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This Boy: Memoirs of a Childhood by Alan Johnson - £7.99
Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of post-war Britain, but in its tr ... more
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Travelling to Work: Diaries 1988-1998 by Michael Palin - £25.00
10 years in different directions. The third volume of Michael Palin's celebrated diaries.  Travelling to Work is the third volume of Michael Palin's widely acclaimed diaries. After the Python years and a decade of filming, writing and acting, P ... more
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Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration by Hannah Ellis - £20.00
Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration is a unique collection of specially commissioned essays celebrating the poet's life and work one hundred years after his birth in 1914. Edited by his granddaughter, Hannah Ellis, who introduces each section by th ... more
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The Bucket: Memories of an Inattentive Childhood by Allan Ahlberg - £7.99
'My mother, who was not my mother, I see her now, her raw red cleaner's hands twisting away at her apron as she struggled to speak. Adoption was a shameful business then in many people's eyes, the babies being mostly illegitimate. Better not speak of ... more
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Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas by Emory Douglas, edited by Sam Durant - £19.95
A reformatted and reduced price edition of the first book to show the provocative posters and groundbreaking graphics of the Black Panther Party.   The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, formed in the aftermath of the assassination of Malc ... more
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The Life and Death of the Spanish Republic: A Witness to the Spanish Civil War by Henry Buckley - £12.99
In 1940, Daily Telegraph correspondent Henry Buckley published his eyewitness account of his experiences reporting form the Spanish Civil War. The copies of the book, stored in a warehouse in London, were destroyed during the Blitz and only a handful ... more
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Big Jim: Jim Larkin and the 1913 Lockout by Rory McConville, illustrated by Paddy Lynch - £12.99
The story of Jim Larkin and the lockout of Dublin workers in 1913 led by William Martin Murphy, told in graphic novel form.   On August 26th 1913, the trams of Dublin stopped. The Great Dublin Lockout had begun. Over the next four months, Jame ... more
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What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France by Mary Louise Roberts - £13.50
How do you convince men to charge across heavily mined beaches into deadly machine-gun fire? Do you appeal to their bonds with their fellow soldiers, their patriotism, their desire to end tyranny and mass murder? Certainly — but if you’re the US Army ... more
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Barack Obama: The Making of the Man by David Maraniss - £9.99
In Barack Obama, David Maraniss has written a sweeping narrative which reveals the real story of Obama's beginnings: child of a black man from Luoland and a white woman born in Kansas. He charts the fortunes of the two disparate families, polar oppos ... more
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Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair & Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side by Rayya Elias - £9.99
"She's experienced wealth, cultural alienation, homelessness, brushes with fame, prison, rehab, record deals, a million blown second chances, a dozen broken hearts and one bloody-knuckled ultimate spiritual redemption. She even died once in the proce ... more
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The Sky Wept Fire: My Life as a Chechen Freedom Fighter by Mikail Eldin, translated by Anna Gunin - £14.99
On the eve of the first Chechen war in the 1990s, Mikail Eldin was a young and naïve arts journalist. By the end of the second war, he had become a battle-hardened war reporter and mountain partisan who had endured torture and imprisonment in a conce ... more
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After Auschwitz: A Story of Heartbreak and Survival by the Stepsister of Anne Frank by Eva Schloss - £7.99
Eva was arrested by the Nazis on her fifteenth birthday and sent to Auschwitz. Her survival depended on endless strokes of luck, her own determination and the love and protection of her mother Fritzi, who was deported with her.   When Auschwitz w ... more
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My Family and Other Scousers: A Liverpool Boy's Summer of Adventure in '69 by Dave Joy - £9.99
This evocative memoir recalls the long, heady days of Liverpool in the summer of 1969, as seen through the eyes of eleven-year-old Deejay.   Infused with a distinctive Scouse sense of humour, this book tells the story of how Deejay filled his ... more
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The Jews of South Wales by Ursula R. Q. Henriques - £19.99
The book focuses on the Jewish communities in Cardiff, Swansea and the South Wales valleys in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, looking at their everyday lives and also more dramatic and sensational events such as the Tredegar Riots in 1911 and ... more
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The Only Woman in the Room: A Memoir of Japan, Human Rights, and the Arts by Beate Sirota Gordon - £12.00
In 1946, at age twenty-two, Beate Sirota Gordon helped to draft the new postwar Japanese Constitution. The Only Woman in the Room chronicles how a daughter of Russian Jews became the youngest woman to aid in the rushed, secret drafting of a constitut ... more
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Bohemians: A Graphic History by David Berger and Paul Buhle - £9.99
"Marvelously drawn tribute to free thinkers ... Engaging, informative, and inspiring."(Joe Sacco) The countercultures that came to define bohemia spanned the Atlantic, encompassing Walt Whitman's Brooklyn and the Folies Bergère of Josephine Baker, ... more
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A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland - £9.99
This 'little history' takes on a very big subject: the glorious span of literature from Greek myth to graphic novels, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. John Sutherland is perfectly suited to the task. He has researched, taught, and written ... more
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The Moth: This Is a True Story by Various writers, with an introduction by Neil Gaiman - £12.99
Pull up an easy chair and settle into the most spell-binding collection of real stories you will ever read.   Before television and radio, before penny paperbacks and mass literacy, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their ho ... more
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Comrades in Conscience: The Story of an English Community's Opposition to the Great War by Cyril Pearce - £15.00
Comrades in Conscience is a groundbreaking study of opposition to the First World War in one locality – Huddersfield – where a unique consensus of Nonconformist Liberals and a vigorous labour and socialist movement earned it the reputation of being ‘ ... more
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The Battle for Scotland by Andrew Marr - £8.99
Scots have tried unfamiliar political tactics as they struggle with the dilemma of being a minority inside a centralised state and their experience is now being studied by opposition leaders in England. Yet for many Scots, their own political history ... more
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A Short History of Ireland's Famine by Rúan O'Donnell - £6.99
This condensed history examines why the Great Famine was so catastrophic, and explores its effect on Irish society and culture. It explains the circumstances surrounding the period and addresses issues and characteristics of the time.   Aspect ... more
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The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records by Stuart Maconie - £9.99
These are the songs that we have listened to, laughed to, loved to and laboured to, as well as downed tools and danced to.   Covering the last seven decades, Stuart Maconie looks at the songs that have sound tracked our changing times, and – ... more
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Fighting Fascism: the British Left and the Rise of Fascism, 1919-39 by Keith Hodgson - £14.99
In the years between the two world wars, fascism triumphed in Italy, Germany, Spain and elsewhere, coming to power after intense struggles with the labour movements of those countries.   This book, available in paperback for the first time, a ... more
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Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father by Alysia Abbott - £9.99
After his wife’s death in 1973, poet and activist Steve Abbott came out of the closet and moved, with his three-year-old daughter, to San Francisco. There they discovered a city bustling with gay men in search of liberation — few of whom had responsi ... more
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Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga by Sylvain Tesson - £9.99
In Consolations of the Forest, Sylvain Tesson explains how he found a radical solution to his need for freedom, one as ancient as the experiences of the hermits of old Russia: he decided to lock himself alone in a cabin in the middle taiga, on the sh ... more
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The Oldest Gay in the Village by George Montague - £8.99
Born in 1923, George Montague has seen many changes in his lifetime, few greater than the attitude towards being gay - attitudes that saw him criminalised for the sin of loving another man.   Here are the moving, if often humorous, memoirs of ... more
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Anne Frank: The Biography by Melissa Müller - £9.99
Tracing Anne Frank’s life from an early childhood in an assimilated family to her adolescence in German-occupied Amsterdam, Melissa Müller’s biography, originally published in 1998, follows her life right up until her desperate end in Bergen Belsen. ... more
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The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 by Selina Todd - £25.00
The twentieth century experienced by over 75% of Britons had little to do with the one we've been taught. The People tells OUR story for the first time.  The Sunday Times bestseller.   'There was nothing extraordinary about my childhood ... more
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Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War to End Apartheid by Alan Wieder - £16.99
Ruth First and Joe Slovo, husband and wife, were leaders of the war to end apartheid in South Africa. Communists, scholars, parents, and uncompromising militants, they were the perfect enemies for the white police state. Together they were swept up i ... more
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A Minority and the State: Travellers in Britain in the Twentieth Century by Becky Taylor - £14.99
This is a new paperback edition of Becky Taylor's history of Britain's travelling communities in the twentieth century. It draws together detailed archival research at local and national level to explore the impact of state and legislative developmen ... more
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The Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda's Cycling Team by Tim Lewis - £9.99
** Winner of the British Sports Book Awards 2014 New Writer of the Year **   Where there is hope there can be redemption.   Meet Adrien Niyonshuti, a member of the Rwandan cycling team. Adrien was seven years old when he lost his family ... more
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A People's History of Scotland by Chris Bambery - £14.99
Nation, people, land: the first history from below of Scotland in over sixty years   A People's History of Scotland looks beyond the kings and queens, the battles and bloody defeats of the past. It captures the history that matters today, stor ... more
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Monty Python at Work by Michael Palin - £9.99
Drawn from his published diaries, this is Michael Palin’s account of the making of the Monty Python TV and stage shows, films, books and albums.   Monty Python at Work opens on 8th July 1969 with Michael Palin’s diary entry for the first day o ... more
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The Guns of August: The Classic Bestselling Account of the Outbreak of the First World War by Barbara W. Tuchman - £10.99
War pressed against every frontier. Suddenly dismayed, governments struggled and twisted to fend it off. It was no use . . .   Barbara Tuchman's universally acclaimed, Pulitzer prize-winning account of how the first thirty days of battle deter ... more
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Flodden: A Scottish Tragedy by Peter Reese - £8.99
In the breadth of bitter-sweet Scottish history there is no more poignant, not more important, battle than Flodden. Before Scotland’s disastrous defeat at the hands of the English under the Earl of Surrey, a proud country under its dynamic Stewart ki ... more
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Introducing the Holocaust: A Graphic Guide by Haim Bresheeth, Stuart Hood and Litza Jansz - £6.99
Popular culture often portrays the Holocaust as a horrific drama played out between Nazi executioners and ghetto Jewish victims - in short, a single aberration of history.  Introducing the Holocaust is a powerful graphic guide that diss ... more
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Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka's Hidden War by Frances Harrison - £8.99
The tropical island of Sri Lanka is a paradise for tourists, but in 2009 it became a hell for its Tamil minority, as decades of civil war between the Tamil Tiger guerrillas and the government reached its bloody climax. Caught in the crossfire were hu ... more
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Meeting the Enemy: The Human Face of the Great War by Richard van Emden - £8.99
A British soldier walked over to the German front line to deliver newspapers; British women married to Germans became ‘enemy aliens’ in their own country; a high-ranking British POW discussed his own troops’ heroism with the Kaiser on the battlefield ... more
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Jews in Britain by Michael Leventhal Richard Goldstein - £6.99
This book tells the epic thousand-year story of Britain’s Jewish community, the country’s oldest minority group, replete with the dark episodes of persecution and expulsion, but also with positive periods of acceptance and toleration. Some Jews came ... more
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The Man In The Rubber Mask by Robert Llewellyn - £8.99
It was 1989 when Robert Llewellyn first had his head encased in the one-piece latex foam rubber balaclava that is the head of Kryten in Red Dwarf series three, and it gave him a distinctly funny turn. Gazing at his own reflection and seeing the face ... more
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A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes - £20.00
The first single-volume history of the century's most tragic and brutal revolution; a brilliant, highly readable narrative in the manner of Simon Schama's Citizens.  Vast in scope, based on exhaustive original research, and written with passion, n ... more
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Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie - £9.99
A frank and compelling account of one of the most extraordinary stories in recent history, from the author of Midnight’s Children.   From the author of The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children, which was awarded the Best of the Booker Prize ... more
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Owain Glyndwr: The Story of the Last Prince of Wales by Terry Breverton - £12.99
If it had not been for Owain Glyndwr’s 15-year struggle against overwhelming odds, the Welsh would not have survived as Europe’s oldest nation. His war is the defining era in the history of Wales. Yet Glyndwr is hardly known – a cultured, literate wa ... more
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The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida, translated by K.A Yoshida and David Mitchell - £8.99
A rare and important insight into the mind of an autistic child.  Written by Naoki Higishida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book explains the often baffling behaviour of autistic children and shows the way they think and feel - such as a ... more
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The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights by Robin Blackburn - £14.99
How slavery shaped the market economy and abolitionists gave us our ideals.   The American Crucible furnishes a vivid and authoritative history of the rise and fall of slavery in the Americas. For over three centuries enslavement promoted th ... more
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Survivor: Auschwitz, The Death March and My Fight for Freedom by Sam Pivnik - £9.99
Now in his eighties, Sam Pivnik tells for the first time the story of his life, a true tale of survival against the most extraordinary odds. Sam Pivnik's life story is a classic testimony of Holocaust survival.   In 1939, on his thirteenth bi ... more
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On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War by Bernard Wasserstein - £10.99
A major history examining the realities of Jewish life across Europe up to the very eve of World War Two.  This is the portrait of a world on the eve of its destruction. Bernard Wasserstein presents a disturbing interpretation of the collapse ... more
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Black Salt: Seafarers of African Descent on British Ships by Ray Costello - £19.99
During the Age of Sail, black seamen could be found in many shipboard roles in the Royal Navy, such as gunners, deck-hands and ‘top men’, working at heights in the rigging. In the later Age of Steam, black seamen were more likely to be found on merch ... more
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Gypsies of Britain by Janet Keet-Black - £6.99
Gypsies have been a part of the British and European social fabric for centuries – and have faced prejudice and oppression for nearly as long, since at least the time of Henry VIII. Theirs is a peripatetic existence, dwelling in tents and in caravans ... more
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Oscar Wilde and His Circle by Simon Callow - £9.99
One of literature's most flamboyant and witty personalities, the much-quoted Oscar Wilde captivated and scandalised late nineteenth-century society in Europe and America.   Wilde was a pioneer of celebrity, whose friends and contemporaries in ... more
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Red Love: The Story of an East German Family by Maxim Leo - £8.99
Winner of the European Book Prize  "The East isn't far away at all. It clings to me, it goes with me everywhere. It's like a big family that you can't shake off ..."   Growing up in East Berlin, Maxim Leo knew not to ask questions. All he knew w ... more
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