Bookshop at People's History Museum

We're having a book sale! ūüďö

We've had a bit of an early spring clean and we have some reduced books that need a new home! So if one of your New Year's resolutions was to read more, we've got you covered. We've got books on feminism, the environment, art, technology and loads more.

If you're not sure where to start, here's some recommendations:

Walking through Fire: The Later Years of Nawal El Saadawi in Her Own Words | Image courtesy of People's History Museum shop  The Feminist Quiz Book: Test Your Knowledge of the Women Your Teachers Forgot About | Image courtesy of People's History Museum shop  Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy by Lynne Segal | Image courtesy of People's History Museum shop

Walking Through Fire: The Later Years of Nawal El Saadawi
£6.99 (was £9.99)

Nawal El Saadawi (1931-2021) was an Egyptian novelist and fearless campaigner for freedom and the rights of women. Walking through Fire explores the story of her extraordinary life showing the passion for justice that shaped her life and her writing. The book follows her life working as a rural doctor, her attempts to set up women's organisations, publishing magazines banned by the authorities and going into exile after the publication of her name on a death list.


The Feminist Quiz Book
(was £9.99)

The Feminist Quiz Book is a celebration of women from around the world and the perfect gift for the feminists in your life. Delve into the fascinating history of women who refused, dared, led, asked and discovered, from Jeanne Baret to Michelle Obama, from Rosa Parks to Joan Clarke. Test yourself on what you really know about feminism and find out what your teachers should have taught you featuring easy to difficult questions, crosswords, wordsearches, anagrams and much more!


Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy
£6.99 (was £9.99)

In an era of increasing individualism, we have never been more isolated and dispirited. Lynne Segal believes we have lost the art of radical happiness‚ÄĒthe liberation that comes with transformative, collective joy. She argues that instead of obsessing about our own well-being we should seek fulfilment in the lives of others. Examining her own experience in the women‚Äôs movement, Segal looks at the relationship between love and sex, and the scope for utopian thinking as a means to a better future.¬†This provocative book proposes that the power of true happiness can only be discovered collectively.¬†¬†


Here to Stay, Here to Fight: A 'Race Today' Anthology, edited by Paul Field, Robin Bunce, Leila Hassan & Margaret Peacock | Image courtesy of People's History Museum shop  Gregory Sholette, Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism, edited by Kim Charnley | Image courtesy of People's History Museum shop  This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein | Image courtesy of People's History Museum shop  

Here to Stay, Here to Fight: A Race Today Anthology
(was £17.99)

Race Today (1973-1988) was the journal of the revolutionary Race Today Collective, the organisation at the epicentre of the struggle for racial justice in Britain. The journal placed race, sex and social class at its core, and gave a voice to Black communities in the UK and internationally. It featured articles and pamphlets from some of the leading writers and activists of the time such as C. L. R James, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Walter Rodney. Here to Stay, Here to Fight draws together many of these key articles and extracts into an impressive collection - the first book-length anthology of its kind.


Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism
£12.99 (was £19.99) 

In this collection of essays, Gregory Sholette engages with artists' collectives and activist groups to offer an insightful, first-hand account of the relationship between politics and activist art in neoliberal society. The book explores art's deep involvement in capitalism: artists selling their work for huge prices to the financial elite, museums that contribute to global competition between cities in order to attract capital, and the strange relationship between art and gentrification. 

Delirium and Resistance draws on over thirty years of critical debates and practices, putting into context and advocating for, the socially engaged art activist tradition that radically combines the visual arts with political struggles.


This Changes Everything
(was £10.99) 

In This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein exposes the myths that are clouding the climate debate and tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war that capitalism is waging against life on earth.  

All around the world, the fight back for the next economy is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring.  Climate change, Klein argues, is a wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts. Confronting it is about changing the world - before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe.  


Lost and Imagined Manchester: The City That Was and the City That Might Have Been by Jonathan Schofield | Image courtesy of People's History Museum shop  Ballads and Songs of Peterloo by Alison Morgan | Image courtesy of People's History Museum shop  Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson | Image courtesy of People's History Museum shop

Lost and Imagined Manchester
(was £16.99)

Lost and Imagined tells the story of more than fifty lost and imagined buildings and projects in Manchester. Written by Jonathan Schofield, a well-known Manchester guide, writer and broadcaster, the book includes some of the grandest buildings and plans ever dreamt up in the UK. Wonderfully illustrated, it also explores more modest buildings that go to the heart of city life. Expect cathedrals, castles, palaces, pubs, race courses, skyscrapers, stadiums and even the apocalypse. 


Ballads and Songs of Peterloo
(was £15.99)

Ballads and Songs of Peterloo is a collection of poems and songs written in the aftermath of the Peterloo Massacre in 1819. These poems and songs were published as broadside ballads or in radical newspapers. 

The book includes the context to the massacre, the radical press and the broadside ballad. The poems and songs are then analysed by theme, such as revolution, nationalism, satire, liberty and representations of mother and child. 


Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees
£6.99 (was £9.99)

In Buzz, Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect.

If none of these take your fancy, why not check out the rest of our book sale, on for a limited time and while stocks last.

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