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Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters by Jessica Valenti - £11.99
Now in its updated second edition, Full Frontal Feminism is a book that continues to embody the forward-looking messages that author Jessica Valenti propagated as founder of the popular website, Feministing.com.   Full Frontal Feminism is a smart a ... 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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In the Cairngorms by Nan Shepherd - £14.99
As featured in 'The Living Mountain', a BBC Radio 4 programme (30.12.13) exploring Nan Shepherd’s work and landscapes, by Robert Macfarlane.   The 80th anniversary of first publication.   Foreword by Robert Macfarlane   Nan Sheph ... more
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Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Mutiny by Laurie Penny - £12.99
‘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 ... more
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And You, Helen by Deryn Rees-Jones, illustrated by Charlotte Hodes - £14.99
Poet Deryn Rees-Jones and artist Charlote Hodes have created a unique approach to the life of Helen Thomas, and through her to the women, and children, left behind by the fatalities of war. Helen Thomas was widowed when her husband the war poet Edwar ... more
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Gaddafi's Harem: The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuses of Power in Libya by Annick Cojean - £8.99
Soraya was just fifteen when she was given the honor of presenting a bouquet of flowers to Colonel Gaddafi, “the Guide,” on his visit to her school. She carried out her task with grace, but the next day three women from the “Department of Protocol” c ... more
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Anne Frank: The Biography by Melissa Müller - £9.99
Tracing Anne Frank’s life from an early childhood in an assimilated family to her adolescence in German-occupied Amsterdam, Melissa Müller’s biography, originally published in 1998, follows her life right up until her desperate end in Bergen Belsen. ... more
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A Parallel Life by Bonnie Greer - £14.99
Standing on the corner of Michigan Avenue, in the middle of the biggest blizzard of the decade and at the height of the rush hour, I yelled into the driving snow and howling Arctic wind: OK! After playing the role of good daughter, great sister, best ... more
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The Booby Trap and Other Bits and Boobs by Dawn O’Porter (Editor) - £7.99
In aid of breast cancer charities. A collection of stories from famous names with one thing in common - boobs!   Knockers, baps, bazoomas and hooters - big ones, small ones, man boobs, boob jobs and lopsided lady lumps - every boob tells a story. ... more
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After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art by Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal and Sue Scott - £24.99
Now available in a revised and fully updated edition, this book examines the rise of women artists in the late 20th century, viewed through the work of 12 key figures.  “Why have there been no great women artists?” asked the prominent art histo ... more
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Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson by Barbara Ransby - £16.99
Won Honorable Mention for the 2013 Southern California Book Festival, in the Biography/Autobiography category, sponored by JM Northern Media LLC.   Won an Honorable Mention for the 2013 New England Book Festival given by the JM Northern Media ... more
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Here We Stand: Women Changing the World by Helena Earnshaw and Angharad Penrhyn Jones (Editors) - £10.99
"A beautiful and necessary book full of passion, humour, encouragement, information and hope. This is the kind of writing that saves lives."(A.L. Kennedy, novelist)A fascinating and unique anthology about contemporary women campaigners and how they w ... more
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Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music by Angélique Kidjo, with Rachel Wenrick - £20.00
Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo is known for her electrifying voice and fearless advocacy work. In this intimate memoir, she reveals how she escaped Communist Africa to make her dreams a reality, and how she's prompting others all around ... more
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Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in the Badlands of India by Amana Fontanella-Khan - £8.99
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 alleged ... more
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What the **** is Normal?! by Francesca Martinez - £12.99
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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Eleanor Marx: A Life by Rachel Holmes - £25.00
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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Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot - £16.99
A stunning new graphic novel from the Costa Award-winning authors of Dotter of her Father's Eyes.   Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is a gripping inside story of the campaign for votes for women. A tale of loyalty, love and courage, set against a ... more
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The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter - £12.99
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 t ... more
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Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates - £14.99
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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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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Women, Resistance and Revolution: A History of Women and Revolution in the Modern World by Sheila Rowbotham - £9.99
This classic book provides a historical overview of feminist strands among the modern revolutionary movements of Russia, China and the Third World. Sheila Rowbotham shows how women rose against the dual challenges of an unjust state system and social ... more
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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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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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