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Non-Fiction reviews are listed by genre below, you can use the links to navigate each section.
Abraham Lincoln’s last great case as a lawyer is , twenty-two-year-old Peachy Quinn Harrison’s trial for murder in Springfield, Illinois at the end of the summer of 1859.
Even after forty years of her death, Janis Joplin still remains as a compelling figure in the rock and roll culture. its the story of a rebellious girl wanting to be loved.
The first of seven autobiographies by writer and poet Maya Angelou. This Autobiography takes you through her childhood up to young adulthood.
Fresh Meat star, Zawe Ashton’s autobiography of sorts is presented as scripts from her life in this witty, funny and honest depiction of the truths of stardom, complex issues of discrimination and mental health, and the increasingly blurring line between the character and reality.
A mini-autobiography of beloved storyteller Ruskin Bond’s days of his childhood and teenage years, memories of reading upside down, wandering into rambling empty palaces, rides on lurching boats and in swooping, looping aeroplanes and much more.
With the devastating loss of his wife to Cancer Dermot was determined to take a 1,000km pilgrimage to raise funds for Cancer research.
The true story of the legendary gunfighter and lawman James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok by New York Times bestseller author of Dodge City.
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.
Former FBI director James Comey shares his vivid experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government.
The art of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain is all about his private life, except written in a code as obscure as T.S. Eliot’s. Charles Cross has now cracked the code in this definitive biography, an all-access pass to Cobain’s heart and mind.
Dark, painful memories will always flood back to haunt you. Alan Cumming hoped to solve the mystery of his maternal grandfathers disappearance that had long cast sorrow over his family.
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!
Fat comedian, feminist and podcaster, Sofie Hagen’s book is part autobiography part reference book with a combination of hilarious yet heart-breaking truths about being fat in our modern society and part informed research of the ways in which the world discriminates against fatness.
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.
This biography is about Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who was over thrown and executed and the controversial and confrontational politics associated with his era.
Follow Marie Colvin around the world. Israel, Palestine, Chechnya, East Timor, and Sri Lanka, just some of the intriguing places visited by the war correspondent who loved to live dangerously.
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.
Written by sports journalist Sanath Jayasuriya, this is the story of a Sri Lankan cricketer who shaped that nation’s cricketing history.
Jung starts by writing about his childhood and personal life and delves into his exploration of the psyche.
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.
Frank McCourt’s memoirs of life in New York in the 30’s and Ireland in the 40’s as he endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbours.
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.
This is the third book in the series by Sonia Mehta looking at the lives of notable Indians. This book concentrates on the life of Rani Lakshmibai, a notable figure in the 1857 mutiny against the British.
The fourth biography in the Junior lives series introduces young readers to Gautama Buddha for another captivating look into a historic figure.
These two titles show some of Dom Moraes’ work, a selection of his very best travel writing and his observations about people he meet and places he visited.
Before Frank is a hard back photography book, 144 pages, litho printed and canvas bound. Containing an introduction of Dazed Arts and Culture.
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.
Comedian, Sara Pascoe presents a brilliantly funny, yet well-researched and scientific exploration of the female body and experience.
When Mahatma Gandhi joined the freedom struggle, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit threw herself wholeheartedly into the Movement, along with her father, brother Jawaharlal, and husband.
No American had a better impact on the constitution and Supreme Court than john Marshall. Chief justice, statesman and diplomat Marshall shaped the foundations of the United States today.
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.
A laugh out-loud collection from the late-great Sir Terry Pratchett which offers an insight into the creation of Discworld and the brilliant man behind the series. Made up of newspaper clippings, speeches and other information this book offers a fascinating window into Pratchett’s world.
Ann Rule’s biographical and autobiographical account of her relationship with murderer Ted Bundy is the epitome of True Crime. The author who had worked with Bundy at a crisis centre years before his arrest, tells the story right up to his end in 1989 when he confessed to over 30 murders.
Actress and comedian Amy Schumer’s autobiography, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, is an open, honest, brilliantly hilarious and sometimes shocking account of her life.
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.
Written by one of America’s most admired servants and the first woman to serve as U.S secretary of state Madeleine Albright shares a personal and urgent examination of fascism in the 20th century.
Banksy’s identify still remains unknown. However, that does not change the fact that he extremely well known throughout the world for his now-legendary street art, which has not only been smuggled into four of New York’s major art museums, but even hung at London’s Tate gallery.
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.
A wacky look at the world of beauty secrets from the author of the Little Books of Stress; Crap; Dumb Feng Shui; and Household Madness.
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.
The guilty feminist is without a doubt a hilarious and truly inspiring book about embracing both feminism and our imperfections, from the creator of the hit comedy podcast, Deborah Frances-White.
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.
A heroic and adventurous tale of one man’s exploration as he attempts to cross the Antarctic in the footsteps of 20th Century polar explorer Ernest Shackleton.
Sapiens is a thrilling account of the 4.5 billion year history of the earth, mankind and the modern world and is a must for nonfictions fans.
Where did the universe come from? Stephen Hawking answers this and other big questions in a way that non-scientist can understand.
The true Atlantis that philosophers and historians have searched for is disclosed and described in vivid detail.
Over the years India has had a great and complex intermixture of culture resulting in a lot of comingled-tales in the area.
A tale of the 1970s music scene, a band, The Six and their lead singer Daisy Jones. The story of the rise of the band and their inevitable fall.
Nineteen of the best known scientists talk to Stefan Klein about their work and the way their lives and work affect each other.
Dr Leschziner reveals stories from a variety of patients who have issues with sleeping and highlights the effects that not getting enough rest causes on our physical and mental health
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.
This timely nonfiction was recommended by Obama this summer and shot up the bestsellers list. Designed to teach you how to rely on facts and leave the stress behind.
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.
Looking back at the history of autism, Steven Silberman reshapes our understanding of Neurodiversity in the modern world.
Two doctors examine the effects of adipose tissue to the inside of the body as well as psychological triggers that contribute to over eating.
Drake E Taylor examines the role of a leader in different situations using four categories, psychologist, farmer, military drill instructor, and self-care.
Master Maths using techniques collected from the Vedic time, try out the activity sheets and be a pro in no time.
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.
Described as one of the best books about Lenin anyone could hope to read but now out of print and difficult to get a copy of. A description of Lenin and the Russian Revolution.
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.
We all know the story of Troy, but do we know the true story. In this fascinating book historian Bernard Jones uncovers the real story of the Greeks and the Trojans and the destruction of the city of Troy.
In the Ireland, the last century has seen some radical changes, which have had a huge impact on local life, but none more so than traditional Irish music. This author focuses on a small village in County Clare, which became a place of comfort for those interested in traditional music.
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.
Edward J. Larson brings us back into the race to be the first to the poles first, with three up for grabs the race is on!
The new radium girls makes gleaming headlines across the nation as it presents the dark, but true story of the women who fought America’s danger.
Amitava Nag explores the memorable Heroes and Heroines created by one of India’s best-known film-makers Satyajit Ray during a career of nearly four decades and 27 feature films.
Fill in the gaps in your history with Cathy Newman’s comprehensive book that travels from the 1880s to modern day, telling readers about all the women history teachers forget.
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.
A thoroughly researched read that tackles the complex and dark history of witches in an exploration of accused witches in 1962 Salem witch trials and executions of Massachusetts.
A chronicle of Nazi Germany starting from the 1889 (the birth of Adolf Hitler to the end of WW2 in 1945.
“Shokdung” wrote this book as a response to the protests at the time but it soon became a banned book and “Shokdung” imprisoned.
Years of archival research, unpublished letters, declassified documents, and interviews with scores of surviving Marines and Koreans all comes together in this superb account of the epic clash along the frozen shores of the Chosin Reservoir.
Read all about the making of the 1968 movie The Wild Bunch which was named one of the greatest Westerns of all time by the American Film Institute.
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 bestselling author of “A Man Called Ove”, Backman’s latest offering is part memoir, part manual, a wonderfully moving collection of letters from a new father to his son all about navigating parenthood.
Playwright Brooke Berman tells the compelling story of one woman’s journey across New York. She is searching for a home and a career in the theatre. Her path is at times terrifying and fascinating, it is also full of humour and honesty.
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.
Ruskin Bond’s beautifully written memoir tells of his formative years growing up in India. In The Year of Independence, it’s 1947 and Bond recounts the story of partition from a 13-year-old’s point of view.
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.
Take a giant leap. 50 years on, historian Douglas Brinkley takes a fresh look at this great event and the people behind the planning and its success.
In this travelogue Carrière explores all the ways India celebrates the epic, fat Bhishma as well as incorporating other wonders they viewed along their path.
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.
Excess, extravagance, palaces with 500 servants. Read all about this amazing way of life in the autobiography from Gaytri Devi, widow of the Maharaja of Jaipur.
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.
Katie Green uses her experiences growing up to create a graphic novel showing the effects an eating disorder can have on not just the person with the condition but those closest to them.
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.
An open and detailed diary of a junior doctor exploring the reality of working for the NHS. Bitter sweet, hilariously funny and heart-breaking all in one book.
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.
This beautifully written and exciting memoir takes the reader on a journey through Southern India, From Bombay to the hippy beaches of Goa and on to the tropical tip of India, travelling by boat and bus, staying in fishermans huts and no-star hotels.
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.
James B Rieley’s memoirs give us a small taste of what it would be like living in another country and include his experience of a category 5 Cyclone during hurricane season.
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.
Jonathan Sharp gives a memoir of living in the streets, penniless, due to his cocaine addiction. Prize Tw*t is a dark comedy about one mans struggles with drugs, sex and gambling.
Glamorous magazine writer Alison Singh Gee has a reputation for dating highborn British men, then she met Ajay, a charming and unassuming Indian journalist and her life is changed!
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.
Follow award-winning writer Paul Theroux’s journey as he travels clockwise around the coast of Britain during the summer of 1982. A funny and honest travelogue full of information and insights that can be enjoyed equally by those who know the British coast and those who don’t.
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.
Actor, comedian and writer Robert Webb’s autobiography is a hilariously funny, feminist, and authentic exploration of gender, masculinity, socialisation and complex issues including domestic abuse, depression, and losing a loved one.
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.
Amy Winehouse by Blake Wood is a profound collaboration of more than 150 photographs both black and white, and colour of the artist in her prime.
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.
Making the Most of your Teenage Years is a life guide, lean how to invest in yourself, build relationships based on respect and set realistic goals for your future.
This guidebook is for the new breed of women who are here to bright the dark of the world. These women are modern day lightworkers who bring us into the age of light.
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.
A self-help book with a difference. Reclaim Your Heart is a manual for living that shows you how to free your heart from its restraints. Awaken your heart and learn to avoid the same disappointing patterns of love and heartbreak.
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.
Psychologist Jordan B. Peterson answers the question of what everyone in the modern world needs to know by uniquely combining the Hard-won truths of ancient tradition with scientific research.
The search for true contentment is the subject in The Happiness Project, follow the year-long attempted discovery.
Anyone at any time in their life can be in need of some help with their mental health. This is not your usual self-help book. Shirley Yanez’s Mind Detective is part memoir and part self-therapy guide written for everyone.
Ruskin Bond is one of India’s most popular writers, loved as much for his lyricism as for his classic stories and this poetry collection is a reflection of the simplicity and talent for prose he has.
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”
No Matter the Wreckage is the debut poetry collection of Sarah Kay collating her work over the past decade and is beautiful, heartbreaking, funny and sublime.
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.
An exciting courtroom drama based on the true story of Reverend Willie Maxwell, accused of murdering five family members. For fans of Harper Lee, it is also the story of the young writer as she watches the trial and endeavours to create her own “In Cold Blood”.
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.
One summer in the city of Chicago. The stories of people whose lives have been affected by gun violence in the city’s most turbulent neighborhoods.
Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in 1892. This true-life crime story is a brand new account of the trial of their daughter Lizzie. Based on original transcripts and newspaper reports. Was Lizzie Borden guilty or not guilty?
Neil Woods worked undercover dealing with some of the most violent and unpredictable criminals in Britain, here is the true-account of his time.
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