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Looking to find out something more about the world we live in, instead of gallivanting off into the realm of fiction? Have a look at our hand-picked non-fiction choices.
Were you a Bunny Suicides fan, the humour title of last Christmas? Well, this is the same fellow being equally cruel for small kids – all very un-PC, quite dark and irreverent. Did you know that slugs were just snails who’d been mugged by other snails? That batteries get their power from tiny pedalling mice? Or that orange-hatted witches always forgot to read the road signs? Of course you did … and with the accompanying drawings, this little cartoon book is quite delicious.
What do you say about a BBCâ€™s news correspondentâ€™s lifeâ€™s experiences? He comes across as a thoroughly nice man living through some appalling times.
I’m sure television has destroyed a little of the mystery of magic and as a race maybe we are too sceptical but once upon a time, back in the Victorian and Edwardian days, incredible feats were performed on stage and a great rivalry existed between the masters of the arts. This is that extraordinary story.
The massive earthquake of 1906 in San Francisco is the basis from which Simon Winchester reveals the elemental story of the earth beneath our feet and why the world does from time to time crack open with such devastating results. Interspersed within this is the fascinating story of San Francisco before, during and after the quake. Written with style, wit and grace this book is something special.
The perfect book for the 'Little Britain' fan fabulous photos, but most importantly the actual scripts so you can act out your favorite scenes. Perfect for all manner of occasions over the festive period!
One of the most exciting pieces of publishing this autumn. Six hundred pages of pure delight from childhood memories through diary entries, theatre and radio anecdotes, to reflection, observation, philosophy and wisdom. Almost impossible to pull away from, it is a must.
Including the full story of her Greek tragedy, this chronicles the highs and lows of a remarkable athlete.
The Beirut hostage and author of An Evil Cradling, who writes like a dream, has always had a fascination with Alaska. This is his journey in that awe-inspiring land.
Two years living on the island of Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati in the Equatorial Pacific described with great humour and affection â€¦ a crazy thing to do, maybe a â€˜hardâ€™ paradise but a joy to read about.
If you want to change your image, if you are stuck in a â€˜lookâ€™ and want to feel fabulous afterwards or know someone that wants to, then this is the book for you or her. It shows how to re-tune your appearance so that you can tell the world you are who you want to be. When you look different you will act different, when you act different you will feel different.
The diaries of five people during the Second World War, an unmarried secretary, a mother with evacuated children, a social worker, a salesman and a writer. It illustrates the very human side and in many ways a very ordinary side of an extraordinary period as they live their lives but reflect on times. A memorable and highly absorbing work.
A great title for what is in fact a practical, sensible and highly informative guide to life, spotted with humour and some charming asides. It’s a great gift for any girl, fun to read and in doing so to pick all sorts of practical information on everything from how to understand politics, send an attachment or buy a house to beauty, dress and style hints. I particularly like the various sections of advice from the famous like Stella McCartney or Kylie Minogue, however it does seem to have some serous gaps, for instance how to look after your shoes!
Cartoonist, Robert Crumb said; “When I come up against the Real World, I just vacillate”. Well, he can happily vacillate here for a while. This section features a whole host of books covering subjects as diverse as Mankind’s place in the Universe (Human Universe by Brian Cox), the history of the human journey to work (Rush Hour by Iain Gateley) and the real business of reading books (Bookworms, Dogears and Squashy Big Armchairs by Heather Reyes). This is the ‘Human’ section in our book lovers’ journey.
If you love reading, then you’ll find something here to fascinate you. There are new and interest-piquing passages here from science, philosophy, politics, history, religion, and all of the things that occupy the lives of humans. And we mean ALL of them. The fight against Cancer, the fight for freedom, feminism, fatality, frailty and fame. It’s too big to list. Have a browse through the titles by using our monthly recommendations past and present. We guarantee you’ll be hooked in minutes!