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Curry: Eating, Reading and Race by Naben Ruthnum - £7.99
No two curries are the same. Curry asks why the dish is supposed to represent everything brown people eat, read, and do. Curry is a dish that doesn’t quite exist, but, as this wildly funny and sharp essay points out, a dish that doesn’t properly ... more
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David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music by Darryl W. Bullock - £12.99
From the birth of jazz in the red-light district of New Orleans, through the rock 'n' roll years, Swinging Sixties and all-singing and all-dancing disco days of the '70s, to modern pop, electronica and reggae – the LGBT community has played a cruci ... more
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Rise Like Lions: Poetry for the Many by Compiled by Ben Okri - £18.99
An anthology of inspiring political poetry compiled by award-winning poet and novelist Ben Okri.   In Rise Like Lions, Booker Prize winning writer Ben Okri has compiled a collection of poems that celebrate the many voices of politics, from pol ... more
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yesterday i was the moon by Noor Unnahar - £11.99
Noor Unnahar is a young female voice with power and depth. The Pakistani poet’s moving, personal work collects and makes sense of the phases of collapsing and rebuilding one’s self on the treacherous modern path from teenager to adult. Tinged wit ... more
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My Life by Marc Chagall - £9.99
'Here is my soul. Look for me here; here I am, here are my pictures, my roots'  Marc Chagall, one of the twentieth century's most popular artists, grew up in a close-knit, bustling Russian-Jewish community, the son of a herring seller. In his col ... more
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Culture by Terry Eagleton - £10.99
One of our most brilliant minds offers a sweeping intellectual history that argues for the reclamation of culture’s value.   Culture is a defining aspect of what it means to be human. Defining culture and pinpointing its role in our lives is not ... more
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Billy Bragg: Still Suitable for Miners by Andrew Collins - £9.99
He was a punk. He was a soldier. He was a flag-waver for both the Labour Party and the miners. He is Billy Bragg, best known as a passionate, protest folk singer and a tireless promoter of political and humanitarian causes all over the world. His li ... more
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The Virago Story: Assessing the Impact of a Feminist Publishing Phenomenon by Catherine Riley - £19.00
The 1970s witnessed a renaissance in women’s print culture, as feminist presses and bookshops sprang up in the wake of the second-wave women’s movement. At four decades’ remove from that heady era, however, the landscape looks dramatically diff ... more
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Hard to Be a Saint in the City: The Spiritual Vision of the Beats by Robert Inchausti - £13.99
It’s been said that Jack Kerouac made it cool to be a thinking person seeking a spiritual experience. And there is no doubt that the writers he knew and inspired - iconic figures like Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Gary Snyder, and Michael M ... more
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Economic Science Fictions by William Davies - £24.00
From the libertarian economics of Ayn Rand to Aldous Huxley’s consumerist dystopias, economics and science fiction have often orbited each other. In Economic Science Fictions, editor William Davies has deliberately merged the two worlds, asking how ... more
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Shouldn't Throw Stones: The View of a Night Watchman by Kevin Casey - £14.99
Shouldn't Throw Stones: The View of a Night Watchman is a body of work undertaken by photographer Kevin Casey, who has taken a job as a Night Watchman at the former Head Quarters of what was once an industrial powerhouse, Pilkington Glass. The modern ... more
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As Serious As Your Life: Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution, 1957-1977 by Val Wilmer - £12.99
An essential masterpiece of jazz history by renowned photographer and music historian, with a new foreword by Richard Williams.   In this classic account of the new black music of the 1960s and 70s, celebrated photographer and jazz histori ... more
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The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu: The Quest for This Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures by Charlie English - £9.99
Two tales of a city: The historical race to reach one of the world’s most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda ... more
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The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography by Benjamin Zephaniah - £20.00
*BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week*  Benjamin Zephaniah, who has travelled the world for his art and his humanitarianism, now tells the one story that encompasses it all: the story of his life.   In the early 1980s when punks and Rastas wer ... more
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The Inking Woman: 250 Years of British Women Cartoon and Comic Artists by Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate (Editors) - £19.99
This groundbreaking picture-led celebration of the work of over 100 named British artists, and a few more anonymous ones, reveals a wealth of women’s wit and insight spanning 250 years.   Based on an exhibition of the same name, held at the ... more
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For the Love of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word by Graham Tarrant - £9.99
Do you know...  Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning? Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China? Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature?   Banned books, feuding au ... more
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50 Queer Music Icons Who Changed the World: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Legends by Will Larnach-Jones - £10.00
Featuring beautifully illustrated portraits and profiles, 50 Queer Music Icons Who Changed the World is a tribute to queer ground breakers who changed the face of music and popular culture.   LGBTQ+ musicians have been pushing for change sinc ... more
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The Moth - All These Wonders: 49 New True Stories by Catherine Burns (Editor) - £9.99
From storytelling phenomenon The Moth: a collection about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best stories ever told on their stages.  All These Wonders features The Moth's customary variety of voices. Storytellers range fro ... more
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Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die by Amber-Massie Blomfield - £14.99
A love letter to British theatre, Amber-Massie Blomfield explores twenty of the strangest, most talked-about and influential theatre spaces across the UK. From ruined playhouse to proscenium arch, from an amphitheatre hewn from the rock to a converte ... more
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Zen Pencils - Creative Struggle: Illustrated Advice from Masters of Creativity by Gavin Aung Than - £8.99
Gavin Aung Than, creator of the innovative Zen Pencils, shares his passion for creativity and reveals how you, too, can live a creative life.   Zen Pencils: Creative Struggle is a call to wake up the creative spirit inside you. Through Zen Penci ... more
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The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler - £9.99
2018 marks the twentieth anniversary of V-Day, the radical grassroots movement to end violence against women and girls, inspired by Eve Ensler's international sensation The Vagina Monologues.   This special edition features six never-before-p ... more
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#MeToo: A Women's Poetry Anthology by Deborah Alma (Editor) - £10.00
#MeToo – rallying against sexual assault and harassment: A women’s poetry anthology – edited by poet Deborah Alma. "This collection is quite the rollercoaster: it made me cry with sadness – and with joy. I salute the courage of the women w ... more
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Posters for Change: Tear, Paste, Protest: 50 Removable Posters by Various artists - £21.99
The US presidential election in 2016 brought to a head myriad political activism around the world, around the rights of minorities, women, the LGBTQ community, and the environment. In the midst of this turmoil, nearly 300 designers from around the wo ... more
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Poems For a World Gone to Sh*t by Various poets - £9.99
An uplifting, moving and funny poetry anthology including the most-loved poets of the past and popular contemporary voices.  Discover the amazing power of poetry to make even the most f**cked up times feel better.  A beautiful little ... more
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A Hero for High Times by Ian Marchant - £16.99
Deep in a wood in the Marches of Wales, in an ancient school bus there lives an old man called Bob Rowberry.   A Hero for High Times is the story of how he ended up in this broken-down bus. It's also the story of his times, and the ideas that ... more
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Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni Tutti - £9.99
Art Sex Music is the autobiography of a musician who, as a founding member of the avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris & Cosey, has consistently challenged the boundaries of music over the past four decades.   It is th ... more
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The Dog's Last Walk (and Other Pieces) by Howard Jacobson - £9.99
Week after week, for eighteen years, the Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson wrote a weekly column for the Independent, reflecting in inimitable style on the sacred and the profane in turn, the frivolous and the serious, the deeply personal ... more
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Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction by Marina Warner - £7.99
From wicked queens, beautiful princesses, elves, monsters, and goblins, to giants, glass slippers, poisoned apples, magic keys, and mirrors, the characters and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over readers and audiences, both adults and childr ... more
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Strange Labyrinth: Outlaws, Poets, Mystics, Murderers and a Coward in London's Great Forest by Will Ashon - £9.99
In litter-strewn Epping Forest on the edge of London, might a writer find that magical moment of transcendence? He will certainly discover filthy graffiti and frightening dogs, as well as world-renowned artists and fading celebrities, robbers, lovers ... more
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Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing - £13.99
Original meditations on race, gender, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up, from a distinctive new voice.   Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose. ... more
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At War With War: 5000 Years of Conquests, Invasions, and Terrorist Attacks, Illustrated by Seymour Chwast - £13.99
Introduction by Victor Navasky.   At War with War visualizes humanity's 5,000-year-long state of conflict, chaos, and violence on a continuous timeline. Seventy pages of stark black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings and woodcuts illustrate histor ... more
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Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong - £10.00
Winner of the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize Winner of the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection A Guardian / Daily Telegraph Book of the Year PBS Summer Recommendation  An extraordinary debut from a young Vietnamese American, Night Sk ... more
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A Blade of Grass: New Palestinian Poetry by Various poets - £9.99
‘Against barbarity,’ wrote the celebrated Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1942-2008), ‘poetry can resist only by cultivating an attachment to human fragility, like a blade of grass growing on a wall as armies march by.’   A Blade of Gras ... more
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No Future: Punk, Politics and British Youth Culture, 1976-1984 by Matthew Worley - £17.99
'No Feelings', 'No Fun', 'No Future'.   The years 1976–84 saw punk emerge and evolve as a fashion, a musical form, an attitude and an aesthetic. Against a backdrop of social fragmentation, violence, high unemployment and socio-economic chan ... more
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Kobane Calling: Greetings from Northern Syria by Zerocalcare - £17.99
Resistance is a force to be reckoned with ...   The autobiographical memoir of a young Italian humor cartoonist who volunteers to support and observe the Kurdish resistance in Syria as a journalist and aid worker. He winds up in Ayn al-Arab, a maj ... more
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Secrets of Spinning, Weaving and Knitting in the Peruvian Highlands by Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez - £20.99
Ten years after the publication of her seminal book Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands, twenty years after founding the iconic Center for Tradition Textiles of Cusco, Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez provides an inspirational new view into the world of Andea ... more
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A Small Revolution by Boum - £8.99
A Small Revolution is a story of dictatorship and revolution as seen through the eyes of a little girl, and her love for Boris Vian’s music.   Boum is a comic artist, illustrator and animator living in Montreal, Canada. She studied traditio ... more
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Ten Poems About Clouds (Booklet) by Various poets, selected by Katharine Towers - £4.95
Who hasn’t looked up at the sky and seen a whale or a poodle or a sports car? There’s something about clouds that excites the imagination. Their shape-shifting nature means they never fail to entertain and intrigue us.   Here in our little ... more
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The Beatles Lyrics: The Unseen Story Behind Their Music by Hunter Davies - £9.99
The first-ever collection of the original handwritten Beatles' lyrics.   Never before has anyone attempted to track down and publish the original versions of the classic songs, many of which have never yet been published. These documents have ... more
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The Sea Migrations: Tahriib by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf - £12.00
Although Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf has lived in exile in the UK for 20 years, she is fast emerging as one of the most outstanding Somali poets, as well as a powerful woman poet in a literary tradition still largely dominated by men. She is a master of t ... more
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Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography by Florent Silloray - £16.95
"If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough."(Robert Capa) Robert Capa: A Graphic Biography is a brilliant portrayal of the career of the great war photographer who, at the time of his death in 1954, had only one wish: to be ... more
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Swims by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett - £9.99
Plunge into mountain lakes and drift along meandering rivers in Swims, the debut poetry collection by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett.   A long poem taking many forms, Swims begins and ends in Devon, moving across the waterways of England and Wales: fr ... more
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Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa - £10.99
An unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.   Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of hi ... more
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I Am (Not) a Number: Decoding The Prisoner by Alex Cox - £9.99
The enormously puzzling TV series The Prisoner has developed a rapt cult following, and has often been described as 'surreal' or 'Kafkaesque.'   Alex Cox watched all the episodes of The Prisoner on their first broadcast, at the ripe old age of ... more
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Freedom Hospital: A Syrian Story by Hamid Sulaiman - £16.99
"With the intimacy of a person who has lived the tragedy himself but with the restraint of a true artist, Hamid Sulaiman tells a powerful tale of Syria’s descent into cataclysm while reminding us of those still tending the seeds of the revolutionar ... more
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You're Weird: A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs, and Anyone Else Who's Uniquely Awesome by Kate Peterson - £13.99
As seen on Buzzfeed: A quirky and engaging journal that celebrates what makes each of us a little weird.  Part journal, part activity book, and all fun, You’re Weird is a valentine for the inner weirdo in everyone–that part of us that doe ... more
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Portraits: John Berger on Artists by John Berger, edited by Tom Overton - £14.99
A major new book from one of the world's leading writers and art critics.  John Berger, one of the world's most celebrated art writers, takes us through centuries of drawing and painting, revealing his lifelong fascination with a diverse cast of ar ... more
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Nemo's Almanac: A Quiz for Book Lovers by Ian Patterson - £9.99
A literary quiz full of quotes that will challenge, cheer and enlighten book buffs.  Which bestselling novelist wrote about a tumble at the seaside? Do you know the poet who penned lines in praise of frogs? And who had strong opinions on Apri ... more
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To Read Aloud by Francesco Dimitri - £14.99
Reading a story to another person creates a bond between two people. It is often assumed that reading aloud is only for children, but the practice was once a common pleasure for adults too. The time has come to rediscover it. This simple yet powerful ... more
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Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story by Debbie Tung - £9.99
Sweet, funny, and quietly poignant, Debbie Tung’s comics reveal the ups and downs of coming of age as an introvert.   This illustrated gift book of short comics illuminates author Debbie Tung's experience as an introvert in an extrovert’ ... more
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The Very Short Story Starter: 101 Flash Fiction Prompts for Creative Writing by John Gillard - £14.99
Think about your writing from a new perspective and learn to tell a story in the most effective way possible with this flash fiction workbook.   Popular with creative writers around the world, flash fiction is an ultra-short story format (usu ... more
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