Heads and Straights: The Circle Line (Penguin Underground Lines)

By Lucy Wadham

From Lucy Wadham, the bestselling writer of The mystery lifetime of France, Heads and Straights is an autobiographical story of bohemians, punk, the King's street within the Nineteen Seventies, and family—part of a sequence of 12 books tied to the 12 traces of the London Underground, as Tfl celebrates one hundred fifty years of the Tube with Penguin. additionally on hand in a boxed set.

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All the Birds, Singing: A Novel

By Evie Wyld

From considered one of Granta’s most sensible younger British Novelists, an emotionally strong, award-winning novel approximately an interloper haunted by way of an inescapable previous.

Jake Whyte has retreated to a distant farmhouse on a craggy British island, a spot of ceaseless rains and battering winds, with simply her collie and a flock of sheep as partners. yet something—or someone—has started choosing off her sheep one after the other. There are foxes within the woods, a wierd guy wandering the island, and rumors of a mysterious beast prowling at evening. and there's Jake’s relentless past—one she attempted to flee millions of miles away and years in the past, hid in obdurate silence and isolation and the scars that stripe her again. With remarkable artistry, All the Birds, Singing plumbs a lifetime of fierce fight and survival, sounding depths of unforeseen good looks and hard-won redemption.

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A Man of Contradictions: A Life of A. L. Rowse

By Richard Ollard

He proclaimed himself a genius and raged opposed to the slightest feedback from fellow students; he used to be a Marxist who despised the 'Idiot People'; he might be beneficiant and affectionate but hurled insults at his acquaintances; he inveighed opposed to Puritanism yet used to be himself in lots of methods a Puritan: A. L. Rowse used to be a guy of many contradictions.

In this clear-sighted and soaking up biography, Richard Ollard examines the numerous facets of Rowse's Protean character to bare a guy who, no matter what he was once responding to - public affairs, the humanities, normal attractiveness or occasions in his own existence - did so with great power and passion.

'An urbane examine of the distinguished historian.' Antonia Fraser, Daily Mail

'Strikes an ideal stability among the Jekyll Rowse and the Hyde Rowse.' Bevis Hillier, Spectator

'Excellent.' Katherine Duncan-Jones, TLS

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Mad Men & Bad Men: What Happened When British Politics Met Advertising

By Sam Delaney

From the instant Margaret Thatcher met the Saatchi brothers, elections campaigns may by no means be a similar back. by surprise, each aspiring PM sought after a fast-talking, sharp-thinking advert guy on their workforce to aid dazzle citizens. yet what have been the implications in their fixation with the snappy and simplistic?

Sam Delaney embarks on a trip to reveal the stunning fact in the back of the overall election campaigns of the final 4 a long time. every little thing is right here - from the guy who snorted coke in quantity 10 to the flesh presser who fell in love together with her personal advert exec, from the fist-fights in Downing road to the all-day champagne binges in Whitehall workplaces. Sam Delaney talks to the lads on the middle of the battles - Alistair Campbell, Peter Mandelson, Tim Bell, Maurice Saatchi, Norman Tebbit, Neil Kinnock - and many extra.

Dark, revealing and regularly hilarious, Mad males and undesirable Men tells the tale of ways unelected, unaccountable males ended up informing coverage - and the way the British public paid the price.

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22 Days in May: The Birth of the First Lib Dem-Conservative Coalition

By David Laws

David legislation was once one of many key Lib Dem MPs who negotiated the coalition deal, and the publication comprises his in-depth, backstage, account of the talks with the Conservative and Labour groups after the overall Election, in addition to the debates inside of his personal occasion approximately how the Lib Dems should still reply to the demanding situations and threats of a hung parliament. The Liberal Democrats' and Conservatives' choice to shape a Coalition govt has replaced the face of British politics. This ebook units out the interior tale of the way this momentous occasion opened up, and the way - jointly - the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have began to deal with the problem of a tremendous executive price range deficit.

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1956 and all that

By Keith Flett

In the course of the Smoke of Budapest 50 Years On

The February 2006 convention of the London Socialist Historians team was once held on the Institute of old examine in principal London, one in all a sequence of such meetings over the former ten years.

Assembled have been a modest crew of lecturers and activists come to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the occasions of 1956, and to take action in a specific manner. first of all by way of proposing new ancient examine at the questions lower than overview instead of trotting out drained orthodoxies. Secondly through linking old inquiry to political activism.

It used to be queried why this kind of convention used to be held in February 2006 instead of within the autumn, and the reply was once an easy one. To intrude traditionally within the debates of the 12 months by means of atmosphere a socialist old schedule for doing so.

The establishing plenary heard from Sami Ramidani, an Iraqi exile now lecturing at a British collage, from Stan Newens, who have been current on the protests in 1956 and from Nigel Wilmott, the letters editor of the mum or dad yet right here conversing approximately Hungary. the flavor was once one either one of old remember of the occasions of 1956 and of up to date political parallels. certainly in this consultation information got here via through textual content message that the left-wing MP George Galloway have been detained in a Cairo detention center in a single day and an emergency protest referred to as on the Egyptian Embassy for later within the day.

The subsequent periods fascinated by the most important moments of autumn 1956, Hungary and Suez yet back different new learn studying their wider value. Mike Haynes appears on the origins of the Hungarian insurrection, when it comes to office politics whereas Anne Alexander experiences the influence that Suez had on Nasser’s recognition Otherin the Arab international and Arab nationalist politics.

In the afternoon there has been a widening of the point of interest. One consultation tested the effect of the occasions of 1956 on left-wing agency and particularly the orthodox Communist or Stalinist culture. Terry Brotherton took a clean examine the effect of 1956 at the Communist celebration of GB, whereas Toby Abse enthusiastic about how the occasions of that yr labored their manner via within the biggest of the Western eu CPs, the Italian. Alan Woodward tested how the concern of Stalinist politics opened new chances for libertarian left-wing ideas.

The different enthusiastic about the increase of a brand new left as a result hindrance of 1956. Paul Blackledge tested the improvement of the idea of socialist humanism via E.P Thompson and others as a substitute to Stalinism. Neil Davidson tested the tips of a forgotten left-wing philosopher from this era Alisdair Macintyre, whereas Christian Hogsberg reviewed the effect of an latest Trotskyist theorist, CLR James round the occasions of 1956

Of path the convention couldn't desire to hide the massive variety of attainable old concerns bobbing up from the fiftieth anniversary of 1956. The beginnings of the patron society and the age of affluence; the beginning of juvenile tradition and rock’n’roll; British nuclear exams and the origins of CND and campaigns opposed to the bomb; the recent theatre marked by means of ‘look again in anger’. In an advent, the editor Keith Flett experiences a few of these wider trends

However the examine schedule proposed by way of the convention used to be and continues to be a tremendous one.

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Soldier Box: Why I Won't Return to the War on Terror

By Joe Glenton

"I seemed round my telephone and observed the sheet of paper taped to the door at chest top. It indexed every little thing within the room, chair, mattress, soldier field … For a second i presumed it intended the phone itself; a field to place infantrymen in."

When the struggle on Terror begun, Briton Joe Glenton felt pressured to serve his country. He undergone simple education and deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. What he observed in another country left him disenchanted, and he lower back domestic more and more political and manifesting signs of post-traumatic tension disorder.

When he refused to come for a moment travel, he was once denied his correct to item and referred to as “a coward and a malingerer.” He went absent with out depart and left the rustic, returning later to the united kingdom voluntarily to crusade opposed to the wars. the army accused him of desertion and threatened years in prison.

Soldier Box tells the tale of Glenton’s awesome trip from a promising soldier to a insurgent opposed to what he got here to work out as unjustified army motion.

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R. G. Collingwood: An Autobiography and Other Writings: with essays on Collingwood's life and work

By David Boucher

This quantity provides a many-faceted view of the Oxford thinker R. G. Collingwood. At its centre is his Autobiography, released in 1939, which has the prestige of a cult vintage for its compelling "story of his thought." Collingwood's paintings has loved renewed recognition lately, with new variations of his nice philosophical works. This quantity republishes the Autobiography along a formerly unpublished account by means of Collingwood of a trip to the East Indies in 1938-1939. those writings are followed by way of 11 especially written essays. numerous of those research elements of Collingwood's life--not simply the Autobiography, yet what he does not talk about in that paintings, from his adolescence to his professorship at Oxford. And the essays additionally research elements of his paintings on philosophy, politics, historical past, and archaeology, within the context of his life.

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A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries

By Tony Benn

In this ultimate quantity of diaries, Tony Benn displays at the compensations and the hazards of previous age

 
Tony Benn is the longest serving MP within the background of the exertions occasion. He left the British Parliament in 2001, after greater than part a century in the home of Commons, to commit extra time to politics. A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine chronicles either the general public and the non-public occasions of the decade of his lifestyles in Westminster and his "retirement" thereafter. protecting the increase and fall of recent hard work, Tony's tireless campaigning opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his passionate dedication to encouraging public debate and demonstrations, this quantity additionally offers an perception into the problems of aging, the devastating influence of his spouse Caroline's dying, and his personal failing health.

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British Imperialism: 1688-2015

A milestone within the knowing of British historical past and imperialism, this ground-breaking ebook appreciably reinterprets the process sleek financial improvement and the reasons of in another country enlargement prior to now 3 centuries. making use of their proposal of 'gentlemanly capitalism', the authors draw imperial and family British historical past jointly to teach how the form of the state and its financial system trusted overseas and imperial ties, and the way those ties have been undone to supply the post-colonial international of this present day.

Containing a considerably increased and up to date Foreword and Afterword, this 3rd version assesses the improvement of the talk because the book’s unique ebook, discusses the imperial period within the context of the talk over globalization, and exhibits how the research of the age of empires is still appropriate to realizing the post-colonial global. overlaying the total quantity of the British empire from China to South the USA and taking a extensive chronological view from the 17th century to post-imperial Britain this present day, British Imperialism: 1688–2015 is the best learn for all scholars of imperial and international history.

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