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The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House

Audre Lorde

£2.00 £1.90

From the self-described 'black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet', these soaring, urgent essays on the power of women, poetry and anger are filled with darkness and light.

When I Dare to Be Powerful

Audre Lorde

£5.99 £5.69

Women so empowered are dangerous'. Written with a 'black woman's anger' and the precision of a poet, these searing pieces by the groundbreaking writer Audre Lorde are a celebration of female strength and solidarity, and a cry to speak out against those who seek to silence anyone they see as 'other'.

Dark Days

James Baldwin

£2.00 £1.90

So the club rose, the blood came down, and his bitterness and his anguish and his guilt were compounded'. Drawing on Baldwin's own experiences of prejudice in an America violently divided by race, these searing essays - Dark Days, The Price of the Ticket and The White Man's Guilt - blend the intensely personal with the political to envisage a better world.

Notes on Camp

Susan Sontag

£2.00 £1.90

'The ultimate Camp statement: it's good because it's awful.' These two classic essays were the first works of criticism to break down the boundaries between 'high' and 'low' culture, and made Susan Sontag a literary sensation.

Howl and Other Poems

Allen Ginsberg

£5.99 £5.69

The classic City Lights edition of Allen Ginsberg's iconic Howl and Other Poems. Originally published by City Lights Books in 1956, the collection was subsequently seized by U.S. customs and the San Francisco police and was the subject of a long court trail at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene.

Come Close


£2.00 £1.90

'Yes, we did many things, then - all Beautiful...' Lyrical, powerful poems about love, sexuality, sun-soaked Greece and the gods. Fragments from Sappho (c.630-570 BCE).

Only Dull People Are Brilliant at Breakfast

Oscar Wilde

£2.00 £1.90

'It would be unfair to expect other people to be as remarkable as oneself.' Wilde's celebrated witticisms on the dangers of sincerity, duplicitous biographers, the stupidity of the English - and his own genius.

Love: Vintage Minis

Jeanette Winterson

£3.50 £3.32

How do we love? With romance? With work? Through heartbreak? Love in all its forms has been an abiding theme of Jeanette Winterson's writing. Here are selections from her books on that most enduring of forces: Love.

Liberty: Vintage Minis

Virginia Woolf

£3.99 £3.79

In this visionary essay collection, Virginia Woolf embarks on a transformative journey through the liberating powers of the mind. From an exploration of why women were barred from writing and under what conditions they might break free, to the solace derived from haunting London's streets.

Smut: Two Unseemly Stories

Alan Bennett

£7.99 £7.59

More genius from Alan Bennett here with the short stories The Shielding of Mrs Forbes and The Greening of Mrs Donaldson.

The Uncommon Reader: Alan Bennett's classic story about the Queen

Alan Bennett


'Oh Norman,' said the Queen, 'the prime minister doesn't seem to have read any Hardy. Perhaps you could find him one of our old paperbacks on his way out.' A mobile library ignites in Her Majesty a passion for reading so great that her public duties begin to suffer.

Take Me With You

Andrea Gibson

£14.99 £14.24

Gibson explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, forgiveness, and what it means to be different in this strange age. Divided into three sections (love, the world, and becoming) of one-liners, couplets, greatest-hits phrases, and longer-form poems.

On Connection: 'Powerful' MATT HAIG

Kae Tempest

£9.99 £9.29

Drawing on twenty years' experience as a writer and performer, award-winning poet, rapper and storyteller Kae Tempest explores how and why creativity - however we choose to practise it - can cultivate greater self-awareness and help us establish a deeper relationship to ourselves and the world.

New York City in 1979

Kathy Acker

£2.00 £1.90

A tale of art, sex, blood, junkies and whores in New York's underground, from cult literary icon Kathy Acker.

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