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 true story of a mother discovering the husband she was devoted to had been abusing their 15 year old daughter since she was ten. Honest, intelligent and painful this is a terrible story but shows the strength of a mothers love and how a family can rebuild itself from such terrible abuse.
Award-winning journalist Jay Rayner travels the world in search of the perfect dinner. This entertaining book will give you plenty of ideas of places and foods to eat (and lots to avoid too!).
At the start of each school term, at the age of about 10, I did something that I suppose a million other 10-year-olds have done! The Address Book starts with some of the fundamental questions asked by everyone, in every culture since the beginning of civilisation. Who am I? Where am I? Where am I going? Tim Radford attempts to answer them by drafting in a technique he first used as a school-boy, when he wrote his address in the inside front cover of his exercise book every term, starting with the house number, the street name, the town, and proceeding upwards through levels of scale - the hemisphere, the planet, the solar system, the galaxy - until he reached the final line, the universe itself. So - this is a book written on a vertical rather than a horizontal axis. We open with Tim in the present day, in Hastings, sitting at his desk, thinking about his house, his possessions, how they have shaped him and how he has affected them, how a house becomes part of our identity and what binds us to the objects in it. The next chapter deals with Hastings itself; the town as a unit of scale, why we associate ourselves with one place rather than another. And so on, upwards through levels of magnitude. As the units of space grow larger, so Tim himself dwindles and the bigger, colder forces of astronomy and astrophysics come into play. By the time we reach the address's final line we are beginning to understand that there is no final answer to the question Where am I? - behind every answer lies a new question, receding into unthinkable distance, to the spectacle of galaxies falling away from each other into nothingness. The Address Book is fascinating, entertaining, unsettling and insatiably curious.
Shortlisted for the 2009 Royal Society Prize for Science Books. Ben Goldacre targets medical charlatans, quacks, frauds and cons with great relish. His medical expertise allowing him to dissect each one proving the case against them, pulling no punches, his often witheringly funny comments make this an exhilarating read. Funny he can be but his serious purpose is to show how we are being deceived, with any luck giving readers the ammunition to spot future deceptions for themselves. Comparison: Trick or Treatment: Alternative Medicine on Trial by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst, Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All by Rose Shapiro July 2009 Guest Editor Louise Wener on Bad Science by BEN GOLDACREA simple, witty debunking of the junk science that has taken root in our culture; from the myth of detoxing and homeopathic cure alls, to our fear of the MMR vaccine. Goldacre skillfully examines how the media whips us into a frenzy about non-existent bogeymen and makes us all the poorer as a consequence. At a time when we seem to be rejecting scientific fact and seeking solace in instant, gobbledygook solutions, it feels like vital stuff.
A hard hitting account of what it is really like inside the culture of drugs affecting the streets of Balitmore, or rather one corner. This is not uplifting it does not really give hope but it is an honest look at what is really happening on the streets for those trapped inside the awful cycle of drugs and crime.
April 2009 Book of the Month. The perfect book for the armchair traveller as well as those of you visiting cities around the globe. With extracts from over 60 authors such as Joanne Harris talking about chocolate in Montmartre or Victor Hugo describing the view from the top of Notre Dame. Whether it be fiction, non-fiction, blogs or journalism, lose yourself in the Paris discovered by others and be inspired to visit and indulge in the city as never before. These guides are perfect for dipping in to and will transport you to the city of your choice through the wonderful writings of those who have been before. A few words about Paris from Stephen Clarke... 'Paris is not entirely unique. You can sit in cafés, wear designer clothes and even have sex in lots of other towns. It just feels unique, as if everything you do, from buying underwear to chewing a hunk of baguette, is somehow more stylish because you’re doing it in Paris. Certainly Parisians act as if they’re unique – not as a community but each individual one of them. It is the city of moi. As they walk down the street they’re thinking, look at moi. Even when they’re kissing a friend on the cheeks, they’re saying it – moi, moi. And the obsession driving each moi is its lifestyle. Parisians have elevated lifestyle to an art – no, more than an art, it is (as only the French can say properly) a raison d’être.' City-Lit Paris is Introduced by Stephen Clarke, bestselling author of A Year in the Merde. To read more of Stephen Clarke's introduction download the extract. A 'piece of passion' from Heather Reyes, series editor of the Cit-Lit series: 'I’ve been in love with Paris since my very first visit as a teenager. In those pre-Eurostar days, it seemed an adventure just getting there — the slow, musty train down through Kent, struggling your luggage onto the ferry at Dover, the worry about the weather for ‘the crossing’ (would I need the Kwells?), watching the white cliffs recede and searching the horizon for the first glimpse of the French coast, the wind pulling your hair and putting salt on your lips. Then those magical letters, SNCF, on the side of the oddly high-up train from Calais, the long stop at Amiens and finally … finally …(the excitement overcoming the fatigue of the journey)…PARIS. But, oh the relief of that first, fast, simple Eurostar journey! The exhilaration of knowing you could get THERE so quickly and easily. But still the same feeling, stepping onto the platform at Gare du Nord, of life moving into higher gear. That’s what Paris is to me — life lived more intensely, more vividly, both in the senses (that smell of strawberries from the stall at the foot of rue Moufftard) and in the mind (favourite bookshops … La Hune, Gibert Jeune, Shakespeare and Company, … the streets haunted by the ghosts of writers and philosophers past … Abelard, Montaigne, Diderot, Voltaire, Hugo, Balzac, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus …)So, to have the opportunity of choosing and editing material for a collection of writing about the city was a dream come true, and I had the time of my life.' To read more of Heather Reyes' 'piece of passion' download the extract. You can also visit the Twitter page for this title by clicking here.
If you went holidaying in the 70’s you will remember a time when holidays meant packing all the family in a car, including grandparents, and travelling down motorways and A-roads to get to a campsite or self catering holiday home. None of the luxury of a five star hotel abroad with sweltering sun all holiday long. You had to be made of sturdy stuff in the 70’s and Emma Kennedy recalls the highs and lows of those memorable days in this hilarious memoir. July 2009 Guest Editor Louise Wener on The Tent, The Bucket and Me by EMMA KENNEDY I just finished reading this and it's brilliant. There were points when I was literally laughing and crying at the same time. A memoir of one family's disastrous attempts to go camping in the Seventies, which makes it sound not nearly as funny and fantastic as it is. Lots of sweet and sour humour surrounding brits abroad, near death experiences and endless wince-making tent and toilet mishaps.
A close rival to Paul McKenna for her success rates this is an easy to follow guide to building your self esteem and confidence. Full of helpful methods for breaking negative habits and thoughts this book provides the grounding for making you a happier healthier person.
March 2009 Book of the Month. Everything you ever wanted to know about sleep or things to do with bedtime. Some fascinating facts and revelations. Just don’t get in to bed with this or you won’t want to go to sleep, you’ll be too busy reading!!!
Suitable for discerning Wallace and Gromit fans, this all-singing, all-dancing book sets out as Wallace's secret invention scrapbook, with snippets of information and personal memorabilia about his cracking contraptions and his madcap capers with his dog, Gromit. With lots of add-ons inside the book, including blue prints, die-cut flaps, pull tabs revealing all sorts of ingenious inventions, a secret diary and lots more.
A great gift for Mothering Sunday which should delight and amuse mothers of all ages. A collection of stories and anecdotes from those who’ve been there seen it and got the t-shirt. Treat your mother to a good dose of laughter with this highly amusing book.
March 2009 Book of the Month. It’s a total cliché to say it but they don’t make ‘em like these guys anymore! Four of this nations most talented, respected and admired actors who could also knock back the booze like nobody’s business. This book chronicles some of their most outrageous behaviour; sometimes shocking, sometimes hilarious and some times just downright lunacy…and yet the public still loved them, one and all. Not that we advocate this kind of behaviour at Lovereading (!), but this is a fantastic book about four men who partied hard and seemed to have a whale of a time!
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!