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Orwell's Nose: A Pathological Biography by John Sutherland - £9.99
In 2012 John Sutherland permanently lost his sense of smell. At about the same time he embarked on a re-reading of George Orwell’s works, and his lack of olfactory sense cast an entirely new light on the re-evaluation. What he now noticed was just ... more
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Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night by Richard Cabut and Andrew Gallix - £17.99
An anthology featuring the most astute commentators and participants of the underground rise of punk, in this nuanced portrait of the era.   This original collection of insight, analysis and conversation charts the course of punk from its unde ... more
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Folk Song in England by Steve Roud - £25.00
In Victorian times, England was famously dubbed the land without music - but one of the great musical discoveries of the early twentieth century was that England had a vital heritage of folk song and music which was easily good enough to stand compar ... more
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Ten Poems About Grandparents by Various poets, Selected & Introduced by Liz Soar and Pupils of Headington School - £4.95
The latest title from Candlestick Press is something of a departure: all the poems have been chosen by pupils at Headington School and the selection includes contributions written by the students themselves and by their English teacher, Liz Soar.&nbs ... more
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Ten Poems of Kindness by Various poets, Selected and Introduced by Jackie Kay - £4.95
Kindness can be an underestimated virtue in our increasingly hectic and impersonal world. It is a word that we use most often in our conversations with young children when we tell them to be kind to a fellow creature or a new friend. These generous p ... more
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Ten Poems from Ireland by Various poets, Selected and Introduced by Paula Meehan - £4.95
Ten poems chosen by Paula Meehan, one of Ireland’s major living poets... Our latest publication is a spellbinding selection of modern poems that encompass Ireland’s folklore and recent history, alongside enduring themes of ageing, love and childh ... more
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Draw Your Own Fonts: 30 alphabets to scribble, sketch, and make your own! by Tony Seddon - £9.99
Learn how to turn a doodle into a terrific, fully functional font with this easy-to-follow guide to hand lettering and how to do it. With 30 complete alphabets drawn in a variety of styles by a team of designers and illustrators, you too can learn ho ... more
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Frida Kahlo: The Story of Her Life by Vanna Vinci - £19.99
The perfect subject for a graphic novel, Frida Kahlo’s brief life was dramatic and romantic, tragic and painful.   In this illustrated “biography”, Vanna Vinci captures the spirit of Kahlo’s world in boldly colored, minutely detailed ... more
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Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now by Fiona Rogers and Max Houghton - £29.95
The photographic industry - its exhibitions, galleries, publications and auctions - employs thousands of women, but champions mostly men. To begin to redress the balance, here is a timely presentation of the work of over 30 female photographers worki ... more
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She Grrrowls: The Anthology by Various poets - £9.99
‘But there’s just not many women doing poetry...’ – some men have said.   Back in 2013, when London was in need, poet and feminist Carmina Masoliver founded a monthly event that catered for self-identifying women and non binary folks, brin ... more
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How to be a Craftivist: The Art of Gentle Protest by Sarah Corbett - £12.99
How to Be a Craftivist is a manifesto for quiet activism: how to tackle issues not with shouting and aggression but with gentle protest, using the process of ‘making’ to engage thoughtfully in the issues we are about, to influence and effect chan ... more
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David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT music by Darryl W. Bullock - £18.99
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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The Corbyn Comic Book by Various artists - £4.99
“Jeremy Corbyn: Comic Book Hero”  Pollsters called it a foregone conclusion. Columnists said Theresa May’s snap general election wouldn’t just return her a thumping majority in the House of Commons – it would plunge the Opposition i ... more
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The Pocket Rumi by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, edited by Kabir Helminski - £8.99
The renowned Persian Sufi mystic Mevlâna Jalâluddin Rumi (1207–1273) is one of the most widely read poets in the world today. His compassionate insight into the nature of human existence, joyful humor, deep wisdom, and ecstatic songs of divine un ... more
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Nick Cave: Mercy on Me by Reinhard Kleist - £14.99
“An electrifying graphic biography of Nick Cave”   Musician, novelist, poet, actor: Nick Cave is a Renaissance man. His wide-ranging artistic output always uncompromising, hypnotic and intense is defined by an extraordinary gift for storyt ... more
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Ukulele for Beginners: How To Play Ukulele in Easy-to-Follow Steps by Will Grove-White - £12.99
Interested in the ukulele and want to learn how to play it? This is the book for you.   Originally published as Get Plucky, this all-encompassing guide to the ukulele is written by Will Grove-White, one of the world-renowned Ukulele Orchestra of G ... more
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Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World by Gregory Woods - £12.99
In a hugely ambitious study which crosses continents, languages, and almost a century, Gregory Woods identifies the ways in which homosexuality has helped shape Western culture. Extending from the trials of Oscar Wilde to the gay liberation era, this ... more
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The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life by André Naffis-Sahely - £7.99
While half the world swept west, we trickled eastward, one by one, single-file, like fugitives. Next stop: Abu Dhabi, where my father had a job,   and money, for the first time in years...   Flitting from the mud-soaked floors of Venice ... more
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White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s by Joe Boyd - £8.99
How was one man present at so many pivotal points of the birth of modern rock? Joe Boyd's classic memoir of the 60s music scene reissued as a Serpent's Tail Classic, with a new foreword by Hanif Kureishi.   When Muddy Waters came to London a ... more
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The Secret Teacher: Dispatches from the Classroom by Anon - £12.99
I will teach them literature, poetry, culture. I will teach them The Waste Land! I will be the Best Teacher Who Has Ever Lived! Or so The Secret Teacher thinks. On his first day at an inner-city state school he gets nuked.  The class he is ma ... more
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Eight Fold Year by Jamie Reid - £12.50
Eight Fold Year is a celebration of the Druidic calendar and the eight festivals that mark the changing seasons.   Alongside being a radical designer/provocateur, (first with the Suburban Press and then more famously for the Sex Pistols), Jami ... more
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Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles - £12.99
‘How to live in the face of so much suffering? What difference can one person make in this beautiful, imperfect, and imperilled world?’   In Draw Your Weapons, Sarah Sentilles offers an impassioned defence of life lived by peace and princi ... more
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Aurelia: Art and Literature Through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale by Carol Mavor - £25.00
In the eighteenth century the members of London’s Society of Aurelians were butterfly collectors. The term ‘Aurelian’ relates to the chrysalis, and the golden colour it can display before the butterfly emerges. As a twenty-first-century Aurelia ... more
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Gold from the Stone: New and Selected Poems by Lemn Sissay - £9.99
Lemn Sissay's first poetry collection was written aged eighteen and hand-sold to miners on the picket lines of Warrington. Since then his poems have been sculpted in iron and built from concrete, declaimed in over twenty countries. He has performed t ... more
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The Black Figure in the European Imaginary by Adrienne L. Childs and Susan H. Libby - £20.00
This original and engrossing book explores ways in which black people were perceived and imagined in the visual arts of Europe from the late 18th century to the 19th century, against a backdrop of slavery, colonialism, and imperialism. Europe’s exp ... more
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Children's Literature about Refugees: A Catalyst in the Classroom by Julia Hope - £19.99
'It could happen to anybody', observed one nine-year-old child when her teacher read a book in class about refugees. Fiction provides the perfect conduit for the experiences of refugees so that young refugee students feel their experiences are valida ... more
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Lennon: The New York Years by David Foenkinos, Eric Corbeyran and Horne - £17.99
In 1975 the most famous rock star in the world moved to New York City to raise his young family, in the process setting career, adoring fans, and creative contemporaries aside. During this reflective time, he met with a psychoanalyst, worked to sprea ... more
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Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi - £10.00
*AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4 AND RADIO 6 MUSIC* *FINANCIAL TIMES SUMMER PICK 2017* *GUARDIAN BEST HOLIDAY READS 2017* "A brilliant debut – a tender, nostalgic and at times darkly hilarious exploration of black boyhood, masculinity and grief – fr ... more
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The Art of Reading by Damon Young - £9.99
"For Damon Young, writers are like secret agents gone rogue, grabbing us by the lapels and inviting us into a realm of delicious ambiguity. The Art of Reading is an intimately conspiratorial book — erudite, surprising, and persuasive."(Henry Hitchi ... more
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Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love by Marissa Moss - £14.99
Last Things is the true and intensely personal story of how one woman coped with the devastating effects of a catastrophic illness in her family.   Using her trademark mix of words and pictures to sharp effect, Marissa Moss presents the story ... more
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Billie Holiday by José Muñoz and Carlos Sampayo - £17.99
Born in Philadelphia in 1915, and dead too early in New York in 1959, Billie Holiday became a legendary jazz singer, even mythical.  With her voice even now managing to touch so many people, we follow a reporter on the trail of the artist on beh ... more
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Rock in a Hard Place: Music and Mayhem in the Middle East by Orlando Crowcroft - £12.99
From Tehran to Riyadh, Cairo to Nazareth, this is the story of how a new generation of rockers and rappers are trying to change the Middle East.   A muggy night in Abu Dhabi, 2011. Under the stadium lights a 30,000-strong sea of Libyans, Pales ... more
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Face by Rosario Villajos - £9.99
Face is a magical autobiograpy about identity, the escape of oneself towards love and the fight to fit in and be “normal” in our society. "It’s not as simple as it looks, at first, this book. Like a Kafka story. Simple, but mysterious, like ... more
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Stairs and Whispers: D/Deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman (Editors) - £14.99
Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman, is a ground-breaking anthology examining UK disabled and D/deaf poetics. Packed with fierce poetry, essays, photos and links to ac ... more
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Plum by Hollie McNish - £9.99
"She writes with honesty, conviction, humour and love. She points out the absurdities we've grown too used to and lets us see the world with fresh eyes."(Kate Tempest) Hollie McNish, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for Poetry, has thrilled and entr ... more
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Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman (Editors) - £12.99
Published to coincide the with 50th anniversary of the Israel occupation of the West Bank, an anthology that explores the human cost of the conflict there as witnessed by such notable writers as Colum McCann, Colm Toibin, Dave Eggers, Madeleine Thien ... more
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Wreck This Journal: Now in Colour by Keri Smith - £12.99
Now in spectacular full colour throughout, a special 10th anniversary edition of the internationally bestselling journal that started it all--with more than 7 million copies sold!   Perhaps you're a seasoned Wreck-er, having made your way thro ... more
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Boundless by Jillian Tamaki - £16.99
The cartoonist of This One Summer and SuperMutant Magic Academy explores the virtual and IRL world of contemporary women via a lens both surreal and wry.  Jenny becomes obsessed with a strange "mirror Facebook," which presents an alternate, p ... more
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The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Non-Fiction by Neil Gaiman - £8.99
A collection of speeches, articles, essays and introductions from Sunday Times bestselling author, commentator and craftsman Neil Gaiman.  The View from the Cheap Seats draws together myriad non-fiction writing by international phenomenon and Sun ... more
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Pearl by Simon Armitage - £7.99
Pearl is an entrancing allegorical tale of grief and lost love, as the narrator is led on a Dantean journey through sorrow to redemption by his vanished beloved.  Retaining all the alliterative music of the original, a Middle English poem though ... more
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Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, the Band, Van Morrison Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in Woodstock by Barney Hoskyns - £9.99
Think 'Woodstock' and the mind turns to the seminal 1969 festival that crowned a seismic decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But Woodstock itself was over 60 miles from the site to which the fabled half a million flocked. So why the misnomer? Qui ... more
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Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World by Billy Bragg - £20.00
Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World is the first book to explore this phenomenon in depth – a meticulously researched and joyous account that explains how skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to ... more
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Shout It Loud, Shout It Clear by John Comino-James - £25.00
Over the last two years John Comino-James has been been photographing demonstrations across many parts of the UK, from those associated with the 2015 General Election right through to the 2016 EU Referendum.   In his new book, Shout It Loud, ... more
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Celtic Mythology: Tales of Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes by Philip Freeman - £20.00
Most people have heard of the Celts - the elusive, ancient tribal people who resided in present-day England, Ireland, Scotland and France. Paradoxically characterized as both barbaric and innocent, the Celts appeal to the modern world as a symbol of ... more
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This Is Not a Border: Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature by Various writers - £16.99
The Palestine Festival of Literature was established in 2008. Bringing together writers from all corners of the globe, it aims to help Palestinians break the cultural siege imposed by the Israeli military occupation, to strengthen their artistic link ... more
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Outburst by Pieter Coudyzer - £14.99
“A darkly compelling modern fairy tale”   Tom is the classic nerd: introspective, clumsy and myopic. Neglected at home and relentlessly bullied at school, he finds solace in the sounds and landscapes of the forest.   But when Tom fa ... more
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Scribbles in the Margins: 50 Eternal Delights of Books by Daniel Gray - £9.99
We lead increasingly time-poor lifestyles, bombarded 24/7 by petrifying news bulletins, internet trolls and endless noises. Where has the joy and relaxation gone from our daily lives? Scribbles in the Margins offers a glorious antidote to that relent ... more
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War Primer by Bertolt Brecht, edited by John Willett - £12.99
A terrifying series of short poems by one of the world’s leading playwrights, set to images of World War II.  In this singular book written during World War Two, Bertolt Brecht presents a devastating visual and lyrical attack on war under mod ... more
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Sgt Pepper at Fifty by Bill Demain, Mike McInnerney and Gillian Gaar - £14.95
Five decades on from its release at the height of the Summer of Love in 1967, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band remains a keystone not just of the Beatles' career but also of popular music as a whole.   Widely regarded as one of the greate ... more
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Organizing for Creative People: How to Channel the Chaos of Creativity into Career Success by Sheila Chandra - £10.99
"Sheila gave me the tools to hunt success, and the infrastructure to handle it when it came"(Stik, world renowned street artist and author) Most of the conventional ‘productivity’ advice you’ll find in the ‘soft business’ section simply ... more
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On Balance by Sinéad Morrissey - £9.99
Winner of the 2017 Poetry Book Society Choice Award Shortlisted for The Forward Prize for Best Collection 2017  Set against a backdrop of ecological and economic instability, Sinéad Morrissey’s sixth collection, On Balance, revisits some ... more
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