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BOB CROW MEMORIAL EVENT ‘Plundering London Underground’ with Janine Booth, and Peter Pinkney
Wednesday 23rd April, 7pm

Hysteria –a feminist periodical, new issue launch with Minna Salami aka MsAfropolitan + more tbc
Saturday 26th April, 6.30pm

‘Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War to End Apartheid’ with Alan Wieder
Wednesday 30th April, 7pm

‘Eco-Anarchism in the 1970s: London’s Street Farm collective’ with Stephen E. Hunt
Wednesday 14th May, 7pm

INTERNATIONAL CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS’ DAY EVENT: ‘Objection Overruled’ and ‘Comrades in Conscience’ with David Boulton and Cyril Pearce
Thursday 15th May, 7pm

‘Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made’ with Richard Seymour
Wednesday 21st May, 7pm

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom present: ‘Settling Scores: The Media, the Police & the Miners’ Strike’ with Nick Jones and Tony Harcup
Wednesday 28th May, 7pm

‘Sylvia Pankhurst, Suffrage, and the Battle for the Census’ with Jill Liddington and Katherine Connelly
Wednesday 11th June, 7pm

‘Writings against the First World War’ with Bruce Kent and A.W. Zurbrugg
Wednesday 18th June, 7pm

STIR SPRING ISSUE LAUNCH: ‘Anarchists in the Boardroom’ with Liam Barrington-Bush
Wednesday 25th June, 7pm

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Books at Housmans

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Housmans Bookshop is the main broad-based radical bookshop in London, and is one of the most significant radical bookshops in the country. We stock a wide range of books, including mainstream titles as well as radical ones covering fields such as peace and anti-militarism, the environment, human rights and civil liberties, gender and sexuality, anarchism, and - region-by-region - analysis of many of the world's trouble spots.

On this page you will find a selection of our stock from smaller independent publishers, which are not available in our main online shop, but which can be bought online with PayPal. However, we can also take orders over the phone - see the bottom of the page for more info.

For more information about Housmans Mail Order Service click here.

If you would like to submit a Review or comments about any of the books you find on our Booklist pages please click here



One Hundred Years of the Cambridge Labour party

Richard Johnson and Ashley Walsh

This history follows the triumphs and failures of an unlikely band of workers, trade unionists, Christian socialists, co-operators, anti-fascists, pacifists, feminists, students and academics as they struggled to fight for their socialist faith in the heartland of the British establishment.

Through memoirs, notebooks, interviews and many other sources, the authors have brought to life the story of this remarkable party.
(Cambridge Labour party) 14.95

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The Mechanics Institute Review Issue 9 Housmans Bookshop

Guy Debord's The Game of War

The extended film script

This book contains the extended version of the script which Ilze Black used to make her film 'Class Wargames Presents Guy Debord's The Game of War'. Also included are the first nine Communiques produced by Class Wargames as they played the game at various venues.

Richard Barbrook & Fabian Tompsett

(Unpopular Books, 2012)

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The Mechanics Institute Review Issue 9 Housmans Bookshop

The Mechanics Institute Review

Issue 9

This collection of short stories traverses many different worlds. From the smoky banks of the Ganges to the breaking waves of Bali, the characters teeter on the edge of life-changing moments. Problematic false teeth, festering limbs and deadly weapons are all par for the course. The ninth issue of The Mechanics’ Institute Review features work from Jenn Ashworth, Nick Alexander, Julia Bell and Alison MacLeod, alongside talented new writers. (Birkbeck, 2012)

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The A6 Murder [part 1] Was James Hanratty Innocent? Norma Buddle Housmans Bookshop

The A6 Murder [parts 1-4]

Was James Hanratty Innocent?

Norma Buddle

(Norma Buddle, 2012)

The Full and Bound Volume
The A6 Murders - Was James Hanratty Innocent 1-4

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From Dictatorship to Democracy with a new foreword by Michael Randle Gene Sharp Housmans Bookshop

From Dictatorship to Democracy

with a new foreword by Michael Randle

Gene Sharp

(Housmans, 2011)

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Beating the Fascists Sean Birchall Housmans Bookshop

Beating The Fascists

Sean Birchall

(Freedom Press, 2010)

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Spedan's Partnership The story of John Lewis and Waitrose Peter Cox Housmans Bookshop

Spedan's Partnership:
The story of John Lewis and Waitrose

Peter Cox

(Labatie Books, 2010)

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The Uninhabitable City Aidan Andrew Dun Housmans Bookshop

The Uninhabitable City

Aidan Andrew Dun

(Goldmark Uppingham, 2005)

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Salvia Divinorum Aidan Andrew Dun Housmans Bookshop

Salvia Divinorum

Aidan Andrew Dun

(Goldman Uppingham, 2007)

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Vale Royal Aidan Andrew Dun Housmans Bookshop

Vale Royal

Aidan Andrew Dun

(Dark Star 2010)

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Outrage An Edwardian Tragedy J.D. Harris Housmans Bookshop

An Edwardian Tragedy

J.D. Harris

(Wilson Harris Publications, 2000)

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the Conquest of Violence Bart De Ligt Housmans Bookshop

The Conquest of Violence

Essay on War and Revolution

introduced by Aldous Huxley
Bart De Ligt
  (Pluto Press, 2009)
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Camden Parasites
Daniel Lux
  (Phoenix Press, 2007)


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The Great Liberty Riot of 1780 John Nicholson Housmans Bookshop

The Great Liberty Riot of 1780

John Nicholson

(BM BOZO, 1985)

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War is a Crime Against Humanity
Devi Prasad
(War Resisters International, 2005)
RRP £28.00
Housmans Special Price: £17.99

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Rosa Luxembourg Selected Political and Literary Writings Revolutionary History Volume 10 Number 1 Housmans Bookshop

Rosa Luxembourg

Revolutionary History
Volume 10 Number 1
  (Merlin Press, 2009)
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Government is Violence Leo Tolstoy Housmans Bookshop

Government is Violence

On Anarchihsm and Pacifism
Leo Tolstoy
  (Phoenix Press, 1990)
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The Revolution of Everyday Life  Raoul Vaneigem Housmans Bookshop

The Revolution of Everyday Life

Raoul Vaneigem

(Rebel Press, 2006)

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Remembering Colin Ward  Five Leaves Housmans Bookshop

Remembering Colin Ward [1924-2010]

(Five Leaves, 2011)


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Colin Ward in Conversation with Roger Deakin DVD Housmans Bookshop

Personally Speaking

Colin Ward

In conversation with Roger Deakin

(Image Creative & Dibb) DVD 12.00

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Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns War Resisters International Housmans Bookshop

Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns

War Resisters International (WRI Press, 2009)

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Priced at just £8.50 in the shop (see ordering buttons below for prices including shipping costs), this 200-page bibliography is destined to be a key resource for both activists and academics for years to come.

Compiled by April Carter, Howard Clark and Michael Randle, this is an annotated bibliography of nearly 1000 itemised references, providing a guide both to recent campaigns and to the theory and practice of nonviolent action. It covers diverse movements, some not exclusivly nonviolent, and raises highly controversial issues. Introductions to each section provide relevent historical background, and also note some criticisms.

This is a powerful reference source for activists, and will be of use to students and academics dealing with the history, politics or sociology of popular movements around the world.


Secondhand Books

We have frequent book sales, with the stock largely made up of a fluctuating - and also highly eclectic - range of secondhand books. These books cover many of the areas you find in the shop's main stock, but will also often surprise you (they do us sometimes!). Our secondhand sale stock will typically include many hundreds of books at just £1, and sometimes many more at £2 and £3. Obviously, it's difficult for us to answer questions as to exactly which titles we have in stock at any moment (though you can always ask) - but that's yet another excuse for you to visit us for a leisurely and rewarding browse. Housmans is happy to accept donations of secondhand books to help us to raise money to support our work. This is also a helpful way for many (long out of print) classic radical titles to be recycled to other, newer activists who might value them.

Mail Order Service

Whenever you want to get books from Housmans, if you can't come to us we'll gladly send the books to you - whether they're from our specialist stock or are more general titles. In fact, we earnestly encourage you to choose Housmans as your book supplier whether or not your requirements are more generally available, for without the under-pinning of the more mainstream trade it is very much harder for the independent, alternative shops like Housmans to survive - and then we won't be here when you really do need us for material which will never be stocked by the high street bookshop chains.

If the books you order are ones we have in stock, we will normally despatch them within 48 hours. For all "inland" destinations (ie all four parts of the UK, and also the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and BFPO addresses), post and packing is charged at the following rates:

Total Cost of Goods:             Postage:

£0.01 - £24.99                     £1.99
£25.00 - £49.99                   £2.99

£50.00 - £74.99                   £3.99

£75.00 - £149.99                 £4.99

£150.00 and up                   £5.99

If you want us to send books "overseas"; please consider a minimum 2.99 postage and packing

You can order books on the website, by post (5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1), by phone (020-7837 4473), by e-mail ( - as well as in person in the shop.

We will accept cheques (in £ Sterling only), which should be made payable to "Housmans", as well as all the major credit/debit/charge cards. Cash (in UK£, US$, or Euro only) can be accepted, but is sent at your own risk.

Many books have payment buttons shown on the relevant booklist page on our website - in these cases you can use your credit card to order automatically online. For other books, or if you want to pay by any other method, please see payment options above.

Not in Stock?

Any book in print that we don't already have in stock can be obtained, for you to collect from the shop or to be sent to you. Normally, books will be available within a week or less. However, specialist books - in particular those from small publishers, or those published abroad - can take longer.

There is no charge for ordering books for you, but we may have to ask for a deposit if the book is very expensive, or not returnable to the publisher. Please note that we cannot generally supply out-of-print books, except for titles that we actually have in stock.

Housmans Booklists

We regularly produce booklists on various topics, which may be available in print and/or on our website. Naturally, these lists can only refect a proportion of the thousands of titles we have in stock; and our stock is always changing, with new titles available day by day! (Hence a visit to Housmans to browse - and maybe find something you didn't even know you wanted - is always the best option if you're within reach).

The booklists currently on this website are a mixture of recent titles, best-sellers, and - in the case of some of our specialist areas - recommended reading. See the notes with each list for further details. And remember that if you want to buy any of the books on these lists (or books not on these lists!), and you really can't get into Housmans in person, then you can use our cheap and efficient mail order service - see above for more details.