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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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Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923 by R F Foster - £10.99
A searing cultural history of the remarkable generation who transformed Ireland, from R. F. Foster.   TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR and OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014   Vivid Faces surveys the lives and beliefs of the p ... more
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Great Irish Reportage by John Horgan - £9.99
Reports and dispatches from Ireland's finest writers: the first-ever anthology of Irish reportage.   Alongside its world-famous tradition of great fiction, Ireland has a less well known but thrilling tradition of reportage: journalism, dispatc ... more
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Rolling Stonemason: An Autobiography by Fred Bower - £12.99
Annotated and with an Introduction by Ron Noon and Sam Davies   Fred Bower had a full adventurous life and wrote about it in his own vivid and racy idiom. He was born in Boston, Mass. in 1871.   Brought up in Liverpool, he recalls a ci ... more
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Celtic Mythology: The Nature and Influence of Celtic Myth - From Druidism to Arthurian Legend by Ward Rutherford - £8.99
In this lively and absorbing account of the world of Celtic myth and the role it has played in the development of western culture, Ward Rutherford explores one of the jewels of European cultural heritage. In so doing he demonstrates how deeply Celtic ... more
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The Heroic Slave: A Cultural and Critical Edition by Frederick Douglass; Edited by R.S. Levine, J. Stauffer, and J.R. McKivigan - £7.99
First published nearly a decade prior to the Civil War, The Heroic Slave is the only fictional work by abolitionist, orator, author, and social reformer Frederick Douglass, himself a former slave. It is inspired by the true story of Madison Washingto ... more
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A Socialist History of the French Revolution by Jean Jaurès - £25.00
"Every revolutionary party, every oppressed people, every oppressed working class can claim Jaurès, his memory, his example, and his person, for our own"(Leon Trotsky) Jean Jaurès was the celebrated French Socialist Party leader, assassinated in 1 ... more
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The Iceberg: A Memoir by Marion Coutts - £8.99
In 2008 the art critic Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The tumour was located in the area controlling speech and language, and would eventually rob him of the ability to speak. He died early in 2011. Marion Coutts was his wife.  ... more
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Women of the World: The Rise of the Female Diplomat by Helen McCarthy - £9.99
Throughout the twentieth century and long before, hundreds of determined British women defied the social conventions of their day in order to seek adventure and influence on the world stage. Some became travellers and explorers; others business-owner ... more
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Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London's Radical History by David Rosenberg - £9.99
The radical response to conservative heritage tours and banal day-tripper guides, Rebel Footprints brings to life the history of social movements in the capital. Transporting readers from well-known landmarks to history-making hidden corners, David R ... more
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Eat, Sleep, Cycle: A Bike Ride Around the Coast of Britain by Anna Hughes - £8.99
For Anna, a cycling enthusiast, the decision to ride 4,000 miles solo around the coast of the UK wasn’t that hard. But after epic highs, incredible lows, unforgettable scenery and unpronounceable place names, her simple idea turns into a compelling j ... more
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Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography by Paul Merton - £7.99
Known for his intelligent and often surreal humour, Paul Merton’s weekly appearances on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You – as well as Radio 4’s Just A Minute and his travel documentaries – have seen him become an artfully rebellious fixture in our live ... more
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On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks - £20.00
An impassioned, tender and joyous memoir by the author of Musicophilia and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.  When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: 'Sacks will go far, if he does not go too ... more
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Down the Crooked Road: My Autobiography by Mary Black - £9.99
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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Cugoano Against Slavery by Martin Hoyles - £9.99
Out of the three leading black figures in eighteenth-century England (Sancho, Equiano and Cugoano), Ottobah Cugoano is the least well known. Yet he was the most radical, campaigning not just against the slave trade but for a ‘total abolition of slave ... more
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The Blind Man of Hoy by Red Szell - £8.99
'From the moment I watched a documentary of Chris Bonington and Tom Patey climb the perpendicular flanks of the Old Man of Hoy I knew that my life would not be complete until I had followed in their footholds. That was in 1983 when I was thirteen. Wi ... more
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Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir by Alan Cumming - £8.99
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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Pitch Black: The Story of Black British Footballers by Emy Onuora - £16.99
When Paul Canoville took to the pitch for Chelsea in 1982, he was prepared for abuse. When the monkey chanting and the banana throwing started, he wasn't surprised. He wasn't prepared, however, for the abuse to be coming from his own side.   C ... more
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Sailing Close to the Wind: Reminiscences by Dennis Skinner - £9.99
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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Steven Gerrard: Fifty Defining Fixtures by Tony Matthews - £12.99
Steven George Gerrard MBE (born 30 May 1980) is an English footballer who plays for and captains Premier League club Liverpool. He has played much of his career in a centre midfield role, but also as a second striker, holding midfielder, right-back a ... more
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Inside Alcatraz: My Time on the Rock by Jim Quillen - £12.99
Each day we saw the outside world in all its splendour, and each day that view served as a reminder that we had wasted and ruined our lives.   Jim Quillen, AZ586 - a runaway, problem child and petty thief - was jailed several times before his ... more
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More Fool Me by Stephen Fry - £8.99
Stephen Fry invites readers to take a glimpse at his life story in the unputdownable More Fool Me.  'Oh dear I am an arse. I expect there'll be what I believe is called an "intervention" soon. I keep picturing it. All my friends bearing dow ... more
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Granuaile: Queen of Storms by Dave Hendrick, illustrated by Luca Pizzari - £9.99
It is a time of invasion, it is a time of adventure.   In the sixteenth century, Granuaile, warrior and leader, was the terror of the North Atlantic and the most feared woman in Ireland, controlling huge parts of the west coast in defiance of ... more
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The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono - £10.99
A beautiful gift edition of this classic fable about one man's quest to create a forest, with a new introduction by Richard Mabey.   In 1910, while hiking through the wild lavender in a wind-swept, desolate valley in Provence, a man comes acr ... more
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For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind by Rosemary Mahoney - £13.99
In the tradition of Oliver Sacks's The Island of the Colorblind, Rosemary Mahoney tells the story of Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind in Tibet, and of Sabriye Tenberken, the remarkable blind woman who founded the school.   F ... more
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Light from the East: How the Science of Medieval Islam Helped to Shape the Western World by John Freely - £12.99
Long before the European Renaissance, while the western world was languishing in what was once called the 'Dark Ages', the Arab world was ablaze with the creativity of its Golden Age. This is the story of how Islamic science, which began in eighth-ce ... more
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All Day Long: A Portrait of Britain at Work by Joanna Biggs - £14.99
A vibrant narrative portrait of the UK today in the vein of Craig Taylor's Londoners, woven from the voices of its workforce.  The average person spends 100,000 hours of their life at work, but how much do we really know about what we do with ... more
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Northern ReSisters: Conversations with Radical Women by Bernadette Hyland - £5.95
Bernadette Hyland interviews nine women from the North of England (including our own Mandy!) who have been active in some of the most important political campaigns of the last forty years, including trade unionism, Women's Liberation, anti-racism, th ... more
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The Valley: A Hundred Years in the Life of a Yorkshire Family by Richard Benson - £9.99
The close-knit villages of the Dearne Valley were home to four generations of the Hollingworth family. Spanning Richard Benson's great-grandmother Winnie's ninety-two years in the valley, and drawing on years of historical research, interviews and an ... more
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Charlie Chaplin by Peter Ackroyd - £7.99
A fresh look at Chaplin from the masterful Peter Ackroyd.  He was the very first icon of the silver screen, and is one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood, even a hundred years on from his first film. But what of the man behind the mous ... more
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Dancing in the Dark: My Struggle, Book 4 by Karl Ove Knausgaard - £17.99
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 villa ... more
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The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks - £16.99
From James Rebanks, the Herdwick Shepherd, comes The Shepherd's Life, a story of the Lake District and its people which could redefine the literature of rural life.   Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't ... more
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Eclipse and Re-Emergence of the Communist Movement by Gilles Dauvé - £10.99
In the years following 1968, a number of people involved in the most radical aspects of the French general strike felt the need to reflect on their experiences and to relate them to past revolutionary endeavors. This meant studying previous attempts ... more
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Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of America's Fugitive Slaves by Eric Foner - £18.99
When slavery was a routine part of life in America's South, a secret network of activists and escape routes enabled slaves to make their way to freedom in what is now Canada. The 'underground railroad' has become part of folklore, but one part of the ... more
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The Family Project: A Creative Handbook for Anyone Who Wants to Discover Their Family Story by John-Paul Flintoff and Harriet Green - £12.99
Every family has a story to tell. This is yours. Think of your favourite family holidays, recipes, jokes and often repeated tales. Wouldn't it be great to record them before they're lost to history?   Harriet Green and John-Paul Flintoff are ... more
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