Born OTD in 1942, Bernard MacLaverty. Set in Northern Ireland, it tells the story of Cal, a young, unemployed Catholic man living on a Protestant housing estate at the height of The Troubles. Each night he waits to be fire-bombed out of the home he shares with his father and each morning he gets up to find everything is okay.

But there’s a dark, pervasive atmosphere, one that seem only conducive to fear and violence, and for much of this…

First published on this day in Germany in 1867, Karl Marx’s ‘Das Kapital Vol 1’. Subsequently published in all the world’s major languages and studied widely by workers it was often referred to as “The Bible of the working class”. While lengthy, it is unsurpassed as an analysis and critique of capitalism.

One of the most notorious works of modern times, as well as one of the most influential, “Capital” is an…

From the hunter-gatherers two million years ago to the ancient empires of Persia and China, and from the Russian Revolution to modern imperialism, humans have always struggled to create a better society than what came before. All over the world at numerous points in the past, a different way of life has become an absolute necessity, over and over again.

This is a history of the humans in these struggles—the hominid and the hunter, the emperor and the slave, the…

No London neighbourhood more resembles the restless downstream tide of the Thames than the ragged square mile of Soho. Ask the people who live there, like Christine Yardley, drag queen by night & grey-suited accountant by day; or Len Gates, self-appointed Soho historian & bore; or Jenny Wise, former starlet & now resident lush in the New Kismet club…

  Down into this human rabbit warren one evening slips Alex Singer, a student from Leeds in pursuit of his…

Exclusive Independent Bookshop red sprayed paint edition. Think of it as an adventure, Perry had said right at the beginning of all this. And it had seemed like one. A bit of a lark, she had thought. A Girl’s Own adventure.’ In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. .

But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for…

Watch as the line between man and animal is blurred in this thrilling H. G. Wells graphic novel adaptation! Shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean, Edward Prendick is rescued only to find himself on the strange island of Dr. Moreau. Hidden away on his remote island, Dr. Moreau has been conducting bizarre experiments for over ten years, genetically modifying animals to give them each a conscience and the ability to speak.

These “Beastmen” obey a very precise set of rules called The Law, which forbids them to exhibit any primitive behavior…

This book uncovers the work of sculptor William Simmonds, one of the forgotten originals of the Arts and Crafts movement. Inspired by his pastoral surroundings in the Cotswolds, he played a particularly vital role in the movement between the two world wars. After the First World War Simmonds emerged as a master of woodcarving, known for his exquisite oak, pine, ebony and ivory carvings of wild and domestic creatures. He earned his living by making puppets and became Europe’s most renowned puppet master.

His wife Eve, a well-known embroiderer in her own right, made the puppets’ costumes and accompanied the puppet shows on…

Another new release from Hastings own fantastic author, Catherine Johnson. Matthew Henson was simply an ordinary man. That was, until Commander Robert E. Peary entered his life, and offered him a chance at true adventure. Henson would become navigator, craftsman, translator, and right-hand man on a treacherous journey to the North Pole. Defying the odds and the many prejudices that faced him to become a true pioneer.

This is his incredible and often untold story. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+ Available in…

A boy’s traumatized father comes home from the Second World War, but can’t make the transition to civilian life. 11-year-old Ralph lives with his mother, plays in bombed-out buildings & dreams of the day his father will come home & tell him of all his heroic battles. But when his father actually does come back, he is far from what Ralph expected: his father is sullen, withdrawn & refuses to discuss the war at all.

Susceptible to fits of crying and uncontrollable rages, his behaviour starts to directly impact Ralph and his mother, and the…