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Recommended Books for Christmas!

The best of 2012! Over two hundred of our recommendations for seasonal gifts!

Utopia by Ross Bradshaw (Editor) - £9.99
*** Includes a chapter from our very own Mandy!! ***   The second annual themed compendium of writing by Five Leaves’ authors and friends. The first, Maps, received positive reviews in the Guardian and Time Out, and sold out twice in its ... more
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33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs by Dorian Lynskey - £12.99
Why 33? Partly because that's the number of rotations performed by a vinyl album in one minute, and partly because it takes a lot of songs to tell a story which spans seven decades and five continents - to capture the colour and variety of this shape ... more
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The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book: From the WTO to the G20 by Gord Hill - £9.99
In recent years the world has borne witness to numerous confrontations, many of them violent, between protesters and authorities at pivotal gatherings of the world's political and economic leaders. While police and the media are quick to paint partic ... more
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How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism by Eric Hobsbawm - £12.99
In the 144 years since Karl Marx’s Das Kapital was published, the doctrine that bears his name has been embraced by millions in the name of equality, and just as dramatically has fallen from grace with the retreat of communism from the western world. ... more
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The Fir Tree by Sanna Annukka - £8.99
Hans Christian Andersen's tragic tale of naive greed and dissatisfaction is retold through the beautiful and intricate illustrations of Finnish illustrator Sanna Annukka. Cloth-bound in rich forest green, with gold foil embellishments, The Fir Tree i ... more
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Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World by Nicholas Shaxson - £8.99
* Dirty money, tax havens and the offshore system describe the ugliest and most secretive chapter in the history of global economic affairs.  * Tax havens have declared war on honest, law-abiding people around the world.  * Wealthy indi ... more
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Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain by Tom Watson and Martin Hickman - £8.99
'Dial M for Murdoch uncovers the inner workings of one of the most powerful companies in the world: how it came to exert a poisonous, secretive influence on public life in Britain, how it used its huge power to bully, intimidate and cover up, and how ... more
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Why be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson - £8.99
The shocking, heart-breaking - and often very funny - true story behind Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.   In 1985 Jeanette Winterson's first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published. It tells the story of a young girl adopted by Pen ... more
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Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life by Michael Moore - £9.99
Here Comes Trouble is Michael Moore's anti-memoir. Breaking the autobiographical mould, he hilariously presents 20 far-ranging, irreverent vignettes from his own life.   Moore is his own meta-Forrest Gump, as one moment he's an 11-year old boy stu ... more
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Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones - £9.99
A compelling investigation into the myth and reality of working-class life in contemporary Britain. In modern Britain, the working class has become an object of fear and ridicule. From Little Britain's Vicky Pollard to the demonization of Jade Goo ... more
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Occupy by Noam Chomsky - £5.00
'Occupy is the first major public response to thirty years of class war.'   Since its appearance in Zuccotti Park, New York, in September 2011, the Occupy movement has spread to hundreds of towns and cities across the world. No longer ... more
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I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity by Izzeldin Abuelaish - £8.99
Heart-breaking, hopeful and horrifying, I Shall Not Hate is a Palestinian doctor's inspiring account of his extraordinary life, growing up in poverty but determined to treat his patients in Gaza and Israel regardless of their ethnic origin.   A Lo ... more
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Extreme Rambling: Walking Israel’s Separation Barrier. For Fun. by Mark Thomas - £7.99
'Good fences make good neighbours, but what about bad ones?’   The Israeli barrier is probably the most iconic divider of land since the Berlin Wall. It has been declared illegal under international law and its impact on life in the West Bank has b ... more
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School Wars: The Battle for Britain's Education by Melissa Benn - £8.99
The story of the struggle for Britain’s schools, and a passionate call for education as a public good.  School Wars tells the story of the struggle for Britain’s education system. Established during the 1960s and based on the progressive ideal of go ... more
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On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry - £7.99
'As they used to say in Ireland, the devil only comes into good things'.   Narrated by Lilly Bere, On Canaan's Side opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. The story then goes back to the moment she was forced to flee Dubl ... more
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There but for the by Ali Smith - £8.99
Imagine you give a dinner party and a friend of a friend brings a stranger to your house as his guest. He seems pleasant enough.   Imagine that this stranger goes upstairs halfway through the dinner party and locks himself in one of your bedr ... more
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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell - £7.99
From the hugely popular blog, a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments.   'Can books conduct electricity?'  'My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that's ok... isn't it?'  A John Cleese Twitter question ['Wha ... more
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The Submission by Amy Waldman - £7.99
Ten years after 9/11, a dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel reimagines its aftermath.  A jury gathers in Manhattan to select a memorial for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack. Their fraught deliberations complete, the jurors open the enve ... more
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Impeachment by Anjali Deshpande - £5.99
Her strong sense of self reduced by an overpowering love-sickness that she can do little to contain, Avidha finds her commitment to the cause beginning to thin...After all the Bhopal gas tragedy is no longer news. The dwindling band of her activist-f ... more
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Dickens at Christmas by Charles Dickens - £15.00
A selection of the best of Dickens' Christmas stories and writings, in one beautiful hardback edition.   It is said that Charles Dickens invented Christmas, and within these pages you'll certainly find all the elements of a quintessential trad ... more
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The Co-operative Revolution: A Graphic Novel by Polyp - £5.99
To celebrate the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives, The Co-operative Group has created a graphic novel, depicting the history, scale and diversity of co-operation.  The Co-operative Revolution: A Graphic Novel vividly showcas ... more
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What We Are Fighting For: A Radical Collective Manifesto by Federico Campagna and Emanuele Campiglio (Editors) - £14.99
The age of austerity has brought a new generation of protesters on to the streets across the world. As the economic crisis meets the environmental crisis, millions fear what the future will bring but also dare to dream of a different society.   ... more
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One Planet: Lonely Planet Travel Pictorial by Roz Hopkins and Tony Wheeler - £9.99
One Planet is a celebration of great travel photography, and of the diversity and similarities within our world. Paired images encourage the appreciation of connections between people and places continents apart. Images each capture a moment in time ... more
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Where's Mo? by Sara Cywinski with Harry Bloom - £9.99
Join Mo Farah (and His Sporting Friends Zara Phillips, Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis and Tom Daley) on This Action-packed Adventure!  It's up to you to find Mo, Zara, Bradley, Jessica and Tom as they prepare to run, cycle and swim in the triath ... more
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Infographica: Visualizing a World of Information by Martin Toseland and Simon Toseland - £9.99
Ever wanted to see the world in a new way?   Infographica collects intriguing data from across our planet - including how many people were killed by cows in 2011, the average lifespan of people living on each continent and the number of McDon ... more
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101 Uses of a Dead Kindle by Adrian Searle and Judith Hastie - £6.99
In a few short years the Kindle e-reader has become one of the most iconic objects of our contemporary culture. But what happens when a Kindle dies?   Estimates suggest over 2m Kindles have been sold in the UK over the last three years. The Kindle ... more
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The Little Book Of Little Gardens by Steve Wheen - £9.99
The Banksy of Guerilla gardening!  The Little Book of Little Gardens is an artistic demonstration and playful collection of the internationally acclaimed ‘Pot Hole Gardener’. This creative East London figure has been described as the “Banksy of gu ... more
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I Was Born There, I Was Born Here by Mouris Barghouti - £8.99
The sequel to the classic memoir I Saw Ramallah, I Was Born There, I Was Born Here takes up the story in 1998 when Barghouti returned to the Occupied Territories to introduce his Cairo-born son, Tamim, to his Palestinian family.   Ranging freely b ... more
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Every Short Story by Alasdair Gray 1951-2012 by Alasdair Gray - £30.00
Sixty four short tales from Gray's earlier books are here joined with ten new stories, with illustrations and information to amuse curious readers. ... more
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Banksy You Are An Acceptable Level of Threat by Gary Shove & Patrick Potter - £19.95
Banksy is the closest thing we have to Che Guevara. Except, as far as we know, he’s never flunked medical school, shot anyone or attempted to foment revolution in the Congo. You will find, gathered lovingly together, in this book - the single best co ... more
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Introducing Mindfulness: A Practical Guide by Tessa Watt - £6.99
Mindfulness is growing in popularity as a technique which teaches us to appreciate our life.   This Practical Guide explores how to listen to your body to reduce stress and anxiety in all areas of your life; how to focus better at work by beco ... more
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Global Model Village: The International Street Art of Slinkachu by Slinkachu - £12.99
A tiny mother and child bustle through a dusty township in Cape Town, while a miniature informant whispers in a telephone box in Beijing. Thumb-sized riot police climb the Acropolis in Athens, while an inch-high woman pole-dances around a lamppost in ... more
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Write. by Phil Daoust (Editor) - £12.99
Writing a novel can be a slow, painful and lonely process. Many writers never manage to achieve their goal. This inspirational book will help you to rediscover the joy of your craft and rekindle your creative fire.   Leading contemporary auth ... more
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Gin O'Clock by The Queen (of Twitter) - £8.99
IN 2012, THE DIAMOND JUBILEE YEAR, HER MAJESTY'S DIARIES ARE OPENED AT LAST...  'Had a quick run-through of the opening ceremony. One wanted to call it "The Empire Strikes Back" but it was generally felt that might intimidate the smaller nations.' ... more
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Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou - £8.99
Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: it's part ... more
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The Unseen by Nanni Balestrini, Preface by Antonio Negri, Translated by Liz Heron - £9.99
An epic joyful and explosive insurrection from the poet of youth rebellion.  For a brief explosive period in the mid-1970s, the young and the unemployed of Italy’s cities joined the workers in an unexpectedly militant movement known simply as Au ... more
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The Onion Book of Known Knowledge by The Onion - £23.00
A devastatingly important encyclopedia from America's Finest News Source that contains the sum total of mankind's knowledge and is the very last book that will ever be printed.  Are you a witless cretin with no reason to live? Would you like to kn ... more
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Scouse: A Social and Cultural History by Tony Crowley - £16.99
Nowhere in Britain is more closely associated with a form of language than Liverpool. Yet the history of language in Liverpool has been obscured by misrepresentation and myth-making and narratives of Liverpool’s linguistic past have scarcely done jus ... more
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Arguably by Christopher Hitchens - £12.99
'As soon as we abandon our own reason', wrote Bertrand Russell, 'and are content to rely upon authority, there is no end to our troubles.'  For over forty years, Christopher Hitchens has proclaimed truth where others have spun falsehood and ... more
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F in Retakes: Even More Test Paper Blunders by Richard Benson - £5.99
The F in Exams are over, the results are in and just when you thought it was safe to go back in the classroom... BANG! It’s time for F in Retakes!  Enjoy another heady dose of hilarious answers that canny students have given to the trickiest exa ... more
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Love Bombing: Reset Your Child's Emotional Thermostat by Oliver James - £9.99
"Love Bombing" is a radical new method for resetting the emotional thermostats of troubled children and their parents, setting them on a much happier trajectory. It is simple to do, easily explained and works for both severe and mild problems from ag ... more
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Science Tales: Lies, Hoaxes and Scams by Darryl Cunningham - £11.99
A documentary comic book debunking myths and exposing the lies of scientific naysayers and conspiracy theorists, and the role of the media.   By the author of the best-selling Psychiatric Tales, Darryl Cunningham turns his questioning mind and ... more
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Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It by Howard Jacobson - £8.99
It takes a particular kind of man to want an embroidered polo player astride his left nipple. Occasionally, when I am tired and emotional, or consumed with self-dislike, I try to imagine myself as someone else, a wearer of Yarmouth shirts and fleecy ... more
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National Geographic Image Collection (Mini edition) by National Geographic - £9.99
Behind National Geographic's worldwide reputation as a powerhouse of photography lies one of the most extensive, valuable, and unique graphic resources on Earth: the National Geographic Image Collection. The book by the same name, now in small format ... more
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Time for Outrage! by Stephane Hessel - £4.25
Stephane Hessel, Resistance fighter and concentration camp survivor, tells the young of today that their lives and liberties are worth fighting for.  Remembering the ideals for which he risked his life, while never forgetting the evils against which ... more
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The Man Who Forgot His Wife by John O'Farrell - £7.99
Lots of husbands forget things: they forget that their wife had an important meeting that morning; they forget to pick up the dry cleaning; some of them even forget their wedding anniversary. But Vaughan has forgotten he even has a wife. Her name, he ... more
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The Life of Pi by Yann Martel - £8.99
One boy, one boat, one tiger...   After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), ... more
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"Up Then Brave Women" Manchester's Radical Women 1819-1918 by Michael Herbert - £7.95
"A heroine, a young married woman of our party, with her face all bloody, her hair streaming about her, her bonnet hanging by the string, and her apron weighted with stones, kept her assailant at bay until she fell backwards and was near being taken; ... more
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The Revolution Will Be Digitised: Dispatches from the Information War by Heather Brooke - £8.99
There is more information in the world than ever before - but who is in control?  At the centre is the Establishment: governments, corporations andpowerful individuals who have more knowledge about us, and more power, than at any other time in ... more
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A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets by James Bowen - £7.99
When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he nee ... more
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We Can Do It! Inspirational Postcards for Hard Times by anon - £7.99
Roll up your sleeves and make ends meet with this stirring collection of motivational classics.  Times are tough. But there's no need to despair! Inside this postcard collection are 30 motivational messages from yesteryear that have relevanc ... more
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Glad Tidings of Struggle and Strife: A History of Protest Christmas Cards by Llew and Pam Smith, with a foreword by Ken Livingstone - £14.99
Protest Christmas Cards, highlighting political, industrial and social turmoil, have been produced since the mid nineteenth century. This book contains images from the collection of Llew and Pam Smith. They researched and collected such cards over a ... more
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The Art of Procrastination by John Perry - £9.99
This is not a book for Bill Gates. Or Hillary Clinton, or Steven Spielberg. Clearly they have no trouble getting stuff done. For the great majority of us, though, what a comfort to discover that we’re not wastrels and slackers, but doers . . . in our ... more
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Bleakonomics: A Heartwarming Introduction to Financial Catastrophe, the Jobs Crisis..... by Rob Larson - £16.99
Bleakonomics is a short and darkly humorous guide to the three great crises plaguing today's world: environmental degradation, social conflict in the age of austerity and financial instability.   Written for anyone who is wondering how we’ve c ... more
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A Billion Jokes Volume 1 by Peter Serafinowicz - £12.99
'Comedy genius' David Walliams 'It's funny, but Peter Serafinowicz is the kind of funny person that funny people find funny' Simon Pegg 'Peter Serafinowicz is one of the funniest women in the world' Derren Brown.  Jokes include: 'I like to p ... more
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Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander - £7.99
Solomon Kugel has had enough of the past and its burdens. So, in the hope of starting afresh, he moved his family to a small rural town where nothing of import has ever happened.  Sadly, Kugel’s life isn’t that simple. His family soon find them ... more
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Beyond the Wall: Writing a Path Through Palestine by Bidisha - £6.50
Their voices come from Bethlehem and Hebron. You can hear them from Jerusalem to Nazareth, and witness their protests in Gaza and Ramallah. From the refugee camps in the West Bank, you can hear the voices of the Palestinian people call out to demand ... more
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Milligan's Meaning of Life: An Autobiography of Sorts by Spike Milligan - £8.99
With his lightning-quick wit, unbridled creativity and his ear for the absurd, Milligan revolutionised British comedy, leaving a legacy of influence that stretches from Monty Python's Flying Circus to the work of self-confessed acolytes such as Eddie ... more
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Secret State by Chris Mullin - £7.99
Former steel worker Harry Perkins has, against all the odds, led the Labour Party to a stunning victory at the general election. His manifesto includes the removal of American bases, public control of finance, and the dismantling of the newspaper mon ... more
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The Moneyless Manifesto: Live Well, Live Rich, Live Free by Mark Boyle - £14.99
That we need money to live like it or not is a self-evident truism. Right? Not anymore. Drawing on almost three years of experience as The Moneyless Man, ex-businessman Mark Boyle not only demystifies money and the system that binds us to it, he also ... more
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Out of the Ashes: Britain After the Riots by David Lammy - £8.99
"Out of the ashes, what kind of country do we want to build?"   David Lammy MP predicted the riots of 2011 a year before they took place. Following the violence he spoke passionately for his constituents. Now, in Out of the Ashes, he analyses ... more
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Dogma and Disarray: Cameron at Half-Time by Polly Toynbee and David Walker - £5.00
Compassionate, caring, green; this is how David Cameron presented himself before the election. Once in Downing Street, he threw off his disguise. The laid-back old-school Tory emerged as the leader of a party on a breakneck mission to fulfil Margaret ... more
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Superman is an Arab: On God, Marriage, Macho Men and Other Disastrous Inventions by Joumana Haddad - £8.99
This is not a manifesto against men in general. Nor is it a manifesto against Arab men in particular. It is, however, a howl in the face of a particular species of men: the macho species, Supermen, as they like to envision themselves. But Superman is ... more
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Ed: the Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader by Mehdi Hasan - £12.99
What makes a man put politics and ambition before family? Ed Miliband is perhaps the least understood political leader of modern times. This book reveals where he has come from and where he is going. It charts his unique upbringing, against the backd ... more
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Woody's Road: Woody Guthrie's Letters Home, Drawings, Photos, and Other Unburied Treasures by Mary Jo Guthrie and Guy Logsdon - £25.00
The father of American folk music, Woody Guthrie influenced generations of musicians and fans with his witty journalism and landmark songs, such as “This Land Is Your Land.”  Much has been written about Guthrie, yet nothing communicates who h ... more
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An Optimist's Tour of the Future by Mark Stevenson - £8.99
This is one curious man's journey to find out 'what's next?' Mark Stevenson has been to the future a few years ahead of the rest of us - and reckons it has a lot going for it.   His voyage of discovery takes him to Oxford to meet Transhumanis ... more
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The Point Is To Change It: An Introduction to Marxist Philosphy by John Molyneux - £7.00
Marx's ideas are once again vital, in a world wracked by economic crisis and the gap between rich and poor greater than ever. This small book, aimed primarily at the activist, explains Marx's ideas in as clear and simple language as possible, using c ... more
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The Blue Book by A.L Kennedy - £8.99
An extraordinary novel of love, loss and the act of deception.  You are crossing the Atlantic on a liner with your boyfriend who may or may not be planning to propose.   You are fleeing the past - your ex-lover Arthur, the man who helped ... more
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A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor - £9.99
Neil MacGregor's A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a bold, original approach to human history, exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them.   Encompassing a grand sweep of human history, "A History of the Worl ... more
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Making the Future: Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance by Noam Chomsky - £9.99
"Making the Future" is the latest collection of essays from Noam Chomsky, one of our most vital and provocative voices of political dissent. Taking up the thread from 2007's "Interventions", these penetrating and compelling articles examine numerous ... more
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The Secret Anarchy of Science by Michael Brooks - £8.99
This is a bold expose of science's mavericks. For more than a century, science has cultivated a sober public image for itself. But as bestselling author Michael Brooks explains, the truth is very different: many of our most successful scientists have ... more
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Birdwatching With Your Eyes Closed: An Introduction to Bird Song by Simon Barnes - £8.99
Learning birdsong is not just a way to become a better bird-spotter. It is tuning in: a way of hearing the soundtrack of the planet earth...Why do birds sing? What are they trying to say? Birdsong is not just about natural history. It is also about o ... more
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No Off Switch by Andy Kershaw - £8.99
Andy Kershaw truly has no off switch.   As a teenager he was promoting major rock gigs. He was Billy Bragg's driver and roadie one day and presenting "Whistle Test" and "Live Aid" the next. A passionate music enthusiast, he is a man with an o ... more
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A Walk-On Part: Diaries 1994-1999 by Chris Mullin - £9.99
In this title, Yes Minister meets Alan Clark. The third and final volume of Chris Mullin's acclaimed diaries begins on the night John Smith died in May 1994, and continues until the moment of Mullin's assumption into government in July 1999. Together ... more
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How to be Danish: A Short Journey into the Mysterious Heart of Denmark by Patrick Kingsley - £9.99
What links Sarah Lund and Lars von Trier? Or Carlsberg and Kierkegaard? Or even Shakespeare and Metallica? The answer lies in Denmark, the country that has gripped the British imagination more than any other in recent memory. But though we watch thei ... more
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Short and Sweet by Simon Armitage (Editor) - £7.99
Short and Sweet is an inspiring new anthology arranged to show how the short poem, defined here as no longer than thirteen lines - and sometimes a lot shorter than that - can tell a story, present a complex argument, and be packed with as much passio ... more
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Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James - £7.99
The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the Pemberley nursery, Elizabeth's beloved sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live within seventeen miles, the ordered and se ... more
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Snuff by Terry Pratchett - £7.99
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.  And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant a ... more
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Cedilla by Adam Mars-Jones - £7.99
Cedilla continues the history of John Cromer (‘adventures’ sounds rather too hectic) begun by Pilcrow, described by the London Review of Books as ‘peculiar, original, utterly idiosyncratic’ and by the Sunday Times as ‘truly exhilarating’.   J ... more
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The Atheist's Guide to Christmas by Various authors - £8.99
42 atheist celebrities, comedians, scientists and writers give their funny and serious tips for enjoying the Christmas season.  When the Atheist Bus Campaign was first launched, over £150,000, was raised in four days - enough to place the adv ... more
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Go to Sleep by Helen Walsh - £7.99
Hours from now, Rachel Massey will become a mother. Terrified and excited, there is nothing she wants more.   But motherhood is not as she had imagined. The sleepless nights turn to weeks, the weeks to months, and while Rachel loves her son a ... more
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From The Bottom Of The Heap: The Autobiography of Black Panther Robert Hillary King by Robert Hillary King - £12.99
Winner of the 2008 PASS Award (Prevention for a Safer Society) from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.  In 1970, a jury convicted Robert Hillary King of a crime he did not commit and sentenced him to 35 years in prison. He became ... more
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The Activists' Handbook: A Step-by-step Guide to Activism by Aidan Ricketts - £14.99
The Activists' Handbook is a powerful guide to grassroots activism. A priceless resource for everyone ready to make a difference, environmental activist Aidan Ricketts offers a step-by-step handbook for citizens eager to start or get involved in gras ... more
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Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First-Century City by Anna Minton - £9.99
Britons are increasingly aware of living in a society plagued by fear and unhappiness. Even when actual levels of crime are reduced, the fear of crime is up. In Ground Control Anna Minton sets out on a journey around Britain to answer the questions, ... more
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Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy by Neil Astley (Editor) - £7.99
Staying Alive, Being Alive and Being Human have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry, and have helped poetry lovers to discover the little known riches of world poetry.  Each anthology in the Staying Alive trilogy ... more
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Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone - £12.99
The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our ca ... more
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The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend - £7.99
The day her gifted twins leave home for university, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. For seventeen years she's wanted to yell at the world, 'Stop! I want to get off'. Finally, this is her chance. Perhaps she will be able to think.   Her hus ... more
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Socialism with a Northern Accent: Radical traditions for modern times by Paul Salveson - £14.99
The socialist tradition in Britain is diverse and multi-layered. Its pattern of development differed markedly across the great industrial centres where it first put down roots. In this new book - which is so much more than a work of history - Paul Sa ... more
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Will We Ever Speak Dolphin? and 130 other science questions answered by New Scientist - £7.99
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Drugs - Without the Hot Air by David Nutt - £12.99
David Nutt is the government scientist who was sacked for comparing the harms of horse-riding and taking ecstasy. In straightforward language, he explores the science of what a drug is and how it works, why people take drugs, and how it affects them. ... more
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Sex, Race & Class, The Perspective of Winning: A Selection of Writings 1952-2011 by Selma James - £15.95
Men and women work. But they labor under conditions of coercion. That fact is in force in and out of the home. Both settings are the concern of Selma James, 81, Brooklyn-bred in a Jewish-American, leftist working-class family, and a self-defined acti ... more
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The Return of the Public: Democracy, Power and the Case for Media Reform by Dan Hind - £9.99
Our politicians have ever-decreasing legitimacy. Even as they amass ever more riches our financiers are now morally and intellectually bankrupt. In their different ways politicians and those who control the private economy system claim to be acting i ... more
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The Death of King Arthur by Simon Armitage - £7.99
The Alliterative Morte Arthure - the title given to a four-thousand line poem written sometime around 1400 - was part of a medieval Arthurian revival which produced such masterpieces as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Sir Thomas Malory's prose Mo ... more
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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - £7.99
WINNER OF THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012   Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed p ... more
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The Plot Against the NHS by Colin Leys & Stewart Player - £12.95
What will Mr Lansley's new health care market mean for patients? Is there really no alternative? Do the coalition government's plans for the NHS really mean a big change of policy? Or do they just bring into the open what New Labour was already doing ... more
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Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth - £6.99
Jennifer Worth came from a sheltered background when she became a midwife in the Docklands in the 1950s. The conditions in which many women gave birth just half a century ago were horrifying, not only because of their grimly impoverished surroundings ... more
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Mark Steel's in Town by Mark Steel - £12.99
On the way to a show in Skipton, in North Yorkshire, I noticed a road sign to a town called Keighley. So later, during the show, I mentioned this, asking the audience, 'Is that your rival town?' And the room went chillingly quiet, until one woman cal ... more
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The Twelve Poems of Christmas (Volume Four) by Various poets, selected and introduced by Carol Ann Duffy - £4.95
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Stop What You're Doing and Read This! by Various authors - £4.99
A mission statement about the transformative power of reading; about the way it inspires us, the tangible impact it can have on our wellbeing, the importance it holds for us now and will continue to hold in the future.   In any 24 hours th ... more
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How the World Works by Noam Chomsky - £14.99
With exceptional clarity and power of argument, Noam Chomsky lays bare as no one else can the realities of contemporary geopolitics.  Divided into four sections and originally published in the US as individual short books which have collectively ... more
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Rebels: Voices from the Easter Rising by Fearghal McGarry - £9.99
In 1947 the Bureau of Military History was established by the Irish government to record the experiences of those who took part in the fight for independence. In 1959, the results of this research - including 1,773 'witness statements' - were placed ... more
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Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother by Sue Johnston - £7.99
'There was a lot that we kept from my mother. My dad would say to me as a teenager 'Don't tell your mother.' We couldn't face the disapproval.'   Sue Johnston always seemed to be disappointing her mother. As a girl she never stayed clean and tidy l ... more
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The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue - £7.99
From the bestselling author of Room comes a delicious tale of secrets, betrayal and forbidden love.  Helen Codrington is unhappily married. Emily ‘Fido’ Faithfull hasn’t seen her once-dear friend for years. Suddenly, after bumping into Helen ... more
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Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman - £7.99
Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, eleven-year-old Harrison Opoku lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on an inner-city housing estate. The second best runner in the whole of Year 7, Harri races through his new life in ... more
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When I Am Playing With My Cat, How Do I Know She Is Not Playing With Me? by Saul Frampton - £9.99
In the year 1570, at the age of thirty-seven, Michel de Montaigne gave up his job as a magistrate and retired to his château, situated a few miles north of the Dordogne in south western France, to brood on his own private grief - the deaths of his be ... more
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The Best British Poetry 2012 by Sasha Dugdale & Roddy Lumsden (Editors) - £9.99
The Best British Poetry 2012 presents the finest and most engaging poems found in literary magazines and webzines over the past year. The material gathered represents the rich variety of current UK poetry. Each poem is accompanied by a note by the po ... more
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Stalin Ate My Homework by Alexei Sayle - £8.99
Alexei Sayle was born in Liverpool on the day egg rationing came to an end. His family ate salad. They read the Soviet Weekly. They travelled on transcontinental trains, and in the back of futuristic limousines. They saw Communism in action and ate s ... more
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The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst - £8.99
Alan Hollinghurst's first novel since The Line of Beauty, winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize.  In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at ‘Two Acres’, the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sa ... more
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When I Were a Lass... Snapshots of a Time That Political Correctness Forgot by Joan Bradshawe - £9.99
When I Were A Lass... looks back through rose-tinted NHS spectacles (held together with an old plaster) to a time when the world was a simpler place. A girl's view of the 1930s, 40s and 50s is revealed through a series of vintage photos.   Fr ... more
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Edgelands: Journeys into England by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts - £9.99
Edgelands explores a wilderness that is much closer than you think: a debatable zone, neither the city nor the countryside, but a place in-between – so familiar it is never seen for looking. Passed through, negotiated, unnamed, ignored, the edgelands ... more
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Can Any Mother Help Me? by Jenna Bailey - £8.99
When, in 1935, a young woman wrote this letter to the women's magazine Nursery World women from all over the country wrote back expressing similar frustrations.  These women were educated and ambitious but many of their careers had been cut short by ... more
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Embassytown by China Mieville - £7.99
The enthralling new novel from the award-winning author of Kraken and The City & The City.   Embassytown: a city of contradictions on the outskirts of the universe.   Avice is an immerser, a traveller on the immer, the sea of space and ... more
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On the Road by Jack Kerouac - £8.99
On the Road swings to the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveller and mystic, the living epitome of Beat.   Now recognized as a modern classic, its ... more
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Cain by Jose Saramago, translated by Margaret Jull Costa - £8.99
A controversial book in the mode of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ and the last novel to be written before the death of the great Portuguese novelist and Nobel Prize winner, Jose Saramago.  Two decades after Portuguese novelist and Nobel Lau ... more
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The Marrowbone Marble Company by Glenn Taylor - £7.99
A powerful novel of love and war, righteousness and redemption, and the triumph of the human spirit.   From the author of the critically-acclaimed The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart comes this sweeping novel of love and war, power and oppression ... more
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Mortality by Christopher Hitchens - £10.99
During the US book tour for his memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens collapsed in his New York hotel room to excoriating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of deeply moving Vanity Fair pieces, he was bein ... more
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Reuters: Our World Now 5 by Reuters - £10.00
This highly successful series (over 100,000 copies sold worldwide) has become an indispensable visual record of our times.   This fifth volume captures 2011 in over 350 powerful photos covering the full range of news reporting – politics, comm ... more
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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt - £7.99
Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling and violent experiences in the Darwinian landscape of ... more
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The Year of Dreaming Dangerously by Slavoj Žižek - £7.99
The renowned philosopher finds a utopian future in worldwide protests.  Call it the year of dreaming dangerously: 2011 caught the world off guard with a series of shattering events. While protesters in New York, Cairo, London, and Athens took t ... more
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Pure by Andrew Miller - £8.99
A year of bones, of grave-dirt, relentless work. Of mummified corpses and chanting priests. A year of rape, suicide, sudden death. Of friendship too. Of desire. Of love... A year unlike any other he has lived.   Deep in the heart of Paris ... more
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QI: The Second Book of General Ignorance: The Discreetly Plumper Edition by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson - £8.99
Who made the first aeroplane flight? How many legs does an octopus have? How much water should you drink every day? What is the chance of tossing a coin and it landing on heads? What happens if you leave a tooth in a glass of coke overnight? What is ... more
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Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia by Luke Harding - £8.99
In 2007 Luke Harding arrived in Moscow to take up a new job as a correspondent for the British newspaper the Guardian. Within months, mysterious agents from Russia's Federal Security Service - the successor to the KGB - had broken into his flat. He f ... more
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Family Values by Wendy Cope - £7.99
From a motorway service area to her ambivalent relationship with religion, Wendy Cope covers a wide range of experience in her new collection. Her mordant humour and formal ingenuity are in evidence, even as she remembers the wounds of a damaging chi ... more
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1,227 QI Facts to Blow Your Socks Off by John Lloyd & John Mitchinson - £9.99
QI is the smartest comedy show on British television, but few people know that we're also a major legal hit in Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Africa and an illegal one on BitTorrent. We also write books and newspaper columns; run a thriving websi ... more
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Vultures' Picnic by Greg Palast - £9.99
Vulture's Picnic is Greg Palast's hard hitting expose of the oil industry, the banking industry, and the government agencies that aren't regulating either.  The bestselling author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy offers a globetrotting, ... more
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The Equality Illusion: The Truth About Women & Men Today by Kat Banyard - £8.99
'Whoever says that prostitution is just ordinary work has never walked even a minute in my shoes, or any other girl that I know. Prostitution is actually a trap that most women believe for far too long'. Rebecca Saffer, former 'high-end call girl', i ... more
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We Had it So Good by Linda Grant - £7.99
Born to hardworking immigrant parents in sunny suburban Los Angeles, Stephen Newman never imagined that he would spend his adult life under the grey skies of north London, would marry Andrea for convenience and stay married, and would watch his child ... more
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Wenceslas: A Christmas Poem by Carol Ann Duffy - £5.99
Beginning with the King’s Cook, who is preparing a sumptuous Christmas Pie, Wenceslas takes us to a medieval feast. The lords and ladies are at their places, the wine is in full flow, the musicians are playing in the gallery and the entertainment has ... more
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The Liverpool Miscellany (3rd Edition) by Leo Moynihan - £9.99
The fully revised and updated 2012 edition of The Liverpool Miscellany is essential reading for fans in the red half of Merseyside.  Written by respected football journalist Leo Moynihan, a lifelong Liverpool fan, this goldmine of information ... more
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The Everton Miscellany (3rd edition) by Mark O'Brien - £9.99
The fully revised and updated 2012 edition of The Everton Miscellany is essential reading for fans in the blue half of Liverpool.  Written by lifelong Everton devotee Mark O'Brien, editor of the popular fanzine When Skies Are Grey, this goldm ... more
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The Library Book by Various authors - £9.99
There’s more to your library than you thought! Why is Alan Bennett’s Baffled at a Bookcase? What are Lucy Mangan’s Ten Library Rules? Why did Hardeep Singh Kohli befriend a punk in Glasgow library and what do mobile library drivers really get up to?  ... more
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Mark Thomas Presents the People's Manifesto by Mark Thomas - £4.99
Mark Thomas has been touring the country for months, getting audiences to come up with policies aimed at sorting out the country’s political chaos and taking back the power for the people. Sick to death of bailing out bankers and subsidising MPs home ... more
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Veggiestan: A Vegetable Lover's Tour of the Middle East by Sally Butcher - £25.00
VEGGIESTAN or ‘land of the vegetables’. There is of course no such word, and no such country. But in this upbeat guide to Middle Eastern vegetarian cookery Sally Butcher proves that the region more than merits the term, and that its constituent natio ... more
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Gardening with Wild Plants by Julian Slatcher - £14.99
Of all the plants we use in our gardens, primroses, bluebells, honeysuckle, daffodils and snowdrops are some of the most enduring and popular and all are native to the British Isles. There are many more examples of British wildflowers that we routine ... more
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The Retribution by Val McDermid - £7.99
There is one serial killer who has shaped and defined police profiler Tony Hill’s life. One serial killer whose evil surpasses all others. One serial killer who has the power to chill him to the bone: Jacko Vance.   And now Jacko is bac ... more
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Tescopoly: How One Shop Came Out on Top and Why It Matters by Andrew Simms - £7.99
You can shop anywhere you like - as long as it's Tesco.   The inexorable rise of supermarkets is big news but have we really taken on board what this means for our daily lives, and those of our children?  In this searing analysis Andrew Simms, direc ... more
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The Registrar's Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages by Sophie Hardach - £7.99
Swimming for his life towards traffickers on the Italian shore, Selim enters a world where Kurdish refugees disguise themselves as tomatoes, dates of birth are a matter of opinion, and a residency permit is a ticket to paradise. When he ends up in a ... more
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This is Not the End of the Book: A Conversation Curated by Jean-Philippe De Tonnac by Umberto Eco - £8.99
The perfect gift for book lovers: two of the world's great men have a delightfully rambling conversation about the future of the book in the digital era, and decide it is here to stay.  "The book is like the spoon: once invented, it cannot be be ... more
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Off Message by Bob Marshall-Andrews - £8.99
Tony Blair's least favourite colleague casts a mordant eye on whips and rebels, wars and liberties, spin and patronage, and expenses and legacies.   Bob Marshall-Andrews looks at the sombre events of the last thirteen years including wars in K ... more
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The Four Elements: Reflections on Nature by John O'Donohue - £8.99
In The Four Elements, poet and philosopher John O'Donohue draws upon his Celtic heritage and the love of his native landscape, the west of Ireland, to weave together a tapestry of beautifully evoked images of nature. As John explores a range of theme ... more
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Out of Bounds: British Black & Asian Poets by Jackie Kay, James Procter and Gemma Robinson (Editors) - £12.00
From Aberdeen to the Isle of Wight, Out of Bounds is a newly charted map of Britain as viewed by its black and Asian poets. It takes the reader on a riveting, sensory journey through Scotland, England and Wales, showing the whole country from a fresh ... more
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Llewellyn's 2013 Sun Sign Book by Llewellyn - £8.99
Prepare for what’s coming in the near future. Take advantage of huge opportunities and dodge potential pitfalls with Llewellyn’s Sun Sign Book.   Filled with practical planetary wisdom, this easy-touse guide will answer your questions about mo ... more
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A Spectacle of Dust: The Autobiography by Pete Postlethwaite - £8.99
After training as a teacher, Pete Postlethwaite started his acting career at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre where his colleagues included Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce, Antony Sher and Julie Walters. After routine early appearances in small parts for te ... more
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Hallo Sausages: The Lyrics of Ian Dury by Jemima Dury - £25.00
'Sex and drugs and rock and roll Is all my brain and body need Sex and drugs and rock and roll Is very good indeed'   Famous for his funny, provocative, visceral lyrics, Ian Dury was a rock-and-roll poet and legendary force on the London music ... more
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Jubilate by Michael Arditti - £7.99
Jubilate is a love story unlike any other.   A woman wakes in a Lourdes hotel room beside her lover of just two days. She has brought her brain-damaged husband on a pilgrimage to seek a miracle cure; her lover is making a TV documentary to ma ... more
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Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet by Tim Jackson - £9.99
Is more economic growth the solution? Will it deliver prosperity and well-being for a global population projected to reach nine billion?  In this explosive book, Tim Jackson - a top sustainability adviser to the UK government - makes a compelling ... more
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Brave Old World: A Month-by-Month Guide to Husbandry, or the Fine Art of Looking After Yourself by Tom Hodgkinson - £9.99
Drawing on the wisdom of an eclectic range of thinkers and writers, on medieval calendars and manorial records, and, as ever, on Tom's own honestly recounted and frequently imperfect attempts to travel the road to self-sufficiency, Brave Old World is ... more
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Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton - £10.99
In this combative, controversial book, Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and done with. Taking ten of the most common objections to Marxism — that it leads to political tyranny, that it reduces everything to the econo ... more
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Poems on the Underground by Judith Cherniak, Gerard Benson and Cicely Herbert (Editors) - £16.99
This beautiful new edition of Poems on the Underground is published to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Underground in 2013.   Here 230 poems old and new, romantic, comic and sublime explore such diverse topics as love, London, exile, f ... more
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Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy by Ross Perlin - £9.99
The first no-holds-barred exposé of the exploitative and divisive world of internships.   Every year, between 1 and 2 million Americans work as interns. They famously shuttle coffee in a thousand newsrooms, congressional offices, and Hollywood stud ... more
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The Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland by Nan Shepherd, with an introduction by Robert Macfarlane - £10.00
In this masterpiece of nature writing, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland.   There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poe ... more
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Memoirs of a Revolutionary by Victor Serge, foreword by Adam Hochschild - £9.99
Victor Serge is one of the great men of the 20th century — and one of its great writers too. He was an anarchist, an agitator, a revolutionary, an exile, a historian of his times, as well as a brilliant novelist, and in Memoirs of a Revolutionary he ... more
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How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran - £7.99
1913 – Suffragette throws herself under the King’s horse.  1969 – Feminists storm Miss World.   NOW – Caitlin Moran rewrites The Female Eunuch from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller.   There’s never be ... more
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I & I: The Natural Mystics by Colin Grant - £9.99
The history of the original Wailers - Tosh, Livingstone and Marley - as never before told   Over one dramatic decade, a trio of Trench Town R&B crooners, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley, swapped their 1960s Brylcreem hairdos and two-ton ... more
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The Wild Rover: A Blistering Journey Along Britain's Footpaths by Mike Parker - £8.99
Mike Parker, bestselling author of Map Addict, is back with a brilliant, intelligent and witty exploration of a glorious and passionate British subject - footpaths and our rights of way.   Mike discovers how these paths have become part of our ... more
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In the Footsteps of Giants by Liverpool City Council and Royal de Luxe - £9.99
In April 2012, Liverpool came to a standstill when three giants transfixed hundreds of thousands of people with a story of love, loss and family which unfolded before their very eyes. Hailed as the most successful event ever to be staged in the city, ... more
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Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber - £14.99
Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter system — to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of ... more
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A Card from Angela Carter by Susannah Clapp - £10.00
Angela Carter was one of the most vivid voices of the twentieth century: much studied, copied and adored. When she died at the age of fifty-one, she had published fifteen books of fiction and essays; outrage at her omission from the shortlists of any ... more
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A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution by Samar Yazbek - £12.99
A well-known novelist and journalist from the coastal city of Jableh, Samar Yazbek witnessed the first four months of the uprising first-hand and actively participated in a variety of public actions and budding social movements. Throughout this perio ... more
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Toward a Living Revolution: A Five-Stage Framework for Creating Radical Social Change by George Lakey - £15.00
"For 50 years, George Lakey has pursued radical nonviolence with determination, imagination and a wondrously creative intelligence. He has put his body on the line for peace and justice, and he has helped develop soul-searching and self-renewal into ... more
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London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid by Ken Keable (Compiler and editor) - £15.95
The history of the Anti-Apartheid movement brings up images of boycotts and public campaigns in the UK. But another story went on behind the scenes, in secret, one that has been never told before.   This is the story of the foreign recruits a ... more
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford - £7.99
1986, The Panama Hotel.   The old Seattle landmark has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made a startling discovery in the basement: personal belongings stored away by Japanese families sent to interment camps during W ... more
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A Little, Aloud: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry for Reading Aloud to Someone You Care for by Edited by Angela Macmillan - £9.99
We are on the cusp of a reading revolution. Increasingly, research is uncovering an intimate connection between reading and wellbeing. The seemingly simple act of being read to brings remarkable health and happiness benefits. It stimulates thought an ... more
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Shattered: Modern Motherhood and the Illusion of Equality by Rebecca Asher - £9.99
A manifesto for achieving a new equality between the sexes in family life, drawing on international research and case studies.  If we live in an age of equality, why are women are still left holding the baby?   Today women outperform me ... more
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The Calligrapher's Garden by Hassan Massoudy - £10.00
"Even the white lilac has a shadow"(Hungarian Proverb.) Hassan Massoudy's elegant calligraphy depicts the four seasons of the garden. From the icy palettes of winter, to delicate spring growth; from the dazzling sunshine and blooms of summer through ... more
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Head On by Clare Shaw - £8.95
From the direct trajectory of her first collection, Straight Ahead, Clare Shaw’s second collection Head On turns an unflinching gaze into startling new territories. Structured by interweaving themes of political and personal conflict, the book begins ... more
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The Original Anti-Colouring Book by Susan Striker and Edward Kimmel - £6.99
A colouring book with a difference – your imagination! No boring lines to cross – only cool ideas that really get your pencils twitching.  Break free of the rules and decide what YOU want your world to look like! This book is nothing like an ord ... more
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An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender - £7.99
When Mona Gray is ten her father contracts a mysterious illness. His gradual withdrawal from everyday life marks a similar change in Mona, who removes herself from anything - or anyone - that might bring her happiness. Numbers provide a kind of solac ... more
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The Complete Philosophy Files by Stephen Law and Daniel Postgate - £9.99
The brilliantly entertaining The Philosophy Files and The Philosophy Files 2 in one omnibus edition.  Is there a God, should I eat meat, where does the universe come from, could I live for ever as a robot? These are the big questions readers ... more
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When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order by Martin Jacques - £12.99
Soon China will rule the world. But in doing so, it will not become more 'Western'.   Martin Jacques' groundbreaking book overturns conventional thinking about the ascendancy of China, showing how its impact will not just be economic, but c ... more
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F in English by Richard Benson - £3.99
If your vocabulary is more Bart Simpson than the Bard, then take comfort in this cracking, all-new, fun-size dose of F in Exams, containing some of the most spectacular howlers from school English exams. ... more
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F in Geography by Richard Benson - £3.99
If you get perspiration and precipitation confused, then take comfort in this hilarious, all-new, fun-size dose of F in Exams, containing some of the most cringeworthy howlers from school Geography exams. ... more
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F in History by Richard Benson - £3.99
If you don’t know a cold war from a cold sore, then take comfort in this cracking, all-new, fun-size dose of F in Exams, containing some of the worst howlers from school history exams. ... more
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F in Science by Richard Benson - £3.99
If the thought of science exams conjures up the memory of singeing your left eyebrow on a Bunsen burner, then take comfort in this cracking, all-new, fun-size dose of F in Exams, containing some of the most glorious howlers from school science exams. ... more
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The Killing by David Hewson - £7.99
'Through the dark wood where the dead trees give no shelter Nanna Birk Larsen runs ...There is a bright monocular eye that follows, like a hunter after a wounded deer. It moves in a slow approaching zigzag, marching through the Pineseskoven wasteland ... more
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Dreaming in Public: The Building of the Occupy Movement by Amy Schrager Lang and Daniel Lang/Levitsky - £11.99
A stunningly comprehensive compilation of materials, from public statements to engaged reportage, essays focused on analysis and strategy, and documentation of the visual culture of the movement. Neither a narrative of the events nor an observer anal ... more
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A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski - £14.99
Winner of the 2012 American Library Association's Israel Fishman Non-Fiction/ Stonewall Book Award.   A Queer History of the United States is more than a "who's who" of queer history: it is a book that radically challenges how we understand Am ... more
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Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer - £8.99
Is science the only path to knowledge?   In this sparkling and provocative book Jonah Lehrer, author of The Decisive Moment, explains that when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first. Taking a group of celebrated writers ... more
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Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin - £9.99
Charles Dickens was a phenomenon: a demonically hardworking journalist, the father of ten children, a tireless walker and traveller, a supporter of liberal social causes, but most of all a great novelist - the creator of characters who live immortall ... more
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Who Are We - And Should It Matter in the 21st Century? by Gary Younge - £9.99
What does it mean to call yourself British in the 21st century?  If Obama was raised by his white mother, why is he the first black president?  Why do Muslims feel more at home in America, which invaded Iraq, than in France, which opposed the o ... more
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The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb - £7.99
Camilla Gibb returns to form with the stunningly evocative The Beauty of Humanity Movement, a novel of contemporary Vietnam, momentous change, and families defined not by blood, but by the heart.  They say that the history of Vietnam can ... more
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Skywriting by Word of Mouth by John Lennon - £9.99
Autobiography, excerpts of fantastical fiction and musings on the break-up of the Beatles and the pressures of celebrity. A delight for fans of John Lennon.   Witn an afterword by Yoko Ono and original illustrations by the author.  ... more
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A Little, Aloud for Children by Angela Macmillan (Editor), with a foreword by Michael Morpurgo - £9.99
Research shows that the seemingly simple act of being read to brings remarkable health and happiness benefits. It stimulates thought and memory, encourages the sharing of ideas and feelings, hopes and fears. It enriches our lives and minds.   This ... more
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Sit Down! Listen to This! The Roger Eagle Story by Bill Sykes - £18.95
Roger Eagle was a towering figure in British popular music. Uniquely, his influence straddled the cultural divide separating Manchester and Liverpool. The task of unifying the musical talents of these two cultural hubs has proved beyond almost everyo ... more
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Miranda Hart: The Biography by Sophie Johnson - £7.99
For the first time, author Sophie Johnson reveals the story behind Miranda's rise to fame.   The comedian was born in Torquay in 1972, yet despite graduating with a degree in politics, she always wanted to be a comedian. In 2002 she performed ... more
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Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie - £8.99
The outer world flew open like a door, and I wondered, what is it that we’re just not seeing?   Five years after Findings broke the mould of nature writing, Kathleen Jamie subtly shifts our focus on landscape and the living world, dari ... more
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Journalism by Joe Sacco - £18.99
Shortlisted in the 2012 Angoulême Official Selection, a collection of comics journalism spanning conflict zones across the globe, from the inimitable Joe Sacco.   ‘The blessing of an inherently interpretive medium like comics is that it hasn't ... more
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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson - £8.99
From the author of Them and The Men Who Stare at Goats, a book exploring the psychopath...  This is a story about madness. It all starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist. She and several colleagues have recently rec ... more
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Coal to Diamonds by Beth Ditto - £18.99
Born and raised in Judsonia, Arkansas-a place where indoor plumbing was a luxury, squirrel was a meal, and sex ed was taught during senior year in high school (long after many girls had gotten pregnant and dropped out) Beth Ditto stood out. Beth was ... more
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The Warmth of the Heart Prevents Your Body from Rusting: Ageing without Growing Old by Marie de Hennezel - £8.99
In this eloquent meditation on ageing, Marie de Hennezel guides us through a true ‘art of growing old’. She recalls her encounters as a clinical psychologist with extraordinary people who 'grow old gracefully’ – and through her experience shows us ho ... more
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Bred of Heaven: One Man's Quest to Reclaim His Welsh Roots by Jasper Rees - £8.99
Jasper Rees has always wanted to be Welsh. But despite Welsh grandparents (and a Welsh surname) he is an Englishman: by birth, upbringing and temperament.  In this singular, hilarious love letter to a glorious country so often misunderstood, ... more
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Quotable Dickens by Max Morris - £5.99
"There is no such passion in human nature, as the passion for gravy among commercial gentlemen."(Mrs Todgers, Martin Chuzzlewit) This hand-picked collection gathers together Charles Dickens’ wisest and wittiest quotations, ranging from hi ... more
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The Net Delusion: How Not to Liberate The World by Evgeny Morozov - £10.99
Does free information mean free people?  At the start of the twenty-first century we were promised that the internet would liberate the world. We could come together as never before, and from Iran's 'twitter revolution' to Facebook 'activism', ... more
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Bossypants by Tina Fey - £8.99
Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.   Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dre ... more
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How to Be Gay by David Leddick - £5.99
Many guide books have been written for gay men — whether they are about sex, family or lifestyle. But how does one manage to be gay with poise and confidence?  If anyone has the answer to this question, it’s probably David Leddick: He has been a self ... more
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Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One by Vishvapani Blomfield - £8.99
The words and example of Gautama (often known by the title, 'Buddha') have affected billions of people. But what do we really know about him? While there is much we cannot say for certain about the historical Gautama, this persuasive new biography pr ... more
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Be the Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the World by Ed and Deb Shapiro, with forewords by HH the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman - £9.99
Meditation is now enjoying a renewed surge of popularity, penetrating the public consciousness as never before. What might that mean for us all?   Be the Change examines the transformations wrought by this ancient practice through the wisdom of ex ... more
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Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru - £8.99
2008. The California desert. A four-year-old boy disappears in the wilderness and his parents find themselves at the centre of a media witch-hunt. A British rock star hides out at a run-down motel. A teenage Iraqi refugee lives a surreal life as a ro ... more
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George and Sam by Charlotte Moore - £9.99
George and Sam are autistic. For their mother Charlotte Moore, writer of the Guardian's 'Mind the Gap' column, that means they can be as much a source of trouble as joy. The boys will only eat certain foods, have no sense of danger, listen obsessivel ... more
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From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp - £5.99
From Dictatorship to Democracy was a pamphlet, printed and distributed by Dr Gene Sharp and based on his study, over a period of forty years, on non-violent methods of demonstration. Now in its fourth edition, it was originally handed out by the Albe ... more
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Call The Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth - £7.99
Jennifer Worth came from a sheltered background when she became a midwife in the Docklands in the 1950s. The conditions in which many women gave birth just half a century ago were horrifying, not only because of their grimly impoverished surroundings ... more
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - £7.99
In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire.   Although ... more
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Under a Canvas Sky: Living Outside Gormenghast by Clare Peake - £8.99
A moving memoir from Mervyn Peake's daughter.   Clare Peake, daughter of the celebrated writer and artist Mervyn Peake, tells the story of her parents' romance and her own happy and bohemian childhood.  Mervyn Peake was born in Ch ... more
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Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein - £10.99
In this groundbreaking book, the bestselling author of No Logo exposes the gripping story of how America's 'free market' policies have come to dominate the world - through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.  At the most chao ... more
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Eva Gore-Booth: An Image of Such Politics by Sonja Tiernan - £17.99
This is the first dedicated biography of the extraordinary Irish woman, Eva Gore-Booth. Gore-Booth rejected her aristocratic heritage choosing to live and work amongst the poorest classes in industrial Manchester. Her work on behalf of barmaids, circ ... more
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The Idler 45: The Utopia Issue by Tom Hodgkinson (Editor) - £25.00
Idler 45 is a sumptuously produced collection of essays loosely themed around the idea of utopia. As well as fresh modern contributions, we have republished excerpts from Thomas More's Utopia and William Morris's News From Nowhere.  It features a ... more
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Freddie Mercury: The Definitive Biography by Lesley-Ann Jones - £8.99
This is the definitive biography of Freddie Mercury. Written by an award-winning rock journalist, Lesley-Ann Jones toured widely with Queen forming lasting friendships with the band. Now, having secured access to the remaining band members and those ... more
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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka - £8.99
"Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcee. He was eighty-four and she was thirty six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surfac ... more
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Llewellyn's 2013 Moon Sign Book by Llewellyn - £8.99
Since 1905, Llewellyn’s Moon Sign Book has helped millions take advantage of the Moon’s dynamic energies. This essential planning tool can help you choose the best time to do almost anything: buy stock, get married, buy or sell your home, start a new ... more
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Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir by Pauline Black - £8.99
Probably best-known for her role as lead singer in The Selecter, one of the best British ska / 2 tone bands of the early 1980s, Pauline Black has lived a life rich in contradictions. Mixed-race, adopted to a middle-aged white couple, tracing some of ... more
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The Trapeze Artist by Will Davis - £12.99
The Trapeze Artist draws together the past, present and future of one life to create a work of startling dexterity and vision - a haunting and heartbreaking account of a child, a boy, a man, desperate to free himself from the suffocating weight of hi ... more
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My Song: A Memoir of Art, Race & Defiance by Harry Belafonte and Michael Schnayerson - £14.99
Written with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Schnayerson, My Song is an inspiring story of performance and protest, from a superstar singer and actor who was on the front lines of practically every progressive political battle in modern memor ... more
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The Uke of Wallington: One Man and His Ukulele Round Britain by Mark Wallington - £8.99
The musical misadventures of one man and his ukulele on tour in Britain, The Uke of Wallington tests to the limit the theory that you can’t hear a ukulele without smiling.  When the only gig Mark Wallington’s R&B band can get is in a nursing ... more
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The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language by Mark Forsyth - £12.99
The Horologicon (or book of hours) gives you the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to the hour of the day when you really need them.   Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you’re philogrobolized.. Pretending to wor ... more
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The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje - £7.99
In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England - a 'castle that was to cross the sea'. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly 'Cat's Table' with an eccentric group of grown-ups and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadh ... more
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Llewellyn's 2013 Witches' Spell-a-Day Almanac by Llewellyn - £8.99
Make every day magical with a spell from Llewellyn’s Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac. Spellcasters of all levels can enhance their daily life with these easy bewitchments, recipes, rituals, and meditations.   Susan Pesznecker, Tess Whitehurst, an ... more
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Comedy Rules: From the Cambridge Footlights to Yes, Prime Minister by Jonathan Lynn - £8.99
The co-writer of Yes, Minister and Hollywood comedy director presents an insider's look at how comedy works told through hilarious anecdotes.   Jonathan Lynn's credits include creating and co-writing the long-running comedy series Yes, Mi ... more
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Bert: The Life and Times of A. L. Lloyd by Dave Arthur - £24.99
Folk singer and folk music collector, writer, painter, journalist, art critic, whalerman, sheep station roustabout, Marxist, and much more - this is the story of A. L. (Bert) Lloyd's extraordinary life.   A. L. Lloyd played a key part in the ... more
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The Camper's Friend: A Miscellany of Wit and Wisdom by Phoebe Smith - £9.99
"It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles against the prevailing winds, for the opportunity to rain on a tent."(Dave Barry) Whether you enjoy sleeping under canvas, underneath the stars, or prefer a bit of glamping in ... more
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The 'If You Prefer a Milder Comedian Please Ask For One' EP by Stewart Lee - £7.99
Following his hugely acclaimed TV come-back, Comedy Vehicle, Lee finds himself spent and in search of ideas for a new Edinburgh show. On a long walk across London, he endures a coffee shop humiliation involving a loyalty card, which suggests itself a ... more
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Weeds: The Study of Outlaw Plants by Richard Mabey - £8.99
Weeds survive, entombed in the soil, for centuries. They are as persistent and pervasive as myths. They ride out ice ages, agricultural revolutions, global wars. They mark the tracks of human movements across continents as indelibly as languages. Yet ... more
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I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan by Alan Partridge - £7.99
Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built ... more
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The Unexpected Guest: Art, Writing and Thinking on Hospitality by Sally Tallant and Paul Domela (Editors), with a text by Lorenzo Fusi - £18.95
Hospitality is the welcome we extend to strangers, an attitude and a code of conduct, and a metaphor encompassing issues of the body, territory, politics, ecology, commerce and the hosting of data. It is the point where hostility becomes friendship, ... more
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How to Change the World by John-Paul Flintoff and The School of Life - £7.99
We all want to live in a better world, but sometimes it feels that we lack the ability or influence to make a difference.   John-Paul Flintoff offers a powerful reminder that through the generations, society has been transformed by the action ... more
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The Story of Ireland by Neil Hegarty, with an introduction by Fergal Keane - £8.99
Neil Hegarty's bestselling history of Ireland is a story crowded with the drama of complex characters, shifting allegiances and changing identities. Revisiting the major turning points in the Irish story, Hegarty looks not only at the dynamics of wha ... more
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Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to the Modern by Julia Downes - £15.99
As more and more female solo artists hit the mainstream the question arises: where are the girl bands? Why aren't they getting the attention they deserve?   While the media continues to ignore them, in Women Make Noise Julia Downes invites mus ... more
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The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy - £9.99
The new collection from the Poet Laureate.  The Bees is Carol Ann Duffy’s first collection of new poems as Poet Laureate, and the much-anticipated successor to the T. S. Eliot Prize-winning Rapture. After the intimate focus of the earlier book ... more
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Llewellyn's 2013 Witches' Companion by Llewellyn - £8.99
Live your craft every day with Llewellyn’s Witches’ Companion. This indispensable guide will keep you one step ahead of the latest Witchy trends, Craft practices, Pagan issues, and ideas in green living.   This year’s edition is filled with wr ... more
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She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor - £9.99
When Edward VI - Henry VIII’s longed-for son - died in 1553, extraordinarily, there was no one left to claim the title King of England. For the first time, all the contenders for the crown were female.  In 1553, England was about to exper ... more
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Cairo: My City, Our Revolution by Ahdaf Soueif - £14.99
Over the past few months I have delivered lectures, presentations and interviews on the Egyptian Revolution. I have had overflowing houses everywhere, been stopped by old ladies in the street and had my hand shaken by numerous taxi drivers and shopke ... more
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Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi - £7.99
An exhilarating new direction for Helen Oyeyemi with a mischievous story of love, lies and inspiration.  It’s an ordinary afternoon in 1938 for the celebrated American novelist St John Fox, hard at work in the study of his suburban home – unti ... more
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This is a Book by Demetri Martin - £9.99
Here Are Some Funny Things In This Book:  Rules from the Genie in the Lamp  Socrates's Publicist  A Robot Test  The Deleted Scene from A Christmas Carol  A Picture in 1,000 Words  Results of Your Person ... more
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Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel - £16.99
Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, her remarkable graphic memoir about her father, established itself immediately as a classic of the genre, being chosen as Time Magazine's Best Book of the Year for 2006, while The Times called it 'a profound and important b ... more
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You Can't Say That: Memoirs by Ken Livingstone - £9.99
A frank, gripping and moving - and controversial - autobiography from one of the most idiosyncratic and effective politicians of the last fifty years. His political convictions, his distance from New Labour, and his direct, plain-speaking style and p ... more
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The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True by Richard Dawkins - £8.99
Magic takes many forms. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting that the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods' bridge to earth. These are magical, extraordinary tales. But there is another kind of ... more
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The Beatles Graphic by Hervé Bourhis - £16.95
Hervé Bourhis, creator of The Little Book of Rock, turns his unique graphic talents to the legend of The Beatles, told from the very beginning.   Bourhis' visual imagination illuminates the individual lives of each band member from their pre- ... more
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Indigo: In Search of the Colour That Seduced the World by Catherine E. McKinley - £8.99
Indigo is the rich, electrifying history of a precious dye: its relationship to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, its profound influence on fashion, and its spiritual significance - all very much alive today.  But it is also the story of a persona ... more
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An Unsocial Socialist by George Bernard Shaw - £9.99
Witty, exuberant and irresistibly entertaining, Shaw's fifth and most ambitious novel is a brilliant satire on social prejudice.  Sidney Trefusis is a proselytizing socialist. Armed with irony and paradox, he is determined to overthrow a so ... more
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The Exciting Life of Being a Woman: A Handbook for Women and Girls by Feminist Webs - £10.00
"The Exciting Life of Being a Woman is part of an urgent and wholly necessary movement which reflects millions of women's hopes, fears, jokes, passions, questions, activism and energy in a way which is accessible, enjoyable, stylish and intelligent." ... more
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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey - £14.99
A bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska.   Jack and Mabel have staked everything on making a fresh start for themselves in a homestead 'at the world's edge' in the raw Alaskan wilderness. But as the days grow shorter, ... more
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Seven Years with Banksy by Robert Clarke - £14.99
Seven Years with Banksy is an illuminating memoir of the world's most celebrated graffiti artist, offering an insight into his life and work through the experiences that he and the author Robert Clarke shared together during Banksy's formative years. ... more
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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson - £8.99
It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as i ... more
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Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World by Simon Callow - £16.99
An entertaining biography of Charles Dickens by one of our finest actors.   Acclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow captures the essence of Charles Dickens in a sparkling biography that explores the central importance of the theatre to the life ... more
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In the Sea There are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda - £6.99
A bestseller in Italy, a beautiful, heartbreaking novel based on the true story of an Afghan boy’s journey in search of safety.  Recommended by PEN   One night before putting him to bed, Enaiatollah’s mother tells him three things: do ... more
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Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein - £13.99
The acclaimed author of the groundbreaking bestseller Schoolgirls reveals the dark side of pink and pretty: the rise of the girlie-girl, she warns, is not that innocent.   Sweet and sassy or predatory and hardened, sexualized girlhood influen ... more
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Shakespeare in Kabul by Stephen Landrigan & Qais Akbar Omar - £12.99
In 2005, a group of actors in Kabul performed Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost to the cheers of Afghan audiences and the raves of foreign journalists. For the first time in years, men and women had appeared on stage together. The future held no lim ... more
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The Buddha Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation by Lodro Rinzler - £12.99
This isn’t your grandmother’s book on meditation. It’s about integrating that “spiritual practice” thing into a life that includes beer, sex, and a boss who doesn’t understand you. It’s about making a difference in yourself and making a difference in ... more
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Arab Spring Dreams: The Next Generation Speaks Out for Freedom and Justice from North Africa to Iran by Nasser Weddady and Sohrab Ahmari (Editors) - £11.99
Young Middle Easterners describe their experiences with the region's laws and cultural mores, including the crime of holding hands before marriage and young women fighting for education.  Beautifully written and profoundly moving, these stories ... more
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The Bicycle Book by Bella Bathurst - £8.99
Two wheels. A frame. Two pedals. What could be simpler than a bicycle?  And yet the bike continues to inspire a passionate following. Since the millennium its use in Britain has doubled, and then doubled again. Thousands now cycle to work ... more
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Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar - £8.99
Nuri is a young boy when his mother dies. It seems that nothing will fill the emptiness that her strange death leaves behind in the Cairo apartment he shares with his father.   Until Mona.  When Nuri first sees Mona, sitting in her b ... more
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Quiet the Mind by Matthew Johnstone - £7.99
From the author of the bestselling Alphabet of the Human Heart and I Had a Black Dog a beautifully illustrated book of how to meditate. In a world where finding even ten minutes to 'do nothing', the benefits of meditation can be profound. Meditation ... more
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The Impossible Life of Mary Benson: The Extraordinary Story of a Victorian Wife by Rodney Bolt - £8.99
The remarkable true story of the life of Mary Benson: wife of an archbishop, friend of Queen Victoria, mother of three 'unpermissably gifted' children - including E. F. Benson - and in love with dozens of women...  Young Minnie Sidgwick was j ... more
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A Small Man in a Book by Rob Brydon - £7.99
A multi-award-winning actor, writer, comedian and presenter known for his warmth, humour and inspired impressions, Rob Brydon has quickly become one of our very favourite entertainers. But there was a time when it looked like all we'd hear of Rob was ... more
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