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Odd men out

By John-Pierre Joyce

£13.99

Paperback

Examining the transformation of homosexual men from ‘odd’ to ‘normal’ during the tumultuous decades of the 1950s and 1960s, this book preserves the voices of a disappearing generation who revolutionised what it meant to be a gay man in twentieth-century Britain.

Derailed

By Tom Haines-Doran

£12.99

Paperback

What if the railways were seen as an indispensable feature of the national economy, a social good that needs to be supported? This insightful new book calls for a radical rethink of how we view the railways and explains the problems we face and how to fix them.

Bankruptcy, bubbles and bailouts

By Aeron Davis

£16.99

Hardback

The Treasury is one of Britain’s oldest, most powerful and secretive institutions, one that has played a central role in shaping the country’s economic system, but all too often it has escaped public scrutiny. Davis’s book goes behind the scenes to offer an inside history of the Treasury, in the words of the chancellors, advisors and civil servants themselves. 

The art of the observer

By David MacDougall

£24.99

Paperback

The art of the observer is a personal guide to documentary filmmaking, based on the author’s years of pioneering work in the fields of ethnographic and documentary cinema. The book makes clear that documentary cinema is not simply a matter of recording reality, but of artfully organising the filmmaker’s observations in ways that reveal the complex patterns of social life.

I want to break free

By Matt Qvortrup

£12.99

Paperback

In this refreshing new book, Matt Qvortrup provides a step-by-step guide to forming an independent country. From organising a referendum and winning it, to receiving official international recognition, establishing a currency and even entering the Eurovision song contest, this book delves into the legal, economic and political problems of creating new states.

Hanif Kureishi

By Ruvani Ranasinha

£20.00

Hardback

From the global successes of My Beautiful Laundrette and The Buddha of Suburbia, through to late masterpieces such as The Nothing, Hanif Kureishi is one of Britain’s most popular and versatile writers. Drawing on Kureishi’s unexplored personal archive, recently acquired by the British Library, this jaw-droppingly honest biography recounts a decade of the author’s life.

Chinese dreams in Romantic England

By Edward Weech

£25.00

Hardback

Part of the ‘first wave’ of British Romanticism, Thomas Manning was one of the first Englishmen to study Chinese language and culture. Manning’s extraordinary story, here told in full for the first time using recently discovered archival sources, sheds a new light on English Romanticism and the course of cultural exchange between Britain and Asia at the dawn of the nineteenth century.

Gee Vaucher

By Rebecca Binns

£20.00

Paperback

As one of the people who  defined punk’s protest art in the 1970s and 80s, Gee Vaucher deserves to be much better-known. She produced a confrontational album cover for Northern indie legends the Charlatans, and more recently, her work ran on the front page of the Daily Mirror the day after Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory. This is the first book to critically assess an extensive range of Vaucher’s work.

The violence of colonial photography

By Daniel Foliard

£16.99

Paperback

Drawing on a wealth of visual materials, from soldiers’ personal albums to the collections of press agencies and government archives, this book offers a new account of how conflict photography developed in the decades leading up to the First World War. At the same time, it reveals how photographs could escape the intentions of their creators, offering a means for colonial subjects to push back against oppression.

Stories from small museums

By Fiona Candlin, Toby Butler & Jake Watts

£16.99

Paperback

During the late-twentieth century, the number of museums in the UK dramatically increased. Typically small and independent, the new museums concentrated on local history, war and transport. This book asks who founded them, how and why. This book is a new account of recent museum history – one that weaves together personal experience and social change while putting ordinary people at the heart of cultural production.

Trade winds

By Christiaan De Beaukelaer

£20.00

Hardback

Shipping is the engine of the world economy, transporting 11 billion tonnes of goods each year. Despite an environmental crisis, shipping emissions have doubled since 1990, producing over one billion tonnes of CO2, more than aviation. This book engagingly recounts both the author’s personal odyssey across the Atlantic on a sailing boat, and the journey the shipping industry is embarking on to cut its carbon emissions.

Britain in fragments

By Satnam Virdee and Brendan McGeever

£19.99

Paperback

Britain today is falling apart. One of the most dominant states in world history finds itself confronted with growing demands for nationalist secessionism, looming Scottish independence and deepening race, class, gender, regional and generational inequalities. How has it come to this? This book traces how successive Labour and Conservative governments have incrementally dismantled the democratic settlement. 

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Queer beyond London

By Matt Cook & Alison Oram

£20.00

Hardback

Explores and compares the queer dimensions of four English cities – Manchester, Leeds, Plymouth, and Brighton – using pioneering community histories from each place, and including the voices of queer people who have made their lives there.

The Value of a Whale

By Adrienne Buller

£12.99

Paperback

Beyond the fossil fuel industry, it is the lesser-known but vastly more powerful world of asset managers and shadow banking which is inhibiting our ability to pursue climate and environmental justice. Both honest and optimistic, this book asks us – in the face of crisis – what we really value.

Africa 2.0

By Russell Southwood

£24.99

Paperback

An important history of how two technologies – mobile calling and internet – impacted the lives of millions of Sub-Saharan Africans. The book deals with the political challenges of liberalisation and privatisation that needed to be in place to get these technologies built.

Sean Connery

By Tom Haines-Doran

£20.00

Hardback

Sean Connery was one of cinema’s most iconic stars. Exploring how Connery’s performances combine to form an all-encompassing screen legend, this book considers how the actor embodied national identity, both on screen and through his public role as an activist campaigning for Scottish independence.

Killing Men & Dying Women

By Griselda Pollock

£20.00

Paperback

Explores how theories of embodiment, the gesture, hysteria and subjectivity can deepen our understanding of New York abstract painting. Examining images of Pollock and Frankenthaler at work, it bridges the New York artist-women and their other, Marilyn Monroe.

Borderland

By Phil Hubbard

£15.99

Paperback

Over recent years, Brexit, COVID and the ‘migrant crisis’ have put Kent in the headlines like never before. This book considers the past, present and future of the southeast coast, alighting on the key sites which symbolise the changing relationship between the UK and its continental neighbours.

The punk rock politics of Joe Strummer

By Gregor Gall

£16.99

Paperback

Drawing on Strummer’s lyrics, interviews and bootleg recordings, as well as interviews with contemporaries like Billy Bragg, this book reveals the wide-ranging political influence of one of the twentieth century’s iconic rock’n’roll rebels.

Held in contempt

By Hannah White

£12.99

Paperback

The House of Commons is the United Kingdom’s key democratic institution. But it faces serious challenges which it is ill-equipped to meet. This book examines what is wrong with the House of Commons, how we got here and what can be done about it.

Russian Grand Strategy in the era of global power competition

Edited by Andrew Monaghan

£25.00

Paperback

A nuanced and detailed examination of current debates around Russia’s international activity: is Moscow acting strategically or opportunistically, and should this be understood in regional or global terms?

Beef, Bible and bullets

By Richard Lapper

£11.99

Paperback

Written by a journalist with decades of experience in the field, Beef, Bible and bullets looks at the social, political and economic trends that brought a maverick right-wing populist to office in Latin America’s largest economy.

Expansion rebellion

By Celeste Hicks

£14.99

Paperback

This is a story of hope in the face of widespread consternation over the global climate crisis. Can the UK expand Heathrow airport, bringing in 700 extra planes a day, and still stay within ambitious carbon budgets? One legal case sought to answer this question.

Mummified

By Angela Stienne

£20.00

Hardback

Mummified explores the curious, unsettling and controversial cases of mummies held in French and British museums. From powdered mummies eaten as medicine to mummies unrolled in public, dissected for racial studies and tested in modern labs, there is a lot more to these ancient remains than first meets the eye.

Reclaiming economics for future generations

By Lucy Ambler, Nicola Scott & Joe Earle

£14.99

Paperback

Drawing on over sixty interviews with students and professionals from backgrounds marginalised in economics, this book illustrates the ways in which the discipline is currently not fit for purpose and sets out a vision for how it can be diversified, decolonised and democratised.

Body Work

By Melissa Febos

£12.99

Paperback

In this bold and exhilarating mix of memoir and writing masterclass, Melissa Febos tackles the emotional, psychological, and physical work of writing intimately while offering an utterly fresh examination of the storyteller’s life.

Female Fortune

By Jill Liddington

£20.00

Paperback

A new edition of Jill Liddington’s classic work on Anne Lister’s extraordinary diaries, which inspired BBC & HBO’s Gentleman Jack. Tells the story of how Anne Lister wooed and seduced neighbouring heiress Ann Walker, who moved in to live with Anne and her family in 1834. 

Foundational Economy

By The Foundational Economy Collective

£13.99

Paperback

This book shows how the foundational economy – public services, infrastructure, education and health care – has been undermined in the age of privatisation and outsourcing.

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