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Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War by Amanda Vaill - £9.99
Amid the rubble of a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe, the Hotel Florida on Madrid's chic Gran Via has become a haven for foreign journalists and writers. It is here that six people meet and find their l ... more
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An Alternative Labour History: Worker Control and Workplace Democracy by Dario Azzellini (Editor) - £18.99
The global financial crisis has led to a new shop-floor militancy. Radical forms of protest and new workers’ takeovers have sprung up all over the globe. In the US, Republic Windows and Doors started production under worker control in January 2013. L ... more
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The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914 by Douglas Newton - £9.99
A radical re-examination of the events surrounding Britain’s entry into the Great War.  The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War may be commemorated by some as a great moment of national history. But the standard history of Britai ... more
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Gone to Ground: One Woman's Extraordinary Account of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany by Marie Jalowicz-Simon - £14.99
Thrilling and terrifying by turns, this is the gripping account of a young Jewish woman who survived the Second World War by going to ground in Berlin.   Berlin 1941. Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen-year-old Jewish woman, makes an extraordina ... more
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The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 by Selina Todd - £10.99
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 or backgro ... more
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I Met Lucky People: The Story of the Romani Gypsies by Yaron Matras - £9.99
In I Met Lucky People, Yaron Matras, the world's leading authority on the Romani, explains why we need to reconsider how we view their culture.  Who are the Romani people? As one of the last remaining societies in the Western hemisphere with a str ... more
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Dreams of the Good Life: The Life of Flora Thompson and the Creation of Lark Rise to Candleford by Richard Mabey - £9.99
While the Lark Rise to Candleford trilogy, Flora Thompson's much-loved portrait of life in the English countryside, has inspired a hit television series, relatively little is known about the author herself.   In this highly original book, b ... more
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Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi - £20.00
THE SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   Since 2002, Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. Although he was order ... more
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Merseyside at War by Anthony Hogan - £12.99
As one of Britain’s largest cities, Liverpool was heavily targeted during the two world wars. Many residents of Merseyside lost their lives in the conflict, both in active combat and as a result of hardships on the Home Front. In this book, author An ... more
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From a Rock to a Hard Place: Memories of the 1984/85 Miner's Strike by Beverley Trounce - £12.99
By the end of the notorious 1984/85 miners’ strike many wanted to forget their painful experiences. Thirty years on people are ready to look back and talk about what happened in England during this defining moment of industrial action.  Beverley ... more
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If This is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm - £25.00
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 thr ... more
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The Boy in the Book by Nathan Penlington - £8.99
As a boy, Nathan Penlington had loved 'Choose Your Own Adventures', the bestselling phenomenon of the 1980s which thrust the reader into the role of main character and compelled them to make decisions and direct the flow of the story.   When N ... more
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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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The Battle of Britishness: Migrant Journeys: 1685 to the Present by Tony Kushner - £19.99
This pioneering study of migrant journeys to Britain begins with Huguenot refugees in the 1680s and continues to asylum seekers and East European workers today. Analysing the history and memory of migrant journeys, covering not only the response of p ... more
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Britain's Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya by Caroline Elkins - £14.99
A controversial and authoritative account of the waning days of British Empire in Kenya, and the little known destruction of thousands of Kenyans at the hands of the British.  Only a few years after Britain defeated fascism came the Mau Mau uprising ... more
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A Tale of Two Teds: Builders of Liverpool Homes by Ted Clement-Evans - £8.95
A pencil written diary of 1894, not discovered until October 2013, forms the first part of A Tale of Two Teds.   Consisting of daily entries by a 16 year old apprentice joiner, it sheds a fresh light on how the Welsh built so many of the streets a ... more
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The Politics of Dissent: A Biography of E D Morel by Donald Mitchell - £11.00
Morel was an author, journalist, radical campaigner and Member of Parliament. His pursuit of social justice and human rights, his trenchant critique of the establishment, and his extraordinarily prolific output made him both loved and hated by his co ... more
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Conscientious Objectors of the First World War: A Determined Resistance by Ann Kramer - £19.99
The story of conscientious objection in Britain begins in 1916, when conscription was introduced for the first time. Some 16,000 men — the first conscientious objectors — refused conscription because they believed on grounds of conscience that it was ... 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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