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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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Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood by Hollie McNish - £8.99
A memoir of parenthood by poet Hollie McNish� There were many things that Hollie McNish didn't know before she was pregnant. How her family and friends would react; that Mr Whippy would be off the menu; how quickly ice can melt on a stomach. These ... more
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The Mindfulness in Knitting: Meditations on Craft and Calm by Rachael Matthews - £8.99
Everyone can pick up a pair of needles and a ball of yarn. And everyone can be mindful.   The Mindfulness in Knitting casts fresh light on this famously calming craft, and reveals how the simple repetition of plain and purl can in itself nurt ... more
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The Insomnia Poems by Grace Nichols - £9.95
In her latest collection, The Insomnia Poems, Grace Nichols explores those nocturnal hours when Sleep (the thief who nightly steals your brain) is hard to come by, and the politics of the day hard to shut out, never mind the lavender-scented pillow. ... more
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Cabinet of Philosophical Curiosities: A Collection of Puzzles, Oddities, Riddles and Dilemmas by Roy Sorensen - £8.99
An entertaining miscellany of logical curiosities - from anecdotes and proofs to puzzles and puns - found outside the classroom.  If you want to learn how to conform to confound, raze hopes, succeed your successor, order absence in the absenc ... more
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The Deaths of the Poets by Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley - £14.99
From Chatterton’s Pre-Raphaelite demise to Keats’ death warrant in a smudge of arterial blood; from Dylan Thomas’s eighteen straight whiskies to Sylvia Plath’s desperate suicide in the gas oven of her Primrose Hill kitchen or John Berryman’ ... more
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The Beatles: All Our Yesterdays (Graphic Novel) by Lalit Kumar Sharma and Jason Quinn - £13.99
The Beatles are the world’s most enduring and biggest rock band ever! This is the story of their struggle for success.  Taking us through the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, and their lives in Liverpool during the 1950s, we journey with them ... more
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Why We Make Things and Why it Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn - £8.99
Why do we make things? Why do we choose the emotionally and physically demanding work of bringing new objects into the world with creativity and skill? Why does it matter that we make things well? What is the nature of work? And what is the nature of ... more
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Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine - £9.99
Here, available for the first time in the UK, is the book in which Claudia Rankine first developed the 'American Lyric' form which makes her Forward Prize-winning collection Citizen so distinctive: an original combination of poetry, lyric essay, phot ... more
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Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life by Nato Thompson - £20.00
"Culture As Weapon is a brilliant and scathing take no prisoners critique of contemporary culture. Spanning military occupation, capitalism masquerading as charity, and personal computing, Nato Thompson shows us the dark side of how culture is deploy ... more
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Calligraphies of Love by Hassan Massoudy - £10.00
Inspired by timeless poems from around the world, Hassan Massoudy’s calligraphy takes us on a visual journey through love in its many forms.   Through his signature broad strokes and vibrant colours, this master calligrapher brings to life t ... more
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Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature by Shelley DeWees - £9.99
Jane Austen and the Brontës endure as British literature’s leading ladies (and for good reason)— but were these reclusive parsons’ daughters really the only writing women of their day? A feminist history of literary Britain, this witty, fascin ... more
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The Disappearance of Emile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case by Michael Rosen - £16.99
It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Émile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter ‘J’accuse’ and losing. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he ... more
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Elephant by Siana Bangura - £8.99
Elephant is the debut collection of poetry by writer, blogger, and poet Siana Bangura (@sianaarrgh).  Never afraid to address the elephant in the room – the very spirit with which this collection was put together – Bangura’s work has a ... more
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The Aesthetic of Our Anger: Anarcho-Punk, Politics and Music by Mike Dines and Matthew Worley (Editors) - £18.00
Punk is one of the most fiercely debated post-war subcultures. Despite the attention surrounding the movement’s origins, analyses of punk have been drawn predominantly from a now well-trodden historical narrative. This simplification of punk’s hi ... more
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On Raglan Road: Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them by Gerard Hanberry - £15.99
This lively collection uncovers for the first time how great Irish love songs came to be, and includes engaging biographies of the songwriters and their muses.  This is for anyone who ever wondered who the ‘Galway Girl’ was, or if there was ... more
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Highlife Giants: West African Dance Band Pioneers by John Collins - £12.99
As West Africa’s oldest form of popular music, highlife was the soundtrack of the independence era. Its influence still resonates today.   Highlife Giants is an intimate portrait of the pioneering artistes of West Africa’s music scene from the ... 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 - £25.00
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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Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen - £20.00
"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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The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America by Richard Gwyn (Editor) - £14.99
The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America is an anthology of Spanish language contemporary poetry from the Americas. Produced bilingually, with Spanish and English versions on facing pages, it is a welcome addition to the canon of translation ... more
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Selected Poems by Nancy Cunard, edited by Sandeep Parmar - £12.99
Selected Poems gathers writing from four decades of Nancy Cunard's life, some published here for the first time.   The selection illuminates Cunard's transnational modernist project in full, from her early years as a coterie poet on the edges ... more
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Evelyn Dove: Britain's Black Cabaret Queen by Stephen Bourne - £12.99
A pioneer and a trailblazer, Evelyn Dove left a mark in the arts industry. She was the first black female singer on BBC Radio and the first black British female singer to work in America, a quarter of a century before Shirley Bassey.   In a ca ... more
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Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest - £9.99
Let Them Eat Chaos, Kate Tempest's new long poem written for live performance and heard on the album release of the same name, is both a powerful sermon and a moving play for voices.   Seven neighbours inhabit the same London street, but are ... more
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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker - £12.50
Eisner and Harvey Award winner! "If anyone was ‘The Fifth Beatle’ it was Brian."(Paul McCartney) The Fifth Beatle graphic novel recounts the untold true story of Brian Epstein - the visionary manager who created Beatlemania and guided the ... more
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Theodor Geisel: A Portrait of the Man Who Became Dr. Seuss by Donald E. Pease - £9.99
Dr. Seuss's infectious rhymes, fanciful creatures, and roundabout plots not only changed the way children read but imagined the world. And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat and the Hat, these and other classics ha ... more
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Pocket Bowie Wisdom: Inspirational Words from a Rock Legend by David Bowie - £5.99
‘I’m just a cosmic yob, I suppose.’ ‘I change every day. I’m not outrageous. I’m David Bowie.’ ‘I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.’ Genre-hopping, gender-bending: Bowie has never been afraid to pushthe bound ... more
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A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger by Yasmin Gunaratnam (Editor) - £10.99
Edited by Yasmin Gunaratnam with Amarjit Chandan Contributors include Ali Smith, Julie Christie, Sally Potter, Ram Rahman, Nick Thorpe, Hsiao-Hung Pai and others. "John Berger has made the world a better place to live in. These essays tell us h ... more
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South Africa: The Art of a Nation by John Giblin and Christopher Spring - £25.00
South African archaeology preserves some of the earliest evidence of artistic thought and production anywhere in the world. Today, South Africa has an established and vibrant contemporary art scene that is often in dialogue with the deep and recent p ... more
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