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Books in stock and available for loan at DECEMBER 2014

The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization by Jonathan Lyons, Bloomsbury 2009

'A wonderful and important book which for the first time presents the Western debt to medieval Arabic learning in a clear, accessible manner” William Dalrymple

The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, Penguin books 2010

“The way we live now - A hard-hitting study of the social effects of inequality has profound implications” Lynsey Hanley, The Guardian, Saturday 14 March 2009

The Decline and Fall of the British Empire by Piers Brendon, vintage, 2008

“From empire to oblivion - Piers Brendon's The Decline and Fall of the British Empire is a triumph of scholarship and narrative”, Robert McCrum, The Observer, Sunday 21 October 2007

The Rise and Fall of Communism , Archie Brown, Bodley Head, 2009

“Archie Brown tells the history of these 70-odd years in just over 600 brisk pages - the fruits of 40 years of study. And he does so with poise, a sense of balance and a judicious understanding of the differences between the varieties of communisms” Donald Sassoon, the Guardian, 6 June 2009.

The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein, Allen Lane 2007

“The end of the world as we know it -Naomi Klein's critique of neo-liberalism, The Shock Doctrine, is both timely and devastating”, John Gray, The Guardian, Saturday 15 September 2007

Just Law, Helena Kennedy, Vintage UK, 2005

Inscribed to Labour International Costa Blanca North by the author

“ Passionate and very well argued. This is a book not just for lawyers but anyone who cares about the boundaries between the state and the individual …..an excellent courageous and compelling howl of outrage from an insider who has refused to be intimidated.” Independent

How to Change the World, Tales of Marx and Marxism, Eric Hobsbawn, Little, Brown, 2011

“ Brilliant, incisive, energetic and wide-ranging, How to Change the World leaves us in doubt that Karl Marx is as much a thinker from our century as he was from the preceding two”

New Additions 2012

¡SALUD! By Linda Palfreeman British Volunteers in the Republican Medical Service during the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939

“ Dr Palfreeman provides a fascinating vision of the circumstances surrounding the creation and development of the Republican Medical Service itself. In doing so, she sheds light on the contribution made by the medical personnel of other nationalities, including the Spanish, alongside whom the British volunteers lived and worked.” Paul Preston, Series Editor, London School of Economics”

The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain [Hardcover] by Paul Preston

“ A harrowing and moving account of the immense terror and enormous atrocities, especially perpetrated by General Franco's followers, during and after the Spanish Civil War, meticulously researched and superbly written by an outstanding historian ” Ian Kershaw

New Additions 2014

CAPITAL in the twenty first century by Thomas Piketty (Hardcover) translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer

“ 'IT IS the economics book taking the world by storm. "Capital in the Twenty-First Century", written by the French economist Thomas Piketty, was published in French last year and in English in March of this year. The English version quickly became an unlikely bestseller, and it has prompted a broad and energetic debate on the book’s subject: the outlook for global inequality. Some reckon it heralds or may itself cause a pronounced shift in the focus of economic policy, toward distributional questions. This newspaper has hailed Mr Piketty as "the modern Marx" (Karl, that is). But what’s it all about?' ( Economist)


DVDs in Stock available for loan

REDS 1981

Directed by Warren Beatty, starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicolson and Maureen Stapleton

The story of John Reid, American author “Ten Days that shook the World” and his love affair with the journalist Louise Bryant during the Russian Revolution in 1917. Nominated fro 12 Oscars in 1981, won 3.

Radio Programmes - (CD1) BBC Radio 4 – The International Brigades, 26 February 2011

60 minutes


I have a considerable number of classic “left books” which I would be very happy to loan to anyone who is interested, including “Ten Days that shook the World”.



Please send comments and ideas for improvements to:
Nina Davies, 96 579 1782, ninamdavies@yahoo.co.uk




Reviews of these books from members would be very welcome, as would suggestions for books to add to the library.