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When The Clyde Ran Red: A Social History of Red Clydeside by Maggie Craig - £9.99
When the Clyde Ran Red paints a vivid picture of the heady days when revolution was in the air on Clydeside. Through the bitter strike at the huge Singer Sewing machine plant in Clydebank in 1911, Bloody Friday in Glasgow’s George Square in 1919, t ... more
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The NHS at 70: A Living History by Ellen Welch - £12.99
At midnight on 5th July 1948, the National Health Service was born with the founding principal to be free at the point of use and based on clinical need rather than on a person’s ability to pay. Seventy years since its formation, these core princip ... more
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Organized Labor And The Black Worker 1619-1981 by Philip S. Foner - £18.99
In this classic account, historian Philip Foner traces the radical history of Black workers’ contribution to the American labor movement. "Organized Labor and the Black Worker… documents a very long history of trade union and white working-cla ... more
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After Kathy Acker: A Biography by Chris Kraus - £9.99
Rich girl, street punk, lost girl and icon ... scholar, stripper, victim and media-whore: The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, created mostly by Acker herself. The media storm that surrounded Kathy Acker's books was ... more
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Swell by Jenny Landreth - £9.99
SHORLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017   These days, swimming may seem like an egalitarian pastime, open to anyone with a swimsuit – but this wasn't always the case. In the 19th century, swimming was almost exclusively ... more
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Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa - £12.99
"I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have c ... more
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Mandela: His Essential Life by Peter Hain - £9.99
Mandela: His Essential Life chronicles the life and legacy of one of the twentieth century's most influential and admired statesmen. Charting his development from remote rural roots to city lawyer, freedom fighter, and then political leader, Peter Ha ... more
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The Russian Revolution: A View from the Third World by Walter Rodney - £16.99
Renowned Pan-African and socialist theorist on the Bolshevik Revolution and its post-colonial legacy.   In his short life, Guyanese intellectual Walter Rodney emerged as one of the foremost thinkers and activists of the anticolonial revolution ... more
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This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe - £7.99
The Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress delivers a much-awaited memoir which is wise, complex, smart and funny.   This Is Just My Face is the whirlwind tour of Gabourey Sidibe’s life so far. In it, we meet her polygamous father, ... more
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We Were the Future by Yael Neeman - £9.99
The kibbutzim are collective settlements in Israel which have been written about extensively over the years, and are praised as the only example in world history of entire communities attempting, voluntarily, to live in total equality. Conceived as a ... more
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Chase the Rainbow by Poorna Bell - £8.99
An honest yet uplifting account of a woman's life affected (but not defined) by the suicide of her husband and the deadly paradox of modern-day masculinity.   Punk rocker, bird nerd and book lover Rob Bell had a full, happy life. He had a lov ... more
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The Cold War: A New Oral History of Life Between East and West by Bridget Kendall - £12.99
The Cold War is one of the furthest-reaching and longest-lasting conflicts in modern history. It spanned the globe - from Greece to China, Hungary to Cuba - and lasted for almost half a century. It has shaped political relations to this day, drawing ... more
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Watling Street: Travels Through Britain and Its Ever-Present Past by John Higgs - £9.99
A journey along one of Britain's oldest roads, from Dover to Anglesey, in search of the hidden history that makes us who we are today.   Long ago a path was created by the passage of feet tramping through endless forests. Gradually that path becam ... more
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The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West by Peter Cozzens - £10.99
In a sweeping narrative, Peter Cozzens tells the gripping story of the wars that destroyed native ways of life as the American nation continued its expansion onto tribal lands after the Civil War, setting off a conflict that would last nearly three d ... more
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Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin - £9.99
"A sweet, filthy peach of a memoir from a cultural explosion of a man."(Caitlin Moran) Born in the mid-twentieth century and raised in the heart of conservative North Carolina, Armistead Maupin lost his virginity to another man “on the very spot ... more
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War to Windrush: Black Women in Britain 1939-1948 by Stephen Bourne - £12.99
From the author of Black Poppies, Fighting Proud and Evelyn Dove comes a timely new account exploring Britain’s diverse history from the Second World War to the Empire Windrush and beyond, told through the experiences of black British women.  ... more
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Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith by Mary Beard - £15.00
Companion to the major new BBC documentary series Civilisations, presented by Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Simon Schama   The idea of 'civilisation' has always been debated, even fought over. At the heart of those debates lies the big questio ... more
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Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina - £8.99
From activist, Pussy Riot member and freedom fighter Maria Alyokhina, a raw, hallucinatory, passionate account of her arrest, trial and imprisonment in a penal colony in the Urals for standing up for what she believed in.  People who believe in f ... more
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Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith and Family by Garrard Conley - £9.99
The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.   When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his ... more
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Other People's Houses by Lore Segal - £8.99
A new edition marking the 80th Anniversary of the Kindertransport.   Nine months after the Nazi occupation of Austria, 600 Jewish children assembled at Vienna station to board the first of the kindertransports bound for Britain. Among them was ... more
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Boys Don't Cry: A Story of Love, Depression and Men by Tim Grayburn - £9.99
A story that will help make sense of depression and anxiety for people who might not recognise those feelings in themselves or others.   Meet Tim.   For nearly a decade Tim kept his depression secret. It made him feel so weak and shamef ... more
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The Stopping Places: A Journey Through Gypsy Britain by Damian Le Bas - £14.99
*BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week*  'I needed to get to the stopping places, so I needed to get on the road. It was the road where I might at last find out where I belonged.'   Damian Le Bas grew up surrounded by Gypsy history. His great-g ... more
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My Life by Marc Chagall - £9.99
'Here is my soul. Look for me here; here I am, here are my pictures, my roots'  Marc Chagall, one of the twentieth century's most popular artists, grew up in a close-knit, bustling Russian-Jewish community, the son of a herring seller. In his col ... more
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Work: The Last 1,000 Years by Andrea Komlosy - £16.99
Tracing the complexity and contradictory nature of work throughout history   Say the word “work,” and most people think of some form of gainful employment. Yet this limited definition has never corresponded to the historical experience of ... more
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The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story by Christie Watson - £14.99
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER *BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week*  An astonishing memoir about nursing and an urgent call for compassion and kindness.   Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death and from ... more
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Out of the Madhouse: An Insider's Guide to Managing Depression and Anxiety by Michael Maitland and Iain Maitland - £12.99
Once upon a time, there lived a happy family called the Maitlands. Iain, the father, was a writer. Tracey, the mother, worked at a nearby school. They had three bright and charming children, Michael, Sophie and Adam. It looked like the perfect family ... more
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101 Things You Need to Know About Suffragettes by Maggie Andrews and Janis Lomas - £9.99
Suffragettes learned jiu-jitsu, repelled policemen with their hatpins, burnt down football stadiums and planted bombs. They rented a house near to Holloway Prison and sang rebel anthems to the Suffragettes inside. They barricaded themselves into thei ... more
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Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day by Peter Ackroyd - £9.99
*** A Sunday Times Bestseller ***   In Roman Londinium the city was dotted with lupanaria (‘wolf dens’ or public pleasure houses), fornices (brothels) and thermiae (hot baths). Then came the Emperor Constantine, with his bishops, monks and ... more
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A Normal Family: Everyday Adventures With Our Autistic Son by Henry Normal - £16.99
Johnny is nineteen. He likes music, art and going to the beach. He is also autistic - in his case that means he will probably never get a job, never have a girlfriend, never leave home. And over the last nineteen years this is what his father, TV pro ... more
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May Day Manifesto 1968 by Raymond Williams (Editor) - £10.99
Anniversary edition of the classic political manifesto.   Urgently relevant to current arguments about the crisis of austerity, the 1968 manifesto set out a new agenda for socialist Britain, after the failure of the postwar consensus. It sought to ... more
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All You Need to Know... Slavery by James Walvin - £9.99
Nowadays slavery is condemned almost everywhere as an abomination. For centuries, however, it was freedom, not slavery, which was the unusual condition in most parts of the world. And while today slavery is most commonly associated with the movement ... more
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Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands by Stuart Hall - £9.99
'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 Jamaica ... more
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Fifteen Things They Forgot to Tell You About Autism by Debby Elley - £12.99
Alec and Bobby are twins with autism, but nobody could ever say they are the same. Here, their mum gives a down-to-earth account of their family life, proving that autism is not one-size-fits-all. This honest and funny book shares experience and advi ... more
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The Moth - All These Wonders: 49 New True Stories by Catherine Burns (Editor) - £9.99
From storytelling phenomenon The Moth: a collection about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best stories ever told on their stages.  All These Wonders features The Moth's customary variety of voices. Storytellers range fro ... more
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This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay - £8.99
"Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable."(Stephen Fry) Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year Winner of the Books Are My Bag Non-Fiction Book of the Year Winner o ... more
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An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King by William F. Pepper - £12.99
Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, we are still grappling with the familiar, difficult truths about race in America. The injustices he resisted are still a part of our everyday life, and racism is as much a driving force in our ... more
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Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World by John Man - £9.99
Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors. Equal to men in battle, legends claimed they cut off their right breasts to improve their archer ... more
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Stay With Me, Rhys by Melanie Jones - £7.99
‘Stay with me, Rhys,’ I kept saying over and over again. ‘Please stay with me. I love you.’  There was still no expression in his eyes. I was talking and talking to him, desperate to let him know I was there, but there was no flicker in his ... more
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Conundrum by Jan Morris - £8.99
As one of Britain's best and most loved travel writers, Jan Morris has led an extraordinary life. Perhaps her most remarkable work is this grippingly honest account of her ten-year transition from man to woman - its pains and joys, its frustrations a ... more
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Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra - £9.99
How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world - from American 'shooters' and ISIS to Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social med ... more
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Miss Muriel Matters: The Fearless Suffragist Who Fought for Equality by Robert Wainwright - £9.99
In 1908 Muriel Matters, known as ‘that daring Australian girl’, chained herself to an iron grille in the House of Commons to demand votes for women, thus becoming the first woman to make a speech in the House. The following year she made headline ... more
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The Secret Life of a Black Aspie: A Memoir by Anand Prahlad - £16.50
Anand Prahlad was born on a former plantation in Virginia in 1954. This memoir, vividly internal, powerfully lyrical, and brilliantly impressionistic, is his story.   For the first four years of his life, Prahlad didn’t speak. But his silenc ... more
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The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border by Garrett Carr - £8.99
In the wake of the EU referendum, the United Kingdom’s border with Ireland has gained greater significance: it is set to become the frontier with the European Union.   To uncover its secret landscape, with a troubled past and an uncertain fu ... more
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My European Family: The First 54,000 Years by Karin Bojs - £9.99
Karin Bojs grew up in a small, broken family. At her mother's funeral she felt this more keenly than ever. As a science journalist she was eager to learn more about herself, her family and the interconnectedness of society. After all, we're all relat ... more
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Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes - £9.99
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 a o ... more
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'I Was Transformed': Frederick Douglass: An American Slave in Victorian Britain by Laurence Fenton - £20.00
In the summer of 1845, Frederick Douglass, the young runaway slave catapulted to fame by his incendiary autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, arrived in Liverpool for the start of a near-two-year tour of Brita ... more
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I Must Belong Somewhere by Jonathan Dean - £8.99
From Sunday Times journalist Jonathan Dean, a journey into his family history, which throws up surprising parallels with the present-day refugee crisis.  Jonathan Dean's great-grandfather, David Schapira, lived a life of epic achievement and ... more
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A Hero for High Times by Ian Marchant - £16.99
Deep in a wood in the Marches of Wales, in an ancient school bus there lives an old man called Bob Rowberry.   A Hero for High Times is the story of how he ended up in this broken-down bus. It's also the story of his times, and the ideas that ... more
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The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir by Peter Gajdics - £17.99
Author Peter Gajdics spent six years in a bizarre form of conversion therapy (delivered in the form of primal therapy) that attempted to "cure" him of his homosexuality. Kept with other patients in a cult-like home in British Columbia, Canada, Gajdic ... more
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The Twelve Apostles by Tim Pat Coogan - £8.99
Ireland, 1919: When Sinn Féin proclaims Dáil Éireann the parliament of the independent Irish republic, London declares the new assembly to be illegal, and a vicious guerilla war breaks out between republican and crown forces. Michael Collins, inte ... more
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Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport by Deborah Oppenheimer - £9.99
With a preface by Lord Richard Attenborough, a collection of accounts from some of the 10,000 children rescued from the Nazi Regime and brought to the UK by the Kinderstransport scheme.  In November 1938, international public opinion was shoc ... more
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