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Bonkers: My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders - £7.99
Bonkers: My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders - the hilarious, touching life story of the iconic comedian and national treasure.   Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swi ... more
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The Bookshop That Floated Away by Sarah Henshaw - £7.99
The story of an extraordinary bookshop... and everything its owner did to keep it afloat.  In early 2009 a strange sort of business plan landed on the desk of a pinstriped bank manager. It had pictures of rats and moles in rowing boats and archa ... more
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Everybody Matters: A Memoir by Mary Robinson - £8.99
Moving memoir from the first female President of Ireland, and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson. Shortlisted for the Political Book Awards 2013 Political Book of the Year   The first woman President of Ireland, ... more
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Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure by Susie Jolly, Andrea Cornwall and Kate Hawkins - £18.99
This pioneering collection explores the ways in which positive, pleasure-focused approaches to sexuality can empower women.   Gender and development has tended to engage with sexuality only in relation to violence and ill-health. Although this ... more
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The Rebellious Life of Mrs Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis - £15.99
The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.   When Rosa Parks died in October 2005, she became the first woman and ... more
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What Should We Tell Our Daughters? The Pleasures and Pressures of Growing Up Female by Melissa Benn - £8.99
A manifesto for modern womanhood - and a guide through the perils and pitfalls of parenting girls.   We have reached a tricky crossroads in modern women's lives and our collective daughters are bearing the brunt of some intolerable pressures. Alt ... more
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A Love Letter from a Stray Moon by Jay Griffiths, with a Foreword by John Berger - £12.00
"A wonderful book. It’s like a dress that Kahlo invented for herself."(John Berger) "A stunning allegory about love, art and revolution. She makes every word, every scene, in this passionate narrative count. It’s brilliant work."(Barry Lopez) F ... more
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Mean Time by Carol Ann Duffy - £9.99
In her prize-winning fourth collection, Mean Time, Carol Ann Duffy dramatizes scenes from childhood, adolescence and adulthood, finding moments of grace or consolation in memory, love and language amid the complexities of life.  These are powerf ... more
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Ecofeminism by Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva - £12.99
This groundbreaking work remains as relevant today as when it was when first published. Two of Zed's best-known authors argue that ecological destruction and industrial catastrophes constitute a direct threat to everyday life, the maintenance of whic ... more
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Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution by Rachel Moran - £14.99
‘When you are fifteen years old and destitute, too unskilled to work and too young to claim unemployment benefit, your body is all you have left to sell.’   Rachel Moran came from a troubled family background. Taken into State care at fourteen ... more
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Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou - £8.99
For the first time, Maya Angelou - one of America's most celebrated memoirists and poets - shares the deepest personal story of her life: the story of her relationship with her mother.  'In the first decade of the twentieth century, it was no ... more
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Division Street by Helen Mort - £12.00
SHORTLISTED FOR THE T.S. ELIOT PRIZE 2013   SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA POETRY AWARD 2013   The much-anticipated debut collection from award-winning poet and rising star, Helen Mort.   ‘A stone is lobbed in ’84, hangs like a st ... more
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Emily Wilding Davison: A Suffragette's Family Album by Maureen Howes - £12.99
Emily Wilding Davison’s image has been frozen in time since 1913. On the 4 June of that year, Emily was struck by the king’s horse, Anmer, during the Epsom Derby. She died four days later.  She, unlike her fellow Militant Suffragettes, did not live ... more
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Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life by Vivian Gornick - £10.99
Finalist for the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in the Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir category, as given by the Jewish Book Council.   Honorable Mention in the Biography/Autobiography category at the Los Angeles Book Festival.   ... more
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The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius and Autism by Kristine Barnett - £8.99
Kristine Barnett's son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein and a photographic memory. At nine he developed an original theory in astrophysics that may earn a Nobel Prize. But Jake's story is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was ... more
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Becoming Visible in Iran: Women in Contemporary Iranian Society by Mehri Honarbin-Holliday - £14.99
Becoming Visible in Iran disputes the widespread stereotypes about Muslim women prevalent in the West, providing a vivid account of young women in contemporary Iran. Beginning at home, women are infusing dramatic change by challenging the patriarchal ... more
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Vanishing for the Vote: Suffrage, Citizenship and the Battle for the Census by Jill Liddington - £16.99
Vanishing for the Vote recounts what happened on one night, Sunday 2 April, 1911, when the Liberal government demanded every household comply with its census requirements. Suffragette organisations urged women, all still voteless, to boycott this cen ... more
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The Politics of the Body: Gender in a Neoliberal and Neoconservative Age by Alison Phipps - £15.99
The body is a site of impassioned, fraught and complex debate in the West today. In one political moment, left-wingers, academics and feminists have defended powerful men accused of sex crimes, positioned topless pictures in the tabloids as empowerin ... more
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Mongol by Uuganaa Ramsay - £8.99
Mongol [mong-gohl], noun, 1. a member of a pastoral people now living chiefly in Mongolia.
2. (offensive) a person affected with Down’s Syndrome.   Uuganaa is a Mongol in Britain, far from the world she grew up in: as a nomadic herder she liv ... more
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Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole Georges - £14.99
In a charming graphic memoir that Alison Bechdel calls "riveting," "disarming," and "haunting," a psychic reading spurs Portland 'zinester Nicole Georges to uncover an old secret about her father and the family story she never knew.   When Nic ... more
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The Riot Grrrl Collection by Lisa Darms (Editor) - £24.99
For the past two decades, young women (and men) have found their way to feminism through Riot Grrrl. Against the backdrop of the culture wars and before the rise of the Internet or desktop publishing, the zine and music culture of the Riot Grrrl move ... more
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Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha Gessen - £9.99
On February 21st 2012, five members of an obscure feminist post-punk collective called Pussy Riot staged a performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Dressed in their trademark brightly coloured dresses and balaclavas, the women perform ... more
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White Beech: The Rainforest Years by Germaine Greer - £25.00
For years I had wandered Australia with an aching heart. Everywhere I had ever travelled across the vast expanse of the fabulous country where I was born I had seen devastation, denuded hills, eroded slopes, weeds from all over the world, feral anima ... more
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Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies by Hadley Freeman - £8.99
Hadley Freeman, Guardian features writer and author of the popular ‘Ask Hadley…’ column, presents the modern lady with twenty-three essays that remind us to BE AWESOME.  ‘Being single is often awesome. You can leave a party when you want to, whether ... more
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Warrior Princess: My Quest to Become the First Female Maasai Warrior by Mindy Budgor - £12.99
Warrior Princess is the hilarious and inspirational memoir of Mindy Budgor, a young entrepreneur tired of corporate life, who decides to make changes in her life. While waiting for her Business School applications to go through, she decides to volunt ... more
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Let Me Tell You a Story: One Girl's Escape from the Nazis by Renata Calverley - £8.99
Przemysl, Poland, 1939. Two-year-old Renata is woken by her Mamusia in the middle of the night and bundled into the basement. The peacock quilt she is wrapped in reminds her of a story about a giant who guards a mysterious place called the Underworld ... more
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Selected Poems by U.A. Fanthorpe - £9.99
U.A. Fanthorpe was that rarest of literary beings, a poet who was hugely popular with the general public and at the same time very seriously regarded by fellow poets and literary critics for her originality, wit and humanity.   Since her death, muc ... more
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Fierce Angels: Living with a Legacy from the Sacred Dark Feminine to the Strong Black Woman by Sheri Parks - £15.99
The “Strong Black Woman” has been a part of mainstream culture for centuries, as a myth, a goddess, a positive role model, a stereotype, and as a burden. In Fierce Angels, Sheri Parks explores the concept of the Strong Black Woman, its influence on p ... more
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Susan Sontag: The Complete Rolling Stone Interview by Jonathan Cott - £15.99
“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 and feeling, fantasy and judgment . . . and I don’t believe it’s true. . . . ... more
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Draupadi: The Fire-Born Princess by Saraswati Nagpal - £7.99
"In an ancient age, when gods and mortals walked the earth together..."   ...A mysterious prophecy resounds for all to hear, and the bewitchingly beautiful princess Draupadi arises from a sacred fire. Draupadi is in love with Arjuna, the Panda ... more
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Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to be a Pop Star by Tracey Thorn - £8.99
"The Sunday Times top ten bestselling memoir of Tracey Thorn's 30-year pop career with Marine Girls and Everything But The Girl, and her collaborations with Paul Weller, Massive Attack and Todd Terry. A Radio 4 Book of the Week in March 2013."(Tracey ... more
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Parallax by Sinead Morrissey - £9.95
Winner of the 2013 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry Shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection  In Parallax Sinéad Morrissey documents what is caught, and what is lost, when houses and cityscapes, servants and saboteurs (‘the diffe ... more
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Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul by Clarissa Pinkola Estés - £22.50
“Have You Forgotten? I Am Your Mother. You Are Under My Protection.”   “There is a promise Holy Mother makes to us,” explains Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, “that any soul needing comfort, vision, guidance, or strength can cry out to her, flee to her ... more
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The Favored Daughter: One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future by Fawzia Koofi and Nadene Ghouri - £10.99
As America prepares to draw down its forces in Afghanistan, this story of survival and hope from avoice of the country's most oppressed group could not be more timely.  Born to the second of her father's seven wives in rural Afghanistan, Fawzia ... more
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The Ministry of Thin: How the Pursuit of Perfection Got Out of Control by Emma Woolf - £8.99
Losing weight has become the modern woman’s holy grail… everything will be better when we’re thin.   We’re obsessed with weight, we dislike our bodies, we worry about the food we eat, we feel guilty, we diet… Too many of us are locked into a war wi ... more
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Granddaughter of the Windrush by Barbara Maria Nnaemeka - £10.99
Barbara Nnaemeka had no idea what was in store for her when she set out from her home in Barbados in 1966 to study nursing in England. An idealistic teenager straight out of school, accustomed to warm, sunny days spent in a secure family environment, ... more
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Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets by Jessica A. Fox - £8.99
This is a book for anyone who has ever thought “What if?”   Jessica Fox is living in Hollywood, a 26-year-old filmmaker with a high-stress job at NASA. Working late one night, craving another life, she is seized by a moment of inspiration and ... more
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Helga's Diary: A Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp by Helga Weiss - £9.99
Helga's Diary is a young girl's remarkable first-hand account of life in a concentration camp during World War II. Like The Diary of Anne Frank this is a publication of international importance and a book that will endure for decades.   In 1 ... more
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Sculptor's Daughter: A Childhood Memoir by Tove Jansson - £9.99
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 startli ... more
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Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in the Badlands of India by Amana Fontanella-Khan - £12.99
A Radio 4 Book of the Week.   When Sheelu was arrested for stealing from a powerful politician in the notoriously crooked region of Uttar Pradesh, she was sure that she would be forced to accept a prison sentence, not least because she had all ... more
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Vagina: A Cultural History by Naomi Wolf - £9.99
An astonishing new work that radically changes how we think about, talk about and understand the vagina - and consequently how we think about women and sexuality - from Naomi Wolf, one of our most respected cultural critics and author of the modern c ... more
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Girls With Balls: The Secret History of Women's Football by Tim Tate - £17.99
Boxing Day 1920, and 53,000 men, women and children pack inside Goodison Park. The extraordinary crowds have come to watch two local rivals play a match for charity. But this is no ordinary charity fixture. Eleven of the players are international cel ... more
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Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal by J. Jack Halberstam - £14.99
A roadmap to sex and gender for the twenty-first century, using Lady Gaga as a symbol for a new kind of feminism.  Using Lady Gaga as a symbol for a new era, J. Jack Halberstam deftly unpacks what the pop superstar symbolizes, to whom and why ... more
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These Wonderful Rumours! A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime Diaries 1939-1945 by May Smith - £7.99
'The People's War' comes to life in this wonderful diary of life on the Home Front during World War Two.  May Smith is twenty-four at the outbreak of World War Two; at night, the sirens wail, and the young men of the village leave to fight. But ... more
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Hard Times Require Furious Dancing by Alice Walker - £12.99
"Though we have encountered our share of grief and troubles on this earth, we can still hold the line of beauty, form, and beat. No small accomplishment in a world as challenging as this one."(from the preface) I was born to grow, / alongside ... more
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Fortunes of Feminism: From Women's Liberation to Identity Politics to Anti-Capitalism by Nancy Fraser - £14.99
Charts the history of women's liberation and calls for a revitalized feminism.  Nancy Fraser’s major new book traces the feminist movement’s evolution since the 1970s and anticipates a new—radical and egalitarian—phase of feminist thought and a ... more
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Country Girl by Edna O'Brien - £9.99
The publication of Edna O'Brien's memoir is one of the major literary events of the season. Born in Ireland in 1930 and driven into exile after publication of her controversial first novel, The Country Girls, O'Brien has created a body of work which ... more
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Reclaiming the F Word by Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune - £8.99
Feminism is so last century. Surely in today's world the idea is irrelevant and unfashionable?   Wrong. Since the turn of the millennium a revitalised feminist movement has emerged to challenge these assumptions. Based on a survey of over a thousan ... more
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The Warrior Women of Islam: Female Empowerment in Arabic Popular Literature by Remke Kruk - £15.99
Colloquial Arabic storytelling is most commonly associated with the Arabian Nights. But few people are aware of a much larger corpus of narrative texts known as popular epic. These heroic romantic tales, originating in the Middle Ages, form vast cycl ... more
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With Hope in Her Heart by Sara Williams - £9.99
'Mum ...' This was the last word that 15-year-old Liverpool fan Kevin Williams said as he lay dying, one of the 96 tragic victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Kevin's mum, Anne, was not there to answer his call but she never let her son down. &n ... more
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Renewing Feminisms: Radical Narratives, Fantasies and Futures in Media Studies by Helen Thornham and Elke Weissmann (Editors) - £17.99
The feminist movement, we have been told, is history. This lively book proposes that on the contrary the feminist movement is alive and kicking, still as engaged with the concerns and ways of seeing as it was in the 1960s, '70s and '80s; still demand ... more
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