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Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto - £8.99
Brilliantly comic and almost unbearably moving, Jerry Pinto's Em and the Big Hoom is one of the most powerful and original fiction debuts of recent years.   In a tiny flat in Bombay Imelda Mendes - Em to her family - is by turns flamboyant, maniaca ... more
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In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman - £8.99
A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century.  One September morning in 2008, an investment banker approaching forty, his career in collapse and his marriage unravelling, receives a surpr ... more
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Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole - £8.99
A young man returns to Nigeria after fifteen years in New York. Like him, his childhood country has grown up quickly: found fast-food restaurants, email cafés, contempt for authority; the all-consuming draw of money for nothing.   From the consul ... more
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Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta - £9.99
In this debut collection, Chinelo Okparanta introduces us to families burdened equally by the past and the future. Here, we meet a childless couple with very different desires; a college professor comforting a troubled student; a mother seeking refug ... more
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The Gypsy Goddess by Meena Kandasamy - £12.99
Tamil Nadu, 1968. Village landlords rule over a feudal system that forces peasants to break their backs in the fields or suffer beatings as punishment. In the misery of their daily lives it is little wonder that the Communist Party begins to gain tra ... more
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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi - £12.99
The fifth novel from award-winning author Helen Oyeyemi, who was named in 2013 as one of Granta's best of young British novelists.  A retelling of the Snow White myth, Boy, Snow, Bird is a deeply moving novel about an unbreakable bond...  BO ... more
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Discontent and its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York and London by Mohsin Hamid - £16.99
Discontent and its Civilizations is the essential first collection of non fiction from Mohsin Hamid.  Discontent and its Civilizations collects the best of Mohsin Hamid's writing on subjects as diverse and wide-ranging as Pakistan; fatherhood; t ... more
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Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward - £10.99
"...And then we heard the rain falling, and that was the drops of blood falling; and when we came to get the crops, it was dead men that we reaped."(Harriet Tubman) In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five men in her life, to drugs, accidents, suicid ... more
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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler - £8.99
A modern black woman is transported to 19th century Maryland, where she faces the cruel realities of slavery. Kindred, Octavia E. Butler's masterpiece, is an essential read and 'a shattering work of art' (Los Angeles Herald-Examiner).  On her 26th b ... more
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The Black Panthers Speak by Philip S. Foner (Editor) - £14.99
From its founding by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966 to contemporary attempts to censor its history and revise its significance, the Black Panther Pary has aroused fear, hope, misunderstanding, pride, vilification, and government-sponsored rep ... more
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Little Green by Walter Mosley - £8.99
Easy Rawlins is back. The iconic detective who leapt to fame in Devil in a Blue Dress returns.  We thought we'd seen the last of Easy Rawlins at the end of Blonde Faith. But it takes more than an oncoming car to stop LA's finest PI.   ... more
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Twin Ambitions: My Autobiography by Mo Farah - £8.99
A powerful and gripping human story of the 2012 London Olympics hero  4 August, 2012. Super Saturday. On the most electric night in the history of British sport, Mo Farah braved the pain and punishment to seize Olympic gold in the 10,000m - and ... more
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Telling Tales by Patience Agbabi - £14.99
Tabard Inn to Canterb'ry Cathedral, Poet pilgrims competing for free picks, Chaucer Tales, track by track, it's the remix From below-the-belt base to the topnotch; I won't stop all the clocks with a stopwatch when the tales overrun, run offensiv ... more
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Amistad by David Pesci - £8.99
The gripping novel based on a true story of slavery  Please make court understand we free men who want be free again. We want go home. We pray you to win our case. You our friend. We trust you.   In 1839, fifty-three African slaves ... more
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In the City of Gold and Silver by Kenizé Mourad - £10.99
Here is the long-forgotten story of Begum Hazrat Mahal, Queen of Awadh and the soul of the Indian revolt against the British, brought to vivid life by a writer whose own story reads like a novel.   Begum was an orphan and a poetess who captured th ... more
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Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand - £9.99
Mulk Raj Anand's extraordinarily powerful story of an Untouchable in India's caste system, with a new introduction by Ramachandra Guha, author of Gandhi.   Bakha is a proud and attractive young man, yet none the less he is an Untouchable - an outca ... more
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My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass - £8.99
Born into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass escaped to freedom and became a passionate advocate for abolition and social change and the foremost spokesperson for the nation’s enslaved African American population in the years preceding the Civil War ... more
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Holding Paradise by Fran Clark - £8.99
On a grey and miserable morning in 2008, London businesswoman, Angelica Ford boards a plane and flies off to the blues and greens of her mother’s island in the Caribbean.   Angelica is desperate. She is looking for a way to save her marriage ... more
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Vendetta by Dreda Say Mitchell - £6.99
A fast-paced, race-against-time thriller. Dreda is the female equivalent of Simon Kernick and Stephen Leather.  Two murders. Two different crime scenes. One killer?   Mac wakes in an smashed-up hotel room with no recollection of what has ... more
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The Blind Man's Garden by Nadeem Aslam - £7.99
From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers comes a searing, exquisitely written novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the months following 9/11 - a story of war, of one family's losses, and of the simplest, most enduring human impulses.   Jeo ... more
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Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey (Editor) - £12.99
Africa has produced some of the best writing of the twentieth century from Chinua Achebe, Ayi Kwei Armah, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and the Nobel Laureates Wole Soyinka, Nadine Gordimer, J.M. Coetzee and Doris Lessing, to more recent talents like Nuruddin F ... more
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Starting at Zero: His Own Story by Jimi Hendrix - £8.99
It didn't take long after Jimi Hendrix's death for the artist to become a myth of music. He has been surrounded by a shroud of intrigue since he first came into the public eye, and the mystery has only grown with time. Much has been written and said ... more
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We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo - £8.99
* Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013*   * US National Book Award 5 Under 35 *   * Winner of the Etisalat Prize 2014*  * Winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award 2014*   * Winner of a Betty Trask Award 2014* &n ... more
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The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed - £7.99
It is 1988 and Hargeisa waits. Whispers of revolution travel on the dry winds but still the dictatorship remains secure. Soon, and through the eyes of three women, we will see Somalia fall.   Nine-year-old Deqo has left the vast refugee camp she was ... more
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Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur - £8.99
In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted terrorist list.   Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murde ... more
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami - £20.00
A mystery story about friendship from the internationally bestseller author of Norwegian Wood.   Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ‘red ... more
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We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - £5.00
What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay – adapted from her much-viewed Tedx talk of the same name – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of ... more
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The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion by Kei Miller - £9.95
Winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection   Shortlisted for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize   In his new collection, acclaimed Jamaican poet Kei Miller dramatises what happens when one system of knowledge, one met ... more
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The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide - £7.99
An international bestseller. A charming and wonderful novel about a cat that brings joy into a couple's life.  The New York Times bestseller.  A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work ... more
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The Good Children by Roopa Farooki - £7.99
From the twice Orange Prize Longlisted author of Bitter Sweets and The Flying Man. Perfect for any reader of Jhumpa Lahiri and Khamila Shamsie.   Leaving home is one thing. Surviving is another.   1940s Lahore, the Punjab. Two brother ... more
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The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee - £16.99
An epic saga telling the story of a Bengali family in Calcutta – exploring a family that is decaying as the society around it fractures, and one young man who tries to reimagine his place in the world.  ***Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014*** ... more
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Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha - £12.99
The first volume of the definitive biography of Gandhi, one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century, from the great historian Ramachandra Guha.   The life of Mohandas Gandhi is one of the most remarkable and potent in the modern e ... more
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Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking & Pioneering Historical Events by Jessie Carney Smith - £17.99
Achievement engenders pride, and the most significant accomplishments involving people, places, and events in black history are gathered in Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Events.  Barack Obama, Colin Powell, and Pinkney Benton St ... more
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Beggar's Feast by Randy Boyagoda - £8.99
Randy Boyagoda's Beggar's Feast is a tour de force of a novel set in Sri Lanka about a man living in defiance of fate.   Sam Kandy, born in 1899 in a poor village in the heart of Ceylon and abandoned by his family ten years later at the gates ... more
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Black Poppies: Britain's Black Community and the Great War by Stephen Bourne - £12.99
In 1914 Britain was home to at least 10,000 black Britons, many of African and West Indian heritage. Most of them were loyal to the ‘mother country’ when the First World War broke out. Despite being discouraged from serving in the British Army, men m ... more
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Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas by Emory Douglas, edited by Sam Durant - £19.95
A reformatted and reduced price edition of the first book to show the provocative posters and groundbreaking graphics of the Black Panther Party.   The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, formed in the aftermath of the assassination of Malc ... more
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I'm Ok, I'm Pig! by Kim Hyesoon, translated by Don Mee Choi - £12.00
Kim Hyesoon is one of South Korea’s most important contemporary poets. She began publishing in 1979 and was one of the first few women in South Korea to be published in Munhak kwa jisong (Literature and Intellect), one of two key journals which champ ... more
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Destination Cambodia by Walter Mason - £8.99
Join intrepid traveller Walter Mason - author of Destination Saigon - on a colourful adventure to one of the world's hottest new destinations. Meet taxi drivers, writers, hip -hop stars and monks as he traverses this extraordarily beautiful country.& ... more
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Black Star: Britain's Asian Youth Movements by Anandi Ramamurthy - £19.99
Black Star documents the vibrant Asian Youth Movements in 1970s and 80s Britain who struggled against the racism of the street and the state. Anandi Ramamurthy shows how they drew inspiration from Black Power movements as well as anti-imperialist and ... more
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Letters to a Young Generation by Amanda Wilson (Editor) - £6.99
Letters to a Young Generation is a collection of 13 letters from men who understand what it’s like to be a black male growing up in the United Kingdom; from actors to MPs, fashion designers to athletes.   Inspiring, humorous and most importantly ho ... more
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Feeding the Ghosts by Fred D'Aguiar - £8.99
'The sea is slavery.'   Inspired by a true story, this suspenseful and moving book chronicles an incident of courage and rebellion that took place aboard a disease-riddled slave ship, the Zong, returning from Africa. When illness threatens to ... more
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Barack Obama: The Making of the Man by David Maraniss - £9.99
In Barack Obama, David Maraniss has written a sweeping narrative which reveals the real story of Obama's beginnings: child of a black man from Luoland and a white woman born in Kansas. He charts the fortunes of the two disparate families, polar oppos ... more
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The Arch and the Butterfly by Mohammed Achaari - £12.99
As he prepares to leave for work one morning, Youssef al-Firsiwi finds a mysterious letter under his door. In a single devastating line he learns that his only son, Yacine, whom he believed to be studying engineering in Paris, has been killed in Afgh ... more
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The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco by Richard Hamilton - £12.99
Marrakech is the heart and lifeblood of Morocco's ancient storytelling tradition. For nearly a thousand years, storytellers have gathered in the Jemaa el Fna, the legendary square of the city, to recount ancient folktales and fables to rapt audiences ... more
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Martin Luther King Jr.: Let Freedom Ring by Michael Teitelbaum & Lewis Helfand, illustrated by Naresh Kumar - £6.99
It seems unbelievable now that not even half a century ago, America was segregated. Everything depended on the colour of one’s skin, whether it was black or white. Access to schools, restaurants, parks, buses, or even water fountains was segregated. ... more
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Our Happy Time by Gong Ji-young - £7.99
Yujeong – beautiful, bright and wealthy – is in hospital recovering from her third suicide attempt. Angry at the world, she reluctantly accepts her no-nonsense aunt’s suggestion: to accompany her on charitable visits to inmates on death row.  ... more
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Măn by Kim Thúy - £8.99
Măn has three mothers: the one who gives birth to her in wartime, the nun who plucks her from a vegetable garden, and her beloved Maman, who becomes a spy to survive. Seeking security for her grown daughter, Maman finds Măn a husband - a lonely Vietn ... more
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The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014 by Various authors - £8.99
The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014 brings together the five shortlisted authors' stories along with 12 other stories from the best new writers.  Insightful, arresting and entertaining - this collection reflects the richness and range of current ... more
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The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto - £7.99
Fatima Bhutto's stunning debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, begins and ends one rain swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan's Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border.   Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon aft ... more
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Japanese Woodblocks: Masterpieces of Art by Michael Robinson - £12.99
Woodblock printing is a traditional artistic medium in Japan most renowned for its use in ukiyo-e or 'floating world' prints. Both moving and mesmerising, this medium captures scenes with considerable atmosphere and vibrancy whether it be crashing wa ... 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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