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On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War by Bernard Wasserstein - £10.99
A major history examining the realities of Jewish life across Europe up to the very eve of World War Two.  This is the portrait of a world on the eve of its destruction. Bernard Wasserstein presents a disturbing interpretation of the collapse ... more
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Black Salt: Seafarers of African Descent on British Ships by Ray Costello - £19.99
During the Age of Sail, black seamen could be found in many shipboard roles in the Royal Navy, such as gunners, deck-hands and ‘top men’, working at heights in the rigging. In the later Age of Steam, black seamen were more likely to be found on merch ... more
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Gypsies of Britain by Janet Keet-Black - £6.99
Gypsies have been a part of the British and European social fabric for centuries – and have faced prejudice and oppression for nearly as long, since at least the time of Henry VIII. Theirs is a peripatetic existence, dwelling in tents and in caravans ... more
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Oscar Wilde and His Circle by Simon Callow - £9.99
One of literature's most flamboyant and witty personalities, the much-quoted Oscar Wilde captivated and scandalised late nineteenth-century society in Europe and America.   Wilde was a pioneer of celebrity, whose friends and contemporaries in ... more
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Red Love: The Story of an East German Family by Maxim Leo - £8.99
Winner of the European Book Prize  "The East isn't far away at all. It clings to me, it goes with me everywhere. It's like a big family that you can't shake off ..."   Growing up in East Berlin, Maxim Leo knew not to ask questions. All he knew w ... more
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Boyhood Island: My Struggle, Book 3 by Karl Ove Knausgaard - £12.99
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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A Man In Love: My Struggle, Book 2 by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Don Bartlett - £8.99
An electrifying honest and autobiographical love story from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard.   Longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014   This is a book about leaving your wife and eve ... more
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A Death in the Family: My Struggle, Book 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Don Bartlett - £8.99
A searingly honest, addictive and controversial read from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard. "It's unbelievable. I just read 200 pages of it and I need the next volume like crack. It's completely blown my mind"(Zadie ... more
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Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor by Ruth Richardson - £10.99
The recent discovery that as a young man Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide, and the campaign to save the workhouse from demolition caught the public imagination.   Internationally, t ... more
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The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat by James Bowen - £7.99
The sequel to the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob continues the remarkable adventures of James and Bob showing - through new stories - how Bob's extraordinary street wisdom has shown James the meaning of friendship, loyalty, trust - and happiness. ... more
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Kill Anything That Moves by Nick Turse - £11.99
Based on classified documents and first-person interviews, a startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians.  The American Empire Project Winner of the Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction  Americans have long b ... more
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Tibet: A History by Sam van Schaik - £12.99
Situated north of the Himalayas, Tibet is famous for its unique culture and its controversial assimilation into modern China. Yet Tibet in the twenty-first century can only be properly understood in the context of its extraordinary history.   ... more
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The Unwinding: Thirty Years of American Decline by George Packer - £9.99
America is in crisis. In the space of a generation, it has become more than ever a country of winners and losers, leaving the social contract in pieces. In The Unwinding, George Packer narrates the story of America over the past three decades, bringi ... more
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A Fort of Nine Towers by Qais Akbar Omar - £8.99
With all the emotional power of The Kite Runner, this is the very first true life account of growing up in Afghanistan, by a writer who still lives in Kabul.  Qais Akbar Omar’s young life coincided with one of the most convulsive decades in Afghan h ... more
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The Russian Revolution: A Beginner's Guide by Abraham Ascher - £9.99
When the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917 the world held its breath. Here suddenly was the first modern socialist state, 'a kingdom more bright that any heaven had to offer'. But the dream was short lived and the following decades of internal struggle ... more
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The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius and Autism by Kristine Barnett - £8.99
Kristine Barnett's son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein and a photographic memory. At nine he developed an original theory in astrophysics that may earn a Nobel Prize. But Jake's story is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was ... more
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Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance by Michael Goldfarb - £14.99
For almost 500 years, the Jews of Europe were kept apart, confined to ghettos or tiny villages in the countryside. Then, in one extraordinary moment in the French Revolution, the Jews of France were emancipated. Soon the ghetto gates were opened all ... more
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Gandhi: My Life is My Message by Jason Quinn, illustrated by Sachin Nagar - £8.99
How did this shy, unassuming lawyer transform himself into the leader of India’s freedom movement? Renouncing wealth, ambition, and comfort, Gandhi led by example, becoming one with the people he sought to free, facing imprisonment, hardship, and hum ... more
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Vanishing for the Vote: Suffrage, Citizenship and the Battle for the Census by Jill Liddington - £16.99
Vanishing for the Vote recounts what happened on one night, Sunday 2 April, 1911, when the Liberal government demanded every household comply with its census requirements. Suffragette organisations urged women, all still voteless, to boycott this cen ... more
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Vincent by Barbara Stok - £12.99
A portrait of Van Gogh's turbulent stay in Provence.   Vincent dreams of setting up an artists' house in Arles for himself and his friends. However, his attacks of mental illness confuse and disorient him, culminating in the notorious inciden ... more
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When Fraser Met Billy by Louise Booth - £14.99
Billy the cat was rescued from an abandoned house. Fraser was a two-year-old autistic child with a multitude of problems when he first met Billy at the cat protection shelter. Billy purred, laid his paws across Fraser and they have been inseparable e ... more
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Still Standing: The Savage Years by Paul O'Grady - £7.99
Lilian Maeve Veronica Savage, international sex kitten, was born on the steps of The Legs of Man public house, Lime Street, Liverpool on a policeman’s overcoat. Her mother, the lady wrestler Hell Cat Savage, had no such luxuries as gas and air. She j ... more
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Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968 by Daniel Singer - £14.99
An essential history of the May 1968 upheaval in France — and how it changed the world.   Prelude to Revolution is the indispensable study of May 1968. Generations have looked to this book for inspiration. Singer, who died in 2000, was widely ... more
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Let Me Tell You a Story: One Girl's Escape from the Nazis by Renata Calverley - £8.99
Przemysl, Poland, 1939. Two-year-old Renata is woken by her Mamusia in the middle of the night and bundled into the basement. The peacock quilt she is wrapped in reminds her of a story about a giant who guards a mysterious place called the Underworld ... more
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Elgar's Best Friend: Alfred Rodewald of Liverpool by John E. Kelly - £11.99
The words of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and the tune from Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1 are extremely well known. But few people will be aware that a Liverpool cotton merchant, Alfred Rodewald, was one of the dedicatees of that famous march. ... more
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The Little Book of Ireland by Ciara Boylan - £9.99
The Little Book of Ireland is a funny, fast-paced, fact-packed compendium of the sort of fascinating, frivolous and fantastic information which no one will want to be without. Full of details about the country, past and present, this volume covers su ... more
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The Roses of No Man's Land by Lyn MacDonald - £9.99
'On the face of it,' writes Lyn Macdonald, 'no one could have been less equipped for the job than these gently nurtured girls who walked straight out of Edwardian drawing rooms into the manifest horrors of the First World War . . . '   Yet the ... more
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Fanny and Stella: The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian England by Neil McKenna - £9.99
The gripping story of the trial that shook Victorian England - a tale of cross-dressing, cross-examinations and the invention of camp.   Fanny and Stella - two very alluring ladies-about-town - were not ordinary young women. They were young men who ... more
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Giants: The Dwarfs of Auschwitz by Eilat Negev and Yehuda Koren - £9.99
‘Through thick and thin, never separate. Stick together, guard each other, and live for one another.’  As Hitler’s war intensified, the Ovitz family would have good reason to stand by their mother’s mantra. Descending from the cattle train into ... more
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Fascist Voices: An Intimate History of Mussolini by Christopher Duggan - £10.99
An exceptionally original exploration into the ideology of Fascism from its conception through to its abiding legacy.   WINNER OF THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE  Fascist Voices is a fresh and disturbing look at a country in thrall to a charismati ... more
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Liberation: Diaries, Vol 3 by Christopher Isherwood - £16.99
Hilarious and often deeply moving, the final volume of Christopher Isherwood's extraordinary diaries chronicles the 1970s, with a preface by Edmund White.  In this final volume of Christopher Isherwood's diaries, capstone of a million-word mast ... more
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The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell - £12.99
Winner of both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and named by the Modern Library one of the twentieth century's 100 Best Non-Fiction Books, Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory was universally acclaimed on p ... more
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I Am Spain: The Spanish Civil War and the Men and Women Who Went to Fight Fascism by David Boyd Haycock - £9.99
George Orwell, Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, John Dos Passos, Felicia Browne, John Cornford, Stephen Spender... These were just some of the talented, committed and adventure-hungry men and women who travelled to Spain to ... more
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James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner by Alfonso Zapico, translated by David Prendergast - £14.99
A complete account of the life and times of James Joyce in the form of a graphic novel.  From his earliest days and school career, through to meetings with all the literary greats of the day, this story is dotted with anecdotes, as well as a cap ... more
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Soldier Box: Why I Won't Return to the War on Terror by Joe Glenton - £12.99
A brave, moving account of a soldier who refused to return to Afghanistan.   When the War on Terror began, Joe Glenton signed up to serve his nation. He passed through basic training and deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. What he saw overseas ... more
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The Wipers Times: The Famous First World War Trench Newspaper by Chris Westhorp - £9.99
Decades ahead of the amusing but distorting buffoonery of Blackadder Goes Forth, this complete edition of the Wipers Times, the famed trench newspaper of the First World War, is an extraordinary mix of black humour, fake entertainment programmes and ... more
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No Fixed Abode: A Journey Through Homelessness from Cornwall to London by Charlie Carroll - £8.99
In the summer of 2011, Charlie found the school he taught at could not afford to renew his teaching contract. With no job and no money, but suddenly all the time in the world, he decided to travel from Cornwall to London in a peculiarly old-fashioned ... more
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No Man's Land: Writings from a World at War by Pete Ayrton (Editor) - £25.00
The Great War gave birth to some of the twentieth century's most celebrated writing; from Brooke to Sassoon, the poetry generated by the war is etched into collective memory. But it is in prose fiction that we find some of the most profound insights ... more
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Helga's Diary: A Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp by Helga Weiss - £9.99
Helga's Diary is a young girl's remarkable first-hand account of life in a concentration camp during World War II. Like The Diary of Anne Frank this is a publication of international importance and a book that will endure for decades.   In 1 ... more
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A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen - £13.99
The first book to cover the entirety of disability history, from pre-1492 to the present.   Covering the entirety of US history from pre-1492 to the present, A Disability History of the United States is the first book to place the experiences ... more
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Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport - £12.99
Under the noses of the military, Georges Loinger smuggles thousands of children out of occupied France into Switzerland. In Belgium, three resisters ambush a train, allowing scores of Jews to flee from the cattle cars. In Poland, four brothers lead m ... more
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Conversations with Stalin by Milovan Djilas - £9.99
A mesmerising, chilling close-up portrayal of Stalin from Milovan Djilas, a Communist insider - with an introduction from Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag and Iron Curtain.   This extraordinarily vivid and unnerving book three meetings held wit ... more
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Armchair Nation: An Intimate History of Britain in Front of the TV by Joe Moran - £16.99
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 questi ... more
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The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond - £8.99
Over the past 500 years, the West achieved global dominance, but do Westerners necessarily have better ideas about how to raise children, care for the elderly, or simply live well?  In this epic journey into our past, Jared Diamond reveals th ... more
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Somme by Lyn MacDonald - £9.99
'There was hardly a household in the land', writes Lyn Macdonald, 'there was no trade, occupation, profession or community, which was not represented in the thousands of innocent enthusiasts who made up the ranks of Kitchener's Army before the Battle ... more
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The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE - 1492) by Simon Schama - £25.00
A landmark history of a culture, of a people and of a world by one of our most distinguished and electrifying historians.  It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, t ... more
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The Urban Birder by David Lindo - £7.99
Anyone can become an Urban Birder. You can do it anywhere and any time, whether you've got the day to spare, on your way to work, during your lunch break or just looking out of a window. Look up and you will see.   The book is an inspirationa ... more
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The Graves are Walking: The History of the Great Irish Famine by John Kelly - £9.99
The Irish Famine was one of the worst peacetime disasters ever to strike a European country. This is the first serious and popular account of the catastrophe for many years.  It started in 1845 with the failure of the potato crop, on which mu ... more
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The Railway Man by Eric Lomax - £7.99
Now a major film starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine (Warhorse).  During the Second World War Eric Lomax was forced to work on the notorious Burma-Siam Railway and was tortured by the Japanese for making a crude radio.   ... more
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The Famine Plot: England's Role in Ireland's Greatest Tragedy by Tim Pat Coogan - £9.99
During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the nineteenth century, fully a quarter of Ireland’s citizens either perished from starvation or emigrated in what came to be known as Gorta Mór, the Great Hunger. Waves of hungry peasants fled across th ... more
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Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here? by Anthony Clavane - £9.99
Ever since the children of penniless immigrants caught the train from Whitechapel to White Hart Lane – to be greeted with the refrain: ‘Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?’ – this forgotten tribe have helped to shape the Beautiful Game.   In tel ... more
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