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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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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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David Bowie: Starman: A Colouring Book by Coco Balderrama and Laura Coulman - £9.99
Featuring 30 iconic looks from every phase of his fashion evolution, David Bowie: Starman: A Colouring Book offers a uniquely creative way to remember David Bowie, the daring, chameleonic icon who changed popular music forever.  Whether posing a ... more
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Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake by Leo Damrosch - £12.99
In this richly illustrated portrait, a prize-winning biographer surveys the entire sweep of William Blake's creative work while telling the story of his life William Blake, overlooked in his time, remains an enigmatic figure to contemporary readers d ... more
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Walking with Plato: A Philosophical Hike Through the British Isles by Gary Hayden - £12.99
"If one keeps on walking, everything will be alright.” So said Danish writer Søren Kierkegaard, and so thought philosophy buff Gary Hayden as he set off on Britain's most challenging trek: to walk from John O'Groats to Land's End. But it wasn't al ... more
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The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow by Jackie Morris - £25.00
"The words of this book tell only a small part of what can be found in the images; a harbour in which to rest, a catalyst for the imagination."(Jackie Morris) A collection of twelve illustrated folk tales, or lullabies for grown-ups, set in a dist ... more
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Ten Poems About Friendship by Various poets - £4.95
We’ve had so many requests for a pamphlet about friends and friendship, and finally it’s here! This insightful selection of ten funny, poignant and refreshingly honest poems deals with the reality of friendship in all its forms. From childhood al ... more
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David Bowie: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by David Bowie - £12.99
The massive, world-wide outpouring of grief at the death of David Bowie notably focused on not only his stunning musical output, but also his fascinating refusal to stay the same — the same as other trending artists, or even the same as himself. & ... more
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Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer by Ngugi wa Thiong'o - £14.99
As a young student, internationally renowned author Ngugi wa Thiong’o found his voice as a playwright, journalist and novelist, writing his first, pivotal works just as the countries of East Africa were in the final throes of their independence str ... more
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Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches by Sharrell Luckett and Tia M. Shaffer (Editors) - £29.99
Black Acting Methods seeks to offer alternatives to the Euro-American performance styles that many actors find themselves working with.    A wealth of contributions from directors, scholars and actor trainers address afrocentric processes an ... more
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Standing Female Nude by Carol Ann Duffy - £9.99
Carol Ann Duffy's outstanding first collection, Standing Female Nude, introduced readers to all they would come to love about her poetry. From lovers to wives to war photographers, the poems it contains range from the delicately poignant to the fierc ... more
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The Art of Mindful Singing: Notes on Finding Your Voice by Jeremy Dion - £8.99
The Art of Mindful Singing is an enlightening insight into how we can all experience well-being through the meditative beauty and power of music. Jeremy Dion explores how singing can create a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us t ... more
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The Blue Touch Paper: A Memoir by David Hare - £9.99
When, in 2000, the National Theatre published its poll of the hundred best plays of the 20th century, David Hare had written five of them. Yet he was born in 1947 into an anonymous suburban street in Hastings. It is a world he believes to be as compl ... more
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 26 by Rosamund Kidmund Cox - £25.00
For more than 50 years, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography, while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill, and narrative excellence.   This powerful coll ... more
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National Geographic: Simply Beautiful Photographs by Annie Griffiths - £12.99
Just as its title indicates, National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs plumbs the depth of National Geographic's renowned Image Collection to highlight the loveliest and most appealing photographs from this impressive archive. The result is an ... more
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Frantumaglia: An Author's Journey Told Through Letters, Interviews, and Occasional Writings by Elena Ferrante - £16.99
From the author of My Brilliant Friend.   This book invites readers into Elena Ferrante’s workshop. It offers a glimpse into the drawers of her writing desk, those drawers from which emerged her three early standalone novels and the four ins ... more
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