New release in store tomorrow. “Teenage Silvie & her parents are living in a hut in Northumberland as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is a difficult man, obsessed with imagining and enacting the harshness of Iron Age life. Haunting Silvie’s narrative is the story of a bog girl, a young woman sacrificed by those closest to her, and the landscape both keeps & reveals the secrets of past violence and ritual as the summer builds to its harrowing climax.”

‘This book ratcheted the breath out of me so skilfully, that as soon as I’d finished, the only thing I … More

Another new release due tomorrow. ” The impact of global capital & foreign investment on local communities is being felt in major cities across the world. Since the 2012 Olympics was awarded to the British capital, East London has been at the heart of the largest & most all-encompassing top-down urban regeneration strategy in civic history. At the centre of this has been the local government, Newham Council, & their daring proposal: an “Arc of Opportunity” for developers to transform 1,412 hectares of Newham.”

This proposal was outlined in a short film, London’s Regeneration Supernova, and shown to foreign developers and businesses at the … More

After decades of occupation and creeping annexation, the situation on the ground in Palestine/Israel can only be described as a system of apartheid. Peace efforts have failed because of one, inconvenient truth: the Israeli maximum on offer does not meet the Palestinian minimum, or the standards of international law. But while the situation on the ground is bleak, Ben White argues that there are widening cracks in Israel’s traditional pillars of support.

Opposition to Israeli policies and even critiques of Zionism are growing in Jewish communities, as well as amongst Western progressives. … More

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 … More

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 … More

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 … More

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 … More

Combining factual biography with the imaginative structure & investment in the language of the novel, Joseph fully engages with the world he recreates, & by presenting a multifaceted view from Kitch’s friends, rivals & even enemies, he gets to the heart of the man behind the music & the myth, reaching behind the sobriquet to present a holistic portrait of the calypso icon Lord Kitchener.

Born into colonial Trinidad in 1922 as Aldwyn Roberts, ‘Kitch’ emerged in the 1950s, at the forefront of multicultural Britain, … More

Running Upon The Wires is Kate Tempest’s first book of free-standing poetry since the acclaimed Hold Your Own. In a beautifully varied series of formal poems, spoken songs, fragments, vignettes and ballads, Tempest charts the heartbreak at the end of one relationship and the joy at the beginning of a new love; but also tells us what happens in between, when the heart is pulled both ways at once.

Running Upon The Wires is, in a sense, a departure from her previous work, and unashamedly personal and intimate in … More