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Gift Guide: Politics, Culture and History of 2020

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 has been tough on everyone. And with the holidays just around the corner, we’re hoping to make the added stress of choosing that perfect gift for a special someone a little bit easier with a series of gift guides.

This guide features our selection of fascinating books on history, politics and current events, ranging from presidential memoirs to investigative journalism.

Promised Land, A by Barack Obama

Published: 17th Nov '20
Hardback
£35.00

This book doesn’t really need much of an introduction but we’ll try anyway – the 44th President of the United States recounts his journey to and through the White House in this highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs. A guaranteed hit for anyone invested in US politics.

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People Like Us: What it Takes to Make it in Modern Britain by Hashi Mohamed

Published: 3rd Sep '20
Paperback / softback
£9.99

An essential investigation into the myth of social mobility, drawing on statistics and anecdotal evidence like power and privilege being concentrated among the 7 per cent of the population who were privately educated. Mohamed, a barrister, has written a powerful polemic.

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Himalaya: A Human History by Ed Douglas

Published: 27th Aug '20
Hardback
£25.00

An epic chronicle of the astonishing landscape of the Himalayas, and the many indigenous and local cultures of the area, and perfect for the history buff in your life.

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100 Great Black Britons by Angelina Osborne, Patrick Vernon

Published: 24th Sep '20
Hardback
£20.00

A vital book that fills obvious absences and oversights in British history as it has been told, this collection of stories explores the remarkable contributions of 100 Black individuals that have long been overlooked or dismissed.

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Dead Girls by Selva Almada

Published: 3rd Sep '20
Paperback / softback
£9.99

Part memoir, part true crime novel, internationally acclaimed author Selva Almada chronicles the brutal murders of three teenage girls in rural Argentina and her own experiences of the global problem that is gendered violence. Difficult to read but a necessary story to be told, and deftly written and translated.

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Feisty and Fiery and Fierce: Badass Celtic Women to Live Your Life by from Scotland, Ireland and Wales by Mairi Kidd

Published: 24th Sep '20
Hardback
£14.99

Kidd’s anthology gives a voice to women from across Celtic history who are often sidelined in heroic stories, written by men, for men. This collection of tales about 30 Celtic women will uplift, inspire, and occasionally enrage, the person who gets it as a gift this year. Signed copies here.

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This Land: The Struggle for the Left by Owen Jones

Published: 24th Sep '20
Hardback
£20.00

In this analysis of the Left over the last few years, Jones provides an insider perspective of the highs, lows, successes and failures of left wing politics in the UK. There is, Jones urges, no future for any progressive project that does not face up to and learn from its errors.

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Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation by Colin Grant

Published: 1st Oct '20
Paperback / softback
£9.99

Out in paperback this year, Grant’s book draws on archival recordings, interviews and first hand accounts of the men and women from the Windrush Generation, coming to Britain from the West Indies between the late 1940s and early 1960s. A fascinating chronicle and a timely read.

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Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow

Published: 2nd Jul '20
Paperback / softback
£9.99

A riveting account by Farrow of his journalistic investigation into one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers. Farrow tells his story like a spy novel, but always with respect to the victims of verbal, emotional and sexual abuse. As he draws closer to the truth, his own safety is under threat as he is put under surveillance in this true story of  violence, espionage and power.

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Past Mistakes: How We Misinterpret History and Why it Matters by David Mountain

Published: 5th Nov '20
Hardback
£16.99

In this examination of how we tell our history, Mountain reveals how ongoing revolutions in history and archaeology are shedding light on the truth. Full of adventures, and based on detailed research and interviews, this book will make you reconsider your understanding of history – and of the world today.

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