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Gone to Ground: One Woman's Extraordinary Account of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany by Marie Jalowicz-Simon - £14.99
Thrilling and terrifying by turns, this is the gripping account of a young Jewish woman who survived the Second World War by going to ground in Berlin.   Berlin 1941. Marie Jalowicz Simon, a nineteen-year-old Jewish woman, makes an extraordina ... more
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Girls Will be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently by Emer O'Toole - £12.99
Change the way you think about gender and feminism forever. With all the revolutionary zeal, laugh-out-loud humour and intelligence of Laura Bates, Caitlin Moran and Bell Hooks, Emer O'Toole explores what it really means to 'act like a girl'.  ... more
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The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith - £9.99
A powerful and exhilarating story of life and loss.  Claire Bidwell Smith, an only child, is just fourteen years old when both of her charismatic parents are diagnosed with cancer. What follows is a coming-of-age story that is both heartbreaking and ... more
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Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement by Finn Mackay - £14.99
Feminist activism is enjoying a global resurgence. A new wave of feminists is taking to the streets in protest against rape, abuse, prostitution and inequality, and asserting a powerful new vision for women's liberation. The future of feminism has be ... more
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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. by Viv Albertine - £8.99
In 1970, Viv Albertine knew she wanted to be in a band, but had never seen a woman play electric guitar. Seven years later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-female punk band, the Slits. This is the story of how, through sheer will, ... more
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Dreams of the Good Life: The Life of Flora Thompson and the Creation of Lark Rise to Candleford by Richard Mabey - £9.99
While the Lark Rise to Candleford trilogy, Flora Thompson's much-loved portrait of life in the English countryside, has inspired a hit television series, relatively little is known about the author herself.   In this highly original book, b ... more
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The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times by Barbara Taylor - £9.99
The Last Asylum is Barbara Taylor's haunting memoir of her journey through the UK mental health system.  A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK  SHORTLISTED FOR THE RBC TAYLOR PRIZE  In July 1988, Barbara Taylor, then an acclaimed young ... more
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Where the Wild Mums Are by Katie Blackburn, illustrated by Sholto Walker - £10.99
In this hilarious, touching homage to Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, a worn-out mum finds herself floating across time and space to the place where the Wild Mums are. Dazzled by her party tricks, they crown her Queen of the Wild Mums and ... more
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Laughing All the Way to the Mosque: The Misadventures of a Muslim Woman by Zarqa Nawaz - £12.99
A brilliantly funny memoir about what it's really like to be Muslim in Western society.  Being a practicing Muslim in the West is sometimes challenging, sometimes rewarding and sometimes downright absurd. How do you explain why Eid never fall ... more
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The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History by Emma L.E. Rees - £13.99
From South Park to Kathy Acker, from Lars Von Trier to Sex and the City, women's sexual organs are demonized. In The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History, Emma L.E. Rees investigates the evolution of this demonization: she considers how writers, a ... more
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If This is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm - £25.00
The compelling story of the only concentration camp for women by the acclaimed author of A Life in Secrets.  On a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 800 women - housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes - were marched thr ... more
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White Beech: The Rainforest Years by Germaine Greer - £9.99
One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in south-east Queensland that, after a century of logging, clearing and ... more
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How to be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis - £9.99
Cathy Earnshaw or Jane Eyre? Petrova or Posy? Scarlett or Melanie? Lace or Valley of the Dolls?   On a pilgrimage to Wuthering Heights, Samantha Ellis found herself arguing with her best friend about which heroine was best: Jane Eyre or Cathy Ea ... more
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The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester - £7.99
1912 and London is in turmoil...  The suffragette movement is reaching fever pitch but for broke Fleet Street tomboy Frankie George, just getting by in the cut-throat world of newspapers is hard enough. Sent to interview trapeze artist Ebony Di ... more
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March, Women, March: Voices of the Women by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley - £8.99
Voices of the Women's Movement explores the women's movment in Britain, from the passing of the Marriage and Divorce Act in 1857 to women attaining the vote in 1928. Published to commemorate the centenary of the death of the suffragette Emily Wilding ... more
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Between River and Sea: Encounters in Israel and Palestine by Dervla Murphy - £18.99
Dervla Murphy describes with passionate honesty the experience of her most recent journeys into Israel and Palestine. In cramped Haifa high-rises, in homes in the settlements and in a refugee camp on the West Bank, she talks with whomever she meets, ... more
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The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore - £20.00
A riveting work of historical detection, revealing that the origins of one of the world’s most iconic Superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story — and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism.  Wonder Woman, created in 1941 ... more
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Feminism and Men by Nikki van der Gaag - £14.99
Feminism has changed the world; it is radically reshaping women’s lives. But what about men? They still hold most of the power in the economy, in government, in religions, in the media and often in the family too. At the same time, many men are quest ... more
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Yes Please by Amy Poehler - £16.99
The New York Times Number One Bestseller   A memoir in essays in the bestselling tradition of Tina Fey's Bossypants and Caitlin Moran's How To Be a Woman   In Amy Poehler's highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big ... more
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Women Against Fundamentalism: Stories of Dissent and Solidarity by Sukhwant Dhaliwal and Nira Yuval-Davis (Editors) - £17.99
Women Against Fundamentalism (WAF) was formed in 1989, partly in response to the controversy surrounding Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, but also with the aim of challenging fundamentalism in all religions. It sees fundamentalism as a modern pol ... more
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Celluloid Ceiling: Women Film Directors Breaking Through by Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson (Editors) - £15.99
• Includes exclusive interviews with women directors   • Essential resource for film students, gender studies courses and film fans alike   Now Kathryn Bigelow has made history as the first woman to win an Oscar for directing, is ... more
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Voicing Demands: Feminist Activism in Transitional Contexts by Sohela Nazneen and Maheen Sultan - £19.99
Voicing Demands is a collection of analytical narratives of what has happened to feminist voice, a key pathway to women’s empowerment. These narratives depart from the existing debate on women’s political engagement in formal institutions to examine ... more
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Playing the Whore by Melissa Gira Grant - £8.99
"An important contribution to debates around sex and work ... deserves to be read."(Nina Power) The sex industry is an endless source of prurient drama for the mainstream media. Recent years have seen a panic over "online red-light districts," whi ... more
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The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit - £9.99
Gifts come in many guises.   One summer, Rebecca Solnit was bequeathed three boxes of ripening apricots, which lay, mountainous, on her bedroom floor - a windfall, a riddle, an emergency to be dealt with. The fruit came from a neglected tree ... more
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Mad Girl's Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson - £9.99
On 25 February 1956, twenty-three-year-old Sylvia Plath walked into a party and immediately spotted Ted Hughes. The sensational aspects of the Plath-Hughes relationship have dominated the cultural landscape to such an extent that their story has take ... more
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Women at the Ready: The Remarkable Story of the Women's Voluntary Services on the Home Front by Robert and Patricia Malcolmson - £9.99
A lively history of the Second World War on the Home Front told through the stories of the women serving in the Women's Voluntary Services From the summer of 1938, British women from all walks of life joined the Women's Voluntary Services (WVS). Thi ... more
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Leaving Prostitution: Getting out and Staying Out of Sex Work by Sharon S. Oselin - £15.99
While street prostitutes comprise only a small minority of sex workers, they have the highest rates of physical and sexual abuse, arrest and incarceration, drug addiction, and stigmatization, which stem from both their public visibility and their dan ... more
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Tove Jansson: Work and Love by Tuula Karjalainen - £20.00
The definitive illustrated biography of one of the most unique and beloved children's authors of the 20th century, the creator of the Moomins.   Tove Jansson (1914-2001) led a long, colourful and productive life, impacting significantly the po ... more
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BUMP: How to Make, Grow and Birth a Baby by Kate Evans - £14.99
Kate Evans, celebrated author of the breastfeeding bestseller, The Food of Love, acclaimed cartoonist and mother, turns her attention to the joys and pains of growing a baby.   Evans deftly handles the physical and emotional changes that come ... more
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Joan Littlewood: Dreams and Realities: The Official Biography by Peter Rankin - £14.99
‘My only gift is to grow a show,’ said Joan Littlewood, annoyed by what she had not achieved. Even so, her ability to do just that put her and her company, Theatre Workshop, head and shoulders above mid twentieth-century theatre.   In the year ... more
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Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family by Natalie Meisner - £11.95
Girl meets girl. Girl marries girl. They want to have babies…but they need a little help.   Double Pregnant is author Natalie Meisner’s light-hearted, poignant and informative true story about starting a family with her wife Viviën. Because Vi ... more
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Revolution is My Name: An Egyptian Woman's Diary from Eighteen Days in Tahrir by Mona Prince - £9.99
A writer, a university professor, a woman: this is the insightful and humorous description of one hesitant revolutionary's experiences through the eighteen days of the Egyptian uprising that led to the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in January/Febru ... more
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The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer - £13.99
"When we really see each other, we want to help each other"~ Amanda Palmer Imagine standing on a box in the middle of a busy city, dressed as a white-faced bride, and silently using your eyes to ask people for money. Or touring Europe in a punk ca ... more
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The End of Equality by Beatrix Campbell - £6.50
Among liberal thinkers, there is an optimistic belief that men and women are on a cultural journey toward equality - in the workplace, on the street, and in the home. But observation and evidence both tell us that in many ways this progress has stopp ... more
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Life, Love and the Archers: Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose by Wendy Cope - £16.99
Wendy Cope has long been one of the nation's best-loved poets, with her sharp eye for human foibles and wry sense of humour. For the first time, Life, Love and the Archers brings together the best of her prose - recollections, reviews and essays from ... more
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Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays by Rebecca Solnit - £12.99
Rebecca Solnit's essay 'Men Explain Things to Me' has become a touchstone of the feminist movement, inspired the term 'mansplaining', and established Solnit as one of the leading feminist thinkers of our time - one who has inspired everyone from radi ... more
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The Story: Life Great Short Stories for Women by Women by Victoria Hislop (Editor) - £8.99
'Life provides infinite shades of light and dark...'   Victoria Hislop, bestselling author and champion of the short story, has chosen her favourite short stories by women writers. Here are prizewinners, famous wits, well-known feminists, nati ... more
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My Kirsty: End of the Fairytale by Jean MacColl - £7.99
Kirsty MacColl led a dazzling life - tender, creative, heroic and full of love.   This book, by her mother Jean MacColl, charts with moving insight Kirsty's early years and celebrates her brilliant career at the front rank of the music busine ... more
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Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest - £9.99
Kate Tempest's first full-length collection for Picador is an ambitious, multi-voiced work based around the mythical figure of Tiresias.  This four-part work follows him through his transformations from child, man and woman to blind prophet; thr ... more
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Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur - £8.99
In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted terrorist list.   Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murde ... more
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Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat by Kara Davis and Wendy Lee (Editors) - £16.99
When The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams was published more than twenty years ago, it caused an immediate stir among writers and thinkers, feminists, and animal rights activists. Never before had the ... more
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Down the Crooked Road: My Autobiography by Mary Black - £18.99
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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We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - £5.00
What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay – adapted from her much-viewed Tedx talk of the same name – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of ... more
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The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women by Alex Dally MacFarlane (Editor) - £8.99
A celebration of women's contribution to science fiction, from established classics to the work of coming stars.  Women have always written powerful, important science fiction stories. This anthology showcases the most exceptional stories writte ... more
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Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth by Carol J. Adams and Lori Gruen - £19.99
Leading feminist scholars and activists as well as new voices introduce and explore themes central to contemporary ecofeminism.   Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth first offers an historical, grounding overvi ... more
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The Penguin Book of Witches by Katherine Howe (Editor) - £9.99
A chilling, truly authoritative anthology of real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America.   From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials ... more
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The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin: Where on Earth by Ursula Le Guin - £18.99
The first volume of collected short stories by multiple award-winner Ursula K. Le Guin, selected by the author herself.  The Unreal and the Real is a two-volume collection of stories, selected by Ursula Le Guin herself, and spans the spectrum ... more
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Susan Sontag: The Complete Rolling Stone Interview by Jonathan Cott - £8.99
One of Brain Pickings's Best Books of 2013, selected by Maria Popova.   “One of my oldest crusades is against the distinction between thought and feeling, which is really the basis of all anti-intellectual views: the heart and the head, thinking an ... more
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Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She by Lena Dunham - £16.99
Lena Dunham, acclaimed writer-director-star of HBO and Sky Atlantic's Girls and the award-winning movie Tiny Furniture, displays her unique powers of observation, wisdom and humour in this exceptional collection of essays.   “If I could take ... more
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A Passion for Freedom: My Life by Mamphela Ramphele - £12.99
Mamphela Ramphele is a figurehead of modern South Africa. The partner of Steve Biko, until his death in 1977, she has demonstrated extraordinary political leadership and statesmanship, most recently as the leader of the Agang SA party.   In t ... more
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Ritual Lighting: Laureate Poems by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by Stephen Raw - £16.99
Carol Ann Duffy has been Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom since May 2009. In her first five years, she has written brilliant, challenging, lyrical and relevant poetry about people, places and significant moments, past and present.  From Chauc ... more
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