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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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The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! by Grayson Perry - £16.99
There are some artists for whom 'popular' is a bit of a dirty word. Grayson Perry is not one of them. He thinks art shouldn't be an exclusive club for people who 'get' it, but for everyone - that's why his new show is called The Most Popular Art Exhi ... more
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Ways to See Great Britain: Curious Places and Surprising Perspectives by Alice Stevenson - £12.99
An inspiring visual adventure.  Driven by curiosity, restlessness and a desire to better understand her own country, artist Alice Stevenson spent two years exploring and drawing Great Britain.  With an eye for the odd and an antenna f ... more
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Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism by Gregory Sholette - £18.99
In the aftermath of the 2016 US elections, Brexit, and a global upsurge of nationalist populism, it is evident that the delirium and the crisis of neoliberal capitalism is now the delirium and crisis of liberal democracy and its culture. And though c ... more
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Then Come Back: The Lost Poems of Pablo Neruda by Pablo Neruda - £9.95
This stunning collection gathers together previously unknown poems found by archivists in boxes kept at the Pablo Neruda Foundation in Chile in 2014.  Neruda is renowned for poetry that casts away despair and celebrates living, fired by his belie ... more
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Graven Images: The Art of the Woodcut by John Crabb - £12.99
This beautifully designed book highlights some of the most striking and amusing examples from the British Library’s collections and provides brief commentary on the political and social background of thetimes. Frequent topics of illustration includ ... more
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Tan Raptures by Alan Morrison - £8.99
Taking its title from the brown envelopes that strike fear into benefit-claimants and the biblical ‘Rapture’, Alan Morrison’s eighth collection imagines these letters as passports to a twisted Tory notion of salvation through benefit sanction. ... more
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Black Lives, Black Words by Reginald Edmund (Editor) - £9.99
Selected and edited by the award-winning American playwright Reginald Edmund, who produced Black Lives, Black Words across the US, which premiered in Chicago, July 2015. The international project has explored the black diaspora’s experiences in som ... more
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Welsh Folk Tales by Peter Stevenson - £12.99
This book, a selection of folk tales, true tales, tall tales, myths, gossip, legends and memories, celebrates and honours unique Welsh stories.  Some are well known, others from forgotten manuscripts or out-of-print volumes, and some are contemp ... more
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Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni Tutti - £14.99
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 i ... more
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The Festival Book by Michael Odell - £12.99
Which festival is right for you? What should you wear? What should you pack? How much glitter could you possibly need?   With the answer to every festival questions, The Festival Book is your go-to survival guide. It is packed full of hilarious an ... 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 - £20.00
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 Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History by Hope Nicholson - £19.99
Think comic books can’t feature strong female protagonists? Think again!  In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen you’ll meet the most fascinating exemplars of the powerful, compelling, entertaining, and heroic female characters who ... more
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A Queer Little History of Art by Alex Pilcher - £12.99
A Queer Little History of Art is a celebration of over 100 years of queer creativity.  Over the last century, many artists have made works that challenge dominant models of gender and sexuality. The results can be sexy or serious, satirical o ... more
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Queer British Art 1861-1967 by Clare Barlow - £19.99
The first publication on queer art to focus on a dramatic century of social and artistic change in Britain.   In 1861, the death penalty was abolished for sodomy in Britain, in 1967, homosexuality was finally decriminalised. Between these lega ... more
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The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats by Allen Ginsberg, Edited by Bill Morgan - £25.00
A unique history of the Beats, in the words of the movement's most central member, Allen Ginsberg, based on a seminal series of his lectures   In 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem 'Howl' and Jack Kerouac's On the Road, ... more
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The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw - £8.99
If I had not kissed anyone, or danced with anyone, or had a reason to cry, the music made me feel as if I had gone through all that anyway... the music attracted and repelled, organised and disturbed and then let us into the night, clusters of emotio ... more
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The Liar's Quartet: Bravo Figaro!, Cuckooed, the Red Shed - Playscripts, Notes and Commentary by Mark Thomas - £9.99
Funny, provocative and moving, The Liar’s Quartet includes the scripts with brand new commentary from Mark Thomas’ most acclaimed comic, political theatre. Layered with political insight (and insult), and peppered with anecdote, this is a bravura ... more
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Wake Up and Live: The Life of Bob Marley by Jim McCarthy and Benito Gallego - £16.99
The extraordinary life of the legendary Jamaican musician Bob Marley is here celebrated in a superb graphic novel by Jim McCarthy and Benito Gallego.  A man of spiritual hunger and force with music in his bones, Robert Nesta Marley came to re ... more
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The Autistic Alice by Joanne Limburg - £9.95
There are two acts of recovery in this book – one of a lost brother, and another of a lost self. Joanne Limburg commemorates both in her third collection, The Autistic Alice.  In its title-sequence she uses Alice in Wonderland and Through t ... more
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The Unaccompanied by Simon Armitage - £14.99
After more than a decade and following his celebrated adventures in drama, translation, travel writing and prose poetry, Simon Armitage’s eleventh collection of poems heralds a return to his trademark contemporary lyricism. The pieces in this multi ... more
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Poems That Make Grown Women Cry by Anthony Holden and Ben Holden (Editors) - £9.99
‘A deep and valuable collection that you could rely upon in your time of need’ The Times  Following the success of their anthology Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, father-and-son team Anthony and Ben Holden, working with Amnesty Internation ... more
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Aeneid: Book VI by Seamus Heaney - £9.99
In a momentous publication, Seamus Heaney's translation of Book VI of the Aeneid, Virgil's epic poem composed sometime between 29 and 19 BC, follows the hero, Aeneas, on his descent into the underworld. In Stepping Stones, a book of interviews conduc ... more
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Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland by Lavinia Greenlaw - £9.99
The Victorian artist and activist William Morris travelled to Iceland in search of an answer to the problem of how to live. His intimate journals, written for a friend, unconsciously explore questions of travel, noting his reaction to the idea of lea ... more
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Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction by Erika Janik - £14.99
A lively exploration of the struggles faced by women in law enforcement and mystery fiction for the past 175 years.   In 1910, Alice Wells took the oath to join the all-male Los Angeles Police Department. She wore no uniform, carried no weapon ... more
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The Girl Who Ate Books: Adventures in Reading by Nilanjana Roy - £10.99
From Bankimchandra Chatterjee to G.V. Desani to Vikram Seth, Indian writing in English has come a long way over the last hundred years. And Nilanjana Roy – voracious eater of books and sharpest of critics – has taken stock of it all.   On ... more
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In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri - £9.99
In Other Words is a revelation. It is at heart a love story of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivat ... more
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