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Daring Women of History: Amelia Earhart by Mike Roussel - £9.99
A pioneering aviator and advocate of women’s equality, Amelia Earhart was, and continues to be, an inspiration to people the world over. Her fierce determination to break records and push the boundaries of aviation led her to become the first woman ... more
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The Long and Winding Road by Alan Johnson - £8.99
Winner of the Parliamentary Book Award, best memoir by a Parliamentarian, 2016  From the condemned slums of Southam Street in West London to the corridors of power in Westminster, Alan Johnson’s multi-award-winning autobiography charts an e ... more
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Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, the Band, Van Morrison Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in Woodstock by Barney Hoskyns - £9.99
Think 'Woodstock' and the mind turns to the seminal 1969 festival that crowned a seismic decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But Woodstock itself was over 60 miles from the site to which the fabled half a million flocked. So why the misnomer? Qui ... more
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Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas - £8.99
The heartbreaking memoir of artistic, sexual and political freedom in Castro's Cuba, with a new foreword by Garth Greenwell.  Reinaldo Arenas was born to a poverty-stricken family in rural Cuba. By the time of his death in New York four decades l ... more
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Black German: An Afro-German Life in the Twentieth Century by Theodor Michael, translated by Eve Rosenhaft - £14.99
This is the first English translation of an important document in the history of the black presence in Germany and Europe: the autobiography of Theodor Michael.   Theodor Michael is among the few surviving members of the first generation of ... more
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Darkness Over Germany: A Warning from History by E Amy Buller - £15.00
Darkness Over Germany delivers a stark warning from history of how a man with little political experience rose up as a voice of the people, a voice for the disenfranchised who were suffering the injustices of social inequality and unemployment. &nbs ... more
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Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction by David N. Myers - £7.99
How have the Jews survived? For millennia, they have defied odds by overcoming the travails of exile, persecution, and recurring plans for their annihilation. Many have attempted to explain this singular success as a result of divine intervention.  ... more
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And the Spirit Moved Them: The Lost Radical History of America's First Feminists by Helen LaKelly Hunt - £16.99
Foreword by Cornel West. "Let me suggest, then, that the opening Chapter go farther back than 1848... From the time of the first Convention on Women — in New York 1837 — the battle began"(Lucretia Mott, to Elizabeth Cady Stanton) A decade p ... more
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Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy 1905-1953 by Simon Ings - £10.99
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION   War-torn, unstable and virtually bankrupt, revolutionary Russia tried to light its way to the future with the fitful glow of science. It succeeded through terror, folly and crime – b ... more
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Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman - £10.99
Illuminating biography of legendary composer, musician and performer Paul McCartney.  The first biography written with Paul McCartney's approval and with access to family members and friends closest to him.  Superbly evoking half a ce ... more
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Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir by Joel Grey - £14.99
Joel Grey, the Tony and Academy Award-winning Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret finally tells his remarkable life story.   Born Joel David Katz to a wild and wooly Jewish American family in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932, Joel began his life in the th ... more
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At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces by Mary Collins and Donald Collins - £13.99
In this collaborative memoir, a parent and a transgender son recount wrestling with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical-treatment options to better align his body with his gender identity.   As a parent, Mary Collins didn’t agr ... more
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Ten Years on the Parish: The Autobiography and Letters of George Garrett by Mike Morris, Tony Wailey, and Andrew Davies (Editors) - £12.00
George Garrett’s autobiographical work Ten Years On The Parish, published here in full for the first time since it was written in the late 1930s, shines a light on the hardships and poverty endured by many in the years between the wars. Garrett was ... more
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Marx, Freud, Einstein: Heroes of the Mind by Corinne Maier and Anne Simon - £14.99
Brought together for the first time, this collection of witty graphic biographies delves into the minds of three of the most controversial, outspoken, and important thinkers from the 19th and 20th centuries.   Through Anne Simon’s irreverent ... more
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Ireland - The Autobiography: One Hundred Years of Irish Life, Told by Its People by John Bowman - £9.99
Ireland in its own words: a dazzling compendium.   Over the past hundred years, Ireland has undergone profound political, social and cultural changes. But one thing that has not changed is the Irish genius for observation and storytelling, inv ... more
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The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition by Manisha Sinha - £16.99
A groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War.  Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as b ... more
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King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia by Asfa-Wossen Asserate - £12.99
He was the scion of a dynasty that was reputed to descend from King Solomon, a pioneer of African unity and independence, a staunch confederate of the Allies in their fight against the fascist Axis powers and the messiah of the Jamaican Rastafarian m ... more
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Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti - £9.99
Author and Guardian US columnist Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a darkly funny and bracing memoir, Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes from the every day to the exi ... more
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Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes - £16.99
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 ... more
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The Seven: The Lives and Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic by Ruth Dudley Edwards - £9.99
On Easter Sunday, 23 April 1916, the seven members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood's military council met to proclaim an Irish Republic with themselves as the provisional government. After a week of fighting with the British army on the streets o ... more
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Life After Life: A Guildford Four Memoir by Paddy Armstrong, with Mary-Elaine Tynan - £12.99
Looking back over the last six, almost seven decades, the images that flash through my mind are hardly believable – sometimes, it feels like I’m remembering someone else’s life. The truth is, I’ve lived three very different lives: the one bef ... more
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A Gift from Darkness: How I Escaped with My Daughter from Boko Haram by Patience Ibrahim and Andrea C. Hoffmann - £13.99
A Gift from Darkness is the harrowing yet inspirational story of a young, pregnant Nigerian girl and the hell she endured for the sake of her unborn child when she was kidnapped by Boko Haram.  When Patience Ibrahim's husband died, she feare ... more
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October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville - £18.99
Award-winning author China Miéville plunges us into the year the world was turned upside down.   On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, China Miéville tells the extraordinary story of this pivotal moment in history.   In Februa ... more
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Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe's Deep Establishment by Yanis Varoufakis - £20.00
"One of the greatest political memoirs of all time"(Guardian) What happens when you take on the establishment? In this blistering, personal account, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis blows the lid on Europe's hidden agenda and exposes what a ... more
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Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands by Stuart Hall - £25.00
'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 Jam ... more
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Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 by Adam Hochschild - £9.99
From the moment it began in 1936, the Spanish Civil War became the political question of the age. Hitler and Mussolini quickly sent aircraft, troops and supplies to the right-wing generals bent on overthrowing Spain's elected government. Millions of ... more
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The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw - £8.99
If I had not kissed anyone, or danced with anyone, or had a reason to cry, the music made me feel as if I had gone through all that anyway... the music attracted and repelled, organised and disturbed and then let us into the night, clusters of emotio ... more
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Notes on Blindness: A Journey Through the Dark by John Hull - £8.99
'It's a gift. Not a gift I want, but it is a gift'   Days before the birth of his first son, writer and academic John M. Hull started to go blind. He would lose his sight entirely, plunged into darkness, unable to distinguish any sense of light or ... more
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The Benn Diaries by Tony Benn - £30.00
Tony Benn was one of the twentieth century's most charismatic politicians. The Benn Diaries, kept for almost seventy years, are a uniquely authoritative, fascinating and readable record of the political life of our times.  This single-volume ... more
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The Lancashire Witches: A Chronicle of Sorcery and Death on Pendle Hill by Philip C. Almond - £10.99
In the febrile religious and political climate of late sixteenth-century England, when the grip of the Reformation was as yet fragile and insecure, and underground papism still perceived to be rife, Lancashire was felt by the Protestant authorities t ... more
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Bob Crow: Socialist, Leader, Fighter: A Political Biography by Gregor Gall - £20.00
Bob Crow was the most high-profile and militant union leader of his generation. This biography focuses on his leadership of the RMT union, examining and exposing a number of popular myths created about him by political opponents. Using the schema of ... more
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No Way but Gentlenesse: A Memoir of How Kes, My Kestrel, Changed My Life by Richard Hines - £8.99
�There is no way but gentlenesse to redeeme a Hawke� Edmund Bert, 1619   Born and raised in the South Yorkshire mining village of Hoyland Common, Richard Hines remembers sliding down heaps of coal dust, listening out for the colliery siren at ... more
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The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty: The Husaynis 1700-1948 by Ilan Pappe - £12.99
The Husayni family of Jerusalem dominated Palestinian history for 250 years, from the Ottoman times through to the end of the British Mandate. At the height of the family’s political influence, positions in Jerusalem could only be obtained through ... more
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Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration by David Wojnarowicz - £10.99
I am glad I am alive to witness these things; giving words to this life of sensations is a relief. Smell the flowers while you can.   Close to the Knives is the artist, writer and activist David Wojnarowicz's extraordinary memoir. Filthy, beau ... more
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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir by Chris Packham - £8.99
Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn't do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I'd climbed through a ho ... more
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Switched On: My Journey from Asperger's to Emotional Awareness by John Elder Robison - £9.99
Imagine hearing the words of a song but not feeling the passion that lies within. Imagine living for years with someone in need and not being able to sense their sadness. Imagine your world turned upside down...   Like so many others, John Elder R ... more
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I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman - £12.99
A memoir of mothers and daughters, traced through four generations, from Paris to New York and back again.   More than Nadja Spiegelman’s famous father, Maus creator Art Spiegelman, and more than most mothers, hers — French-born New Yorker a ... more
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This Mum Runs by Jo Pavey - £8.99
The inspirational story of athlete Jo Pavey, the runner and mum who ran at a record-breaking fifth Olympic Games at Rio 2016.   'Come-back races? I've had more than a few, the night of 10 May 2014 was the ultimate long shot. I was a forty-year ... more
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Concentration Camps: A Short History by Dan Stone - £12.99
Concentration camps are a relatively new invention, a recurring feature of twentieth century warfare, and one that is important to the modern global consciousness and identity. Although the most famous concentration camps are those under the Nazis, t ... more
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Alan Turing: The Life of a Genius by Dermot Turing - £6.00
Alan Turing was an extraordinary man who crammed into a life of only 42 years the careers of mathematician, codebreaker, computer scientist and biologist. His codebreaking work at Bletchley Park was so significant it helped to shorten the Second Worl ... more
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Stop the Clocks: Thoughts on What I Leave Behind by Joan Bakewell - £9.99
Now in her eighties, one of Britain's finest and most spirited women looks back on her life.   Joan Bakewell has led a varied, sometimes breathless life: she has been a teacher, copywriter, studio manager, broadcaster, journalist, the governme ... more
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The Co-Op's Got Bananas: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Post-War North by Hunter Davies - £8.99
Despite the struggle to make ends meet during the tough years of warfare in the 1940s and rationing persisting until the early 1950s, life could still be sweet. Especially if you were a young boy, playing football with your pals, saving up to go to t ... more
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What Happened, Miss Simone? by Alan Light - £9.99
Inspired by the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, this is the story of the real Miss Simone.   What Happened, Miss Simone? tells the story of incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon Nina Simone, one of the most influential, provocativ ... more
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A Short History of the Russian Revolution by Geoffrey Swain - £10.99
In 1917 revolutionary fervour swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and instigating political and social changes that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union. Arising out of proletariat discontent with the Tsarist autocracy ... more
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Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, 1917 by Helen Rappaport - £9.99
SELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE TELEGRAPH AND EVENING STANDARD   Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin’s Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St Petersburg) was in turmoil. Foreign visitors who filled ho ... more
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Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman - £8.99
Her Again is an intimate look at the artistic coming of age of the greatest actress of her generation, from the homecoming float at her suburban New Jersey high school to her star-making roles in The Deer Hunter, Manhattan, and Kramer vs. Kramer. &nb ... more
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Summer Before the Dark: Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936 by Volker Weidermann, translated by Carol Brown Janeway - £8.99
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week   It's as if they're made for each other. Two men, both falling, but holding each other up for a time.   Ostend, 1936: the Belgian seaside town is playing host to a coterie of artists, intellectuals and madmen ... more
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A People's History of the French Revolution by Eric Hazan, translated by David Fernbach - £12.99
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 th ... more
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A People's History of the Russian Revolution by Neil Faulkner - £12.99
The Russian Revolution may well be the most misunderstood event in modern history. In A People's History of the Russian Revolution, Neil Faulkner sets out to debunk the myths. In this fast-paced introduction to the tumultuous events, the Russian peop ... more
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Africa's Long Road Since Independence: The Many Histories of a Continent by Keith Somerville - £10.99
Over the last half century, sub-Saharan Africa has not had one history, but many. Histories that have intertwined, converged and diverged. They have involved a continuing process of decolonization and state-building, conflict, economic problems but a ... more
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Trans Voices: Becoming Who You Are by Declan Henry - £12.99
Personal, first-hand accounts from transgender and non-binary individuals and the diverse experiences and challenges they face before, during and after transition.  This comprehensive introduction to trans issues details the social, physical and ... more
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