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The Likes Of Us: A Biography Of The White Working Class

by Michael Collins

Once they were portrayed as the salt of the earth. Nowadays, they take to the streets when paedophiles and asylum seekers are in their midst; they expose their lives in TV documentaries; they love Gucci and...


What Do Astrologers Believe?

by Nicholas Campion

Nicholas Campion explores astrology's past and present, its claims and appeal, and explains what astrologers really believe.


Beslan: The Tragedy Of School No. 1

by Timothy Phillips

'Timothy Phillips ... has reconstructed from the testimony of many hundreds of witnesses the hellish events of that September ... His work is a fit memorial to the dead' Literary Review


How to Read Montaigne

by Terence Cave

These [How to Read] books let you encounter thinkers eyeball to eyeball by analysing passages from their work' Terry Eagleton, New Statesman


How to Read Machiavelli

by Maurizio Viroli

Niccolo Machiavelli is one of the most influential modern political thinkers. This work argues that, far from being a justifier of political immorality, Machiavaelli was concerned instead with the best way to...


All the Devils Are Here

by David Seabrook

David Seabrook takes the reader on a deranged exploration of the coast towns of Thanet and the Medway. He fuses his observation of these depressing landscapes with literary and historical associations that seem...


Jack of Jumps

by David Seabrook

Between 1959 and 1965, eight prostitutes were murdered in West London by a serial killer. These murders were the most notorious unsolved crimes of the twentieth century. This book reconstructs the investigation...


The Legend of Napoleon

by Sudhir Hazareesingh

Drawing on archival research, the author traces the emergence of the Napoleonic myth and how it developed into a potent political culture. This book is a study of why the fascination with Napoleon has endured...


The New Turkey: The Quiet Revolution On The Edge Of Europe

by Chris Morris

Turkey is a country in a state of flux, swept along by an extraordinary process of change. This book examines the potential and the problems of the new Turkey, and the expectations of the people who live there,...


How to Read Freud

by Josh Cohen

In this engaging introduction, Josh Cohen argues that Freud shows above all that any thought, word or action, however apparently trivial, can invite close reading. Indeed, it may be just this insight that provokes...


How To Read Plato

by Richard Kraut

'The unexamined life is not worth living.' SocratesPlato is the founding thinker of European speculative thought. He was the first Western writer to undertake a comprehensive and rigorous study of the fundamental...


How To Read Sartre

by Robert Bernasconi

'I can want only the freedom of others' Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre is best known as the pre-eminent philosopher of individual freedom. He is the one who told us that we are totally free. Robert Bernasconi...


How To Read Derrida

by Penelope Deutscher

'Deconstruction is not neutral. It intervenes' Jacques DerridaAn idiosyncratic and highly controversial French philosopher, Jacques Derrida inspired profound changes in disciplines as diverse as law, anthropology,...


How To Read Kierkegaard

by John D. Caputo

Soren Kierkegaard is one of the prophets of the contemporary age, a man whose acute observations on life in nineteenth-century Copenhagen might have been written yesterday, whose work anticipated fundamental...


The Letter Bearer

by Robert Allison

The Rider has no memory of who he is, or how he came to be lying - dying - in the brutal heat of the North African desert. Rescued by a band of deserters, the Rider begins to piece together his identity, based...


How To Read Heidegger

by Mark Wrathall

Heidegger is perhaps the most influential, yet least readily understood, philosopher of the last century. Mark A. Wrathall unpacks Heidegger's dense prose and guides the reader through Heidegger's early concern...


The Medical Detective: John Snow, Cholera and the Mystery of the Broad Street Pump

by Sandra Hempel

In 1831, an unknown, horrifying and deadly disease from Asia swept across Continental Europe, killing millions in its path and throwing the medical profession into confusion. Cholera is a killer with little...


Long Lane With Turnings

by L.J.K. Setright & Michael Bywater

Leonard Setright was one of the twentieth century's most influential, opinionated and idiosyncratic motoring journalists; described as 'more Isaiah Berlin than Jeremy Clarkson', everything he wrote was inspired...


Last Rites: The End Of The Church Of England

by Michael Hampson

Dire Sunday services, shrinking congregations and financial meltdown are the realities of the contemporary Church of England. In this controversial book, Michael Hampson, who worked as a parish priest for thirteen...


The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and Its Arabs

by Andrew Hussey

Beyond the affluent centre of Paris and other French cities, in the deprived banlieues, a war is going on. This is the French Intifada, a guerrilla war between the French state and the former subjects of its...