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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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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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Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges - £8.99
The official book behind the eight-time Oscar-nominated film, The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley   Alan Turing was the mathematician whose cipher-cracking transformed the Second World War. Taken on by Brit ... more
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A Place Apart: Northern Ireland in the 1970s by Dervla Murphy - £12.99
At the height of The Troubles, Dervla Murphy bicycled to Northern Ireland to try to understand the situation by speaking to people on either side of the divide. She also sought to interrogate her own opinions and emotions. As an Irishwoman and travel ... more
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Look Back in Anger: The Miners' Strike in Nottinghamshire 30 Years On by Harry Paterson - £9.99
The scars left by the 1984/85 "Great Strike for Jobs" are still raw in Nottinghamshire, thirty years later. There, the majority of the National Union of Mineworkers did not support their union, working throughout the strike, later forming the breakaw ... more
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Boy 30529: A Memoir by Felix Weinberg - £8.99
The moving story of a young boy who lost everything: home, hope, even his own identity.  “Anyone who survived the exterminations camps must have an untypical story to tell. The typical camp story of the millions ended in death ... We, the few w ... more
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Nijinsky: A Life by Lucy Moore - £10.99
The first major biography for forty years tells the tragic story of ballet's great revolutionary, Nijinsky - now in paperback.   'He achieves the miraculous,' the sculptor Auguste Rodin wrote of dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. 'He embodies all the bea ... more
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Scotland: The Autobiography: 2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those Who Saw it Happen by Rosemary Goring (Editor) - £12.99
A vivid, wide-ranging and engrossing account of Scotland's history, composed of eye-witness accounts by those who experienced it first-hand.   Contributors range from Tacitus, Mary Queen of Scots and Oliver Cromwell to Adam Smith, David Livin ... more
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The IRA 1956-69: Rethinking the Republic by Matt Treacy - £13.99
While there have been many books written about the IRA since 1916, comparatively little attention has been paid to the organisation during the 1960s, despite the fact that the internal divisions culminating in the 1969 split are often seen as key to ... more
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Mad Girl's Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson - £9.99
On 25 February 1956, twenty-three-year-old Sylvia Plath walked into a party and immediately spotted Ted Hughes. The sensational aspects of the Plath-Hughes relationship have dominated the cultural landscape to such an extent that their story has take ... more
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Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan by William Dalrymple - £9.99
In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the thron ... more
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March, Women, March: Voices of the Women by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley - £8.99
Voices of the Women's Movement explores the women's movment in Britain, from the passing of the Marriage and Divorce Act in 1857 to women attaining the vote in 1928. Published to commemorate the centenary of the death of the suffragette Emily Wilding ... more
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Women at the Ready: The Remarkable Story of the Women's Voluntary Services on the Home Front by Robert and Patricia Malcolmson - £9.99
A lively history of the Second World War on the Home Front told through the stories of the women serving in the Women's Voluntary Services From the summer of 1938, British women from all walks of life joined the Women's Voluntary Services (WVS). Thi ... more
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Unlikely Warriors: The Extraordinary Story of the Britons Who Fought in the Spanish Civil War by Richard Baxell - £12.99
On 17 July 1936 a Nationalist military uprising was launched in Spain. In the face of the rebels' bloody onward march, the Spanish Republic turned to the leaders of Britain and France for assistance - but its pleas fell on deaf ears. Appalled at the ... more
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Restless Land: A Radical Journey Through Scotland by Alan McCombes and Roz Paterson - £12.99
As Scotland stands poised to make a decision that will have ramifications for centuries to come, Restless Land unravels the tangled tale of the centuries gone before.   Unlike many history books, it looks beyond the kings and queens, the aristocr ... more
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American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction by Heather Andrea Williams - £7.99
* A concise history of slavery in America beginning with the Portuguese capture of Africans in the 1400s * Draws from both historical analyses and a reading of primary documents to explore the history of slavery * Examines legislation that differ ... more
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Twin Ambitions: My Autobiography by Mo Farah - £8.99
A powerful and gripping human story of the 2012 London Olympics hero  4 August, 2012. Super Saturday. On the most electric night in the history of British sport, Mo Farah braved the pain and punishment to seize Olympic gold in the 10,000m - and ... more
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Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis by Michael Haas - £12.99
Winner in the 2014 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence for the best historical Research in Classical Music category.   With National Socialism's arrival in Germany in 1933, Jews dominated music more than virtually ... more
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The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn - £10.99
National Book Critics Circle Award   Los Angeles Times Book Prize   New York Times Notable   National Jewish Book Award   In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer's search for the truth behind his family's tragic ... more
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Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz by Thomas Harding - £7.99
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER  SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD   'A gripping thriller, an unspeakable crime, an essential history.' JOHN LE CARRÉ  Hanns Alexander was the son of a prosperous German family who fled Berli ... more
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My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass - £8.99
Born into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass escaped to freedom and became a passionate advocate for abolition and social change and the foremost spokesperson for the nation’s enslaved African American population in the years preceding the Civil War ... more
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A People's History of the French Revolution by Eric Hazan, translated by David Fernbach - £20.00
A bold new history of the French Revolution from the standpoint of the peasants, workers, women and sans culottes.  The assault on the Bastille, the Reign of Terror, Danton mocking his executioner, Robespierre dispensing a fearful justice, and the a ... more
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The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay: An American Family in Iran by Hooman Majd - £9.99
In The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay, Hooman Majd introduces us to the delights and challenges of life in the so-called axis of evil.   His funny, wry account of daily life in Iran is a mixture of extreme driving, intense sociab ... more
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Gandhi: A Spiritual Biography by Arvind Sharma - £9.99
Arvind Sharma was awarded the 2013 Hindu American Foundation's Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism.   In his Autobiography, Gandhi wrote, “What I want to achieve—what I have been striving and pining to achieve these ... more
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Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went from Pop to Pulpit by Richard Coles - £20.00
The memoir of popular BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live presenter and former member of the Communards, the Reverend Richard Coles.  From the top of the pop charts to the priesthood via BBC Radio 4.   Fathomless Riches is the Reverend Richard Coles's war ... more
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Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir by Alan Cumming - £16.99
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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Boyhood Island: My Struggle, Book 3 by Karl Ove Knausgaard - £8.99
Childhood is exhilarating and terrifying. For the young Karl Ove, new houses, classes and friends are met with manic excitement and creeping dread. Adults occupy godlike positions of power, benevolent in the case of his doting mother, tyrannical in t ... more
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Land's Edge: A Coastal Memoir by Tim Winton - £8.99
Tim Winton’s homage to the ocean and his childhood is a magnificent celebration of life at its limits.  On childhood holidays to the western coast, Tim Winton’s days followed a joyous rhythm. In the mornings, the sun and surf kept him outside ... more
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Marx by Anne Simon and Corinne Maier - £13.99
My name is Karl Marx. I was once nicknamed the Devil for decrying Capitalism. But, before you judge, let me tell you my story...   Karl Marx dreamt of a world free from exploitation, inequality and unemployment. Growing up in an ever transform ... more
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Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History by Eduardo Galeano - £9.99
From Eduardo Galeano, one of Latin America's greatest living writers, author of the Memory of Fire trilogy, comes Children of the Days a new kind of history that shows us how to remember and how to live.   This book is shaped like a calendar ... more
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My Kirsty: End of the Fairytale by Jean MacColl - £7.99
Kirsty MacColl led a dazzling life - tender, creative, heroic and full of love.   This book, by her mother Jean MacColl, charts with moving insight Kirsty's early years and celebrates her brilliant career at the front rank of the music busine ... more
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Maggie & Me by Damian Barr - £7.99
It's 12 October 1984. An IRA bomb blows apart the Grand Hotel in Brighton. Miraculously, Margaret Thatcher survives. In small-town Scotland, eight-year-old Damian Barr watches in horror as his mum rips her wedding ring off and packs their bags. He kn ... more
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Armchair Nation: An Intimate History of Britain in Front of the TV by Joe Moran - £9.99
The story of television and how it has changed our lives - from the moon landings to the X Factor.  But what does your furniture point at?' asks the character Joey in the sitcom Friends on hearing an acquaintance has no TV. It's a good question: s ... more
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Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel García Márquez - £9.99
In Living to Tell the Tale Gabriel García Márquez – winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude – recounts his personal experience of returning to the house in which he grew up and the memories that this ... more
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The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE - 1492) by Simon Schama - £9.99
The landmark history of a people, culture and a world.  It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds.   It spa ... more
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Who's Feckin' Who in Irish History by Colin Murphy, illustrated by Brendan O'Reilly - £10.99
Did an Irish monk discover America? Which rebel died of having a feckin’ tooth pulled? And who in the name of Jaysus was responsible for the Pledge? If you've ever wondered how much of our rabble-rousing history is true, and how much a load of wojus ... more
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The Life and Loves of a He Devil by Graham Norton - £20.00
Revealing, moving and brilliantly funny, Graham Norton tells the story of his life through the things he loves in his brand new memoir.  'It seems to me that we are all made up of the things we adore, and by telling my stories through the prism ... more
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Woody Guthrie And the Dust Bowl Ballads by Nick Hayes - £20.00
A visual biography of Woody Guthrie – perhaps the greatest, most enduring singer-songwriter to ever live.  Forged in the Dustbowl of the 1930s, in an America crippled by the Great World Recession, this humble man found solace in song, and soon ... more
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Down the Crooked Road: My Autobiography by Mary Black - £18.99
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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Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored by John Lydon - £20.00
John Lydon has secured prime position as one of the most recognizable icons in the annals of music history. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols - the world's most notorious band, who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with singles ... more
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The Penguin Book of Witches by Katherine Howe (Editor) - £9.99
A chilling, truly authoritative anthology of real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America.   From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials ... more
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How I Stopped Being a Jew by Shlomo Sand - £9.99
An autobiographical essay on Jewish identity from the acclaimed author of The Invention of the Jewish People.  Shlomo Sand was born in 1946, in a displaced person’s camp in Austria, to Jewish parents; the family later migrated to Palestine. As ... more
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Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha - £12.99
The first volume of the definitive biography of Gandhi, one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century, from the great historian Ramachandra Guha.   The life of Mohandas Gandhi is one of the most remarkable and potent in the modern e ... more
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Springfield Road by Salena Godden - £8.99
“I came here to begin a new story, but maybe all my stories begin with this one story – this love story, this ghost story...”  Springfield Road is a journey into childhood. My childhood, maybe your childhood too. I set out to capture a snapshot of ... more
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Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend by Christo Brand with Barbara Jones - £8.99
Christo Brand was a South African farm boy, born into the Afrikaans culture which had created apartheid to persecute black people and claim superiority for whites.   Nelson Mandela, also raised in a rural village, was the black son of a triba ... more
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Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking & Pioneering Historical Events by Jessie Carney Smith - £17.99
Achievement engenders pride, and the most significant accomplishments involving people, places, and events in black history are gathered in Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Events.  Barack Obama, Colin Powell, and Pinkney Benton St ... more
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The Biscuit Girls by Hunter Davies - £6.99
Ivy, Dulcie, Barbara, Ann, Dorothy and Jean all had different reasons for applying to work at Carr’s biscuits, but once they had put on their overalls and walked through the factory gates they discovered a community full of life, laughter and friends ... more
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A Civil War: A History of the Italian Resistance by Claudio Pavone, translated by Peter Levy - £20.00
A Civil War is a history of the wartime Italian Resistance, recounted by a historian who, as a young man, took part in the struggle against Mussolini’s fascist Republic. Since its publication in Italy, Claudio Pavone’s masterwork has become indispens ... more
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Please, Mister Postman by Alan Johnson - £16.99
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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Sailing Close to the Wind: Reminiscences by Dennis Skinner - £20.00
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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