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The Greatest Need: The Creative Life and Troubled Times of Lily Tobias by Jasmine Donahaye - £10.99
he first full biography of Lily Tobias (1887-1984) a Jewish writer from Wales: a courageous, idealistic woman who wrote compellingly about Jewish life and experience in the 20th century.   Daughter of Polish immigrant parents, Lily Tobias grew ... more
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Anarchists Never Surrender: Essays, Polemics and Correspondence on Anarchism, 1908-1938 by Victor Serge, edited by Mitchell Abidor, with a Foreword by Richard Greeman - £14.99
Anarchists Never Surrender provides a complete picture of Victor Serge's relationship to anarchism. The volume contains writings going back to his teenage years in Brussels, where he became influenced by the doctrine of individualist anarchism. At th ... more
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Blueprint for Revolution by Srdja Popovic - £9.99
how to use rice pudding, Lego men, and other non-violent techniques to galvanise communities, overthrow dictators, or simply change the world  How do ordinary people become revolutionaries?  In 2000, too-cool-to-care Belgrade rock kid ... more
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Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? A Story About Women and Economics by Katrine Marçal - £12.99
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.   When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns becau ... more
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The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy by David Graeber - £18.99
From the author of the blockbuster international bestseller Debt: The First 5,000 Years comes a revelatory account of the way bureaucracy rules our lives.  Where does the desire for endless rules, regulations, and bureaucracy come from? How did we ... more
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The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football by David Goldblatt - £9.99
In the last two decades football in Britain has made the transition from a peripheral dying sport to the very centre of our popular culture, from an economic basket-case to a booming entertainment industry. What does it mean when football becomes so ... more
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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein - £8.99
Forget everything you think you know about global warming. It's not about carbon - it's about capitalism. The good news is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.  In ... more
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Russian Revolutionary Posters by David King - £14.99
This book features over 165 beautifully reproduced posters by both famous and unknown designers and is written by a leading expert and best-selling author on Soviet art. It reveals the process behind the commissioning and art direction of Soviet post ... more
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Wasted: How Misunderstanding Young Britain Threatens Our Future by Georgia Gould - £14.99
A manifesto for the future of Britain from a brilliant young voice in politics.  Young people growing up in Britain today face a narrowing job market, high housing costs and the prospect of a lifetime of hard work with less reward. The ideas of ... more
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Blacklisted: The Secret War Between Big Business and Union Activists by Dave Smith and Phil Chamberlain - £9.99
Blacklisted tells the controversial story of the illegal strategies that transnational construction companies resorted to in their attempt to keep union activists away from their places of work. This is a story of a bitter struggle, in which collusio ... more
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The Cost of Living Crisis: Time to End Economic Injustice by Michael Calderbank - £9.95
End the failed austerity programme.   The coalition government of 2010–15 claimed it tackled the abuse of the welfare state and restored employment levels. In reality, this meant appalling hardship for the most vulnerable and cuts in living st ... more
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Rogue Elephant: Harnessing the Power of Democracy in the New India by Simon Denyer - £9.99
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, India stood on the brink of an exciting new era. Yet only a decade later, a series of corruption scandals and acts of violence against women had tarnished the nation's image and slowed her economic growth ... more
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Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change by Caroline Lucas - £14.99
Caroline Lucas is an outsider, inside, fighting for parliamentary reform and for the interests of her constituents. She is a politician with a radical mission and a clear vision of how change can be achieved.  From the NHS to corporate tax evasi ... more
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An Alternative Labour History: Worker Control and Workplace Democracy by Dario Azzellini (Editor) - £18.99
The global financial crisis has led to a new shop-floor militancy. Radical forms of protest and new workers’ takeovers have sprung up all over the globe. In the US, Republic Windows and Doors started production under worker control in January 2013. L ... more
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African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement by Vincent J. Intondi - £17.99
Well before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out against nuclear weapons, African Americans were protesting the Bomb. Historians have generally ignored African Americans when studying the anti-nuclear movement, yet they were some of the first c ... more
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Congo by David van Reybrouck - £12.99
This gripping epic tells the story of one of the world’s most critical failed nation-states: the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Interweaving his own family’s history with the voices of a diverse range of individuals – charismatic dictators, ... more
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My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution by Diana Darke - £9.99
How did Syria’s revolution lose its way?   My House in Damascus illuminates the darker recesses not just of Syria’s history and politics, but also its society and secrets. Drawing on the author’s firsthand knowledge of Syria’s many communitie ... more
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Boko Haram: Inside Nigeria's Unholy War by Mike Smith - £18.99
An insurgency in Nigeria by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has left thousands dead, shaken Africa's biggest country and worried the world. Yet it remains a mysterious - almost unknowable - organisation. rough exhaustive on-the-ground reporti ... more
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The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 by Selina Todd - £10.99
The twentieth century experienced by over 75% of Britons had little to do with the one we've been taught. The People tells OUR story for the first time.  The Sunday Times bestseller.   'There was nothing extraordinary about my childhood or backgro ... more
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Lumumba: Africa's Lost Leader by Leo Zeilig - £12.99
Patrice Lumumba (1925 – 61) is perhaps the most famous leader of the African independence movement. After his execution in 1961, when he had been prime minister of the newly liberated Congo for only seven months, he became an icon of anti-imperialist ... more
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All That is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster by Danny Dorling - £9.99
Housing was at the heart of the financial collapse, and our economy is now precariously reliant on the housing market. In this groundbreaking new book, Danny Dorling argues that housing is the defining issue of our times.  Tracing how we got to our c ... more
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Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi - £20.00
THE SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   Since 2002, Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. Although he was order ... more
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The Establishment: And How They Get Away with it by Owen Jones - £8.99
In The Establishment Owen Jones, author of the international bestseller Chavs, offers a biting critique of the British Establishment and a passionate plea for democracy. Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wi ... more
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Why Vote Green 2015: The Essential Guide by Shahrar Ali (Editor) - £10.00
With a foreword by Jenny Jones   The recent groundswell of support for the Greens has made them something of a dark horse in British politics. Will the party build on Caroline Lucas’s 2010 breakthrough and convince the electorate that they ... more
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NHS for Sale: Myths, Lies and Deception by Jacky Davis, John Lister and David Wrigley - £10.95
In 2010 David Cameron's coalition government discarded pre-election promises about the NHS. Instead they imposed savage spending cuts and pushed through 'reforms' which put at risk the health and lives of all of us. As a result the NHS is now in cris ... more
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How to Save Our Town Centres: A Radical Agenda for the Future of High Streets by Julian Dobson - £23.99
Has the age of the internet killed our high streets? Have our town and city centres become obsolete? How to Save Our Town Centres delves below the surface of empty buildings and ‘shop local’ campaigns to focus on the real issues: how the relationship ... more
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Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia by Peter Pomerantsev - £14.99
A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st century Russia: into the lives of Hells Angels convinced they are messiahs, professional killers with the souls of artists, bohemian theatre directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, supermodel sect ... more
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After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto by Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin (Editors) - £12.99
This book brings together in one volume contributions made to the public debate that has developed around the Kilburn Manifesto, a Soundings project that seeks to map the political, economic, social and cultural contours of neoliberalism. The manifes ... more
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Swallow This: Serving Up the Food Industry's Darkest Secrets by Joanna Blythman - £14.99
Even with 25 years experience as a journalist and investigator of the food chain, Joanna Blythman still felt she had unanswered questions about the food we consume every day. How ‘natural’ is the process for making a ‘natural’ flavouring? What, exact ... more
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Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-Hand Clothes by Andrew Brooks - £14.99
Have you ever stopped and wondered where your jeans came from? Who made them and where? Ever wondered where they end up after you donate them for recycling?   Following a pair of jeans, Clothing Poverty takes the reader on a vivid around-the- ... more
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The Neoliberal Crisis: A Soundings Collection by Sally Davison and Katharine Harris (Editors) - £11.99
The neoliberal revolution, which began in the 1970s, was an extremely successful attempt to roll back the gains of the post-war welfare state and of liberation movements, and to restore the dominance of business interests across the world. In recent ... more
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From a Rock to a Hard Place: Memories of the 1984/85 Miner's Strike by Beverley Trounce - £12.99
By the end of the notorious 1984/85 miners’ strike many wanted to forget their painful experiences. Thirty years on people are ready to look back and talk about what happened in England during this defining moment of industrial action.  Beverley ... more
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Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Blyth - £10.99
Conservatives in America have succeeded in casting government spending as useless profligacy that has made their economy worse, centering the policy debate in the wake of the financial crisis on draconian budget cuts. Americans are told that they nee ... more
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Mad Men and Bad Men: What Happened When British Politics Met Advertising by Sam Delaney - £14.99
How did a bunch of unelected, unaccountable admen end up running British politics?   Sam Delaney wanted to find out more about the strange relationship between British politics and advertising. What happened when a rag-tag band of scruffs and ... more
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Loathe Thy Neighbour by James O'Brien - £8.99
Immigration is the thorny question that just won’t go away. It feeds a whole industry of commentators, pundits and politicians who take great delight in whipping us all into a frenzy, speaking for the ‘ordinary people’. But, when ugly prejudices are ... more
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A Quiet Word: Lobbying, Crony Capitalism and Broken Politics in Britain by Tamasin Cave and Andy Rowell - £10.99
Q. What’s worth £2,000,000,000, answers to no-one and operates out of public sight? A. Britain’s influence industry   The corporate takeover of democracy is no conspiracy theory – it’s happening, and it affects every aspect of our lives: th ... more
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Irregular Army by Matt Kennard - £9.99
Reveals the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to extremists in its ranks.  Since the launch of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars—now the longest wars in American history—the US military has struggled to recruit troops. It has responded ... more
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Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation by Mateo Hoke and Cate Malek (Editors) - £14.99
What is life really like in Gaza and the West Bank?   For more than six decades, Israel and Palestine have been the center of one of the world’s most widely reported yet least understood human rights crises. In Palestine Speaks men and women f ... more
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Breadline Britain: The Rise of Mass Poverty by Joanna Mack and Stewart Lansley - £9.99
Over the last thirty years national income has doubled. So has poverty. Where did it all go wrong?  Poverty in Britain is at crisis levels. Food bank queues, poor housing and insecure jobs are on the rise, leaving increasing numbers of people ... more
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Hard Times: Inequality, Recession, Aftermath by Tom Clark with Anthony Heath - £9.99
2008 was a watershed year for global finance. The banking system was eventually pulled back from the brink, but the world was saddled with the worst slump since the 1930s Depression, and millions were left unemployed. While numerous books have addres ... more
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The Three Degrees: The Men Who Changed British Football Forever by Paul Rees - £9.99
The Dark Side of British Football in the 1970s  When Cyrille Regis became one of the first black players to be selected for the full England team, he was sent a package in the mail. Inside it was a silver bullet and a note that read: 'You'll ge ... more
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Austerity: The Demolition of the Welfare State and the Rise of the Zombie Economy by Kerry-Anne Mendoza - £9.99
Wages have been frozen, benefits have been slashed and public spending squeezed. The pain of a financial crisis caused by bankers and speculators has been borne by ordinary people all over the country – and by the poor and disabled most of all.  ... more
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The Extreme Centre: A Warning by Tariq Ali - £7.99
Britain’s leading radical delivers an eviscerating attack on the indistinguishable political elite of the UK.  What is to be done in the twilight of democracy?   What is the point of elections? The result is always the same: a ... more
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Drone Theory by Grégoire Chamayou - £6.99
In 2011 alone, the US deployed one drone strike every four days in Pakistan. Drone Theory is a rigorous polemic against the increasing use of robot warfare around the world.   Drawing on philosophical debate, moral lessons from Greek mythology and ... more
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Cameron's Coup: How the Tories Took Britain to the Brink by Polly Toynbee & David Walker - £9.99
The NHS devastated without so much as a by-your-leave; Gen Y hung out to dry; legal aid cut for the vulnerable; social housing on the brink of collapse... Cameron has been busy. Margaret Thatcher sold off the nationalised industries, her political he ... more
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The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution by Patrick Cockburn - £9.99
The essential “on the ground” report on the fastest-growing new threat in the Middle East from the Winner of the 2014 Foreign Affairs Journalist of The Year Award   Out of the failures of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring and Syria, a new ... more
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Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain by Lisa McKenzie - £14.99
While the 1% rule, poor neighbourhoods have become the subject of public concern and media scorn, blamed for society's ills. This unique book redresses the balance.  Lisa Mckenzie lived on the St Ann’s estate in Nottingham for more than 20 years ... more
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Totalled: Salvaging the Future from the Wreckage of Capitalism by Colin Cremin - £14.99
In this book, Colin Cremin tackles the overbearing truth that capitalism encompasses the totality of our societal relations, weaving deep into the fabric of all that it means to be human. He shows how it is a system that totalises and which has upend ... more
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Conscientious Objection: Bertrand Russell and the Pacifists in the First World War by Jo Vellacott - £14.99
"Jo Vellacott’s excellent book is a model of careful scholarship, clear and lively writing, and the choice of a subject that matters deeply. One hundred years on, it’s high time we honored those who had the courage to speak out against the madness of ... more
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Britain's Communists: The Untold Story by John Green, with contributions by Andy Croft and Graham Stevenson - £12.50
Since its founding in 1920 the Communist Party has been an integral part of the British political scene and, despite its small size, has had an impact on the political and social life of the country far greater than would have been expected and certa ... more
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The Post-Growth Project: How the End of Economic Growth Could Bring a Fairer and Happier Society by John Blewitt and Ray Cunningham (Editors) - £12.99
This book challenges the assumption that it is bad news when the economy doesn’t grow. For decades, it has been widely recognized that there are ecological limits to continuing economic growth and that different ways of living, working and organizing ... more
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