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The Irish in Manchester C.1750-1921: Resistance, Adaptation and Identity by Mervyn Busteed - £19.99
This book examines the development of the Irish community in Manchester, one of the most dynamic cities of nineteenth-century Britain. Based on research into a wide variety of local sources, it examines the process by which the Irish came to be blame ... more
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Inside Pale Eyes: A Dream Noir by Dave Ward, illustrated by Bryan Biggs - £5.99
A fractured narrative of grey twilight where half-glimpsed figures flicker through a deserted city-scape. Connection is everything, but nobody connects.  The flowers smell of passion. Of dust. Of dirt. Of hurt that floods a siren’s dirge up ... more
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Zero Hours (The Manchester Trilogy, Book Two) by Neil Campbell - £9.99
n this, the second volume of a projected Manchester trilogy, the young writer takes a zero-hours job in a mail-sorting depot but struggles to cope with the demands of menial work and the attitudes of his colleagues. Only after rescuing and acquiring ... more
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Imagine John Yoko by John Lennon and Yoko Ono - £35.00
In 1971, John Lennon & Yoko Ono conceived and recorded the critically acclaimed album Imagine at their Georgian country home, Tittenhurst Park, in Berkshire, England, in the state-of-the-art studio they built in the grounds, and at the Record Plant i ... more
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Scouse Pop by Paul Skillen - £25.00
Scouse Pop is a journey into the personalities and music of the successful pioneering Liverpool pop bands of the late seventies and eighties. It examines their motivations, their uniqueness and the routes to success which made them into enduring musi ... more
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TranScripts by Various authors - £2.99
Ten exciting new writers challenging what we think we know.   TranScripts was an exciting 8-week creative writing course for people in Liverpool who identify as trans* or non-binary gender, delivered in partnership with Writing on the Wall and Liv ... more
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Cosmocartography by Ciarán Hodgers - £9.99
Cosmocartography is the debut poetry collection from multi-awardwinning Irish poet Ciarán Hodgers. It investigates a wide range of personal experiences, challenges what it means to belong and documents the journeys we take to understand ourselves, t ... more
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Bess by Rose Thomas - £7.99
Bess, young, black and part of a new generation growing up in post-war Liverpool, faces age-old racism amidst new opportunities for work, and personal, social and sexual exploration.   Returning to Liverpool from her home in London, Bess ponde ... more
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Freaks Like Me by Georgina Peterson - £7.99
Georgie was just a typical teenager when it happened; she was studying hard for a place at her dream university and having fun with her friends on weekends. She always knew what was coming next. She had her entire life planned, until one night and on ... more
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An Atlantic Light by Tony Wailey - £6.99
The long poem in this collection concerns the snooker player, Alex Higgins, the footballer George Best and the boxer Johnny Caldwell. All died of drink, all died in poverty, whether relative or acute, all came from a city in one country and all found ... more
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Boot Room Boys: The Unseen Story of Anfield's Conquering Heroes by Peter Hooton - £20.00
Picture this: Saturday afternoons at Anfield, orange match balls, passionate terraces, a sea of red and Liverpool FC rules the world.  The Boot Room story starts in 1959 when Bill Shankly arrived and converted a 12 x 12 storage room into a me ... more
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Liverpool: Gateway to Heaven and Hell - A Personal Odyssey by Neil Deane - £16.99
This book on Liverpool offers the reader many things: a comprehensive social and cultural history; an insider travel guide; an analysis of the city's people and the places they inhabit; the gripping tale of the Beatles in their Liverpool home and an ... more
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Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre by Jacqueline Riding - £25.00
"A superb account of one of the defining moments in modern British history"(Tristram Hunt) On a hot late summer's day, a crowd of 60,000 gathered in St Peter's Field. They came from all over Lancashire – ordinary working-class men, women and chi ... more
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Beautiful World, Where Are You? by Sinéad McCarthy (Editor) - £18.95
Published on the occasion of the tenth edition of Liverpool Biennial, this book reflects on the timely question: Beautiful world, where are you? It is derived from a 1788 poem by the German poet Friedrich von Schiller, later set to music by Austrian ... more
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Peterloo: Voices, Sabres and Silence by Graham Phythian - £16.99
On 16 August 1819 on St Peter’s Field, Manchester, a peaceful demonstration of some 60,000 workers and reformers was brutally dispersed by sabrewielding cavalry, resulting in at least fifteen dead and over 600 injured. Within days the slaughter was ... more
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Liverpool's Musical Landscapes by Robert Kronenburg and Sara Cohen - £25.00
Liverpool has gained a national and international reputation for popular music, most recently recognised in its designation as a UNESCO City of Music. This book examines Liverpool’s popular music through the history of the places where it has been ... more
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Historic Streets of Liverpool by David Paul - £14.99
The thriving city of Liverpool has become particularly well known over the last century for its maritime industry, contributions to sport and, of course, its legendary musical heritage. However, this city has a history that stretches back hundreds of ... more
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The Beatles in India by Paul Saltzman - £25.00
This new edition of The Beatles in India brings intimate images of the group, taken at an ashram in Rishikesh, India, to a wider audience than ever before, and commemorates the 50th anniversary of their famous trip. No photographers or press were all ... more
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The Beatles: Yellow Submarine by The Beatles, illustrated by Heinz Edelmann - £6.99
Join the Beatles as they set off on a magical adventure to bring music and love back to Pepperland in this anniversary paperback.  Once upon a time (or maybe twice), some 80,000 leagues beneath the sea, there lay a colourful land of music and ... more
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The Blue Badge Guide's Liverpool Quiz Book by Peter J. Colyer - £7.99
Celebrating Liverpool’s cultural heritage, world-class sport and unrivalled musical legacy, this quiz book invites you to come on a wide-ranging exploration of this vibrant city.  Peel away its many layers in the company of one of Liverpool’ ... more
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Historic England: Liverpool by Hugh Hollinghurst - £14.99
This illustrated history portrays one of England’s finest cities. It provides a nostalgic look at Liverpool’s past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites.   The photographs are taken from the Hist ... more
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The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward - £9.99
"A major literary talent... speaks about the power and powerlessness that young women are subject to in a wholly fresh, clear-eyed way... you'll find it hard to come away from The Terrible without a stab of recognition in your chest."(Stylist) 'You ... more
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Shouldn't Throw Stones: The View of a Night Watchman by Kevin Casey - £14.99
Shouldn't Throw Stones: The View of a Night Watchman is a body of work undertaken by photographer Kevin Casey, who has taken a job as a Night Watchman at the former Head Quarters of what was once an industrial powerhouse, Pilkington Glass. The modern ... more
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We Shall Not Be Moved by Brian Marren - £20.00
The city of Liverpool had frequently been prone to industrial unrest for most of its recent history, but it was the dawn of Thatcher and the sanctioning of neoliberal economic strategies which made Liverpool a nucleus of resistance against the encroa ... more
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The Night Brother by Rosie Garland - £8.99
Late nineteenth-century Manchester is a city of charms and dangers the perfect playground for young siblings, Edie and Gnome. But as they grow up, they grow apart, and while Gnome revels in the night-time, Edie wakes each morning, exhausted and uneas ... more
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Twenty One: 21 Stories of Women Who Shaped Our City by The Women - £9.99
*** This lovely book features NfN's Mandy - who is one of the 21 amazing women! ***   Since the suffragette movement in the UK first began to call for the overall emancipation of women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the ... 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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From Pitt Street to Granby by Prof. Mike Boyle, Tony Wailey, Madeline Heneghan - £4.99
This is an important second book from Writing on the Wall based upon the Granby community and shows how parts of that community had moved from the southern docks around Pitt street 'up the hill' to the present day area we know and love in Liverpool 8 ... more
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Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die by Amber-Massie Blomfield - £14.99
A love letter to British theatre, Amber-Massie Blomfield explores twenty of the strangest, most talked-about and influential theatre spaces across the UK. From ruined playhouse to proscenium arch, from an amphitheatre hewn from the rock to a converte ... more
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Two Tribes: Liverpool, Everton and a City on the Brink by Tony Evans - £18.99
Cup Final Day, 1986, and the eyes of the world are on Liverpool and Everton as they walk out on to Wembley’s lush green turf. Pumped with pride and passion, the two best teams in Europe are about to engage in a gladiatorial battle in front of 100,0 ... more
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Arthur Bee Has a Secret by Shaun Millea, illustrated by Carole Chevalier - £7.99
Arthur Bee has a secret!   It's a secret that he's too embarrassed to talk about. It's secret that bees aren't expected to have, and the whole beehive is affected.   How will Queen Bee react when she finds out Arthur's secret? ... more
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Never Mind the Toffees 2: Another Ultimate Everton Quiz Book by Gavin Buckland - £7.99
If you enjoyed the first volume of the definitive quiz book on Everton Football Club, this all-new sequel is for you. Packed with over 300 carefully researched questions, it will test the breadth and depth of your Toffees knowledge – from the famil ... more
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Beryl Bainbridge: Love by All Sorts of Means: A Biography by Brendan King - £10.99
Dame Beryl Bainbridge was one of the most popular and recognisable English novelists of her generation. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, and her critically acclaimed novels The Dressmaker (1973), The Bottle Factory Outing (1974), ... more
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The Beatles Lyrics: The Unseen Story Behind Their Music by Hunter Davies - £9.99
The first-ever collection of the original handwritten Beatles' lyrics.   Never before has anyone attempted to track down and publish the original versions of the classic songs, many of which have never yet been published. These documents have ... more
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Standing in the Wings: The Beatles, Brian Epstein and Me by Joe Flannery - £15.99
Joe Flannery has been described as the ‘Secret Beatle’ – as the business associate and childhood friend of Brian Epstein, he became an integral part of The Beatles’ management team during their rise to fame in the early 1960s.   Stand ... more
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Toxteth Tales: Growin' up in Liverpool 8 by Ken Hayter - £8.99
Liverpool in the 40s and 50s: a city of safe, cosy little streets - except when Hitler's Luftwaffe couldn't find the docks. A city of two-up, two-downs, where two or three generations lived within a few doors of each other, and often behind one door. ... more
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Canary Across the Mersey by Dr Michael Boyle, illustrated by Ian Wright Creative - £5.99
Canary Across the Mersey is a children's book that tells the true story of a Liverpool boy. The book was written by Dr Michael Boyle with illustrations by Ian Wright Creative.   The story is about a young boy called Michael who enjoyed everyth ... more
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Passage Across the Mersey by Robert Bhatia - £8.99
The remarkable story of Helen Forrester, author of Twopence to Cross the Mersey, and how she turned tragedy to triumph.  When Helen Forrester’s father went bankrupt in the 1930’s, she and her six siblings fell from a comfortable middle-clas ... more
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Made Up: An Anthology of LGBTQ+ Writing from Liverpool and Merseyside by Various authors - £4.50
Do you know where Winnie the Pooh currently lives? Are you aware of the real reason Margaret Thatcher pursued her infamous Clause 28 anti-LGBTQ campaign? And what's it like to relive a Welsh gay love affair while sitting on a little green bus? Or spy ... more
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Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Sicknesses by Stephen McGann - £8.99
His family survived famine-ravaged Ireland in the 1850s.  His ancestors settled in poverty-rife Victorian Liverpool, working to survive and thrive.  Some of them became soldiers serving on the Western Front.  One would be the last man to step off ... more
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The Beat Makers: The Unsung Heroes of The Mersey Sound by Anthony Hogan - £14.99
In the late 1950s, a flourishing musical culture began to emerge in major UK cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and London. This was particularly true in the Merseyside area, where an estimated 350 different groups were active, often pl ... more
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Lands by Jemima Khalli - £6.00
The debut poetry collection from Jemima Khalli, a writer from Liverpool whose work explores blackness, femininity and cultural identity. ... more
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Great War to Race Riots by Madeline Heneghan and Emy Onuora - £7.99
In 1919, race riots in Liverpool culminated in the racist murder of Bermudian seaman, Charles Wotten, chased from a boarding house, thrown into the dock and pelted with stones until he drowned. This tragic event took place against a backdrop of racia ... more
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In Hardship and Hope: A History of the Liverpool Irish by Greg Quiery - £12.00
"I had the good fortune to read in a proof copy Greg Quiery’s book. It is that unique combination of careful and popular scholarship. He pulls all the strands of the complicated history of the Irish in Liverpool and district together in a few hund ... more
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The Liverpool English Dictionary: A Record of the Language of Liverpool 1850-2015 by Tony Crowley - £20.00
Know someone with an antwacky stem-winder? Heard the Band of Hope Street? Ever been on a vinegar trip? Do you jangle? Ever met a Cunard yank in the Dingle? Could you pay for a dodger with a joey? Have you heard a maccyowler in a jigger?  The ... more
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Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar by Alexei Sayle - £9.99
Alexei Sayle reveals his true vocation: proprietor of an imaginary sandwich shop. Blending politics, comedy, philosophy and memoir, this is the Godfather of Alternative Comedy at his most anarchic and irresistibly entertaining.   Alexei Sayle ... more
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Eight Fold Year by Jamie Reid - £12.50
Eight Fold Year is a celebration of the Druidic calendar and the eight festivals that mark the changing seasons.   Alongside being a radical designer/provocateur, (first with the Suburban Press and then more famously for the Sex Pistols), Jami ... more
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The Little Book of Liverpool FC by Geoff Tibballs - £5.99
Revised and updated, in a new format for the 2017-18 season, The Little Book of Liverpool FC celebrates the club's continued success at home and abroad.  From Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness through Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler ... more
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Love Me Do to Love Me Don't: The Beatles on Record by Spencer Leigh - £14.00
Spencer Leigh has been interviewing musicians, roadies, fellow broadcasters and many others on his BBC Radio Merseyside programmes for over 25 years.   This book draws upon that resource and the plethora of books about the Beatles that have pre ... more
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Penny Lane and All That by Ann Carlton - £9.99
Penny Lane and All That is a celebration of growing up in Liverpool's Penny Lane neighbourhood in the 1940s and 1950s – a place and time very familiar to the Quarrymen/Beatles who celebrated it in their well-known song.   From first-hand exp ... more
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Lennon: The New York Years by David Foenkinos, Eric Corbeyran and Horne - £17.99
In 1975 the most famous rock star in the world moved to New York City to raise his young family, in the process setting career, adoring fans, and creative contemporaries aside. During this reflective time, he met with a psychoanalyst, worked to sprea ... more
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