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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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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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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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Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith - £20.00
The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, bestselling author of Swing Time and White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays   No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for the unstoppable Zadie Smith. From social medi ... more
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Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class by the Working Class by Nathan Connolly (Editor) - £15.99
"In July 2016, a little over a month after the Brexit vote, Nikesh Shukla, the man behind The Good Immigrant, tweeted:   Someone should do a Good Immigrant-style state of the nation book of essays by writers from working class backgrounds.  Ou ... more
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Seeing Ourselves: Women's Self-Portraits by Frances Borzello - £18.95
This richly diverse exploration of female artists and self-portraits is a brilliant and poignant demonstration of originality in works of haunting variety.   The two earliest self-portraits come from 12th-century illuminated manuscripts in wh ... more
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Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture by Stephen Duncombe - £17.99
"Zines and underground culture offer up an alternative, a way of understanding and acting in the world that operates with different rules and upon different values than those of consumer capitalism. It is an alternative fraught with contradictions an ... more
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Backwards & in Heels: The Past, Present and Future of Women Working in Film by Alicia Malone - £12.99
"...but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he (Fred Astaire) did, backwards and in high heels."(Bob Thaves) Women in film: When it comes to early Hollywood and the women who worked in it, it can be tough to sort out the exact truth. ... more
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Disobedient Theatre: Alternative Ways to Inspire, Animate and Play by Chris Johnston - £18.99
Theatre is at its best when it is disobedient, when it argues back to society. But what enables it to achieve this impact? What makes it a force to be reckoned with? What are the principles and the tools of the trade that shape it to be effective, po ... more
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Kirigami by Monika Cilmi - £8.99
Kirigami involves the folding and cutting of paper to make beautiful shapes and decorations.   Many people enjoy origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, and delight in the variety of shapes that can be created. Kirigami adds a new ... more
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In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Fiona Sampson - £18.99
Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged sixteen, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain a ... more
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Blankets by Craig Thompson - £18.99
Wrapped in the snowfall of a blustery Midwestern winter, Blankets is the tale of two brothers growing up in rural isolation, and of the budding romance between two young lovers.  A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fal ... more
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Do You Mr Jones? Bob Dylan with the Poets and Professors by Neil Corcoran - £9.99
In 2016, Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize in Literature ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition’.  This collection of essays by leading poets and critics – with a new foreword by Will Self – ... more
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Crafting the Resistance: 35 Projects for Craftivists, Protestors, and Women Who Persist by Lara Neel and Heather Marano - £12.99
Knit, sew, and craft your way to self-empowerment.  Are you a Nasty Woman ready to smash the patriarchy with a needle and thread? Proudly proclaim your feminism with your very own DIY Bleeding Heart T-shirt? Or stage a protest with the rest of th ... more
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Impossible Photography: Surreal Pictures That Challenge Our Perception by Agata Toromanoff - £17.99
This collection of remarkable pictures from photographers around the globe will tease your eyes and challenge your perception of things by crossing the boundaries of rationality and reality.  Striking compositions, often humorous, dreamlike, ... more
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Winter Trees by Sylvia Plath - £10.99
The poems in Winter Trees were written in the last nine months of Sylvia Plath’s life, and form part of the group from which the Ariel poems were chosen. They reveal the poet at the height of her creative powers, exhibiting the startling imagery an ... more
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Angel Catbird Volume 3: The Catbird Roars by Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain - £12.50
The conclusion to Margaret Atwood’s graphic novel trilogy!   It’s all-out war in the madcap conclusion to Angel Catbird’s superhero saga. The evil rat army is aiming for world domination, and only a ragtag gang of half-cats stands in the ... more
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You Sad Feminist by Megan Beech - £9.99
How do you feel empowered when depression leaves you powerless? How do you promote self-esteem when your internal critic always shouts the loudest? How do you change the world when you can't get out of bed?   In the second collection by t ... more
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Workers Play Time: A Collection of Plays Born from the Great Struggles of the Trade Union Movement by Various authors - £9.99
A collection of plays born from the great struggles of the Trade Union movement.   Characters from Tolpuddle to Trico, from the early struggles for organisation to the recent struggles to save the youth service, speak out in the dozen plays co ... more
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The Joy of Mindful Writing: Notes to Inspire Creative Awareness by Joy Kenward - £8.99
Embrace the process of writing and the rich potential of conscious creativity and mindfulness with this enlightening insight into mindful writing.  Exploring how writing mindfully can create deeper connections with your words, your characters, a ... more
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(H)afrocentric Comics: Volumes 1-4 by Juliana “Jewels” Smith, illustrated by Ronald Nelson - £17.99
Glyph Award winner Juliana “Jewels” Smith and illustrator Ronald Nelson have created an unflinching visual and literary tour-de-force on the most pressing issues of the day — including gentrification, police violence, and the housing crisis — ... more
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Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred - A Collection of Time Lord Verse by James Goss, illustrated by Russell T Davies - £9.99
With illustrations by Russell T Davies, original showrunner of the new-era Doctor Who, the first ever Doctor Who poetry collection — a charming, funny and whimsical illustrated collection of verse that celebrates the joys and pitfalls of getting ol ... more
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The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell - £14.99
Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A ... more
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Protest Knits: Got Needles? Get Knitting! by Geraldine Warner - £9.99
Protest Knits is the book for you. From pussy hats to protest scarfs and political pin cushions to shy anarchist socks. Make your point with a crochet hook or pair of knitting needles. From the easy peasy to the more complex, here are more than 15 pr ... more
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British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 8 by Various photographers - £25.00
This dazzling collection showcases the very best of the British Wildlife Photography Awards, presenting over 150 of the winning, commended and shortlisted images from the 2017 competition. Featuring a range of photography from world-leading professio ... more
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The Forward Book of Poetry 2018 by Various poets - £9.99
The Forward Book of Poetry 2018 showcases a selection of the best contemporary poetry published in the British Isles over the last year, including the winners of 2017’s prestigious Forward Prizes for Poetry.  It is introduced by Andrew Marr, c ... more
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Bantam by Jackie Kay - £9.99
Jackie Kay’s first collection as Scottish Makar is a book about the fighting spirit – one, the poet argues, that we need now more than ever. Bantam brings three generations into sharp focus – Kay’s own, her father’s, and his own father’s ... more
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Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) by Bridget Quinn, illustrated by Lisa Congdon - £19.99
Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art canon. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the ... more
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The White Book by Han Kang - £10.00
From the author of The Vegetarian and Human Acts comes a book like no other.  The White Book is a meditation on colour, beginning with a list of white things. It is a book about mourning, rebirth and the tenacity of the human spirit. It is a stu ... more
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The Grip of Film by Richard Ayoade - £14.99
Gordy LaSure’s passionate about film. He eats film, he drinks film, and sometimes he’ll even watch a film. But most of all he loves talking to people about film: whether a comely student with low confidence and a father complex, a Studio ‘devel ... more
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The Map and the Clock: A Laureate's Choice of the Poetry of Britain and Ireland by Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke (Editors) - £9.99
The Map and the Clock is a celebration of the most scintillating poems ever composed on our islands.   Curated by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and by Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales, this anthology gathers fourteen centuries of extraordin ... more
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Sound System: The Political Power of Music by Dave Randall - £12.99
Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground innovators to pop icons many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to challenge the political and social order - and to prop up th ... more
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Listening to a Pogrom on the Radio by Michael Rosen - £8.99
'Poetry can stick up for the weak' according to Michael Rosen, or it can 'mock the mighty'; it can 'glorify our rulers or it can dissect them. You choose.'   In these powerful new poems Rosen is clear about his own choices. Listening to a Pog ... more
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A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind by Siri Hustvedt - £9.99
A trailblazing and inspiring collection of essays on art, feminism, neuroscience, psychology by the internationally bestselling novelist Siri Hustvedt.  Internationally acclaimed as a novelist, Siri Hustvedt is also highly regarded as a write ... more
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Walls Come Tumbling Down: The Music and Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge by Daniel Rachel - £12.99
Walls Come Tumbling Down charts the pivotal period between 1976 and 1992 that saw politics and pop music come together for the first time in Britain's musical history; musicians and their fans suddenly became instigators of social change, and 'the po ... more
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Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now by Amit Majmudar (Editor) - £11.50
Poets on the march: 50 crucial poems written in response to the current political climate, selected and introduced by the Ohio Poet Laureate—and son of immigrants — Amit Majmudar.   In a political atmosphere where language and even meani ... more
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Light The Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process by Joe Fassler (Editor) - £12.99
A stunning masterclass on the creative process, the craft of writing, and the art of finding inspiration from Stephen King, Junot Díaz, Elizabeth Gilbert, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, Roxane Gay, Neil Gaiman, and more of the most acclaimed writers at w ... more
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The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies by Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin - £16.99
“A good book, read at the right moment, should leave you uplifted, inspired, energized and eager for more. With so many books to choose from, what’s the point of reading even one more that leaves you cold?”   A quirky popular reference b ... more
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Barbara Hepworth: The Sculptor in the Studio by Sophie Bowness - £16.99
Barbara Hepworth: The Sculptor in the Studio explores the enormous impact that Trewyn Studio and garden had on Hepworth’s art and life.   A history and a portrait of a unique place, the book illuminates the ways in which the place and the wo ... more
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Patti Smith: American Artist by Frank Stefanko - £14.99
"There I was sitting in a booth at the co-op of Glassboro State College, a bucolic school in the farmlands of South Jersey... Suddenly, the double doors of the co-op swung open and standing there in the vacuum created was an incredible apparition, a ... more
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Censored: A Literary History of Subversion & Control by Matthew Fellion, and Katherine Inglis - £25.00
The list of books suppressed in the English language features the sacred and profane, poetic and pornographic, famous and infamous. A history of literary censorship is therefore a history not only of texts but of the authorities that have attempted t ... more
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Why Are We 'Artists'? 100 World Art Manifestos by Jessica Lack (Editor) - £10.99
'Art is not a luxury. Art is a basic social need to which everyone has a right'.  This extraordinary collection of 100 artists' manifestos from across the globe over the last 100 years brings together activists, post-colonialists, surrealists, so ... more
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Devotion: Why I Write by Patti Smith - £12.99
From the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, an inspired exploration of the nature of creative invention.   A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic — its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist ac ... more
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Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling by Philip Pullman - £25.00
In over thirty essays, written over twenty years, one of the world’s great storytellers meditates on storytelling. Warm, funny, generous, entertaining and, above all, deeply considered, they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including the ... more
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Christmas Poems by Wendy Cope - £7.99
For more than thirty years Wendy Cope has been one of the nation’s most popular and respected poets.  Christmas Poems collects together her best festive poems, including anthology favourites such as 'The Christmas Life', together with new and ... more
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Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School by Stuart Jeffries - £10.99
Who were the Frankfurt School — Benjamin, Adorno, Marcuse, Horkheimer—and why do they matter today?   In 1923, a group of young radical German thinkers and intellectuals came together to at Victoria Alle 7, Frankfurt, determined to explain ... more
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Ten: Poets of the New Generation by Karen McCarthy Woolf (Editor) - £9.95
Ten: Poets of the New Generation presents the work of ten exciting British poets from diverse backgrounds. It is the third anthology from The Complete Works poetry mentoring scheme, a national programme supporting exceptional black and Asian poets fo ... more
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Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen - £9.99
"Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this."(Bruce Springsteen) In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band p ... more
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Theatre & Protest by Lara Shalson - £6.99
How does protest engage with theatre? What does theatre have to gain from protest?  Theatre and protest are often closely interlinked in the contemporary cultural and political landscape, and the line between protest and performance can be diffi ... more
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