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She played and sang

She played and sang

By Gillian Dooley

£20.00 | Hardback

'Meticulously researched, detailed and original, Gillian Dooley's exhaustive account of the role of music in the life of Jane Austen, her family and her fictional creations is a remarkable achievement.'

Jocelyn Bury's review for the May/June issue of Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

Ahead of her appearance at WOW Festival at Manchester's Factory International, DJ Paulette was a guest on Simone Riley's show on BBC Radio Manchester to discuss Manchester's music venues, and women's place in Manchester music in the past, present and future.

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

On the Lost Ladies of Lit podcast, Avril Horner offers insight into novelist Barbara Comyns' unique blend of dark humor and her empathetic portrayals of vulnerable protagonists.

Listen to the episode here.

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

'Avril Horner's absorbing biography shows how much [Comyns] had to overcome to construct her distinctive writer's identity.'

Dinah Birch reviews Avril Horner's acclaimed biography for the Times Literary Supplement.

Read the review here.

The rise of devils

The rise of devils

By James Crossland

£11.99 | Paperback

In this enlightening podcast episode of the History Rage podcast, historian James Crossland takes us on a journey through the tumultuous era of the late 19th century, exploring the rise of modern terrorism and its profound impact on history.

Listen to the episode here.

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

Rosemary Hill reviews our biography of the cult favourite twentieth-century novelist, Barbara Comyns, for the London Review of Books.

Read the review here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

On Music Maps - The Rock n Roll Book Club Podcast, DJ Paulette talks about her early days & first gigs, influences, launching the iconic Flesh night at the Hacienda, Manchester nightlife in the 80's & 90's, the birth of the LBGTQ scene in Manchester & much more.

Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts here.

She also appeared on the Proper Mental Health podcast - listen on Spotify here.

She played and sang

She played and sang

By Gillian Dooley

£20.00 | Hardback

'Gillian Dooley has done the burgeoning world of Austen studies a service by cataloguing the manuscripts that survive in Austen's hand'

Nicholas Kenyon's review for the May issue of BBC Music Magazine.

Downward spiral

Downward spiral

By John Bowers KC

£20.00 | Hardback

'A detailed examination of potential reforms to address what Bowers sees as a ‚Äúsense of decay‚ÄĚ and avoid a decline that could ‚Äúunhinge the British state‚ÄĚ.'

Read Miranda Green's review in the Financial Times here.

She played and sang

She played and sang

By Gillian Dooley

£20.00 | Hardback

An extract from the book was published by Literary Hub, on the importance of music for Austen's literary development.

Read the extract here.

Divided Isles

Divided Isles

By Edward Acton Cavanough

£20.00 | Hardback

Author and journalist Edward Cavanough was interviewed by The Diplomat about the domestic dynamics driving the Solomon Islands to geopolitical prominence.

Read the interview here.

Derailed

Derailed

By Tom Haines-Doran

£12.99 | Paperback

In an opinion piece for The Guardian, author Tom Haines-Doran responded to Keir Starmer's Labour Party announcing their plans to renationalise Britain's railways.

Read it here.

Divided Isles

Divided Isles

By Edward Acton Cavanough

£20.00 | Hardback

Author Edward Cavanough took part in the One Book, Three Questions feature in POLITICO's China Watcher newsletter.

He also featured on the Monocle Daily podcast with Andrew Mueller, listen back here.

Manchester unspun

Manchester unspun

By Andy Spinoza

£12.99 | Paperback

‚ÄúIf you want to look at any two people responsible for the way Manchester looks,‚ÄĚ says Andy Spinoza, the author of¬†Manchester Unspun,¬†the chronicle of Manchester‚Äôs lightspeed development over the past four decades, ‚Äúit‚Äôs predominantly SimpsonHaugh.‚ÄĚ

Andy Spinoza spoke to Jack Dulhanty from the Manchester Mill about the city's ever-changing skyline, read the article here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

Ahead of the inaugural Northern Music Awards, at which she was awarded DJ of the Year, DJ Paulette spoke to Northern Soul's Andy Murray about ambition and inclusivity in the music industry,

Read the interview here.

Downward spiral

Downward spiral

By John Bowers KC

£20.00 | Hardback

On his LBC Radio programme, host Andrew Marr spoke to John Bowers about his new book, which he called a "very good book".

Listen to the interview here.

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The new politics of Poland

By Jaroslaw Kuisz

£25.00 | Hardback

'A superb study, offering an incisive portrait of PiS's politics over almost a decade in power against the background of Poland's turbulent history.'

Stanley Bill's review for the Times Literary Supplement (in print & online) - read it online here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

DJ Paulette spoke to Northern Soul's Andy Murray ahead of the upcoming Northern Music Awards, for which she is nominated for DJ of the Year.

The interview will be online soon.

Shakespeare's borrowed feathers

Shakespeare's borrowed feather

By Darren Freebury-Jones

£25.00 | Hardback

Darren spoke exclusively to Dalya Alberge for The Guardian about ‚Äėstriking similarities‚Äô he's discovered between lines in Jonson‚Äôs Every Man in His Humour and later Shakespeare works, and new evidence that Shakespeare may have acted in the play in 1598.

Read the interview online here.

Downward spiral

Downward spiral

By John Bowers KC

£20.00| Hardback

In a new comment piece for The Telegraph (in print and online), John Bowers outlines how we need new ethical timbers to stop the rot and the downward spiral in the UK's Parliament.

Read it online here (£).

The art of darkness

The art of darkness

By John Robb

£14.99 | Paperback

On the latest episode of the We Built This City podcast, host Lisa Morton speaks to author and musician John Robb about punk, the transformative power of music, the city's music scene, and why Manchester's perpetual state of change is its greatest strength.

Listen on Apple Podcasts here.

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The 1922 Committee

By Philip Norton

£20.00 | Hardback

'As near to a definitive account as we are ever likely to get.'

Vernon Bogdanor reviews The 1922 Committee: Power behind the scenes for the Times Literary Supplement.

Read the review online here.

Downward spiral

Downward spiral

By John Bowers KC

£20.00 | Hardback

'Bowers has written a compendious account of the incidents that eroded trust from 2019 to 2022, when Boris Johnson was prime minister - and they didn't end there. Bowers provides a sense of perspective that is hard to reach while events relentlessly unfold.'

A new review on legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg's Substack, read it here.

Downward spiral

Downward spiral

By John Bowers KC

£20.00 | Hardback

In a feature for Prospect magazine, John Bowers KC outlines 'the patronage state'; chairs of important public bodies should be chosen on merit, but under Boris Johnson the appointments process descended into farce‚ÄĒand it has yet to recover.

You can read it online here.

 

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20 | Hardback

DJ Paulette shares her career lessons from a thirty year career in the music industry in the May issue of Red Magazine.

 

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How to be multiple

By Helena de Bres

£20.00 | Hardback

In a new interview with Prospect magazine, author and academic Helena de Bres talks about how she's combined her philosophical training with her experience of twinhood in her new book.

Read it online here.

 

Downward spiral

Downward spiral

By John Bowers KC

£20.00 | Hardback

John Bowers KC spoke to Matt Chorley on Times Radio about collapsing public standards and how we might restore them.

9781526172167

Markets and power in digital capitalism

By Philipp Staab

£20.00 | Hardback

'Jargon-free, well-argued, and thought-provoking.'

Diane Coyle's review in the Financial Times.

Read it online here (£).

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Wild colonial boys

By Thomas Paul Burgess

£16.99 | Paperback

Ahead of his appearance at Imagine! Belfast festival, Thomas Paul Burgess appears on BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback programme.

Listen back here.

Downward spiral

Downward spiral

By John Bowers KC

£20.00 | Hardback

'A fast-paced, hard-hitting and readable book about policing ethics in public life.'

Marina Wheeler reviews John Bowers' book for The New Statesman, which was their Book of the Day.

Read it online here.

 

9781526155870

The new politics of Poland

By Jaroslaw Kuisz

£25.00 | Hardback

The Guardian's Warsaw correspondent Shaun Walker mentions Kuisz's book in an article about broadcast television in Poland post-election.

Read it online here.

 

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

'The research is formidable and shines new light on artistic communities in the 1930s, while dignifying Comyns's life and work with its devotion.'

Oliver Soden reviews the book for Engelsberg Ideas, read it online here.

In the same week, the book was recommended by Lucy Scholes in Prospect's Culture newsletter.

 

 

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How to be multiple

By Helena de Bres

£20.00 | Hardback

'I'm a twin, why do people think we're creepy?'

Author Helena de Bres writes an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Read it online here.

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

'A labour of love and should be received in that spirit. Let's hope it encourages new readers to discover Comyns's haunting novels and the compelling artist behind them.'

Lee Randall's review for The Spectator, read it online here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

DJ Paulette is a guest of The First Time With... Matt Everitt's BBC Radio 6 Music interview podcast with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Listen back here.

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

by Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

An adapted extract from the book on the Literary Hub website.

Read it online here.

And also on Reader's Digest UK online here.

Mick Lynch

Mick Lynch

By Gregor Gall

£20.00 | Hardback

'Rather than a conventional biography, this is a dissertation on whether Lynch is a 'working-class hero'

Read the Irish Times review online here (£).

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

Why Barbara Comyns is the best novelist you've never heard of - author Avril Horner speaks to The Independent's Jessie Thompson about Comyns' colourful life and talents.

Read it online here.

9781526171269

Culture is not an industry

By Justin O'Connor

£14.99 | Paperback

Author Justin O'Connor speaks to Alexis Conran on Times Radio about reclaiming art and culture for the common good, following their rebranding as 'creative industries by government. 

9781526155870

The new politics of Poland

By Jaroslaw Kuisz

£25.00 | Hardback

Author Jaroslaw Kuisz co-authors a new piece for Foreign Affairs about Prime Minister Donald Tusk's journey to restoring liberal democracy after eight years of populist rule.

Read it online here.

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

'First-class biography'

Roger Lewis' review in The Times, read it here (£).

'A calm and measured guide through some rackety, tempestuous years, awkward human desires and mistakes. She celebrates decency and generosity and understands how friends and family fall out and fall back in again.'

Norma Clarke for the Literary Review, read it here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

To mark International Women's Day, DJ Paulette was a guest on BBC Morning Live, watch back here. 

She was also a guest earlier in the week on BBC Radio 6 Music with Chris Hawkins.

She played and sang

She played and sang

By Gillian Dooley

£20.00 | Hardback

'This informative and readable book is sure to interest scholars and general readers of Jane Austen's writing, as well as those who would like greater insight into the kind of music played and enjoyed in the domestic setting in early nineteenth-century England.'

Frances Wilson's review for Interlude, the popular classical music e-magazine. Read it here.

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How to be multiple

By Helena de Bres

£20.00 | Hardback

Author Helena de Bres was a guest on ABC Radio National's The Philosopher's Zone programme, exploring our enduring cultural fascination with twins, asking what drives it, and what philosophical questions around selfhood and identity are raised by twinship.

Listen back here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

On the latest episode of the We Built This City podcast, host Lisa Morton speaks to author and local icon DJ Paulette about breaking barriers, cultural shifts and unforgettable nights at some of Manchester's most iconic venues.

Listen on Apple Podcasts here.

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Presence

By Ben Alderson-Day

£19.99 | Hardback

Author Ben Alderson-Day picks his five best books on hallucination for Five Books.

Read it here.

She played and sang

She played and sang

By Gillian Dooley

£20.00 | Hardback

Author Gillian Dooley is a guest on BBC Radio 3's Music Matters, discussing new discoveries around Jane Austen and music.

Listen back here.

Mick Lynch

Mick Lynch

By Gregor Gall

£20.00 | Hardback

'Gall's thoughtful analysis is likely to remain the definitive introduction.'

Desmond Bullen's review for Northern Soul. Read it here.

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The Liberal Democrats

By David Cutts, Andrew Russell and Joshua Townsley

£25.00 | Paperback

In the New Statesman, political correspondent Freddie Hayward wrote an article about the Liberal Democrats strategy, referencing this book.

Read the article here.

Sugar rush

Sugar rush

By Karen Throsby

£19.99 | Paperback

For Vittles magazine, author Karen Throsby wrote about the sugar tax six years on, and the demonisation of sugar and fatness.

Read it here.

Presence

Presence

By Ben Alderson-Day

£19.99 | Hardback

Following winning the 2023 British Psychological Society Book Award, the BPS published the following feature on their award-winning books.

Read it here.

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

The disorienting vitality of Barbara Comyns’s novels is one reason they tend to be forgotten and revived every few decades. This new biography inspired Je Wilson's extended article on Comyns for the New York Review of Books.

Read it here.

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The 1922 Committee

By Philip Norton

£20.00 | Hardback

Philip Norton was a guest on the Debated Podcast to discuss his recently published book on the 1922 Committee, how the committee was formed, its influence on the Conservatives, the importance of its Chairman and Executive, the relationship it had with Cameron and Thatcher and what the future holds for it.

Listen back here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Paperback

In an exclusive excerpt, DJ Paulette pays homage to the powerful, pioneering women behind Strictly Rhythm and Maxi Records on Beatportal.

Read it online here.

DJ Paulette also appeared on The Shift podcast with Sam Baker, to talk about how perimenopause, the career-kids conundrum, and sticking your neck out.

Listen on Apple Podcasts here.

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Wild colonial boys 

By Thomas Paul Burgess

£16.99 | Paperback

In his new book, drummer Paul Burgess tells of how close his band Ruefrex came to making the big time, being fan-worshipped by U2’s Bono, and boring Seamus Heaney to tears in an airport bar by reciting his own poetry. Read an extract in the Belfast Telegraph online here.

Paul was also interviewed by John Meagher about songwriting and live gigs for the BT which is online here.

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

'Horner weaves a satisfying late-in-life success story from the flurry of attention Comyns received in the years before her death in 1992, and makes a strong case that her "life was as extraordinary as her novels." This should earn Comyns some new fans.'

Read the Publishers Weekly review online here.

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Wild colonial boys

By Thomas Paul Burgess

£16.99 | Paperback

'Wild Colonial Boys offers readers an insight into an often untold story in Northern Irish punk- that while the movement was propelled by working class catholics- it was also moved forward by working class protestants who often don't fit the punk narrative.'

Niamh Browne's review for Hot Press, read it online here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

DJ Paulette, who has spent three decades at the top of the DJing world, spoke to BBC News about how her success and that of other women like her has not stopped them routinely facing discrimination and being paid far less than their male counterparts.

Read the article here.

DJ Paulette was also a guest on Hugo Rifkind's show on Times Radio.

The art of darkness

The art of darkness

By John Robb

£14.99 | Paperback

The Big Interview with author and musician John Robb on Manchester Confidential, as he shares his thoughts on social media, the changing music scene and interviewing Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.

Read it here.

Island Book of Records

The Island Book of Records Volume I

By Neil Storey

£80.00 | Hardback

'The details are exhaustive, the images beautiful and wonderfully laid out in an unfussy clear manner that never overpowers the original sleeves.'

Cally Calloman's review for Caught by the River, read it online here.

Neil Storey was also interviewed on Monocle Radio's The Stack, listen back here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

DJ Paulette took part in the New Statesman Q&A, answering questions about culture, crisps and coming home.

Read it online here.

She was also a guest on the Gaydio FM Breakfast show.

She was also interviewed by Manchester's Finest here.

The book was also reviewed by The Skinny here.

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When nothing works

£14.99 | Paperback

David Edgerton wrote for The Guardian about the Conservative Party's hostility towards net zero  targets, referencing this book as 'a vital new book' for thinking in new ways about the foundational economy.

Read it here.

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Wild colonial boys

By Thomas Paul Burgess

£16.99 | Paperback

Thomas Paul Burgess spoke to the Irish Independent for this feature about his band Ruefrex, writing anti-sectarian songs, turning loyalist heads and blowing a live session with Dave Fanning.

Read it online here.

Mick Lynch

Mick Lynch

By Gregor Gall

£20.00 | Hardback

Gregor Gall spoke to The Herald Scotland's Neil Mackay for his Big Read feature about the Scottish Left and firebrand union leader Mick Lynch.

Read it online here.

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Odd men out

By John-Pierre Joyce

£13.99 | Paperback

Examining the transformation of homosexual men from ‚Äėodd‚Äô to ‚Äėnormal‚Äô 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.

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Derailed

By Tom Haines- Dorran

£16.99 | 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.

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Bankruptcy, bullets 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.

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The art of 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.

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Queer beyond London

By Matt Cook & Alison Oram

£20.00 | Hardback

In Queer beyond London, two leading LGBTQ+ historians take you on a journey through four English cites from the sixties to the noughties, exploring the northern post-industrial heartlands and taking in the salty air of the seaside cities of the South. Covering Brighton, Plymouth, Leeds, and Manchester, they show how local people, places and politics shaped LGBTQ+ life in each city, forging vibrant and distinctive queer cultures of their own. 

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The Value of a Whale

By Adrienne Buller

£12.99 | Paperback

In this searing and insightful critique, Adrienne Buller examines the fatal biases that have shaped the response of our governing institutions to climate and environmental breakdown, and asks: are the 'solutions' being proposed really solutions? Tracing the intricate connections between financial power, economic injustice and ecological crisis, the book examines what is wrong with mainstream climate and environmental governance. Both honest and optimistic, The Value of a Whale asks us - in the face of crisis - what we really value.

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Africa 2.0

By Russell Southwood

£24.99 | Paperback

Africa 2.0 provides an important history of how two technologies - mobile calling and internet - were made available to millions of sub-Saharan Africans, and the impact they have had on their lives. The book deals with the political challenges of liberalisation and privatisation that needed to be in place in order for these technologies to be built. It analyses how the mobile phone fundamentally changed communications in sub-Saharan Africa and the ways Africans have made these technologies part of their lives, opening up a very different future.

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Sean Connery

By Andrew Spicer

£20.00 | Hardback

This book offers a new perspective on Connery's career. It pays special attention to his star status, while arguing that he was a risk-taking actor who fashioned an impressive body of work. Beginning with Connery's early appearances on stage and television, including well-received performances in Shakespeare and Tolstoy, the book goes on to explore the Bond phenomenon and Connery's long struggle to reinvent himself. 

endorsements
Endorsements
The art of darkness

The art of darkness

By John Robb

£14.99 | Paperback

On the latest episode of the We Built This City podcast, host Lisa Morton speaks to author and musician John Robb about punk, the transformative power of music, the city's music scene, and why Manchester's perpetual state of change is its greatest strength.

Listen on Apple Podcasts here.

9781526173300 (1)

The 1922 Committee

By Philip Norton

£20.00 | Hardback

'As near to a definitive account as we are ever likely to get.'

Vernon Bogdanor reviews The 1922 Committee: Power behind the scenes for the Times Literary Supplement.

Read the review online here.

Downward spiral

Downward spiral

By John Bowers KC

£20.00 | Hardback

'Bowers has written a compendious account of the incidents that eroded trust from 2019 to 2022, when Boris Johnson was prime minister - and they didn't end there. Bowers provides a sense of perspective that is hard to reach while events relentlessly unfold.'

A new review on legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg's Substack, read it here.

Downward spiral

Downward spiral

By John Bowers KC

£20.00 | Hardback

In a feature for Prospect magazine, John Bowers KC outlines 'the patronage state'; chairs of important public bodies should be chosen on merit, but under Boris Johnson the appointments process descended into farce‚ÄĒand it has yet to recover.

You can read it online here.

 

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20 | Hardback

DJ Paulette shares her career lessons from a thirty year career in the music industry in the May issue of Red Magazine.

 

9781526179869_cat_cov

How to be multiple

By Helena de Bres

£20.00 | Hardback

In a new interview with Prospect magazine, author and academic Helena de Bres talks about how she's combined her philosophical training with her experience of twinhood in her new book.

Read it online here.

 

Downward spiral

Downward spiral

By John Bowers KC

£20.00 | Hardback

John Bowers KC spoke to Matt Chorley on Times Radio about collapsing public standards and how we might restore them.

9781526172167

Markets and power in digital capitalism

By Philipp Staab

£20.00 | Hardback

'Jargon-free, well-argued, and thought-provoking.'

Diane Coyle's review in the Financial Times.

Read it online here (£).

9781526173379

Wild colonial boys

By Thomas Paul Burgess

£16.99 | Paperback

Ahead of his appearance at Imagine! Belfast festival, Thomas Paul Burgess appears on BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback programme.

Listen back here.

Downward spiral

Downward spiral

By John Bowers KC

£20.00 | Hardback

'A fast-paced, hard-hitting and readable book about policing ethics in public life.'

Marina Wheeler reviews John Bowers' book for The New Statesman, which was their Book of the Day.

Read it online here.

 

9781526155870

The new politics of Poland

By Jaroslaw Kuisz

£25.00 | Hardback

The Guardian's Warsaw correspondent Shaun Walker mentions Kuisz's book in an article about broadcast television in Poland post-election.

Read it online here.

 

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

'The research is formidable and shines new light on artistic communities in the 1930s, while dignifying Comyns's life and work with its devotion.'

Oliver Soden reviews the book for Engelsberg Ideas, read it online here.

In the same week, the book was recommended by Lucy Scholes in Prospect's Culture newsletter.

 

 

9781526179869_cat_cov

How to be multiple

By Helena de Bres

£20.00 | Hardback

'I'm a twin, why do people think we're creepy?'

Author Helena de Bres writes an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Read it online here.

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

'A labour of love and should be received in that spirit. Let's hope it encourages new readers to discover Comyns's haunting novels and the compelling artist behind them.'

Lee Randall's review for The Spectator, read it online here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

DJ Paulette is a guest of The First Time With... Matt Everitt's BBC Radio 6 Music interview podcast with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Listen back here.

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

by Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

An adapted extract from the book on the Literary Hub website.

Read it online here.

And also on Reader's Digest UK online here.

Mick Lynch

Mick Lynch

By Gregor Gall

£20.00 | Hardback

'Rather than a conventional biography, this is a dissertation on whether Lynch is a 'working-class hero'

Read the Irish Times review online here (£).

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

Why Barbara Comyns is the best novelist you've never heard of - author Avril Horner speaks to The Independent's Jessie Thompson about Comyns' colourful life and talents.

Read it online here.

9781526171269

Culture is not an industry

By Justin O'Connor

£14.99 | Paperback

Author Justin O'Connor speaks to Alexis Conran on Times Radio about reclaiming art and culture for the common good, following their rebranding as 'creative industries by government. 

9781526155870

The new politics of Poland

By Jaroslaw Kuisz

£25.00 | Hardback

Author Jaroslaw Kuisz co-authors a new piece for Foreign Affairs about Prime Minister Donald Tusk's journey to restoring liberal democracy after eight years of populist rule.

Read it online here.

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

'First-class biography'

Roger Lewis' review in The Times, read it here (£).

'A calm and measured guide through some rackety, tempestuous years, awkward human desires and mistakes. She celebrates decency and generosity and understands how friends and family fall out and fall back in again.'

Norma Clarke for the Literary Review, read it here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

To mark International Women's Day, DJ Paulette was a guest on BBC Morning Live, watch back here. 

She was also a guest earlier in the week on BBC Radio 6 Music with Chris Hawkins.

She played and sang

She played and sang

By Gillian Dooley

£20.00 | Hardback

'This informative and readable book is sure to interest scholars and general readers of Jane Austen's writing, as well as those who would like greater insight into the kind of music played and enjoyed in the domestic setting in early nineteenth-century England.'

Frances Wilson's review for Interlude, the popular classical music e-magazine. Read it here.

9781526179869_cat_cov

How to be multiple

By Helena de Bres

£20.00 | Hardback

Author Helena de Bres was a guest on ABC Radio National's The Philosopher's Zone programme, exploring our enduring cultural fascination with twins, asking what drives it, and what philosophical questions around selfhood and identity are raised by twinship.

Listen back here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

On the latest episode of the We Built This City podcast, host Lisa Morton speaks to author and local icon DJ Paulette about breaking barriers, cultural shifts and unforgettable nights at some of Manchester's most iconic venues.

Listen on Apple Podcasts here.

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Presence

By Ben Alderson-Day

£19.99 | Hardback

Author Ben Alderson-Day picks his five best books on hallucination for Five Books.

Read it here.

She played and sang

She played and sang

By Gillian Dooley

£20.00 | Hardback

Author Gillian Dooley is a guest on BBC Radio 3's Music Matters, discussing new discoveries around Jane Austen and music.

Listen back here.

Mick Lynch

Mick Lynch

By Gregor Gall

£20.00 | Hardback

'Gall's thoughtful analysis is likely to remain the definitive introduction.'

Desmond Bullen's review for Northern Soul. Read it here.

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The Liberal Democrats

By David Cutts, Andrew Russell and Joshua Townsley

£25.00 | Paperback

In the New Statesman, political correspondent Freddie Hayward wrote an article about the Liberal Democrats strategy, referencing this book.

Read the article here.

Sugar rush

Sugar rush

By Karen Throsby

£19.99 | Paperback

For Vittles magazine, author Karen Throsby wrote about the sugar tax six years on, and the demonisation of sugar and fatness.

Read it here.

Presence

Presence

By Ben Alderson-Day

£19.99 | Hardback

Following winning the 2023 British Psychological Society Book Award, the BPS published the following feature on their award-winning books.

Read it here.

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

The disorienting vitality of Barbara Comyns’s novels is one reason they tend to be forgotten and revived every few decades. This new biography inspired Je Wilson's extended article on Comyns for the New York Review of Books.

Read it here.

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The 1922 Committee

By Philip Norton

£20.00 | Hardback

Philip Norton was a guest on the Debated Podcast to discuss his recently published book on the 1922 Committee, how the committee was formed, its influence on the Conservatives, the importance of its Chairman and Executive, the relationship it had with Cameron and Thatcher and what the future holds for it.

Listen back here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Paperback

In an exclusive excerpt, DJ Paulette pays homage to the powerful, pioneering women behind Strictly Rhythm and Maxi Records on Beatportal.

Read it online here.

DJ Paulette also appeared on The Shift podcast with Sam Baker, to talk about how perimenopause, the career-kids conundrum, and sticking your neck out.

Listen on Apple Podcasts here.

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Wild colonial boys 

By Thomas Paul Burgess

£16.99 | Paperback

In his new book, drummer Paul Burgess tells of how close his band Ruefrex came to making the big time, being fan-worshipped by U2’s Bono, and boring Seamus Heaney to tears in an airport bar by reciting his own poetry. Read an extract in the Belfast Telegraph online here.

Paul was also interviewed by John Meagher about songwriting and live gigs for the BT which is online here.

Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns

By Avril Horner

£30.00 | Hardback

'Horner weaves a satisfying late-in-life success story from the flurry of attention Comyns received in the years before her death in 1992, and makes a strong case that her "life was as extraordinary as her novels." This should earn Comyns some new fans.'

Read the Publishers Weekly review online here.

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Wild colonial boys

By Thomas Paul Burgess

£16.99 | Paperback

'Wild Colonial Boys offers readers an insight into an often untold story in Northern Irish punk- that while the movement was propelled by working class catholics- it was also moved forward by working class protestants who often don't fit the punk narrative.'

Niamh Browne's review for Hot Press, read it online here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

DJ Paulette, who has spent three decades at the top of the DJing world, spoke to BBC News about how her success and that of other women like her has not stopped them routinely facing discrimination and being paid far less than their male counterparts.

Read the article here.

DJ Paulette was also a guest on Hugo Rifkind's show on Times Radio.

The art of darkness

The art of darkness

By John Robb

£14.99 | Paperback

The Big Interview with author and musician John Robb on Manchester Confidential, as he shares his thoughts on social media, the changing music scene and interviewing Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.

Read it here.

Island Book of Records

The Island Book of Records Volume I

By Neil Storey

£80.00 | Hardback

'The details are exhaustive, the images beautiful and wonderfully laid out in an unfussy clear manner that never overpowers the original sleeves.'

Cally Calloman's review for Caught by the River, read it online here.

Neil Storey was also interviewed on Monocle Radio's The Stack, listen back here.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

By DJ Paulette

£20.00 | Hardback

DJ Paulette took part in the New Statesman Q&A, answering questions about culture, crisps and coming home.

Read it online here.

She was also a guest on the Gaydio FM Breakfast show.

She was also interviewed by Manchester's Finest here.

The book was also reviewed by The Skinny here.

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When nothing works

£14.99 | Paperback

David Edgerton wrote for The Guardian about the Conservative Party's hostility towards net zero  targets, referencing this book as 'a vital new book' for thinking in new ways about the foundational economy.

Read it here.

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Wild colonial boys

By Thomas Paul Burgess

£16.99 | Paperback

Thomas Paul Burgess spoke to the Irish Independent for this feature about his band Ruefrex, writing anti-sectarian songs, turning loyalist heads and blowing a live session with Dave Fanning.

Read it online here.

Mick Lynch

Mick Lynch

By Gregor Gall

£20.00 | Hardback

Gregor Gall spoke to The Herald Scotland's Neil Mackay for his Big Read feature about the Scottish Left and firebrand union leader Mick Lynch.

Read it online here.

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Odd men out

By John-Pierre Joyce

£13.99 | Paperback

Examining the transformation of homosexual men from ‚Äėodd‚Äô to ‚Äėnormal‚Äô 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.

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Derailed

By Tom Haines- Dorran

£16.99 | 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.

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Bankruptcy, bullets 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.

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The art of 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.

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Queer beyond London

By Matt Cook & Alison Oram

£20.00 | Hardback

In Queer beyond London, two leading LGBTQ+ historians take you on a journey through four English cites from the sixties to the noughties, exploring the northern post-industrial heartlands and taking in the salty air of the seaside cities of the South. Covering Brighton, Plymouth, Leeds, and Manchester, they show how local people, places and politics shaped LGBTQ+ life in each city, forging vibrant and distinctive queer cultures of their own. 

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The Value of a Whale

By Adrienne Buller

£12.99 | Paperback

In this searing and insightful critique, Adrienne Buller examines the fatal biases that have shaped the response of our governing institutions to climate and environmental breakdown, and asks: are the 'solutions' being proposed really solutions? Tracing the intricate connections between financial power, economic injustice and ecological crisis, the book examines what is wrong with mainstream climate and environmental governance. Both honest and optimistic, The Value of a Whale asks us - in the face of crisis - what we really value.

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Africa 2.0

By Russell Southwood

£24.99 | Paperback

Africa 2.0 provides an important history of how two technologies - mobile calling and internet - were made available to millions of sub-Saharan Africans, and the impact they have had on their lives. The book deals with the political challenges of liberalisation and privatisation that needed to be in place in order for these technologies to be built. It analyses how the mobile phone fundamentally changed communications in sub-Saharan Africa and the ways Africans have made these technologies part of their lives, opening up a very different future.

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Sean Connery

By Andrew Spicer

£20.00 | Hardback

This book offers a new perspective on Connery's career. It pays special attention to his star status, while arguing that he was a risk-taking actor who fashioned an impressive body of work. Beginning with Connery's early appearances on stage and television, including well-received performances in Shakespeare and Tolstoy, the book goes on to explore the Bond phenomenon and Connery's long struggle to reinvent himself. 

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