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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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The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing Poverty to Benefit the Rich by Ndongo Samba Sylla - £17.99
The Fair Trade Scandal takes aim at the Fair Trade consumer movement which many assume to be entirely benign. Through a razor-sharp analysis based on insider knowledge, Ndongo Sylla shows that there is a big gap between the rhetoric of Fair Trade and ... more
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Communism in Britain, 1920-39: From the Cradle to the Grave by Thomas Linehan - £13.99
Based on extensive use of primary evidence, and newly available in paperback, this study of interwar British communism sets the communist experience within the framework of the life cycle. Communism offered a complete identity that could reach into v ... more
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The Coming Swarm: DDOS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet by Molly Sauter - £13.99
What is Hacktivism?   In The Coming Swarm, rising star Molly Sauter examines the history, development, theory, and practice of distributed denial of service actions as a tactic of political activism. The internet is a vital arena of communica ... more
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Who Speaks for the Negro? by Robert Penn Warren - £15.99
First published in 1965, this is a unique text in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement. Robert Penn Warren interviewed a wide range of African American leaders, activists, and artists across the country, among them Martin Luther King, Ma ... more
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Anarchism and Utopianism by Laurence Davis and Ruth Kinna (Editors) - £16.99
This collection of original essays examines the relationship between anarchism and utopianism, exploring the intersections and overlaps between these two fields of study and providing novel perspectives for the analysis of both. The book opens with a ... more
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Trouble in Paradise: From the End of History to the End of Capitalism by Slavoj Žižek - £16.99
In Trouble in Paradise, Slavoj Žižek, one of our most famous, most combative philosophers, explains how by drawing on the ideas of communism, we can find a way out of the crisis of capitalism.   There is obviously trouble in the global capital ... more
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Voices from Prison: The Cuban Five by Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Rafael Cancel Miranda - £4.50
The unbending dignity, truthfulness, and integrity of the five Cubans framed up by the US government and today serving draconian sentences in federal prisons has won them the admiration and respect of prominent figures around the world and thousands ... more
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Capitalism and Its Alternatives by Chris Rogers - £14.99
The global economic crisis has catalysed debates about the merits of capitalism as a system for organizing production, distribution and exchange. Political elites have argued that capitalism is not fundamentally pernicious or crisis-prone and can be ... more
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Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Invade Our Lives by Joanna Bourke - £20.00
Wars are frequently justified 'in our name'. Militarist values and practices co-opt us, permeating our language, invading our dream space, entertaining us at the movies or in front of game consoles. Our taxes pay for those war machines. Our loved one ... more
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The Intelligent Woman's Guide To Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism and Fascism by George Bernard Shaw - £8.99
As a Fabian and lifelong socialist, Shaw believed that economic inequality was a poison destroying every aspect of our lives. Family affections and relations between the sexes were perverted by it. From Parliament to eduction our institutions were "c ... more
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The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South by Vijay Prashad - £10.99
In The Darker Nations, Vijay Prashad provided an intellectual history of the Third World and traced the rise and fall of the Non-Aligned Movement. With The Poorer Nations, Prashad takes up the story where he left off.   Since the ’70s, the cou ... more
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The Politics of Dissent: A Biography of E D Morel by Donald Mitchell - £11.00
Morel was an author, journalist, radical campaigner and Member of Parliament. His pursuit of social justice and human rights, his trenchant critique of the establishment, and his extraordinarily prolific output made him both loved and hated by his co ... more
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A Year on Fire Mountain: An Occupation Diary by Anna Habibti - £8.99
Explosive toilets, stuffed giraffes, and "special milk".... Welcome to the Palestine that rarely makes it to the news.   A Year on Fire Mountain is Anna Habibti's diary of her year in Nablus, one of the most isolated cities in the West Bank of occu ... more
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The End of the World as We Know it? Crisis, Resistance, and the Age of Austerity by Deric Shannon (Editor) - £18.95
The End of the World as We Know It? explores the origins and effects of the capitalist crisis that began in 2008. It moves on to examine the responses of both the dispossessed and the ruling classes to the catastrophe, giving special attention to stu ... more
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The Fascist Party in Wales? Plaid Cymru, Welsh Nationalism and the Accusation of Fascism by Richard Wyn Jones - £12.99
For decades, otherwise highly respected figures in Welsh life have repeatedly claimed that Welsh nationalists sympathised with Fascism during the dark days of the 1930s and the Second World War.  In this path-breaking book, Wales's leading polit ... more
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Land and Labour: Marxism, Ecology and Human History by Martin Empson - £13.99
Martin Empson draws on a Marxist understanding of history to grapple with the contradictory potential of our relationship with our environment. In so doing he shows that human action is key, both to the destruction of nature and to the possibility of ... more
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Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark's Revolutionary Bank Robbers by Gabriel Kuhn - £14.99
Blekingegade is a quiet Copenhagen street. It is also where, in May 1989, the police discovered an apartment that had served Denmark’s most notorious twentieth-century bank robbers as a hideaway for years. The Blekingegade Group members belonged to a ... more
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Remapping 'Crisis': A Guide to Athens by Myrto Tsilimpounidi and Aylwyn Walsh - £15.99
In periods of intense crisis the pressing need to take sides comes to the surface and trumps neutrality. The claim to objectivity, always a little problematic, can no longer be sustained, and becomes itself a ground of confrontation as the conflicts ... more
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Constructed Situations: A New History of the Situationist International by Frances Stracey - £16.99
The Situationist International were a group of anti-authoritarian, highly cultured, revolutionary artists whose energy and enragement fundamentally shaped the revolutions of the late 1960’s, most famously in Paris in May ‘68. They took on their shoul ... more
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Philosophical Anarchism and Political Obligation by Magda Egoumenides - £19.99
Political obligation refers to the moral obligation of citizens to obey the law of their state and to the existence, nature, and justification of a special relationship between a government and its constituents. This volume in the Contemporary Anarch ... more
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Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food by Paul McMahon - £8.99
A passionate argument that asks 'can the world feed itself?' Comparable to Jared Diamond in its compelling and accessible narrative style.   This subject is as big as they come: the world's food supply.   Written for a popular audience, ... more
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Look Back in Anger: The Miners' Strike in Nottinghamshire 30 Years On by Harry Paterson - £9.99
The scars left by the 1984/85 "Great Strike for Jobs" are still raw in Nottinghamshire, thirty years later. There, the majority of the National Union of Mineworkers did not support their union, working throughout the strike, later forming the breakaw ... more
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