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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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The Seven: The Lives and Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic by Ruth Dudley Edwards - £9.99
On Easter Sunday, 23 April 1916, the seven members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood's military council met to proclaim an Irish Republic with themselves as the provisional government. After a week of fighting with the British army on the streets o ... more
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Life After Life: A Guildford Four Memoir by Paddy Armstrong, with Mary-Elaine Tynan - £12.99
Looking back over the last six, almost seven decades, the images that flash through my mind are hardly believable – sometimes, it feels like I’m remembering someone else’s life. The truth is, I’ve lived three very different lives: the one bef ... more
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A Gift from Darkness: How I Escaped with My Daughter from Boko Haram by Patience Ibrahim and Andrea C. Hoffmann - £13.99
A Gift from Darkness is the harrowing yet inspirational story of a young, pregnant Nigerian girl and the hell she endured for the sake of her unborn child when she was kidnapped by Boko Haram.  When Patience Ibrahim's husband died, she feare ... more
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October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville - £18.99
Award-winning author China Miéville plunges us into the year the world was turned upside down.   On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, China Miéville tells the extraordinary story of this pivotal moment in history.   In Februa ... more
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Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe's Deep Establishment by Yanis Varoufakis - £20.00
"One of the greatest political memoirs of all time"(Guardian) What happens when you take on the establishment? In this blistering, personal account, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis blows the lid on Europe's hidden agenda and exposes what a ... more
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Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands by Stuart Hall - £25.00
'Sometimes I feel I was the last colonial'   This is the story, in his own words, of the extraordinary life of Stuart Hall: writer, thinker and one of the leading intellectual lights of his age. Growing up in a middle-class family in 1930s Jam ... more
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Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 by Adam Hochschild - £9.99
From the moment it began in 1936, the Spanish Civil War became the political question of the age. Hitler and Mussolini quickly sent aircraft, troops and supplies to the right-wing generals bent on overthrowing Spain's elected government. Millions of ... more
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The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw - £8.99
If I had not kissed anyone, or danced with anyone, or had a reason to cry, the music made me feel as if I had gone through all that anyway... the music attracted and repelled, organised and disturbed and then let us into the night, clusters of emotio ... more
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Notes on Blindness: A Journey Through the Dark by John Hull - £8.99
'It's a gift. Not a gift I want, but it is a gift'   Days before the birth of his first son, writer and academic John M. Hull started to go blind. He would lose his sight entirely, plunged into darkness, unable to distinguish any sense of light or ... more
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The Benn Diaries by Tony Benn - £30.00
Tony Benn was one of the twentieth century's most charismatic politicians. The Benn Diaries, kept for almost seventy years, are a uniquely authoritative, fascinating and readable record of the political life of our times.  This single-volume ... more
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The Lancashire Witches: A Chronicle of Sorcery and Death on Pendle Hill by Philip C. Almond - £10.99
In the febrile religious and political climate of late sixteenth-century England, when the grip of the Reformation was as yet fragile and insecure, and underground papism still perceived to be rife, Lancashire was felt by the Protestant authorities t ... more
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Bob Crow: Socialist, Leader, Fighter: A Political Biography by Gregor Gall - £20.00
Bob Crow was the most high-profile and militant union leader of his generation. This biography focuses on his leadership of the RMT union, examining and exposing a number of popular myths created about him by political opponents. Using the schema of ... more
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No Way but Gentlenesse: A Memoir of How Kes, My Kestrel, Changed My Life by Richard Hines - £8.99
�There is no way but gentlenesse to redeeme a Hawke� Edmund Bert, 1619   Born and raised in the South Yorkshire mining village of Hoyland Common, Richard Hines remembers sliding down heaps of coal dust, listening out for the colliery siren at ... more
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The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty: The Husaynis 1700-1948 by Ilan Pappe - £12.99
The Husayni family of Jerusalem dominated Palestinian history for 250 years, from the Ottoman times through to the end of the British Mandate. At the height of the family’s political influence, positions in Jerusalem could only be obtained through ... more
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Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration by David Wojnarowicz - £10.99
I am glad I am alive to witness these things; giving words to this life of sensations is a relief. Smell the flowers while you can.   Close to the Knives is the artist, writer and activist David Wojnarowicz's extraordinary memoir. Filthy, beau ... more
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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir by Chris Packham - £8.99
Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn't do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I'd climbed through a ho ... more
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