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The What the Frock! Book of Funny Women: Celebrating a Century of Fantastically Funny Women by Jane Duffus - £7.99
The The What the Frock! Book of Funny Women will neither ask not answer the question, 'Are women funny?' because of course women are funny. To suggest otherwise is plain silly. This book presumes you know women are funny and simply seeks to confirm t ... more
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Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom by Anna Sparham, Margaret Denny and Diane Atkinson, edited by Hilary Roberts - £20.00
In 1903 a self-taught novice photographer, Christina Broom, turned to photography as a business venture to support her family; from this modest beginning she was to emerge as Britain's acknowledged pioneer woman press photographer. Unconventionally f ... more
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The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore - £9.99
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, is ... more
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Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy - £16.99
A ground-breaking call to arms against misogyny in the Arab world by award-winning journalist Mona Eltahawy, author of Why Do They Hate Us?, the article which went viral and was debated around the globe.  In November 2011, Mona Eltahawy came to worl ... more
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Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner - £16.99
An intimate and unique visual memoir by the multi-prizewinning Evie Wyld.  Evie Wyld was a girl obsessed with sharks. Spending summers in the brutal heat of coastal New South Wales, she fell for the creatures. Their teeth, their skin, their eye ... more
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Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned by Lena Dunham - £8.99
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 what ... more
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Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women by Mia E. Bay, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones, and Barbara D. Savage (Editors) - £24.50
Despite recent advances in the study of black thought, black women intellectuals remain often neglected. This collection of essays by fifteen scholars of history and literature establishes black women's places in intellectual history by engaging the ... 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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Not Funny Ha-Ha by Leah Hayes - £12.99
Not Funny Ha-Ha is a bold, slightly wry graphic novel from Leah Hayes, illustrating the lives of two young women from different cultural, family, and financial backgrounds who go through two different abortions (medical and surgical). It does not add ... more
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Reading "Lolita" in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi - £9.99
'That room for all of us, became a place of transgression. What a wonderland it was! Sitting around the large coffee table covered with bouquets of flowers … We were, to borrow from Nabokov, to experience how the ordinary pebble of ordinary life coul ... more
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The Headscarf Revolutionaries: Lillian Bilocca and the Hull Triple-Trawler Disaster by Brian W. Lavery - £12.99
Brian W. Lavery‘s The Headscarf Revolutionaries takes readers back to the highly dramatic Winter of 1968. Three trawlers from Hull’s fleet sank in rapid succession. One fishwife, Lillian Bilocca, put down her filleting knife.   It sickened her that ... more
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Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Mutiny by Laurie Penny - £9.99
‘This is not a fairytale. This is a story about how sex and money and power police our dreams.’   Clear-eyed, witty and irreverent, Laurie Penny is as ruthless in her dissection of modern feminism and class politics as she is in discussing her own ... more
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The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua - £16.99
In The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious set of adventures.  Meet two of Victorian London's greatest geniuses... Ada Lovelace, daughter o ... more
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My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff - £8.99
At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She spends her days in the plush, wood-panelle ... more
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Being Gorgeous: Feminism, Sexuality and the Pleasures of the Visual by Jacki Willson - £14.99
Being Gorgeous explores the ways in which extravagance, flamboyance and dressing up can open up possibilities for women to play around anarchically with familiar stereotypical tropes of femininity. This is protest through play - a pleasurable misbeha ... more
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The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones by Sandra Tsing Loh - £9.99
In a voice that is wry, disarming and totally candid, the "imaginatively twisted and fearless" (Los Angeles Times) Sandra Tsing Loh tells the moving and laugh-out-loud tale of her roller coaster ride through "the change". Loh chronicles relatable, ev ... more
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Daily Meditations for Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood - £8.99
The in-depth practical companion to the hugely popular bestselling self-help book, Women Who Love Too Much. These meditation exercises will help readers feel happier within themselves, and will pave the way towards happy, successful relationships. &n ... more
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A Book for Her by Bridget Christie - £14.99
Bridget Christie is a stand-up comedian, idiot and feminist. On the 30th of April 2012, a man farted in the Women’s Studies Section of a bookshop and it changed her life forever.   A Book For Her details Christie’s twelve years of anonymous t ... more
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Amongst the Wolves: Memoirs of a Wolf Handler by Toni Shelbourne - £9.99
One girl, eleven wolves – and a whole host of heart-warming stories.   Toni Shelbourne would never have believed that a phone call, one morning, from a wolf handler at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust would lead to ten years of unique experience ... more
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Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman by Michele Wallace - £11.99
Originally published in 1978, Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman caused a storm of controversy. Michele Wallace blasted the masculine biases of the black politics that emerged from the sixties. She described how women remained marginalized by ... more
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The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope by Nancy Tucker - £12.99
When Nancy Tucker was eight years old, her class had to write about what they wanted in life. She thought, and thought, and then, though she didn’t know why, she wrote: ‘I want to be thin.’   Over the next twelve years, she developed anorexia ... more
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Separate and Dominate: Feminism and Racism After the War on Terror by Christine Delphy, translated by David Broder - £14.99
An examination of how mainstream feminism has been mobilized in support of racist measures.  Feminist Christine Delphy co-founded the journal Nouvelles questions féministes with Simone de Beauvoir in the 1970s and became one of the most influ ... more
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The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg by Norman Geras - £14.99
An important contribution to our understanding of twentieth-century Marxism During the first decades of the twentieth century, Rosa Luxemburg was the leader of the workers’ movement in Poland and Germany. She made a remarkable contribution to social ... more
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Yes Please by Amy Poehler - £8.99
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 juicy stew ... more
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The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills - £12.99
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. Yet for the last fifty years, the novel’s celebrated author, Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has said almost nothing on the record.   But in 2001, Nell ... more
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The Saffron Road: A Journey with Buddha's Daughters by Christine Toomey - £14.99
A brief meeting with a Buddhist nun in India made a deep impression on Christine Toomey. It sent her on a two year, 60,000-mile odyssey to learn more about the contemporary women choosing in their thousands to become part of a long tradition of femal ... more
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The Underground Girls of Kabul: The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Disguised as Boys by Jenny Nordberg - £8.99
Uncovers the hidden true story of the age-old tradition of 'Bacha Posh' - girls masquerading as boys - in a society that does not value females.  An Afghan woman's life expectancy is just 44 years, and her life cycle often begins and ends in disappo ... more
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Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace by Carolyne Wright, M L Lyons, and Eugenia Toledo (Editors) - £14.99
"This remarkable anthology, gathered in tribute to Lilly Ledbetter with a toast to Carolyn Kizer, gathers the lyric art of working women, writing from the depths of at least sixty-two occupations. These are the poems of the heavy-lifters, night-shift ... 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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Remnants: A Memoir of Spirit, Activism, and Mothering by Rosemarie Freeney Harding with Rachel Elizabeth Harding - £16.99
An activist influential in the civil rights movement, Rosemarie Freeney Harding’s spirituality blended many traditions, including southern African American mysticism, Anabaptist Christianity, Tibetan Buddhism, and Afro-Brazilian Candomblé.  Remn ... more
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Whispering Hope: The Heart-Breaking True Story of the Magdalene Women by Nancy Costello, Kathleen Legg, Diane Croghan, Marie Slattery and Marina Gambold - £14.99
The harrowing account of five women who were confined in Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. "At the conclusion of my discussions with one group of the Magdalene Women one of those present sang 'Whispering Hope'. A line from that song stays in my mind ... more
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The Strength to Say No: One Girl's Fight Against Forced Marriage by Rekha Kalindi with Mouhssine Ennaimi - £10.99
An inspiring true-life story that will resonate among those who decry the oppression of women, Rekha Kalindi’s book has been a publishing sensation in France and is now published in English for the first time. Kalindi’s story and her advocacy of the ... more
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Rupture by Ellen Storm - £8.00
Ellen Storm's dazzling first collection of poetry explores medical experience from different perspectives - that of a doctor reporting with candour and compassion, at home and abroad; that of a daughter accompanying the decline of an ageing parent; a ... more
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I Belong Only to Myself: The Life and Writings of Leda Rafanelli by Andrea Pakieser - £12.00
Leda Rafanelli (1880–1971) was one of the most prolific propagandists in early twentieth century Italy. She began working as a typesetter in her teens, and went on to found and run several publishing houses. Her own body of work included scores of no ... more
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Friends of Alice Wheeldon: The Anti-War Activist Accused of Plotting to Kill Lloyd George by Sheila Rowbotham - £16.99
Friends of Alice Wheeldon is a remarkable play by Sheila Rowbotham that re-enacts the 1917 trial and subsequent imprisonment of Wheeldon for her alleged role in plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister Lloyd George. It is prefaced by an extended es ... more
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Rena Gardiner: Artist and Printmaker by Julian Francis and Martin Andrews - £20.00
This first book on the artist and printmaker Rena Gardiner (1929–1999) is long overdue. Her guidebooks to historic places, buildings and the countryside have an idiosyncratic style that is unique in post-war British art. Her principal achievement was ... 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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What the **** is Normal?! by Francesca Martinez - £8.99
What do you do when you’re labelled abnormal in a world obsessed with normality? In a world where wrinkles are practically illegal, going bald is cause for mental breakdown, and women over size ten are encouraged to shoot themselves, what the **** do ... more
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Return: A Palestinian Memoir by Ghada Karmi - £16.99
An extraordinary memoir of exile and the impossibility of finding home, from the author of In Search of Fatima.  “The journey filled me with bitterness and grief. I remember looking down on a nighttime Tel Aviv from the windows of a place taking me ... more
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In the Spirit of Homebirth: Modern Women, An Ancient Choice by Bronwyn Preece - £12.99
Inspired by Ina May Gaskin's Spiritual Midwifery, In the Spirit of Homebirth is a rich collection of diverse birth stories that celebrate the beauty and power inherent in the sacred act of giving birth: a much-needed and desired addition to the growi ... more
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Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing by Tracey Thorn - £16.99
Tracey Thorn, musician and author of the bestselling autobiography Bedsit Disco Queen, offers a unique insider's take on the art of singing: why and how we sing, and the voice's power to captivate.  In her bestselling autobiography Bedsit Disco ... more
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The C-Word by Lisa Lynch - £7.99
Updated with new material, The C Word is the incredibly moving, darkly humorous account of one woman's fight against breast cancer. Now a BBC Drama starring Sheridan Smith.   The last thing Lisa Lynch had expected to put on her 'things to do ... more
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Hallelujah for 50ft Women: Poems About Women's Relationship to Their Bodies by Raving Beauties - £9.99
Raving Beauties women’s theatre company was born out of a deep sense of frustration with domesticity, naivete and a burning need for a creative outlet. It led to an enormous personal, political and professional learning curve. Hallelujah for 50ft Wom ... more
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I Met a Monk: Eight Weeks to Love, Happiness and Freedom by Rose Elliot - £10.99
Pioneering vegetarian food writer Rose Elliot hones her characteristically warm and engaging narrative style to share her fascinating introduction to Buddhism. Having never truly been convinced on the idea of single specific spiritual practice – desp ... 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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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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Without You, There is No Us: My Secret Life Teaching the Sons of North Korea's Elite by Suki Kim - £8.99
It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, except for the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. This is where Suki Kim has accepted a job teaching English. Over the next six months she w ... more
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Living with a Wild God: A Non-Believer's Search for the Truth About Everything by Barbara Ehrenreich - £9.99
Barbara Ehrenreich is an acclaimed social critic on both sides of the Atlantic, renowned for her trenchant, witty polemics, her pieces of journalism, and her trademark intelligence. She writes with unparalleled precision, insight and a rationalist's ... more
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How to Start a Revolution by Lucy-Anne Holmes - £2.99
A bite-sized guide to making change happen and the story behind the No More Page 3 campaign, written by its founder.   Change doesn’t just happen. It starts with the idea that something could be different, could be better. It starts with a pe ... more
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Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry by Maya Angelou - £16.99
As the world celebrates and reflects on the beautiful life of Maya Angelou, Virago presents an updated collection of her works of poetry, collected together for the first time.   From her reflections on African American life and hardship in Ju ... more
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Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani - £8.99
Iran. Amidst one country's tragedy, three mothers are united by love.  Includes reading group notes.  Tehran, 1983. A city paralysed by fear, its people silenced. And the beating heart of the regime is Evin prison. Yet even within its wall ... more
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