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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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Blood on Steel: Chicago Steelworkers and the Strike of 1937 by Michael Dennis - £13.00
On Memorial Day 1937, thousands of steelworkers, middle-class supporters, and working-class activists gathered at Sam's Place on the Southeast Side of Chicago to protest Republic Steel’s virulent opposition to union recognition and collective bargain ... more
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This Boy: Memoirs of a Childhood by Alan Johnson - £7.99
Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of post-war Britain, but in its tr ... more
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Empire of Secrets: British Intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire by Calder Walton - £9.99
Against the background of the Cold War, and the looming spectre of Soviet-sponsored subversion in Britain’s dwindling colonial possessions, the imperial intelligence service MI5 played a crucial but top secret role in passing power to newly independe ... more
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Travelling to Work: Diaries 1988-1998 by Michael Palin - £25.00
10 years in different directions. The third volume of Michael Palin's celebrated diaries.  Travelling to Work is the third volume of Michael Palin's widely acclaimed diaries. After the Python years and a decade of filming, writing and acting, P ... more
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Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration by Hannah Ellis - £20.00
Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration is a unique collection of specially commissioned essays celebrating the poet's life and work one hundred years after his birth in 1914. Edited by his granddaughter, Hannah Ellis, who introduces each section by th ... more
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The Bucket: Memories of an Inattentive Childhood by Allan Ahlberg - £7.99
'My mother, who was not my mother, I see her now, her raw red cleaner's hands twisting away at her apron as she struggled to speak. Adoption was a shameful business then in many people's eyes, the babies being mostly illegitimate. Better not speak of ... more
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Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas by Emory Douglas, edited by Sam Durant - £19.95
A reformatted and reduced price edition of the first book to show the provocative posters and groundbreaking graphics of the Black Panther Party.   The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, formed in the aftermath of the assassination of Malc ... more
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The Life and Death of the Spanish Republic: A Witness to the Spanish Civil War by Henry Buckley - £12.99
In 1940, Daily Telegraph correspondent Henry Buckley published his eyewitness account of his experiences reporting form the Spanish Civil War. The copies of the book, stored in a warehouse in London, were destroyed during the Blitz and only a handful ... more
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Big Jim: Jim Larkin and the 1913 Lockout by Rory McConville, illustrated by Paddy Lynch - £12.99
The story of Jim Larkin and the lockout of Dublin workers in 1913 led by William Martin Murphy, told in graphic novel form.   On August 26th 1913, the trams of Dublin stopped. The Great Dublin Lockout had begun. Over the next four months, Jame ... more
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What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France by Mary Louise Roberts - £13.50
How do you convince men to charge across heavily mined beaches into deadly machine-gun fire? Do you appeal to their bonds with their fellow soldiers, their patriotism, their desire to end tyranny and mass murder? Certainly — but if you’re the US Army ... more
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Barack Obama: The Making of the Man by David Maraniss - £9.99
In Barack Obama, David Maraniss has written a sweeping narrative which reveals the real story of Obama's beginnings: child of a black man from Luoland and a white woman born in Kansas. He charts the fortunes of the two disparate families, polar oppos ... more
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Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair & Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side by Rayya Elias - £9.99
"She's experienced wealth, cultural alienation, homelessness, brushes with fame, prison, rehab, record deals, a million blown second chances, a dozen broken hearts and one bloody-knuckled ultimate spiritual redemption. She even died once in the proce ... more
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The Sky Wept Fire: My Life as a Chechen Freedom Fighter by Mikail Eldin, translated by Anna Gunin - £14.99
On the eve of the first Chechen war in the 1990s, Mikail Eldin was a young and naïve arts journalist. By the end of the second war, he had become a battle-hardened war reporter and mountain partisan who had endured torture and imprisonment in a conce ... more
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After Auschwitz: A Story of Heartbreak and Survival by the Stepsister of Anne Frank by Eva Schloss - £7.99
Eva was arrested by the Nazis on her fifteenth birthday and sent to Auschwitz. Her survival depended on endless strokes of luck, her own determination and the love and protection of her mother Fritzi, who was deported with her.   When Auschwitz w ... more
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My Family and Other Scousers: A Liverpool Boy's Summer of Adventure in '69 by Dave Joy - £9.99
This evocative memoir recalls the long, heady days of Liverpool in the summer of 1969, as seen through the eyes of eleven-year-old Deejay.   Infused with a distinctive Scouse sense of humour, this book tells the story of how Deejay filled his ... more
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The Jews of South Wales by Ursula R. Q. Henriques - £19.99
The book focuses on the Jewish communities in Cardiff, Swansea and the South Wales valleys in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, looking at their everyday lives and also more dramatic and sensational events such as the Tredegar Riots in 1911 and ... more
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The Only Woman in the Room: A Memoir of Japan, Human Rights, and the Arts by Beate Sirota Gordon - £12.00
In 1946, at age twenty-two, Beate Sirota Gordon helped to draft the new postwar Japanese Constitution. The Only Woman in the Room chronicles how a daughter of Russian Jews became the youngest woman to aid in the rushed, secret drafting of a constitut ... more
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Bohemians: A Graphic History by David Berger and Paul Buhle - £9.99
"Marvelously drawn tribute to free thinkers ... Engaging, informative, and inspiring."(Joe Sacco) The countercultures that came to define bohemia spanned the Atlantic, encompassing Walt Whitman's Brooklyn and the Folies Bergère of Josephine Baker, ... more
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A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland - £9.99
This 'little history' takes on a very big subject: the glorious span of literature from Greek myth to graphic novels, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. John Sutherland is perfectly suited to the task. He has researched, taught, and written ... more
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The Moth: This Is a True Story by Various writers, with an introduction by Neil Gaiman - £12.99
Pull up an easy chair and settle into the most spell-binding collection of real stories you will ever read.   Before television and radio, before penny paperbacks and mass literacy, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their ho ... more
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Comrades in Conscience: The Story of an English Community's Opposition to the Great War by Cyril Pearce - £15.00
Comrades in Conscience is a groundbreaking study of opposition to the First World War in one locality – Huddersfield – where a unique consensus of Nonconformist Liberals and a vigorous labour and socialist movement earned it the reputation of being ‘ ... more
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The Battle for Scotland by Andrew Marr - £8.99
Scots have tried unfamiliar political tactics as they struggle with the dilemma of being a minority inside a centralised state and their experience is now being studied by opposition leaders in England. Yet for many Scots, their own political history ... more
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A Short History of Ireland's Famine by Rúan O'Donnell - £6.99
This condensed history examines why the Great Famine was so catastrophic, and explores its effect on Irish society and culture. It explains the circumstances surrounding the period and addresses issues and characteristics of the time.   Aspect ... more
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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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