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Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion by Charles Townshend - £10.99
Ireland's Easter Rising of 1916 transformed millions of lives and created its own powerful mythology. This remarkable book vividly recreates this extraordinary time when, as Irish insurgents rose up and occupied Dublin, as British artillery retaliat ... more
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A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz by Göran Rosenberg - £9.99
On the 2nd of August 1947 a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town. He has survived the Lodz ghetto, Auschwitz, and the harrowing slave camps and transports during the final months of Nazi Germany. Now he has to learn to live with his mem ... more
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Jeremy Corbyn: Accidental Hero by W Stephen Gilbert - £9.99
How did modest backbench MP Jeremy Corbyn come virtually out of nowhere to lead the parliamentary opposition, as the most avowedly non-conformist Labour leader in British history? Is his leadership built to last? Will those in the Labour party who re ... more
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari - £8.99
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER  Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us.   We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. W ... more
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Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink: Notes for a Memoir by Elvis Costello - £25.00
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is the long-awaited memoir from Elvis Costello, one of rock and roll's most iconic stars.  Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on th ... more
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Eleanor Marx: A Life by Rachel Holmes - £12.99
Unrestrained by convention, lion-hearted and free, Eleanor Marx (1855-98) was an exceptional woman. Hers was the first English translation of Flaubert's Mme Bovary. She pioneered the theatre of Henrik Ibsen. She was the first woman to lead the Britis ... more
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My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem - £14.99
Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. Every fall, her father would pack the family into the car and they would drive across the country, in search of their next adventure. The seeds were planted: Steinem would spend much of her life on the road, ... more
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Empire of Cotton: A New History of Global Capitalism by Sven Beckert - £12.99
Winner of the 2015 Bancroft Prize and the 2015 Philip Taft Prize Finalist for the 2015 Pulizter Prize for History and shortlisted for the 2015 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature  For about 900 years, from 1000 to 1900, cotton was the w ... more
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Modernity Britain 1957-1962 by David Kynaston - £14.99
David Kynaston's history of post-war Britain has so far taken us from the radically reforming Labour governments of the late 1940s in Austerity Britain and through the growing prosperity of Family Britain's more placid 1950s. Now Modernity Britain 19 ... more
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Michael Collins: A Biography by Tim Pat Coogan - £10.99
When President of the Irish Republic Michael Collins signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, he remarked to Lord Birkenhead, 'I may have signed my actual death warrant.' And in August 1922 during the Irish Civil War, that prophecy came true - ... more
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De Valera: Long Fellow, Long Shadow by Tim Pat Coogan - £11.99
The history of Ireland for much of the Twentieth century is the history of Eamon De Valera.   From the 1916 Rising, the troubled Treaty negotiations and the Civil War, right through to his retirement after longer in power than any other twent ... more
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Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction by Steven Beller - £7.99
This Very Short Introduction examines and untangles the various strands of antisemitism seen throughout history, from medieval religious conflict to 'new' antisemitism in the 21st century.  Steven Beller reveals how the phenomenon grew as a political ... more
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People, Places and Passions: "Pain and Pleasure": A Social History of Wales and the Welsh, 1870-1945 by Russell Davies - £19.99
The first of two volumes on the social history of Wales in the period 1870–1948, People, Places and Passions concentrates on the social events and changes which created and forged Wales into the mid-twentieth century.   This volume considers ... more
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New Brighton Lifeboats: An Illustrated History of 150 Years of Life-Saving on the Mersey by Nicholas Leach - £14.99
The New Brighton lifeboat station on the Mersey has a fine record of gallantry. The volunteer lifeboat crews have undertaken hundreds of services, including many notable medal-winning rescues. They have provided a rescue service to shipping and craft ... more
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If This is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm - £16.99
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 through ... more
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My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst - £7.99
Emmeline Pankhurst grew up all too aware of the prevailing attitude of her day: that men were considered superior to women. When she was just fourteen she attended her first suffrage meeting, and returned home a confirmed suffragist. Throughout the c ... more
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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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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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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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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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Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Sarah B. Pomeroy - £16.99
"The classic, groundbreaking account of women's lives in Greece and Rome... The first treatment of women in the ancient world reflect the critical insights of modern feminism."(Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement) What did women do in ancient Gr ... 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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