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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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Revolution by Russell Brand - £14.99
Russell Brand will donate 100% of his money for this book to Tre Era Cafe, a social enterprise community project on the New Era estate - whose vicotory against corporations and inefficient government exemplifies the principles in this book.   ... more
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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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