• The Power Of The Powerless

    Vaclav Havel

    We sold a great many of Havel’s collection ‘Living in Truth’ at Sandoe’s in 1990 because it taught us how totalitarian states worked. How astonishing to find it listed by Timothy Snyder (see below, Some of our Recent Favourites) in his ‘On Tyranny’ as the most essential book for people to learn how to protect their democracies. And that it is out of print… Here, however is a reprint of the central essay – with an introduction by Snyder.

    Paperback £6.99
  • I Object: Ian Hislop’s Search for Dissent

    Ian Hislop & Tom Hockenhull

    Published to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum, this is a visual history of dissent from the editor of Private Eye.

    Hardback £25.00
  • How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future

    Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt

    The undermining of constitutional democracies can be quite as effective as a coup d’état. Salutory reading.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Farewell Shiraz: An Iranian Memoir of Revolution and Exile

    Cyrus Kadivar

    Exquisite vignettes, rare testimonials and first-hand interviews are combined here into an intimate account of a vanished world, and an investigation into a political earthquake whose reverberations are still very much with us.

    Hardback £29.95
  • The Last Summer

    Ricarda Huch

    Ricarda Huch, once revered as the ‘first lady of Germany’ by Thomas Mann, is all but unknown in this country. So hurrah for Peirene, a tiny but perfectly formed publishing house, for producing the first publication in English of this short, epistolary thriller: it’s the early C20th, and a well-to-do St Petersburg family has withdrawn to the country to escape political unrest, ignorant of the viper in their bosom… A deliciously languid form of suspense.

    Paperback £12.00
  • Memories – from Moscow to the Black Sea

    Teffi, translated by Robert Chandler, Anne Marie Jackson & Irina Steinberg

    A memoir by the all-but-forgotten Russian playwright and poet of her journey to Odessa in 1918-1919, alongside thousands of other refugees, from where she journeyed on to Paris, leaving Russia forever. Incidents and characters arise, are observed and each in turn deftly released, like genies let out of bottles. Her voice is unusual, by turns satirical and serious, surreal and brave, humorous and whimsical.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Karl Marx – Greatness and Illusion: A Life

    Gareth Stedman Jones

    A major new biography exploring both the origins of his thought and his impact.

    Hardback £35.00
  • The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars

    Daniel Beer

    This superb book explains how the system worked (or, rather, how it failed to work). Beer grants a greater significance to the Decembrists than most writers allow, and argues that what happened in the savage penal colonies – and en route to them – was instrumental to the outbreak of revolution in 1917. He shows too how the Soviet Gulag system was a tragic continuation rather than a fresh aberration.

    Hardback £30.00
  • The French Revolution: From Enlightenment to Tyranny

    Ian Davidson

    The author wrote a good biography of Voltaire. This useful account of the Revolution shows how it was an inspiration as well as a horrible warning when the idealism went awry.

    Hardback £25.00