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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.
This yearâs Eats Shoots and Leaves looks at the history of each letter of the alphabet through 40 centuries.
Focusing on the horror and torture in Saddam’s Iraq told by a woman who had been highly privileged during the Saddam Hussein regime and had met him too.
What can a 12 year old child do when her mother suggests open-heart surgery â€˜to get to the bottomâ€™ of an illness that she has created in her own mind? A shocking personal view of Munchhausenâ€™s by Proxy.
In keeping with what we have come to expect from Ms Kelley (â€œthe real weapon of mass destructionâ€), this controversial look at the Bush familyâ€™s addition to wealth and power which â€œleaves no stone unturnedâ€ and promises a hatful of revelations.
The extraordinary true story of the charming eccentric Sir Alfred Mehran who has spent the last 15 years living on a bench in Terminal 1 at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris and dining on MacDonalds every day - the strangest case in immigration history!
Explores the unique bond that people have with their cats and reveals the innermost secrets of the feline psyche.
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.
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!