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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.
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!
The story of a musician and music producer who got a virus that destroyed the memory part of his brain. His wife, the author, campaigned to try to find a cure, left him to start her life afresh and then found she could not live without him. It’s quite a story.
A tale of sexual duplicity and scandal. In a nutshell, Gordon Langley Hall, illegitimate Brit and biographer, who inherited a fortune, upped sticks, went to Carolina and changed sex. As Dawn he/she married a young black mechanic. We are now in the racially tense 60s. Next came a child! This is the bizarre tale that smacks of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Strange stuff.
CHIN UP, GIRLS! is a fabulous collection of obituaries of 20th century women that captures the their spirit - many of whom came of age between emancipation and the Sex Discrimination Act. Unfettered by fear of failure or mockery, these are women who bucked trends and forged their own untrodden paths, sometimes out of sheer determination, sometimes out of sheer eccentricity.
Dava Sobel's book Longitude became an international best-seller, and has been translated into more than twenty foreign languages. In her latest book The Planets she uses her unique skill to turn complex scientific ideas into beautifully written, easy to understand and delightful prose. Download and read the extract and be light years ahead of your reading friends.
This has got to be the most beautiful book of the season. It is not a bird recognition guide but a bird appreciation book with beautiful illustrations accompanying a chatty, highly informative text. Spotted with history, literature, facts and some lovely anecdotes, it is a truly magnificent work; highly recommended.
The essential gift for cat lovers this Christmas. Both informative and entertaining by turn, cat counsellor Vicky Hall will help all cat lovers to understand their cat's behaviour even better.
A great self-help book for cat lovers subtitled “The Book Your Cat Would Want You to Read” by a cat counsellor. No, seriously, this is wonderful stuff. A lot of it is pretty obvious but some is quite startling and the case histories and anecdotes are good fun or revealing. Vicky is one switched-on cat lover. This is a must for feline fanatics.
This is so much more than a 'loo book' and, through the hundreds of fantastically funny and poignant quotes, celebrates and reevaluates fatherhood. But before dads get too big-headed there are also some witty and waspish comments from the people who have to live with them. Hours and hours of laughs -- and a must have for every home.
Bright young men bond in their teens and vow to become doctors to cure the brother of one. His infliction: schizophrenia, cruelly treated at that time. Both qualify and follow opposing sides of the developing science, one rational, one Freudian. This is an impressive work which details their long lives and the study of the early theories of psychiatry. It's beautifully written as one would expect, just, perhaps, a tad too long I felt.
Towering across time as the painter of the Mona Lisa, forever famous as a sculptor and an inventor, Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance. This is a brand-new selection of sketches, diagrams and writings from Leonardo’s celebrated notebooks - a beautiful and varied record of his theories and observations, embracing not only art but also architecture, town planning, engineering, naval warfare, music, medicine, mathematics, science and philosophy.
The sequel to his The Luberon Garden sees Alex a little jaded and disenchanted with his paradise in Provence so he takes a summer travelling in his chosen country and falls in love with it all over again.
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!