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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.
What an apt title for this terrifically readable book on domestic violence. What horror when you believe you have found a perfect love only to discover, really someway down the road, the violent mood swings of your beloved … and what pain … oh this is beautifully told.
This is like an updated Bravo Two Zero for we follow the first troops on the ground in Iraq in March 2003 as they are dropped into hostile territory and storm their way into Basra. It is told from the perspective of the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy who supported them, and it’s one hell of a tale.
A true crime novel that reads like the best of crime fiction. An American crime writer found himself fascinated by the case of ‘The Monster’ after moving next door to an olive grove, in Italy,where one in a series of double murders occurred. Joining forces with a renowned crime journalist, Mario Spezi, the two decide to investigate the crimes. In the introduction to the book Spezi says he believes Thomas Harris based Hannibal Lecter on the Monster of Florence and there are definite parallels that can be seen. A fascinating read and made all the more chilling by the fact the murderer has never been caught.
David Simon was the first investigative journalist to gain unlimited access to a homicide department and in this book brings us a fascinating and insighful piece of true crime writing. His success as producer and writer of the immensely popular television programme The Wire is obviously due to the first hand knowledge he has had following the cops, the criminals, the addicts and the families caught up in a war that seems to be impossible to bring to an end. Totally gripping stuff.
The story of four daughters in Provence, in the thirteenth century,who each went on to marry a king of Europe. What was it that got these women to such positions and how did they cope with the pressures of being married to such powerful men while not having any of the power themselves? (although influence can be a great thing). Accessible history and an interesting subject matter.
How this man has had the time to fit in all the things he has done in his life is quite amazing and here we have another of his adventures. Along with being the original drummer in Genesis, getting a pilot’s license, learning to shear sheep, joining a circus and much, much more Chris also became skipper of a Cornish Crabber sailing to the Greek Islands with no experience at sailing whatsoever. This is his story of the following months learning as he went and not always making the best decisions. One thing Chris Stewart does do is make you believe anything is possible, you just have to give it a go!
If you watched and enjoyed the TV series of Stephen's journey across America in his black cab then the accompanying book is great to have too. Beautifully illustrated with great photos and filled with more of his exploits and stories from his journey. Hilarious, warm, eccentric...him and the people he meets...and brilliant!
More tales from the ‘Hamster’ following his exploits on Top Gear as well as other various adventures. The perfect book to dip in and out of for amusing anecdotes. Hammond is an articulate, funny and interesting writer giving some great insights in to the behind the scenes of his TV accomplishments. A great gift for anyone.
Moving a step further than the likes of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, Jean Hannah Edelstein looks in to how far apart the sexes seem to be moving from each other, becoming more and more unfathomable to each. In this witty book she tries to provide some guidance to understanding each other a little better through looking at social trends and social studies and making life a little easier to navigate through.
The presenter of ‘A Point of View’ puts down in writing some of the thoughts and views she expresses so eloquently on her Radio 4 programme. A diverse range of subjects discussed in an interesting and accessible way.
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!).
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!