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The Frock-Coated Communist by Tristram Hunt (Penguin £10.99)

This scholarly but lively biography's subtitle is "the life and times of the original champagne socialist" - perhaps fitting the author more than his subject, Fredrick Engels.


A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (Verso £7.99)

Mary Wollstonecraft said of herself, "I am not born to tread in the beaten track." Here you can read her most famous work in a new edition introduced by Sheila Rowbotham.


The People's Train by Thomas Keneally (Sceptre £7.99)

An epic novel based on the true story of a Bolshevik and the Russian Revolution. The central characters' struggle for a better world is celebrated and never sneered at. Little short of brilliant.


The Long Fall by Walter Mosley (Phoenix £7.99)

This is the first of Mosley's novels portraying a new character and a new city in different times. But it's still classic Mosley as Leonid McGill, "an ex boxer and still a fighter", tries to go straight in New York.