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Something Dark by Lemn Sissay - £9.99
Something Dark tells the true story of Lemn Sissay who as a baby was given up by his Ethiopian mother in the 1960s. He was renamed Norman Greenwood and nicknamed Chalky White throughout his turbulent childhood in care, only to find out his real name ... more
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You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris, translated by Sam Taylor - £7.99
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER   What matters most in life? How do you build a happy life when terrible things happen? What is left behind when you lose the person you love the most?  One night last winter, Antoine Leiris was at home looking aft ... more
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Gerry Adams: An Unauthorised Life by Malachi O'Doherty - £14.99
How did Gerry Adams grow from a revolutionary street activist – in perpetual danger of arrest and assassination – into the leader of Sinn Féin, with intimate access to the British and Irish Prime Ministers and the US President? And how has he ou ... more
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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah - £8.99
The compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.   One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but ... more
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Russia: From Revolution to Counter-Revolution by Ted Grant - £14.99
The October Russian Revolution, led by Lenin and Trotsky, swept away landlordism and capitalism and placed the working class in power for the first time. It transformed the idea of socialism from theory into practice. From this point of view, the Bol ... more
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The Holocaust: A New History by Laurence Rees - £10.99
THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER AND THE FIRST AUTHORITATIVE ACCOUNT FOR 30 YEARS.  Two fundamental questions about the Holocaust must be answered:   How did it happen? And why? More completely than any other single work of histor ... more
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Citizen Clem by John Bew - £12.99
The Orwell Prize-winning biography of Clement Attlee, a landmark contribution to the political dialogue by the 'outstanding historian of his generation'  **WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING** **WINNER OF THE ELIZABETH LONGFORD ... more
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A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray - £9.99
The history of Britain, presented as you've never seen it before, through twenty-one women whose lives enthral and beguile, intrigue and inspire.   They were famous queens, unrecognised visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians. ... more
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Orwell's Nose: A Pathological Biography by John Sutherland - £9.99
In 2012 John Sutherland permanently lost his sense of smell. At about the same time he embarked on a re-reading of George Orwell’s works, and his lack of olfactory sense cast an entirely new light on the re-evaluation. What he now noticed was just ... more
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So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir by Michael Rosen - £16.99
The brilliant family memoir of the much-beloved poet and political campaigner.  In this hilarious, moving memoir, much-loved children’s poet and political campaigner Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. He was bor ... more
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Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard, illustrated by Vanessa Baird - £16.99
The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller The New York Times Bestseller  From the author of the monumental My Struggle series, Karl Ove Knausgaard, one of the masters of contemporary literature and a genius of observation and introspection, comes the ... more
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A Most Deliberate Swindle: How Edwardian Fraudsters Pulled the Plug on the Electric Bus... by Mick Hamer - £10.99
"That London could have had electric buses a hundred years ago is extraordinary enough, but as Mick Hamer recounts with great panache, the reason it didn’t is even more extraordinary. This is a great tale, expertly told"(Michael Palin) On a war ... more
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Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga - £9.99
Winner of the 2017 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize A Waterstones.com History Book of the Year Longlisted for the Orwell Prize Shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize   In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga ... more
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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard - £20.00
A memoir of love, death and jazz chickens, Eddie Izzard's fabulous Believe Me is his one and only autobiography...   'I know why I'm doing all this,' I said. 'Everything I do in life is trying to get her back. I think if I do enough things... ... more
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Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain by Clair Wills - £25.00
The battered and exhausted Britain of 1945 was desperate for workers - to rebuild, to fill the factories, to make the new NHS work. From all over the world and with many motives, thousands of individuals took the plunge. Most assumed they would spend ... more
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Father Mychal Judge: An Authentic American Hero by Michael Ford - £15.99
Now revised, with a new introduction and reflections on events since 9/11, this spiritual portrait of Father Mychal Judge is a remarkable testimony to the hope and courage that he brought to thousands of people, not only as the New York City fire cha ... more
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Fighting Proud: The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars by Stephen Bourne - £17.99
In this astonishing new history of wartime Britain, historian Stephen Bourne unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and at home, and brings to light the great unheralded contribution they made to the war effort ... more
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Hinterland by Chris Mullin - £9.99
All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who did. By the time he entered parliament he had reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and tracked down the survivors of the CIA operat ... more
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White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s by Joe Boyd - £8.99
How was one man present at so many pivotal points of the birth of modern rock? Joe Boyd's classic memoir of the 60s music scene reissued as a Serpent's Tail Classic, with a new foreword by Hanif Kureishi.   When Muddy Waters came to London a ... more
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The Making of the Black Working Class in Britain by Ron Ramdin - £19.99
A classic history of the role of Black working-class struggles throughout the twentieth century.  In this pioneering history, Ron Ramdin traces the roots of Britain’s disadvantaged black working class. From the development of a small black ... more
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Mandela: The Graphic Novel by Umlando Wezithombe - £14.99
A vivid account of Nelson Mandela's extraordinary life in the form of a full-colour graphic novel.   Freedom fighter, fugitive, celebrated prisoner, president: the hero of a nation. Nelson Mandela was called a terrorist, forced into hiding, ca ... more
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Sugar, Sugar: Bitter Sweet Tales of Indian Migrant Workers by Lainy Malkani - £9.99
A fascinating web of honey-coloured threads linking Indian migrant workers, who first left the Sub-Continent more than a hundred and fifty years ago, and their descendants now living in contemporary Britain.   Sugar Sugar: Bitter-sweet Tales ... more
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Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida - £14.99
Following his ground-breaking international bestseller The Reason I Jump, written when he was only thirteen, Naoki Higashida offers equally illuminating and practical insights into autism from his current perspective as a young man.   Naoki Hi ... more
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How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb - £16.99
“It sounded to me that to be a gentleman, you needed both manners and bravery. And that thought was horribly fascinating. Because I thought only wimps needed manners. And only tough guys were brave”   Following Peep Show, and alongside Back, t ... more
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Transitioning Together: One Couple's Journey of Gender and Identity Discovery by Wenn B. Lawson and Beatrice M. Lawson - £12.99
This is the story of a long-lasting relationship, surviving against the odds. It is the story of Wenn and Beatrice Lawson, born almost twelve years apart in different countries with different cultures, who were both assigned female at birth. After ni ... more
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The Origins of the Irish by J.P. Mallory - £9.99
Written as an engrossing detective story by the leading authority on the subject, this book deals with the core issues and multiple influences in the creation of the Irish people as well as exploring the controversial question of the Celts and the Ir ... more
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Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India by Shashi Tharoor - £20.00
In the eighteenth century, India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. Beyond conquest and deception, the Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed ... more
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The Battle for Home: Memoir of a Syrian Architect by Marwa al-Sabouni - £8.99
‘Everyone in Syria has lived his war. Every day people have fought for their lives, every day has brought a bid for survival, but it is not only bodies that suffer; souls, too, go through these battles, dying a thousand times in anticipation, only ... more
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Dr James Barry: A Woman Ahead of Her Time by Michael du Preez and Jeremy Dronfield - £9.99
A Sunday Times Book of the Year As featured on the BBC Radio 2 Book Club  Dr James Barry: Inspector General of Hospitals, army surgeon, duellist, reformer, ladykiller, eccentric. He performed the first successful Caesarean in the British E ... more
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The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar - £9.99
The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale. It is an exquisite meditation on how history and politics can bear down on an individual life. And yet Hisham Matar's memoir isn't just about the burden of the past, but the consolatio ... more
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Frederick Douglass by William S. McFeely - £15.99
Born into but escaped from slavery, Frederick Douglass — orator, journalist, autobiographer; revolutionary on behalf of a just America — was a towering figure, at once consummately charismatic and flawed. His Narrative of the Life of Frederick Do ... more
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No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson by Jeff Sparrow - £14.99
Film star. Icon. Agitator. Martyr.   Paul Robeson was a brilliant student and champion athlete who abandoned a career in law to find worldwide fame as a performer and activist. He was undoubtedly the most famous African American of his time — be ... more
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Daring Women of History: Amelia Earhart by Mike Roussel - £9.99
A pioneering aviator and advocate of women’s equality, Amelia Earhart was, and continues to be, an inspiration to people the world over. Her fierce determination to break records and push the boundaries of aviation led her to become the first woman ... more
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The Long and Winding Road by Alan Johnson - £8.99
Winner of the Parliamentary Book Award, best memoir by a Parliamentarian, 2016  From the condemned slums of Southam Street in West London to the corridors of power in Westminster, Alan Johnson’s multi-award-winning autobiography charts an e ... more
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Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, the Band, Van Morrison Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in Woodstock by Barney Hoskyns - £9.99
Think 'Woodstock' and the mind turns to the seminal 1969 festival that crowned a seismic decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But Woodstock itself was over 60 miles from the site to which the fabled half a million flocked. So why the misnomer? Qui ... more
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Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas - £8.99
The heartbreaking memoir of artistic, sexual and political freedom in Castro's Cuba, with a new foreword by Garth Greenwell.  Reinaldo Arenas was born to a poverty-stricken family in rural Cuba. By the time of his death in New York four decades l ... more
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Black German: An Afro-German Life in the Twentieth Century by Theodor Michael, translated by Eve Rosenhaft - £14.99
This is the first English translation of an important document in the history of the black presence in Germany and Europe: the autobiography of Theodor Michael.   Theodor Michael is among the few surviving members of the first generation of ... more
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Darkness Over Germany: A Warning from History by E Amy Buller - £15.00
Darkness Over Germany delivers a stark warning from history of how a man with little political experience rose up as a voice of the people, a voice for the disenfranchised who were suffering the injustices of social inequality and unemployment. &nbs ... more
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Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction by David N. Myers - £7.99
How have the Jews survived? For millennia, they have defied odds by overcoming the travails of exile, persecution, and recurring plans for their annihilation. Many have attempted to explain this singular success as a result of divine intervention.  ... more
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And the Spirit Moved Them: The Lost Radical History of America's First Feminists by Helen LaKelly Hunt - £16.99
Foreword by Cornel West. "Let me suggest, then, that the opening Chapter go farther back than 1848... From the time of the first Convention on Women — in New York 1837 — the battle began"(Lucretia Mott, to Elizabeth Cady Stanton) A decade p ... more
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Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy 1905-1953 by Simon Ings - £10.99
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION   War-torn, unstable and virtually bankrupt, revolutionary Russia tried to light its way to the future with the fitful glow of science. It succeeded through terror, folly and crime – b ... more
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Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman - £10.99
Illuminating biography of legendary composer, musician and performer Paul McCartney.  The first biography written with Paul McCartney's approval and with access to family members and friends closest to him.  Superbly evoking half a ce ... more
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Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir by Joel Grey - £14.99
Joel Grey, the Tony and Academy Award-winning Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret finally tells his remarkable life story.   Born Joel David Katz to a wild and wooly Jewish American family in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932, Joel began his life in the th ... more
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At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces by Mary Collins and Donald Collins - £13.99
In this collaborative memoir, a parent and a transgender son recount wrestling with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical-treatment options to better align his body with his gender identity.   As a parent, Mary Collins didn’t agr ... more
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Ten Years on the Parish: The Autobiography and Letters of George Garrett by Mike Morris, Tony Wailey, and Andrew Davies (Editors) - £12.00
George Garrett’s autobiographical work Ten Years On The Parish, published here in full for the first time since it was written in the late 1930s, shines a light on the hardships and poverty endured by many in the years between the wars. Garrett was ... more
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Marx, Freud, Einstein: Heroes of the Mind by Corinne Maier and Anne Simon - £14.99
Brought together for the first time, this collection of witty graphic biographies delves into the minds of three of the most controversial, outspoken, and important thinkers from the 19th and 20th centuries.   Through Anne Simon’s irreverent ... more
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Ireland - The Autobiography: One Hundred Years of Irish Life, Told by Its People by John Bowman - £9.99
Ireland in its own words: a dazzling compendium.   Over the past hundred years, Ireland has undergone profound political, social and cultural changes. But one thing that has not changed is the Irish genius for observation and storytelling, inv ... more
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The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition by Manisha Sinha - £16.99
A groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War.  Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as b ... more
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King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia by Asfa-Wossen Asserate - £12.99
He was the scion of a dynasty that was reputed to descend from King Solomon, a pioneer of African unity and independence, a staunch confederate of the Allies in their fight against the fascist Axis powers and the messiah of the Jamaican Rastafarian m ... more
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Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti - £9.99
Author and Guardian US columnist Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a darkly funny and bracing memoir, Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes from the every day to the exi ... more
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Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes - £16.99
A moving celebration of what Bill Hayes calls "the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected" of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks.   Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with ... more
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