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The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records by Stuart Maconie - £9.99
These are the songs that we have listened to, laughed to, loved to and laboured to, as well as downed tools and danced to.   Covering the last seven decades, Stuart Maconie looks at the songs that have sound tracked our changing times, and – ... more
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Fighting Fascism: the British Left and the Rise of Fascism, 1919-39 by Keith Hodgson - £14.99
In the years between the two world wars, fascism triumphed in Italy, Germany, Spain and elsewhere, coming to power after intense struggles with the labour movements of those countries.   This book, available in paperback for the first time, a ... more
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Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father by Alysia Abbott - £9.99
After his wife’s death in 1973, poet and activist Steve Abbott came out of the closet and moved, with his three-year-old daughter, to San Francisco. There they discovered a city bustling with gay men in search of liberation — few of whom had responsi ... more
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Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga by Sylvain Tesson - £9.99
In Consolations of the Forest, Sylvain Tesson explains how he found a radical solution to his need for freedom, one as ancient as the experiences of the hermits of old Russia: he decided to lock himself alone in a cabin in the middle taiga, on the sh ... more
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The Oldest Gay in the Village by George Montague - £8.99
Born in 1923, George Montague has seen many changes in his lifetime, few greater than the attitude towards being gay - attitudes that saw him criminalised for the sin of loving another man.   Here are the moving, if often humorous, memoirs of ... more
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Anne Frank: The Biography by Melissa Müller - £9.99
Tracing Anne Frank’s life from an early childhood in an assimilated family to her adolescence in German-occupied Amsterdam, Melissa Müller’s biography, originally published in 1998, follows her life right up until her desperate end in Bergen Belsen. ... more
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The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 by Selina Todd - £25.00
The twentieth century experienced by over 75% of Britons had little to do with the one we've been taught. The People tells OUR story for the first time.  The Sunday Times bestseller.   'There was nothing extraordinary about my childhood ... more
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Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War to End Apartheid by Alan Wieder - £16.99
Ruth First and Joe Slovo, husband and wife, were leaders of the war to end apartheid in South Africa. Communists, scholars, parents, and uncompromising militants, they were the perfect enemies for the white police state. Together they were swept up i ... more
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A Minority and the State: Travellers in Britain in the Twentieth Century by Becky Taylor - £14.99
This is a new paperback edition of Becky Taylor's history of Britain's travelling communities in the twentieth century. It draws together detailed archival research at local and national level to explore the impact of state and legislative developmen ... more
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The Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda's Cycling Team by Tim Lewis - £9.99
** Winner of the British Sports Book Awards 2014 New Writer of the Year **   Where there is hope there can be redemption.   Meet Adrien Niyonshuti, a member of the Rwandan cycling team. Adrien was seven years old when he lost his family ... more
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A People's History of Scotland by Chris Bambery - £14.99
Nation, people, land: the first history from below of Scotland in over sixty years   A People's History of Scotland looks beyond the kings and queens, the battles and bloody defeats of the past. It captures the history that matters today, stor ... more
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Monty Python at Work by Michael Palin - £9.99
Drawn from his published diaries, this is Michael Palin’s account of the making of the Monty Python TV and stage shows, films, books and albums.   Monty Python at Work opens on 8th July 1969 with Michael Palin’s diary entry for the first day o ... more
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The Guns of August: The Classic Bestselling Account of the Outbreak of the First World War by Barbara W. Tuchman - £10.99
War pressed against every frontier. Suddenly dismayed, governments struggled and twisted to fend it off. It was no use . . .   Barbara Tuchman's universally acclaimed, Pulitzer prize-winning account of how the first thirty days of battle deter ... more
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Flodden: A Scottish Tragedy by Peter Reese - £8.99
In the breadth of bitter-sweet Scottish history there is no more poignant, not more important, battle than Flodden. Before Scotland’s disastrous defeat at the hands of the English under the Earl of Surrey, a proud country under its dynamic Stewart ki ... more
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Introducing the Holocaust: A Graphic Guide by Haim Bresheeth, Stuart Hood and Litza Jansz - £6.99
Popular culture often portrays the Holocaust as a horrific drama played out between Nazi executioners and ghetto Jewish victims - in short, a single aberration of history.  Introducing the Holocaust is a powerful graphic guide that diss ... more
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Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka's Hidden War by Frances Harrison - £8.99
The tropical island of Sri Lanka is a paradise for tourists, but in 2009 it became a hell for its Tamil minority, as decades of civil war between the Tamil Tiger guerrillas and the government reached its bloody climax. Caught in the crossfire were hu ... more
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Meeting the Enemy: The Human Face of the Great War by Richard van Emden - £8.99
A British soldier walked over to the German front line to deliver newspapers; British women married to Germans became ‘enemy aliens’ in their own country; a high-ranking British POW discussed his own troops’ heroism with the Kaiser on the battlefield ... more
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Jews in Britain by Michael Leventhal Richard Goldstein - £6.99
This book tells the epic thousand-year story of Britain’s Jewish community, the country’s oldest minority group, replete with the dark episodes of persecution and expulsion, but also with positive periods of acceptance and toleration. Some Jews came ... more
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The Man In The Rubber Mask by Robert Llewellyn - £8.99
It was 1989 when Robert Llewellyn first had his head encased in the one-piece latex foam rubber balaclava that is the head of Kryten in Red Dwarf series three, and it gave him a distinctly funny turn. Gazing at his own reflection and seeing the face ... more
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A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes - £20.00
The first single-volume history of the century's most tragic and brutal revolution; a brilliant, highly readable narrative in the manner of Simon Schama's Citizens.  Vast in scope, based on exhaustive original research, and written with passion, n ... more
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Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie - £9.99
A frank and compelling account of one of the most extraordinary stories in recent history, from the author of Midnight’s Children.   From the author of The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children, which was awarded the Best of the Booker Prize ... more
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Owain Glyndwr: The Story of the Last Prince of Wales by Terry Breverton - £12.99
If it had not been for Owain Glyndwr’s 15-year struggle against overwhelming odds, the Welsh would not have survived as Europe’s oldest nation. His war is the defining era in the history of Wales. Yet Glyndwr is hardly known – a cultured, literate wa ... more
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The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida, translated by K.A Yoshida and David Mitchell - £8.99
A rare and important insight into the mind of an autistic child.  Written by Naoki Higishida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book explains the often baffling behaviour of autistic children and shows the way they think and feel - such as a ... more
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The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights by Robin Blackburn - £14.99
How slavery shaped the market economy and abolitionists gave us our ideals.   The American Crucible furnishes a vivid and authoritative history of the rise and fall of slavery in the Americas. For over three centuries enslavement promoted th ... more
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Survivor: Auschwitz, The Death March and My Fight for Freedom by Sam Pivnik - £9.99
Now in his eighties, Sam Pivnik tells for the first time the story of his life, a true tale of survival against the most extraordinary odds. Sam Pivnik's life story is a classic testimony of Holocaust survival.   In 1939, on his thirteenth bi ... more
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On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War by Bernard Wasserstein - £10.99
A major history examining the realities of Jewish life across Europe up to the very eve of World War Two.  This is the portrait of a world on the eve of its destruction. Bernard Wasserstein presents a disturbing interpretation of the collapse ... more
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Black Salt: Seafarers of African Descent on British Ships by Ray Costello - £19.99
During the Age of Sail, black seamen could be found in many shipboard roles in the Royal Navy, such as gunners, deck-hands and ‘top men’, working at heights in the rigging. In the later Age of Steam, black seamen were more likely to be found on merch ... more
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Gypsies of Britain by Janet Keet-Black - £6.99
Gypsies have been a part of the British and European social fabric for centuries – and have faced prejudice and oppression for nearly as long, since at least the time of Henry VIII. Theirs is a peripatetic existence, dwelling in tents and in caravans ... more
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Oscar Wilde and His Circle by Simon Callow - £9.99
One of literature's most flamboyant and witty personalities, the much-quoted Oscar Wilde captivated and scandalised late nineteenth-century society in Europe and America.   Wilde was a pioneer of celebrity, whose friends and contemporaries in ... more
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Red Love: The Story of an East German Family by Maxim Leo - £8.99
Winner of the European Book Prize  "The East isn't far away at all. It clings to me, it goes with me everywhere. It's like a big family that you can't shake off ..."   Growing up in East Berlin, Maxim Leo knew not to ask questions. All he knew w ... more
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Boyhood Island: My Struggle, Book 3 by Karl Ove Knausgaard - £12.99
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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A Man In Love: My Struggle, Book 2 by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Don Bartlett - £8.99
An electrifying honest and autobiographical love story from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard.   Longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014   This is a book about leaving your wife and eve ... more
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A Death in the Family: My Struggle, Book 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Don Bartlett - £8.99
A searingly honest, addictive and controversial read from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard. "It's unbelievable. I just read 200 pages of it and I need the next volume like crack. It's completely blown my mind"(Zadie ... more
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Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor by Ruth Richardson - £10.99
The recent discovery that as a young man Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide, and the campaign to save the workhouse from demolition caught the public imagination.   Internationally, t ... more
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The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat by James Bowen - £7.99
The sequel to the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob continues the remarkable adventures of James and Bob showing - through new stories - how Bob's extraordinary street wisdom has shown James the meaning of friendship, loyalty, trust - and happiness. ... more
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Kill Anything That Moves by Nick Turse - £11.99
Based on classified documents and first-person interviews, a startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians.  The American Empire Project Winner of the Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction  Americans have long b ... more
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Tibet: A History by Sam van Schaik - £12.99
Situated north of the Himalayas, Tibet is famous for its unique culture and its controversial assimilation into modern China. Yet Tibet in the twenty-first century can only be properly understood in the context of its extraordinary history.   ... more
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The Unwinding: Thirty Years of American Decline by George Packer - £9.99
America is in crisis. In the space of a generation, it has become more than ever a country of winners and losers, leaving the social contract in pieces. In The Unwinding, George Packer narrates the story of America over the past three decades, bringi ... more
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A Fort of Nine Towers by Qais Akbar Omar - £8.99
With all the emotional power of The Kite Runner, this is the very first true life account of growing up in Afghanistan, by a writer who still lives in Kabul.  Qais Akbar Omar’s young life coincided with one of the most convulsive decades in Afghan h ... more
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The Russian Revolution: A Beginner's Guide by Abraham Ascher - £9.99
When the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917 the world held its breath. Here suddenly was the first modern socialist state, 'a kingdom more bright that any heaven had to offer'. But the dream was short lived and the following decades of internal struggle ... more
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The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius and Autism by Kristine Barnett - £8.99
Kristine Barnett's son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein and a photographic memory. At nine he developed an original theory in astrophysics that may earn a Nobel Prize. But Jake's story is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was ... more
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Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance by Michael Goldfarb - £14.99
For almost 500 years, the Jews of Europe were kept apart, confined to ghettos or tiny villages in the countryside. Then, in one extraordinary moment in the French Revolution, the Jews of France were emancipated. Soon the ghetto gates were opened all ... more
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Gandhi: My Life is My Message by Jason Quinn, illustrated by Sachin Nagar - £8.99
How did this shy, unassuming lawyer transform himself into the leader of India’s freedom movement? Renouncing wealth, ambition, and comfort, Gandhi led by example, becoming one with the people he sought to free, facing imprisonment, hardship, and hum ... more
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Vanishing for the Vote: Suffrage, Citizenship and the Battle for the Census by Jill Liddington - £16.99
Vanishing for the Vote recounts what happened on one night, Sunday 2 April, 1911, when the Liberal government demanded every household comply with its census requirements. Suffragette organisations urged women, all still voteless, to boycott this cen ... more
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Vincent by Barbara Stok - £12.99
A portrait of Van Gogh's turbulent stay in Provence.   Vincent dreams of setting up an artists' house in Arles for himself and his friends. However, his attacks of mental illness confuse and disorient him, culminating in the notorious inciden ... more
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When Fraser Met Billy by Louise Booth - £14.99
Billy the cat was rescued from an abandoned house. Fraser was a two-year-old autistic child with a multitude of problems when he first met Billy at the cat protection shelter. Billy purred, laid his paws across Fraser and they have been inseparable e ... more
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Still Standing: The Savage Years by Paul O'Grady - £7.99
Lilian Maeve Veronica Savage, international sex kitten, was born on the steps of The Legs of Man public house, Lime Street, Liverpool on a policeman’s overcoat. Her mother, the lady wrestler Hell Cat Savage, had no such luxuries as gas and air. She j ... more
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Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968 by Daniel Singer - £14.99
An essential history of the May 1968 upheaval in France — and how it changed the world.   Prelude to Revolution is the indispensable study of May 1968. Generations have looked to this book for inspiration. Singer, who died in 2000, was widely ... more
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Let Me Tell You a Story: One Girl's Escape from the Nazis by Renata Calverley - £8.99
Przemysl, Poland, 1939. Two-year-old Renata is woken by her Mamusia in the middle of the night and bundled into the basement. The peacock quilt she is wrapped in reminds her of a story about a giant who guards a mysterious place called the Underworld ... more
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Elgar's Best Friend: Alfred Rodewald of Liverpool by John E. Kelly - £11.99
The words of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and the tune from Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1 are extremely well known. But few people will be aware that a Liverpool cotton merchant, Alfred Rodewald, was one of the dedicatees of that famous march. ... more
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The Little Book of Ireland by Ciara Boylan - £9.99
The Little Book of Ireland is a funny, fast-paced, fact-packed compendium of the sort of fascinating, frivolous and fantastic information which no one will want to be without. Full of details about the country, past and present, this volume covers su ... more
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