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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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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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The Dialectics of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution by Shulamith Firestone - £9.99
An international bestseller, originally published in 1970, when Shulamith Firestone was just twenty-five years old, The Dialectic of Sex was the first book of the women’s liberation movement to put forth a feminist theory of politics. "A landmark ... more
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Compañeras: Zapatista Women's Stories by Hilary Klein - £12.99
Compañeras is the untold story of women’s involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daught ... more
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Things I Wish I'd Known: Women Tell the Truth About Motherhood by Victoria Young (Editor) - £10.00
Look at the front cover of any parenting book and what do you see? Glowing mothers-to-be, or pristine, beautifully-behaved children. But the reality is, your pregnancy might be a sweaty, moody rollercoaster, and your children will almost certainly sp ... more
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Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon - £14.99
There are few artists who inspire such reverence as Kim Gordon. In Girl in a Band she tells with complete openness the story of her family, her work in the visual arts, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship wi ... more
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Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? A Story About Women and Economics by Katrine Marçal - £12.99
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.   When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns becau ... more
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The Greatest Need: The Creative Life and Troubled Times of Lily Tobias by Jasmine Donahaye - £10.99
he first full biography of Lily Tobias (1887-1984) a Jewish writer from Wales: a courageous, idealistic woman who wrote compellingly about Jewish life and experience in the 20th century.   Daughter of Polish immigrant parents, Lily Tobias grew ... more
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Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything by Sally Magnusson - £8.99
Scottish broadcaster and author, Sally Magnusson, cared with her two sisters for her mother, Mamie, during her long struggle with dementia, until her death in 2012. This moving and honest account of losing a loved one day by day to an insidious disea ... more
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A Lot Like Eve: Fashion, Faith and Fig-Leaves: A Memoir by Joanna Jepson - £12.99
Joanna Jepson was born with a facial deformity that led to her being mercilessly bullied through childhood and adolescence whilst a strict evangelical upbringing imposed further challenges. Reconstructive facial surgery and a religious meltdown left ... more
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The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter - £7.99
A funny, hard-hitting examination of women and the media, for anyone who has ever had niggling doubts about the sidebar of shame.   As students, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter spent a lot of time laughing at magazine pieces entitled things ... more
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Chernobyl Strawberries: A Memoir by Vesna Goldsworthy - £8.99
How would you make sense of your life if you thought it might end tomorrow?   Vesna Goldsworthy breezed through life – a top student at Belgrade University, a presenter of a fashionable radio programme, a poet who performed her work to a crowd o ... 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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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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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, Music, 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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