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My Story by Steven Gerrard - £20.00
Steven Gerrard - legendary captain of Liverpool and England - tells the story of the highs and lows of a twenty-year career at the top of English and world football.  As the only player ever to have scored in a FA cup final, a league cup fina ... more
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Dancing in the Dark: My Struggle, Book 4 by Karl Ove Knausgaard - £8.99
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 village fa ... more
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The Gardens of the British Working Class by Margaret Willes - £12.99
This magnificently illustrated people’s history celebrates the extraordinary feats of cultivation by the working class in Britain, even if the land they toiled, planted, and loved was not their own.   Spanning more than four centuries, from t ... more
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Travelling to Work: Diaries 1988-1998 by Michael Palin - £12.99
The third volume of Michael Palin's celebrated diaries.   Travelling to Work is a roller-coaster ride driven by the Palin hallmarks of curiosity and sense of adventure. Michael was not the BBC's first choice for the travel series Around the World i ... more
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My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair - £8.99
An international bestseller, this is the extraordinary and moving memoir of a woman who learns that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the brutal Nazi commandant depicted in Schindler's List.   When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, happ ... more
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Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance by Robert Gildea - £20.00
The story of the French Resistance is central to French identity, but it is a story built on myths. 'La Résistance française' was not simply a national effort to free the country from German occupation, but a wider struggle, filled with conflicts and ... more
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The Monocled Mutineer by John Fairley & William Allison - £10.00
The best-selling book behind the BBC Drama ‘The Monocled Mutineer’, starring Paul McGann as the ‘ringleader’ of the Étaples Mutiny, Percy Toplis, with a new introduction by John Fairley.   In 1917, British, New Zealand and Australian troops st ... more
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England, Arise: The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381 by Juliet Barker - £10.99
A fascinating and evocative account of the Peasants' Revolt from the acclaimed author of Agincourt.  The dramatic and shocking events of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 are to be the backdrop to Juliet Barker's latest book: a snapshot of what ever ... more
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Easter Widows by Sinead McCoole - £14.99
One week in May 1916, seven Irish women became widows. When they had married their husbands they had embarked on very different lives. They married men of the establishment; one married a lecturer, two others married soldiers, another a civil servant ... more
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The Frood: The Authorised & Very Official History of Douglas Adams by Jem Roberts - £9.99
As a wise ape once observed, space is big – vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly so. However, if you look too closely at space, it becomes nothing but lumps of rock and sundry gases. Sometimes it's necessary to take a step back, and let a few billion year ... more
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How to Win a Roman Chariot Race: Lives, Legends and Treasures from the Ancient World by Jane Hood - £8.99
Who first thought of atoms? How much can you learn about archaeology from an oil lamp? Who came up with the theory of the ‘wandering womb’?   Oxford Classicist Jane Hood delves into the history, culture, literature, mythology and philosophy of ... more
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Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques, with an Afterword by Sheila Heti - £14.99
"Six weeks before sex reassignment surgery (SRS), I am obliged to stop taking my hormones. I suddenly feel very differently about my forthcoming operation."(Juliet Jacques) In July 2012, aged thirty, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surge ... more
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The Blue Touch Paper: A Memoir by David Hare - £20.00
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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Pedigree by Patrick Modiano - £14.99
"It's a book less on what I did than on what others, mainly my parents, did to me"   Taking in a vast gallery of extraordinary characters from Paris' post-war years, Pedigree is an autobiographical portrait of Post-War Paris and a tumultuous ... more
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Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love by James Booth - £9.99
Philip Larkin was that rare thing among poets: a household name in his own lifetime. Lines such as 'Never such innocence again' and 'Sexual intercourse began / In nineteen sixty-three' made him one of the most popular poets of the last century. &nbs ... more
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Democracy by Alecos Papadatos, Annie Di Donna and Abraham Kawa - £18.99
It is 490BC and Athens is at war. Leander, trying to rouse his comrades for the morrow's battle against a far mightier enemy, begins to recount the story of his own life. Having witnessed the evils of the old tyrannical regimes and the rise of a new ... more
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Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century by John Higgs - £20.00
The twentieth century should make sense. It's the period of history that we know the most about, an epic geo-political narrative that runs through World War One, the great depression, World War Two, the American century and the fall of the Berlin Wal ... more
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Worktown: The Astonishing Story of the Project That Launched Mass Observation by David Hall - £20.00
The astonishing story of the project that launched Mass Observation.  In the late 1930s the Lancashire town of Bolton witnessed a ground-breaking social experiment. Over three years, a team of ninety observers recorded, in painstaking detail, the eve ... more
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Hiroshima by John Hersey - £1.99
2015 is the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima, when, at 8.15am, an atomic bomb was dropped over the Japanese city, killing one hundred thousand men, women and children in its white fury.   John Hersey's spare, devastating report on the attack was ... more
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Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France by Caroline Moorehead - £9.99
A SUNDAY TIMES TOP FIVE BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2014   From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the extraordinary story of a French village that helped save thousands who were pursued by ... more
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At the Coalface: The Memoir of a Pit Nurse by Joan Hart - £7.99
Joan Hart always knew what she wanted to do with her life. Born in South Yorkshire in 1932, she started her nursing training when she was 16, the youngest age girls could do so at the time. She continued working after she married and her work took he ... more
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The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti by Rick Geary - £7.99
Rick Geary tackles the most controversial case of the 20th century.  Anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti were accused of robbery and murder but so many supposedly damning pieces of evidence were questionable their guilty verdict elicited massive protest ... more
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Daisy Turner's Kin: An African American Family Saga by Jane C. Beck - £16.99
The oral history of an American family from Africa to the twentieth century.   A daughter of freed African American slaves, Daisy Turner became a living repository of history. The family narrative entrusted to her--"a well-polished artifact, an hei ... more
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My Life's Battles by Will Thorne - £9.99
My Life’s Battles is one of the first true working-class autobiographies, the story of Will Thorne, who helped to make a better world for ordinary people. Thorne’s life story is a journey from tenements and factories to the corridors of power and the ... more
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Warsaw Boy: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood by Andrew Borowiec - £9.99
Warsaw Boy is the remarkable true story of a sixteen-year old boy soldier in war-torn Poland. "The best-ever account of what is was like to be young and fighting in the Warsaw Rising"(Neal Ascherson, Sunday Herald, Books of the Year) Poland ... more
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Life in Strangeways: From Riots to Redemption, My Thirty-Two Years Behind Bars by Alan Lord and Anita Armstrong - £7.99
A key player in the worst prison riot in British history at Strangeways Prison in April 1990, Alan Lord was always in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was drawn to trouble like water to a sponge. After experiencing a troubled childhood during wh ... more
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Enemy on the Euphrates: The Battle for Iraq, 1914-1921 by Ian Rutledge - £10.99
In 1920 an Arab revolt came perilously close to inflicting a shattering defeat upon the British Empire’s forces occupying Iraq after the Great War. A huge peasant army besieged British garrisons and bombarded them with captured artillery. British col ... more
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Please, Mister Postman by Alan Johnson - £8.99
In July 1969, while the Rolling Stones played a free concert in Hyde Park, Alan Johnson and his young family left West London to start a new life. The Britwell Estate in Slough, apparently notorious among the locals, in fact came as a blessed relief ... more
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A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide by Alon Confino - £10.99
Why exactly did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible everywhere in Germany on November 9, 1938? The perplexing event has not been adequately accounted for by historians in their large-scale assessments of how and why the Holocaust occurred. In this grippi ... more
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Havel: A Life by Michael Zantovský - £12.99
Václav Havel: iconoclast and philosopher-king, an internationally successful playwright who became a political dissident and then, reluctantly, a president. His pivotal role in the Velvet Revolution, the end of Communism and the birth of a modern, we ... more
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Last Soldiers of the Cold War: The Story of the Cuban Five by Fernando Morais - £12.99
Here is the story of political prisoners finally freed in December 2014, after being held captive by the United States since the late 1990s. Through the 1980s and 1990s, violent anti-Castro groups based in Florida carried out hundreds of military at ... more
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The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography by Miriam Pawel - £14.99
Cesar Chavez founded a labor union, launched a movement, and inspired a generation. He rose from migrant worker to national icon, becoming one of the great charismatic leaders of the 20th century. Two decades after his death, Chavez remains the most ... more
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So, Anyway... The Autobiography by John Cleese - £7.99
Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter’s Preparatory School at ... more
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Cursed Victory: A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories by Ahron Bregman - £9.99
Cursed Victory tells the story of Israel's troubled presence in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula since its sweeping victory in the 1967 Six Day War. Drawing on countless high-level interviews, never-before-seen let ... more
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Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923 by R F Foster - £10.99
A searing cultural history of the remarkable generation who transformed Ireland, from R. F. Foster.   TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR and OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014   Vivid Faces surveys the lives and beliefs of the p ... more
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Great Irish Reportage by John Horgan - £9.99
Reports and dispatches from Ireland's finest writers: the first-ever anthology of Irish reportage.   Alongside its world-famous tradition of great fiction, Ireland has a less well known but thrilling tradition of reportage: journalism, dispatc ... more
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Rolling Stonemason: An Autobiography by Fred Bower - £12.99
Annotated and with an Introduction by Ron Noon and Sam Davies   Fred Bower had a full adventurous life and wrote about it in his own vivid and racy idiom. He was born in Boston, Mass. in 1871.   Brought up in Liverpool, he recalls a ci ... more
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Celtic Mythology: The Nature and Influence of Celtic Myth - From Druidism to Arthurian Legend by Ward Rutherford - £8.99
In this lively and absorbing account of the world of Celtic myth and the role it has played in the development of western culture, Ward Rutherford explores one of the jewels of European cultural heritage. In so doing he demonstrates how deeply Celtic ... more
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The Heroic Slave: A Cultural and Critical Edition by Frederick Douglass; Edited by R.S. Levine, J. Stauffer, and J.R. McKivigan - £7.99
First published nearly a decade prior to the Civil War, The Heroic Slave is the only fictional work by abolitionist, orator, author, and social reformer Frederick Douglass, himself a former slave. It is inspired by the true story of Madison Washingto ... more
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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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The Iceberg: A Memoir by Marion Coutts - £8.99
In 2008 the art critic Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The tumour was located in the area controlling speech and language, and would eventually rob him of the ability to speak. He died early in 2011. Marion Coutts was his wife.  ... more
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Women of the World: The Rise of the Female Diplomat by Helen McCarthy - £9.99
Throughout the twentieth century and long before, hundreds of determined British women defied the social conventions of their day in order to seek adventure and influence on the world stage. Some became travellers and explorers; others business-owner ... 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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