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Whispering Hope: The True Story of the Magdalene Women by Nancy Costello, Kathleen Legg, Diane Croghan, Marie Slattery and Marina Gambold - £6.99
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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Lean Out by Dawn Foster - £8.99
A Guardian Politics and Social Affairs Columnist Urges Women to “Lean Out” “If 1% Are Leaning In, What are the Other 99% Supposed to Do?”  The backlash against Sheryl Sandberg’s business advice book, Lean In, began before it was even publish ... more
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Women in Their Own Words: Quotations to Empower and Inspire by Rebecca Foster (Editor) - £6.99
Words have the power to change our lives.   As writers and thinkers, mothers and daughters, creators and counsellors, women have given us countless words to enlighten, encourage, challenge and console. This timely collection of uplifting quota ... more
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Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism by Miranda Kiraly and Meagan Tyler (Editors) - £15.00
Feminism is back in fashion. From female celebrities to male politicians, it seems almost everyone is keen to use the f-word. But are there limits to this ‘pop feminist’ approach to liberation?  Taking on topics from pornography and prostitution ... more
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If This is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm - £10.99
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 through ... more
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I'll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones - £20.00
Born in 1948 into a family of ministers in Kingston, Jamaica, the statuesque and strikingly beautiful Grace Jones lived with her family in Syracuse, NY, before launching a career as a model in New York City. Gaining fame as the cover girl for such pu ... more
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Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age by James Essinger - £12.99
Over 150 years after her death, a widely-used scientific computer program was named Ada, after Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate daughter of the eighteenth century s version of a rock star, Lord Byron. Why? Because, after computer pioneers such as ... more
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Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein - £16.99
From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life - and finding yourself - in music.  Before Carrie Brownstein became a music icon, she was a young girl growing up in the Pacific Nor ... more
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Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon - £8.99
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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This Book Is an Action: Feminist Print Culture and Activist Aesthetics by Jaime Harker and Cecilia Konchar Farr (Editors) - £19.99
The Women's Liberation Movement held a foundational belief in the written word's power to incite social change. In this new collection, Jaime Harker and Cecilia Konchar Farr curate essays that reveal how second-wave feminists embraced this potential ... more
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Letters to a Young Generation 2: 17 Inspirational Letters to the Next Generation of Women by Amanda Wilson - £6.99
In this new book of letters, 17 women share their experiences of growing up in the UK as a black female. Heartfelt and honest, they offer words of wisdom and encouragement to the next generation. Contributions from: Sinitta, Bianca Miller, Ms Dynamit ... more
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Practising Feminist Political Ecologies: Moving Beyond the 'Green Economy' by Wendy Harcourt and Ingrid Nelson - £19.99
Destined to transform its field, this volume features some of the most exciting feminist scholars and activists working within feminist political ecology, including Giovanna Di Chiro, Dianne Rocheleau, Catherine Walsh and Christa Wichterich.  Of ... more
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Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy - £14.99
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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Later Poems: Selected and New: 1971-2012 by Adrienne Rich - £12.99
The final volume of poems assembled by America's most powerful and distinctive voice.  Adrienne Rich’s Later Poems Selected and New displays the strong trajectory of the work of one of the most distinguished artists of American letters. After ... more
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I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb - £7.99
The highly anticipated memoir of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl from Pakistan's Swat region who stood up to the Taliban.  I come from a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.   When the Taliban to ... more
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Snapshots of A Girl by Beldan Sezen - £12.99
A funny, poignant graphic novel about a young woman's coming out amidst both Islamic and western cultures.  In this fresh, often funny autobiographical graphic novel, Beldan Sezen depicts her coming of age, and her coming out as lesbian, in bot ... more
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The Grandmothers' Movement: Solidarity and Survival in the Time of AIDS by May Chazan - £20.99
At the height of the African AIDS crisis older women mobilized across two continents and an ocean of difference to change the lives of innumerable African women confronting insecurity, violence, grief, and illness.   In 2006 the Stephen Lewis Foun ... more
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Pedal Zombies: Thirteen Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories by E. Blue, A. Greenhall, J. Kwak, G. Lair, M. Spencer and E. J. Street - £7.99
In the not-so-distant future, when gasoline is no longer available, humans turn to two-wheeled vehicles to transport goods, seek glory, and defend their remaining communities. In another version of the future, those with the zombie virus are able to ... more
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Do it Like a Woman... And Change the World by Caroline Criado-Perez - £12.99
Every day, all around the world, women are reinventing what it means to be female in cultures where power, privilege or basic freedoms are all too often equated with being male.   Here, Caroline Criado-Perez, one of the most vocal and tenaciou ... more
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Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg by Kate Evans, edited by Paul Buhle - £9.99
A graphic novel of the dramatic life and death of German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg.  A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. But she was much more than just ... more
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I Call Myself a Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty by Victoria Pepe - £13.99
Twenty-five girls and women under thirty tell us why they call themselves feminists. Punchy, bold, urgent. A book for our times.  Is feminism still a dirty word? We asked twenty-five of the brightest, funniest, bravest young women what being ... more
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Alive, Alive Oh! And Other Things That Matter by Diana Athill - £12.99
Several years ago, Diana Athill accepted that she could no longer live entirely independently, and moved to a retirement home in Highgate. There, she found herself released from the daily anxieties of caring for her own property, and free to settle i ... more
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Long Time No See by Hannah Lowe - £9.99
Hannah Lowe's father "Chick", a half-Chinese, half-black Jamaican immigrant, worked long hours at night to support his family - except Chick was no ordinary working man. A legendary gambler, he would vanish into the shadows of East London to win at c ... more
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Unicorn: The Poetry of Angela Carter by Angela Carter, with an essay by Rosemary Hill - £9.99
Despite being one of the most influential - and best-loved - of the post-war English writers, Angela Carter remains little-known as a poet. In Unicorn, the critic and historian Rosemary Hill collects together her published verse from 1963-1971, a per ... more
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Why Women Will Save the Planet by Friends of the Earth - £9.99
Women's empowerment is critical to environmental sustainability, isn't it? When Friends of the Earth asked this question on Facebook half of respondents said yes and half said no, with women as likely to say no as men.   This collection of ar ... more
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Sculptor's Daughter: A Childhood Memoir by Tove Jansson - £8.99
Tove Jansson’s first book for adults drew on her childhood memories to capture afresh the enchantments and fears of growing up in Helsinki in the 1910s and 20s.  Described as both a memoir and ‘a book of superb stories’ by Ali Smith, Jansson’s s ... more
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Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates - £10.00
Women are standing up and #shoutingback. In a culture that's driven by social media, for the first time women are using this online space (@EverydaySexism www.everydaysexism.com) to come together, share their stories and encourage a new generation to ... more
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Eleanor Marx: A Life by Rachel Holmes - £12.99
Unrestrained by convention, lion-hearted and free, Eleanor Marx (1855-98) was an exceptional woman. Hers was the first English translation of Flaubert's Mme Bovary. She pioneered the theatre of Henrik Ibsen. She was the first woman to lead the Britis ... more
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My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem - £14.99
Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. Every fall, her father would pack the family into the car and they would drive across the country, in search of their next adventure. The seeds were planted: Steinem would spend much of her life on the road, ... more
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In Search of Mary: The Mother of All Journeys by Bee Rowlatt - £12.99
Toddler in tow, Bee Rowlatt embarks on an extraordinary journey in search of the life and legacy of the first celebrity feminist: Mary Wollstonecraft.   From the wild coasts of Norway to a naked re-birthing in California, via the blood-soaked stre ... more
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The Inflatable Woman by Rachael Ball - £18.99
Iris (or balletgirl-42 as she's known on the internet dating circuit) is a zookeeper looking for love when she is diagnosed with breast cancer.  Overnight, her life becomes populated with a carnival of daunting hospital characters. Despite the attemp ... more
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The New Soft War on Women: How the Myth of Female Ascendance is Hurting Women, Men - and Our Economy by Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett - £15.99
For the first time in history, women make up half the educated labor force and are earning the majority of advanced degrees. It should be the best time ever for women, and yet… it’s not. Storm clouds are gathering, and the worst thing is that most wo ... more
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Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema by Sophie Mayer - £16.99
Feminist filmmakers are hitting the headlines. The last decade has witnessed: the first Best Director Academy Award won by a woman; female filmmakers reviving, or starting, careers via analogue and digital television; women filmmakers emerging from S ... more
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Sylvia Townsend Warner: A Biography by Claire Harman - £9.99
Winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize "One of the most shamefully under-read great British authors of the past 100 years"(Sarah Waters) The poet Sylvia Townsend Warner rose to sudden fame with the publication of her classic feminist novel Lol ... more
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Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson - £12.99
For fans of David Sedaris, Tina Fey and Caitlin Moran comes the new book from Jenny Lawson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Let's Pretend This Never Happened...  In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson regaled readers wi ... more
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Considering the Women by Choman Hardi - £9.95
Choman Hardi's Considering the Women explores the equivocal relationship between immigrants and their homeland - the constant push and pull - as well as the breakdown of an intermarriage, and the plight of women in an aggressive patriarchal society a ... more
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Ride the Revolution: The Inside Stories from Women in Cycling by Suze Clemitson (Editor) - £16.99
When Marie Marvingt decided to ride the 1908 Tour de France she was told 'absolument, non!' by M. Degranges and the Societe du Tour de France. Instead she rode each stage 15 minutes after the official race had departed and finished all 4,488 kms of t ... more
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M Train by Patti Smith - £18.99
M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past ... more
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Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Sarah B. Pomeroy - £16.99
"The classic, groundbreaking account of women's lives in Greece and Rome... The first treatment of women in the ancient world reflect the critical insights of modern feminism."(Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement) What did women do in ancient Gr ... more
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What Would Alice Do? Advice for the Modern Woman by Lewis Carroll - £5.99
Timeless quotes from favourite Wonderland characters, with an introduction by Lauren Laverne, who has loved Alice since she was a child, and finds inspiration in her character.  "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things b ... more
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My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst - £7.99
Emmeline Pankhurst grew up all too aware of the prevailing attitude of her day: that men were considered superior to women. When she was just fourteen she attended her first suffrage meeting, and returned home a confirmed suffragist. Throughout the c ... more
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Becoming Unbecoming by Una - £14.99
A devastating personal account of gender violence told in graphic-novel form, set against the backdrop of the 1970s Yorkshire Ripper man-hunt.   It’s 1977 and Una is twelve. A serial murderer is at large in West Yorkshire and the police are ... more
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Breastfeeding Made Easy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Using the Miskin Method by Geraldine Miskin - £14.99
Everything is easy when you know how to do it.   Breastfeeding Made Easy makes breastfeeding as easy and simple as it is naturally meant to be regardless of whether you are a perky A cup or luscious L cup!   Packed with step-by-step c ... more
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A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert by Gertrude Bell - £9.99
The writings of one of the great woman adventurers of the twentieth century - the 'female Lawrence of Arabia' - and the subject of a new film starring Nicole Kidman.   In the last century, few people lived more astounding - or influential - li ... more
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Easter Widows by Sinead McCoole - £14.99
One week in May 1916, seven Irish women became widows. When they had married their husbands they had embarked on very different lives. They married men of the establishment; one married a lecturer, two others married soldiers, another a civil servant ... more
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My Life, My Body by Marge Piercy - £8.99
In a candid and intimate new collection of essays, poems, memoirs, reviews, rants, and railleries, Piercy discusses her own development as a working-class feminist, the highs and lows of TV culture, the ego-dances of a writer's life, the homeless and ... more
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Reckless by Chrissie Hynde - £20.00
By the time she was 14, Chrissie Hynde knew she had to get out of Akron, Ohio. Her perfect ’50s American childhood upturned by a newly acquired taste for rock ’n’ roll, motorbikes and the ‘get down boys’ seen at gigs in and around Cleveland – Mitch R ... more
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Sappho by Page duBois - £12.99
Sappho has been constructed as many things: proto-feminist, lesbian icon and even - by the Victorians - chaste headmistress of a girls' finishing school. Yet ironically, as Page DuBois shows, the historical poet herself remains elusive. We know that ... more
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Lady Screever - Alice Colman: The World's First Female Pavement Artist by Philip Battle - £12.99
Lady Screever is the story of Alice Coleman, the world's first female pavement artist. At the end of the 19th century, Alice endured inclement weather, overzealous policing, sexism, physical threats and marriage proposals to support her family by ill ... more
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Nurturing Healing Love: A Mother's Journey of Hope and Forgiveness by Scarlett Lewis - £12.99
Scarlett Lewis's son Jesse was one of the 26 people who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Nurturing Healing Love is the incredible true story of her son's powerful message of love and hope before his tragic death.   ... more
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Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand - £9.99
In 1876 Sophia Duleep Singh was born into royalty. Her father, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, a realm that stretched from the lush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass and included the mighty cities ... more
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