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Independent bookshops are struggling due to the impact of coronavirus and the national lockdowns in the UK. Lucy Evans reflects on the joys of the independents and the need to support them.

Jews Don't Count by David Baddiel

David Baddiel’s new book is a must-read for any progressive thinking person who considers themself to be on the right side of history when it comes to racism

‘Rain’ by Lemn Sissay, also featured in mancunian ways

Deputy Books Editor Aileen Loftus reviews Mancunian Ways, a poetry anthology featuring work from a range of Manchester based poets, including Lemn Sissay and Jackie Hagan.

Boy Parts with a pearl necklace Photo: Maisie Scott @ The Mancunion

Eliza Clarke’s debut novel Boy Parts follows an anti-heroine as she navigates her photography career, personal relationships, and violent impulses

Despised by Paul Embery

Can the Labour party ever make it back into government? Paul Embery debates this question in his latest book Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class

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12 books for Christmas

The books section have created the ultimate Christmas book buying guide. Check out what we are recommending this Christmas

Photo of Half of a Yellow Sun on a stack of other books

Aileen Loftus considers Half of a Yellow Sun after it has been voted the ‘winner of winners’ for the 25 year anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction