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A Socialist History of the French Revolution by Jean Jaurès - £25.00
"Every revolutionary party, every oppressed people, every oppressed working class can claim Jaurès, his memory, his example, and his person, for our own"(Leon Trotsky) Jean Jaurès was the celebrated French Socialist Party leader, assassinated in 1 ... more
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Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London's Radical History by David Rosenberg - £9.99
The radical response to conservative heritage tours and banal day-tripper guides, Rebel Footprints brings to life the history of social movements in the capital. Transporting readers from well-known landmarks to history-making hidden corners, David R ... more
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Eat, Sleep, Cycle: A Bike Ride Around the Coast of Britain by Anna Hughes - £8.99
For Anna, a cycling enthusiast, the decision to ride 4,000 miles solo around the coast of the UK wasn’t that hard. But after epic highs, incredible lows, unforgettable scenery and unpronounceable place names, her simple idea turns into a compelling j ... more
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Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography by Paul Merton - £7.99
Known for his intelligent and often surreal humour, Paul Merton’s weekly appearances on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You – as well as Radio 4’s Just A Minute and his travel documentaries – have seen him become an artfully rebellious fixture in our live ... more
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On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks - £20.00
An impassioned, tender and joyous memoir by the author of Musicophilia and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.  When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: 'Sacks will go far, if he does not go too ... more
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Down the Crooked Road: My Autobiography by Mary Black - £9.99
For the last thirty years, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence on the Irish music scene, an award-winning artist with many bestselling albums to her name. Now, in this long-awaited memoir, Mary takes us back to the roots of her musical her ... more
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Cugoano Against Slavery by Martin Hoyles - £9.99
Out of the three leading black figures in eighteenth-century England (Sancho, Equiano and Cugoano), Ottobah Cugoano is the least well known. Yet he was the most radical, campaigning not just against the slave trade but for a ‘total abolition of slave ... more
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The Blind Man of Hoy by Red Szell - £8.99
'From the moment I watched a documentary of Chris Bonington and Tom Patey climb the perpendicular flanks of the Old Man of Hoy I knew that my life would not be complete until I had followed in their footholds. That was in 1983 when I was thirteen. Wi ... more
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Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir by Alan Cumming - £8.99
Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alan's father, Alex ... more
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Pitch Black: The Story of Black British Footballers by Emy Onuora - £16.99
When Paul Canoville took to the pitch for Chelsea in 1982, he was prepared for abuse. When the monkey chanting and the banana throwing started, he wasn't surprised. He wasn't prepared, however, for the abuse to be coming from his own side.   C ... more
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Sailing Close to the Wind: Reminiscences by Dennis Skinner - £9.99
Dennis Skinner, the famed Beast of Bolsover, is adored by legions of supporters and respected as well as feared by admiring enemies. Fiery and forthright, with a prodigious recall, Skinner is one of the best-known politicians in Britain. He remains a ... more
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Steven Gerrard: Fifty Defining Fixtures by Tony Matthews - £12.99
Steven George Gerrard MBE (born 30 May 1980) is an English footballer who plays for and captains Premier League club Liverpool. He has played much of his career in a centre midfield role, but also as a second striker, holding midfielder, right-back a ... more
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Inside Alcatraz: My Time on the Rock by Jim Quillen - £12.99
Each day we saw the outside world in all its splendour, and each day that view served as a reminder that we had wasted and ruined our lives.   Jim Quillen, AZ586 - a runaway, problem child and petty thief - was jailed several times before his ... more
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More Fool Me by Stephen Fry - £8.99
Stephen Fry invites readers to take a glimpse at his life story in the unputdownable More Fool Me.  'Oh dear I am an arse. I expect there'll be what I believe is called an "intervention" soon. I keep picturing it. All my friends bearing dow ... more
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Granuaile: Queen of Storms by Dave Hendrick, illustrated by Luca Pizzari - £9.99
It is a time of invasion, it is a time of adventure.   In the sixteenth century, Granuaile, warrior and leader, was the terror of the North Atlantic and the most feared woman in Ireland, controlling huge parts of the west coast in defiance of ... more
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The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono - £10.99
A beautiful gift edition of this classic fable about one man's quest to create a forest, with a new introduction by Richard Mabey.   In 1910, while hiking through the wild lavender in a wind-swept, desolate valley in Provence, a man comes acr ... more
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For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind by Rosemary Mahoney - £13.99
In the tradition of Oliver Sacks's The Island of the Colorblind, Rosemary Mahoney tells the story of Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind in Tibet, and of Sabriye Tenberken, the remarkable blind woman who founded the school.   F ... more
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Light from the East: How the Science of Medieval Islam Helped to Shape the Western World by John Freely - £12.99
Long before the European Renaissance, while the western world was languishing in what was once called the 'Dark Ages', the Arab world was ablaze with the creativity of its Golden Age. This is the story of how Islamic science, which began in eighth-ce ... more
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All Day Long: A Portrait of Britain at Work by Joanna Biggs - £14.99
A vibrant narrative portrait of the UK today in the vein of Craig Taylor's Londoners, woven from the voices of its workforce.  The average person spends 100,000 hours of their life at work, but how much do we really know about what we do with ... more
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Northern ReSisters: Conversations with Radical Women by Bernadette Hyland - £5.95
Bernadette Hyland interviews nine women from the North of England (including our own Mandy!) who have been active in some of the most important political campaigns of the last forty years, including trade unionism, Women's Liberation, anti-racism, th ... more
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The Valley: A Hundred Years in the Life of a Yorkshire Family by Richard Benson - £9.99
The close-knit villages of the Dearne Valley were home to four generations of the Hollingworth family. Spanning Richard Benson's great-grandmother Winnie's ninety-two years in the valley, and drawing on years of historical research, interviews and an ... more
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Charlie Chaplin by Peter Ackroyd - £7.99
A fresh look at Chaplin from the masterful Peter Ackroyd.  He was the very first icon of the silver screen, and is one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood, even a hundred years on from his first film. But what of the man behind the mous ... more
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Dancing in the Dark: My Struggle, Book 4 by Karl Ove Knausgaard - £17.99
The fourth part of a sensational literary cycle that has been hailed as ‘perhaps the most important literary enterprise of our times’ (Guardian)  18 years old and fresh out of high school, Karl Ove Knausgaard moves to a tiny fisherman’s villa ... more
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The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks - £16.99
From James Rebanks, the Herdwick Shepherd, comes The Shepherd's Life, a story of the Lake District and its people which could redefine the literature of rural life.   Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't ... more
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Eclipse and Re-Emergence of the Communist Movement by Gilles Dauvé - £10.99
In the years following 1968, a number of people involved in the most radical aspects of the French general strike felt the need to reflect on their experiences and to relate them to past revolutionary endeavors. This meant studying previous attempts ... more
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Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of America's Fugitive Slaves by Eric Foner - £18.99
When slavery was a routine part of life in America's South, a secret network of activists and escape routes enabled slaves to make their way to freedom in what is now Canada. The 'underground railroad' has become part of folklore, but one part of the ... more
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The Family Project: A Creative Handbook for Anyone Who Wants to Discover Their Family Story by John-Paul Flintoff and Harriet Green - £12.99
Every family has a story to tell. This is yours. Think of your favourite family holidays, recipes, jokes and often repeated tales. Wouldn't it be great to record them before they're lost to history?   Harriet Green and John-Paul Flintoff are ... more
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A Book of Dreams by Peter Reich - £12.99
"'Cloudbusting' was inspired by a book that I found in a shop ...Written by a guy called Peter Reich, and it's called A Book of Dreams. And it's very unusual, beautiful book, written by this man through the eyes of himself when he was a child, lookin ... more
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A Lot Like Eve: Fashion, Faith and Fig-Leaves: A Memoir by Joanna Jepson - £12.99
Joanna Jepson was born with a facial deformity that led to her being mercilessly bullied through childhood and adolescence whilst a strict evangelical upbringing imposed further challenges. Reconstructive facial surgery and a religious meltdown left ... more
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Exotic England: The Making of a Curious Nation by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - £20.00
England may be a small country on a small island, but its inhabitants have always had a boundless curiosity about the world beyond their shoreline. From the nation's modern origins in the Renaissance, travellers have eagerly roamed the globe and been ... more
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Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War by Amanda Vaill - £9.99
Amid the rubble of a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe, the Hotel Florida on Madrid's chic Gran Via has become a haven for foreign journalists and writers. It is here that six people meet and find their l ... more
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An Alternative Labour History: Worker Control and Workplace Democracy by Dario Azzellini (Editor) - £18.99
The global financial crisis has led to a new shop-floor militancy. Radical forms of protest and new workers’ takeovers have sprung up all over the globe. In the US, Republic Windows and Doors started production under worker control in January 2013. L ... more
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The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914 by Douglas Newton - £9.99
A radical re-examination of the events surrounding Britain’s entry into the Great War.  The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War may be commemorated by some as a great moment of national history. But the standard history of Britai ... more
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Gone to Ground: One Woman's Extraordinary Account of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany by Marie Jalowicz-Simon - £14.99
Thrilling and terrifying by turns, this is the gripping account of a young Jewish woman who survived the Second World War by going to ground in Berlin.   Berlin 1941. Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen-year-old Jewish woman, makes an extraordina ... more
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The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 by Selina Todd - £10.99
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 or backgro ... more
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I Met Lucky People: The Story of the Romani Gypsies by Yaron Matras - £9.99
In I Met Lucky People, Yaron Matras, the world's leading authority on the Romani, explains why we need to reconsider how we view their culture.  Who are the Romani people? As one of the last remaining societies in the Western hemisphere with a str ... more
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Dreams of the Good Life: The Life of Flora Thompson and the Creation of Lark Rise to Candleford by Richard Mabey - £9.99
While the Lark Rise to Candleford trilogy, Flora Thompson's much-loved portrait of life in the English countryside, has inspired a hit television series, relatively little is known about the author herself.   In this highly original book, b ... more
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Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi - £20.00
THE SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   Since 2002, Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. Although he was order ... more
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Merseyside at War by Anthony Hogan - £12.99
As one of Britain’s largest cities, Liverpool was heavily targeted during the two world wars. Many residents of Merseyside lost their lives in the conflict, both in active combat and as a result of hardships on the Home Front. In this book, author An ... more
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From a Rock to a Hard Place: Memories of the 1984/85 Miner's Strike by Beverley Trounce - £12.99
By the end of the notorious 1984/85 miners’ strike many wanted to forget their painful experiences. Thirty years on people are ready to look back and talk about what happened in England during this defining moment of industrial action.  Beverley ... more
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If This is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm - £25.00
The compelling story of the only concentration camp for women by the acclaimed author of A Life in Secrets.  On a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 800 women - housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes - were marched thr ... more
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The Boy in the Book by Nathan Penlington - £8.99
As a boy, Nathan Penlington had loved 'Choose Your Own Adventures', the bestselling phenomenon of the 1980s which thrust the reader into the role of main character and compelled them to make decisions and direct the flow of the story.   When N ... more
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The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and its Arabs by Andrew Hussey - £10.99
Beyond the affluent centre of Paris and other French cities, in the deprived banlieues, a war is going on. This is the French Intifada, a guerrilla war between the French state and the former subjects of its Empire, for whom the mantra of 'liberty, e ... more
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Did She Kill Him? A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic by Kate Colquhoun - £8.99
The sensational murder trial of Florence Maybrick that gripped Victorian society. In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James ... more
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The Luck of the Irish by Babette Smith - £12.99
The luck of the Irish was chronic bad luck, as their sad history attests. That's how it looked for 250 Irish convicts when their ship, the Hive, sank ignominiously off the New South Wales coast in 1835. Miraculously all survived, guided to safety by ... more
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The Battle of Britishness: Migrant Journeys: 1685 to the Present by Tony Kushner - £19.99
This pioneering study of migrant journeys to Britain begins with Huguenot refugees in the 1680s and continues to asylum seekers and East European workers today. Analysing the history and memory of migrant journeys, covering not only the response of p ... more
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Britain's Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya by Caroline Elkins - £14.99
A controversial and authoritative account of the waning days of British Empire in Kenya, and the little known destruction of thousands of Kenyans at the hands of the British.  Only a few years after Britain defeated fascism came the Mau Mau uprising ... more
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A Tale of Two Teds: Builders of Liverpool Homes by Ted Clement-Evans - £8.95
A pencil written diary of 1894, not discovered until October 2013, forms the first part of A Tale of Two Teds.   Consisting of daily entries by a 16 year old apprentice joiner, it sheds a fresh light on how the Welsh built so many of the streets a ... more
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The Politics of Dissent: A Biography of E D Morel by Donald Mitchell - £11.00
Morel was an author, journalist, radical campaigner and Member of Parliament. His pursuit of social justice and human rights, his trenchant critique of the establishment, and his extraordinarily prolific output made him both loved and hated by his co ... more
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Conscientious Objectors of the First World War: A Determined Resistance by Ann Kramer - £19.99
The story of conscientious objection in Britain begins in 1916, when conscription was introduced for the first time. Some 16,000 men — the first conscientious objectors — refused conscription because they believed on grounds of conscience that it was ... more
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Isaac's Army by Matthew Brzezinski - £9.99
1930s Warsaw was a thoroughly cosmopolitan, even swinging city. Larger than Chicago, it was host to a rich Jewish cultural life. It seemed inconceivable that all this was about to be swept away, but then came the dark events of September 1939. As the ... more
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