under Fire by Atef Abu Saif, with a Foreword by Noam Chomsky - £9.99
On 7 July 2014, in an apparent response to the murder of three teenagers, Israel launched a major offensive against the Gaza Strip, lasting 51 days, killing 2145 Palestinians (578 of them children), injuring over 11,000, and demolishing 17,200 homes. ... more
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Get it Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics by Zoe Williams - £14.99
Whether we have children or not we all want the future to be fairer and happier; and Zoe Williams believes that we need to make that happen collectively.   Get it Together is a rousing call to arms for us all to play our part in creating a mo ... more
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Turkish Awakening: A Personal Discovery of Modern Turkey by Alev Scott - £9.99
Born in London to a Turkish mother and British father, Alev Scott moved to Istanbul to discover what it means to be Turkish in a country going through rapid political and social change, with an extraordinary past still linked to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk ... more
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The Dream Shall Never Die: 100 Days That Changed Scotland Forever by Alex Salmond - £12.99
Alex Salmond has been a passionate supporter of Scottish independence his whole life. In September 2014, he came close to realising that dream.   In a riveting daily diary, written with his trademark wit and charm, Salmond takes us into the he ... more
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Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben - £10.99
Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben recounts the personal and global story of the fight to build and preserve a sustainable planet.  Bill McKibben is not a person you'd expect to find handcuffed and behind bars, but that ... more
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My Traitor's Heart by Rian Malan - £9.99
A great masterpiece of South African writing – Rian Malan’s gripping and harrowing exploration of South Africa’s apartheid.  WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR   In '70s' South Africa, Rian Malan – descendant of the architects of apar ... more
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The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International by McKenzie Wark - £11.99
A fresh history of the Situationist International by the author of A Hacker Manifesto.  Over fifty years after the Situationist International appeared, its legacy continues to inspire activists, artists and theorists around the world. Such a l ... more
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How to Start a Revolution by Lucy-Anne Holmes - £2.99
A bite-sized guide to making change happen and the story behind the No More Page 3 campaign, written by its founder.   Change doesn’t just happen. It starts with the idea that something could be different, could be better. It starts with a pe ... more
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Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising by Jonathan Littell, translated by Charlotte Mandell - £12.99
A blistering firsthand account of the conflict in Homs by the internationally acclaimed author of The Kindly Ones.  “We fight for our religion, for our women, for our land, and lastly to save our skin. As for them, they’re only fighting to save ... more
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Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune by Kristin Ross - £16.99
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 fou ... more
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Eclipse and Re-Emergence of the Communist Movement by Gilles Dauvé - £10.99
In the years following 1968, a number of people involved in the most radical aspects of the French general strike felt the need to reflect on their experiences and to relate them to past revolutionary endeavors. This meant studying previous attempts ... more
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The Dialectics of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution by Shulamith Firestone - £9.99
An international bestseller, originally published in 1970, when Shulamith Firestone was just twenty-five years old, The Dialectic of Sex was the first book of the women’s liberation movement to put forth a feminist theory of politics. "A landmark ... more
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Compañeras: Zapatista Women's Stories by Hilary Klein - £12.99
Compañeras is the untold story of women’s involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daught ... more
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