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Non-Fiction reviews are listed by genre below, you can use the links to navigate each section.
The first of seven autobiographies by writer and poet Maya Angelou. This Autobiography takes you through her childhood up to young adulthood.
With the devastating loss of his wife to Cancer Dermot was determined to take a 1,000km pilgrimage to raise funds for Cancer research.
Clements takes us on a journey from the edges of the Mediterranean to the central plains of China, with all the rich history in between including languages, literature and art.
The elusive life of Charles I is brought to light through new manuscripts giving new information about the man who made radical changes in our history.
Join Emmett Grogan, the sixties legend of controversy through his travels from the streets of New York to the heights of the Haight. CONTAINS SPOILERS!
At age 24 Matt Haig’s depression meant he could see no way to go on living, with the help from his family he came through his crisis and triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him.
A biography that combines the pages of Leonardo’s notebooks and the knowledge of his life and work perfectly.
A. J. Jacobs attempts to obey the hundreds of less-publicized rules within the bible to discover the relevance of faith in our modern world.
Piper Kerman’s rebellious past has caught up with her, now she must leave her job, live in boyfriend and loving family to spend the next fifteen months as inmate #11187-424.
History comes alive in this true story of the battle among the war as New Orleans becomes the point of interest so that America could become what it is today.
Samurai Katsu kokichi’s escapades are recounted along with a refreshing perspective on Japanese society, customs, economy and human relationships all set against the backdrop of a Japan still closed off from the rest of the world.
Using the information we now know about hurricanes and Cline’s own telegrams, letters and reports Erik Larson build the story of one man’s fatal miscalculation that ended in the death of thousands.
A look into the life of the Kennedy daughter hidden away, and the effect her circumstances had on shaping her siblings lives.
Follow the story on one woman’s life story as she went from being Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu to the beloved Mother Teresa.
This Captivating biography introduces young readers to one of the most influential idols of our history.
Nick Offerman combines both serious history with light-hearted humour as he focuses on the lives of those who inspired him, he describes twenty-one heroic figures and why they inspire in him such great meaning.
Spending six months in space wasn’t enough for Tim Peake, find out what else he did during his time on the International Space Station with 150 stunning pictures.
Walter Stahr uses new material to show John Jay, both the public figure and the private man, a leading architect of America’s future, a true national hero and a major Founding Father.
BeBe Winans and Whitney Houston considered each other family, BeBe gives a personal look into Whitney’s life as only he could.
Michael Wolff gives the insight into the White House and the man who has become the king of discord and disunion.
During the last hundred days as the president Franklin Roosevelt displays remarkable political talent as he focused his energy on shaping the peace to come.
Chritrita brings an excellent introduction to Bengali cuisine and culture, try your hand at some home cooked dishes of dals, fish, vegetables, and kedgerees.
With more than fifty essays this comprehensive volume brings together a range of voices in an unparalleled account of the Himalaya.
Lies, hoaxes and scams are explored within Cunningham’s essays, fiercely debated issues such as the moon landing, homeopathy and the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine are explained.
Get to know your Gut, one of the least understood organs and find out how looking after your Gut will have your Gut looking after you.
Explore the intriguing and unfamiliar stories behind familiar words that the English language has borrowed from abroad and shed light on the wider history of the development of the English we speak today.
Will the human race be the saviour of this planet or its demise? Greg Graffin makes a scientific complex concept accessible to all.
Where did the universe come from? Stephen Hawking answers this and other big questions in a way that non-scientist can understand.
Nineteen of the best known scientists talk to Stefan Klein about their work and the way their lives and work affect each other.
Join Amma and her children as they introduce readers to the history of different faiths and their associated monuments.
Volume 2 of the Amma tell me series takes readers to the world famous temple of Tirupati Balaji.
Take a look through some of the best album covers of all time, from pop to folk and everything in between, this wonderful visual record of art in the music industry is an essential read for music lovers around the world.
Discover which of the 111 species of boletes from eastern Canada are edible and which will cause serious health problems.
The fun, illustrated format of their addictive YouTube videos, AsapSCIENCE takes the science that people actually want to learn, shared in a friendly, engaging style.
Read about some of the stories from the Quran, God breathing life into the first man and woman, the gift of free will, the ninety-nine names of God, the blessed she-camel, the mighty King Sulaiman and much, much more.
An in-depth biography of Zika Virus explaining what the Virus is where it came from and why it’s so dangerous.
Sexual arousal and orgasms are two scientific phenomena, find out what science is doing to make the bedroom more satisfying.
Carl Sagan uses his ability to make science ideas exciting to tell the fifteen billion year store of the cosmic evolution from matter to conscious life.
Travel the world throughout history and discover the differences from one culture to another are considered correct or inappropriate.
Bill Bryson is Britain’s favourite storyteller and quite a raconteur as he shows in this fantastic tale as America joins the modern world.
Mickey Cohen and William (Bill) H Parker battle it out for the soul of Los Angeles. A no spoiler review from Colin Ricketts.
Spending £80 million to sign a readymade superstar Real Madrid started a chain reaction that would start football’s greatest ever head-to head.
A review of Gallipoli, a no-holes barred, historical account of The Great War by Les Carlyon. Reviewed here by prolific reviewer Campbell McAulay.
This quiz structured book shows Indian cinema over a hundred years. No spoiler review by Danob N.
Five expert authors have created the most exhaustive and precise account of the struggle of Indian independence.
Follow India’s 70 year progression depicting the time from when it became a united political entity and the whirlwind journey that ensured.
Bomber is an account of a RAF bombing on a single German town and our reviewer, Campbell McAulay says to call it fiction is to do it an injustice.
We come to understand the profound influences of time and place in the evolution of Socrates’ eternally provocative philosophy.
November 1407 a band of masked men murdered Louis of Orleans, the crime stunned and paralyzed France, the city’s chief law enforcement officer, Guillaume de Tignonville investigates.
Fergal Keane captures perfectly the pain and losses in the epic siege of Kohima, 1944. A comprehensive review of this WWII wartime account by prolific reviewer, Campbell McAulay.
An entire book based on three minutes of family footage belonging to Glenn Kurtz’s grandfather inspired this meticulously researched biographical account of the horrors of living under the Nazis.
Through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain’s King George III the path to independence is chronicled from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe.
Death on the Ice is Robert Ryan’s novelisation of one of the greatest adventures of all time. Reviewed here by Reading Addicts regular, Campbell McAulay.
“Shokdung” wrote this book as a response to the protests at the time but it soon became a banned book and “Shokdung” imprisoned.
The perfect book for those starting to enter the world of Minecraft, from creating tools to building shelter, this book will keep you alive in the early days.
Mitch Albom’s memoirs about Tuesday’s spent with a terminal ALS sufferer and how he learned about living from the dying.
A memoir, viewed through the books the author was reading at each moment, brilliant written thoroughly enjoyable, funny and touching!
South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony ignored his common sense and excepted a herd of ‘rogue’ elephants becoming their last chance of survival.
From the owner of a 1962 VW Microbus owned for 40 years, travelled the North American Continent, from Yukan to Montana with all the problems along the way.
Escaping his jail-like boarding school in the hills Ruskin goes to live with his father in Delhi. Bond travels to his past, recalling his favourite adventures.
After his father’s death Ruskin travels to Dehradun to spend time with his mother and her new family, missing his father he takes to exploring this unfamiliar place.
For James living hand to mouth on the streets of London wouldn’t stop him from helping an injured cat curled up in a hallway, once back to health Bob stuck around, a true friend.
Explore the southern truths in these insightful and humorous essays written over a decade.
Jim Corbett gives insight into the life of a huntsman, as he protects the community in which he lives and works.
Jim Corbett offers ten fascinating tales of hunting tigers in the Indian Himalayas in a bygone era of big-game hunting.
A review of the instant New York Times bestselling memoir of a young Jewish woman’s escape from a religious sect, reviewed for us by LadyMeritaten.
1950’s in a crumbling cottage without heating or hot water, Winifred Foley’s determination to give her children the rural upbringing she had enjoyed.
A record at the height of the Nazi occupation, seen through the eyes of Anne Frank while hiding with her family and others, fearing for their lives.
Thor Heyerdahl’s memoirs are a timeless boys-own adventure. Review reproduced here with kind permission of Campbell McAulay.
Through the eyes on a thirteen year old boy, this book explains why Naoki does some of the things he does and therefore shows an insight into the life and mind of a autistic child.
Howards End is on the Landing: A year of reading from home – is a documentation of Hill’s personal journey through her own collection of books.
With her youngest child Melissa diagnosed with severe autism, Sally needs help, she finds much more in Harmony.
Paul Kimmage always dreamed of cycling glory but as he turned professional he discovered it’s drugs that allow you to finish the race, he speaks out about the drug issue in sports.
An amazing collection of photos in Sally Mann’s memoirs and family history. No spoiler review by Denise Conner.
Enter the world of the Sundarbans where tigers frequently eat people, from snatching fisherman at night, to woodcutters from the forest these great creatures are revered.
Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women’s lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.
After watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a village in central Italy, Clare heads out to start a new life.
Dave isn’t a child he’s an it, a slave and a thing to play torturous, unpredictable games with. The story of his Dave’s early years and the horrors of child abuse.
Running in Heels: A memoir of grit and grace is a memoir that delivers. A personal story with many ups and downs, well written and complete.
The unexpected kindness of a teacher and a counsellor helped turn Carissa Phelps life round leaving the streets and graduating from UCLA with a law degree and an MBA.
Letters home gives a look into one of twentieth-century’s greatest poets, starting from her time in Smith College up to February 1963.
This graphic novel styled memoir follows Mariane Satrapi growing up in Iran during the time of the Islamic revolution.
Half-Tail and her daughter Zawadi become the stars of this story as Jonathn and Angela through photographs and text.
June Steenkamp talks about her time sitting in the Pretoria courtroom, Reeva’s life and her own life after the verdict.
Cheryl Strayed’s memoir follows her epic journey inspired after the loss of her mother to cancer. Raw and Gritty according to our reviewer.
Corrie and her family live above the watchmaker shop that Carrie’s father runs, their strong morals lead them to help Jewish people during the war.
From school plays to RADA and from “It’s a Right Royal Knockout” to the Colony Club, Steven Toast draws on his vast and varied experiences, providing the reader with an invaluable insight into his journey as an actor
Walls doesn’t pull her punches in this personal memoir, gritty, unputdownable and well-received. Be aware that this review contains some spoilers.
After her boyfriend Eric leaves, Karen gives up her life as a fashion editor and heads to rural France for a new start. Contains Spoilers.
The story of one 26 year old woman’s amazing journey as she tries to find out what really happened to her husband.
Ruskin Bond brings together his own pithy observations and those by artists and thinkers he admires in this beautiful little anthology about what makes people happy.
Well written educational book to help anyone looking for financial advice and investment options. Reviewed by Prathamesh.
Advice on life and writing by Anne Lamott. Reviewed here by Kasturi.
Mark Manson cuts down the positive thinking and gives a refreshingly honest truth about life and how people can make themselves truly happy.
An ex US Army captain, hurt in more ways than one and a golden retriever make perfect companions.
A religion of one’s own is a non-fiction philosophy read for those who are trying to find a place to fit in in this secular world.
Based on the lecture given by Randy Pausch shortly after being given the diagnosis of terminal cancer. This review contains spoilers.
The search for true contentment is the subject in The Happiness Project, follow the year-long attempted discovery.
A beautiful collection of poetry from newly published poet, Darrielle Cresswell. Lovely book, lovely poems, lovely everything! Highly recommended.
A Conversation with one of My Selves is a collection of poetry and prose from Sudanese writer and poet, Hakim Ali Elhaj. Loved by our reviewer Maria Gonzales.
Age of Arsonist follows is the second book of Hakim Ali Elhaj’s literary project “The Other”, the first being “A Conversation with one of My Selves”
Sylvia Plath’s brilliant poetry is brought together in “The Collected Poems”. Reviewed by Bo Jack.
Gertrude’s best known work is separated into three section; food, objects and rooms. Read what Molly thought of her works.
It’s a crime novel, but it’s based on true events that happened in the 1980s and our reviewer loved Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
A small Federal police force took up the case of the oilmen who were being murdered, The Federal police force soon became the F. B. I. and this was the organization’s first major homicide investigation.