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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.
I cannot admire this woman more. Not only did she have the guts to advertise that, aged 67, she wanted lots of sex but she also had the guts to write about it, frankly, charmingly, addictively, thoughtfully and bravely. It’s a joy to read, sexy, okay, but so much more than that. It is inspirational, for all ages.
A triumph over adversity tale of an idyllic life growing grapes in France going terribly, terribly wrong. The author is left to cope with total disaster and my goodness she does … What a woman.
From the Big Bang to today, science through history stories, which is so easy to read it becomes both fun and compulsive. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘Apart from his bestselling humorous travel books, Bill Bryson had already notched up a couple of more serious books (about language) when, frustrated at the gaps in his own education in and understanding of science, he embarked on this massive effort to explain the world, the universe and everything from the Big Bang to where man came in, in an entertaining and accessible way. In so doing, he created the best and most successful book of popular science ever, which apart from winning prizes, went on to become the bestselling non-fiction book of the decade: a rewarding and landmark book with which I and my colleagues are terribly proud to have been associated.' Marianne Velmans, Publishing Director at Transworld
February 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. On My Bookshelf by Tamsin Greig... Frankl was an Austrian Jewish psychiatrist who survived Auschwitz. Written a few years after his liberation, it describes his experiences in the death camps in terms of his psycho-therapeutic technique of ‘logotherapy’ – man’s ‘will to meaning’. His premise is: if we are able to find meaning in the most hopeless of human experiences, then we can find meaning in any part of life. He proposes that man’s greatest freedom is that we can choose how we respond to any situation. I return to this book to remember the responsibility of response.
An A-Z guide to the Da Vinci Code perfect for anyone who wants a little background to the Da Vinci Code. With entries on the Cathars, Knights Templar and Solomon's Temple among others, you'll have all the fact behind the fiction at your fingertips.
Travels around the world discovering the origins of the pigments that make dyes and paint – totally fascinating. Spotted with historical fact, anecdotes, vivid descriptions and a deep appreciation of art, this is a wonderful book.
Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 23 May. The Eden Project is a stunning structure in Cornwall. This book is the story of how passion and the efforts of thousands of people created something amazing.
Since the 1950s, some of the world's greatest libraries have, as a matter of common practice, dismantled their collections of original bound newspapers and books, replacing them with microfilmed copies. The originals, often irreplaceable, are cut up to be sold as birthday gifts or are pulped. In this book the real motives behind the dismantling of our recorded heritage is examined. The libraries argue that paper is too fragile to be stored in their archives, and point to the so-called brittle paper crisis. The author argues that paper can be stored for years and that libraries are under budgetary pressure to save space.
September 2009 Good Housekeeping selection. On My Bookshelf by Penny Smith... Life At The Extremes: The Science Of Survival by Dr Frances Ashcroft is full of derring-do and really mad scientists trying to prove what they think they know. You know QI (Quite Interesting)? Well this should be VI because I find it Very Interesting. For example, when they tell you to put on your mask first in a plane it’s because the 15 seconds before the oxygen becomes too thin is the only time you are capable of doing anything. That’s worth knowing! GMTV presenter Penny Smith is passionate about books and is now a novelist herself; her latest fiction, After The Break, is published by Harper Perennial.
August 2010 Guest Editor Veronica Henry on Kitchen Confidential... Everyone loves a bad boy, and Anthony Bourdain does bad better than anyone, with his no-holds-barred behind the scenes expose of the restaurant world. He is unashamedly outrageous – and all the more attractive for it. If I could make any of my heroes have a tenth of his magnetism …
This practical no nonsense, humorous and easy-to-read book will help you discover the truth about men and women and how as a consequence to learn to live with each other in a more relaxing and understanding environment. The result will be an improved relationship as well as an inspirational read. Like its sister books why men don't have a clue and women always need more shoes and The definitive book of body language, they are all guaranteed to lift the human spirit.
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!