Non-fiction

The books here are listed alphabetically by authors' surnames and 'paged' with 10 per group.

A Life on Planet Earth
by David Attenborough
While the threat of climate change is dire, David Attenborough also encourages us to marvel at the natural world. His message leaves the reader feeling determined, energised and empowered.
Unspoken
by Guvna B
A very personal account of grief and loss, exploring how an inability to express emotion leads to destructive behaviours in young men today.
Maggie and Me
by Damian Barr
Amusing and poignant, this is a memoir of a young boy growing up when life is dominated by Britain's first female prime minister.
Above the Law
by Adrian Bleese
A warm, engaging and entertaining personal story of working in police helicopters over Suffolk. Fascinating!
Humankind
by Rutger Bregman
Throughout history we've been taught that humans are inherently selfish and motivated by self-interest. But is it really the case?
Trust me, I'm not a politician
by Dorothy Byrne
Packed with thought-provoking material, written by the head of news and current affairs at Channel Four, Dorothy Byrne.
Quiet
by Susan Cain
An incredibly readable, and fascinating message seeing the world through the eyes of those who might consider themselves introverts, while also having plenty to say to those who would label themselves as extroverts.
Breaking and Mending
by Joanna Cannon
A frank, moving and beautifully written memoir exploring, through the highs and lows of her career path as a junior doctor.
The Sutton Hoo Story
by Martin Carver
Plumdog
by Emma Chichester Clark
A diary in the life of Plum, the dog owned by illustrator Emma Chichester Clark. This is the most beautiful book!
Forgiveness
by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
A stimulating, entertaining and engaging look at a subject for our times in the light of familiar stories from the Bible, and films and books which explore this theme.
Homesick
by Catrina Davies
A beautiful, inspiring and thoughtful book about housing and what it means to be at home.
Everybody died, so I got a dog
by Emily Dean
Can all of life's problems be solved with a dog? This is a wonderfully funny and terribly sad story of family, loss and healing.
Word Perfect
by Susie Dent
A collection of intriguing words, each with a fascinating and entertaining story behind it. Something for every day of the year.
Hungry
by Grace Dent
One of the much-loved voices of the food scene in Britain today, this is Grace Dent's story of growing up with a hunger for life.
My Garden World
by Monty Don
The calming voice of Monty Don speaks to us through the pages of this new book with details about the wildlife he enjoys as well as the plants in his garden, through the seasons in this particularly challenging year.
The Pattern in the Carpet
by Margaret Drabble
The award-winning writer Margaret Drabble has used her love of jigsaws as a theme for her memoir, a family history.
The Future We Choose
by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carmac
"This book is an opportunity for you to take part in creating the future of humanity, confident that despite the seemingly daunting nature of the challenge, collectively we have what it takes to address climate change now." So say the authors, who were both involved in the Paris Agreement of 2015.
Gressingham The Recipe Book
by Katie Fisher
A collection of recipes for favourite duck dishes, as well as some surprises, and the story of the farming family behind this special breed.
My Life in Houses
by Margaret Forster
A wonderful account of the meaning of the houses, and homes, to this much-loved author.
Hello World
by Hannah Fry
A fascinating and thought-provoking account of how algorithms are affecting every part of our lives today.
Dog's Best Friend
by Simon Garfield
A humorous and intriguing discovery of what dogs mean to us, and what we might give them in return.
The Moment of Lift
by Melinda Gates
Powerful, distressing, inspiring, challenging, uplifting, disturbing... This is the most extraordinary book. Read it!
Women and Leadership
by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Exploring why there aren't more women in leadership roles, by asking women who are leaders.
Featherhood
by Charlie Gilmour
The experience of rearing an abandoned baby magpie brings self-knowledge and acceptance to the author in this beautifully executed memoir.
Glorious Rock Bottom
by Bryony Gordon
A no-holds-barred account of facing and overcoming addiction. It's raw, honest, hopeful, with humour, and spirit. I couldn't put it down.
Bandoola: The Great Elephant Rescue
by William Grill
This glorious and sophisticated picture book is based on a true story about elephants during the war in Myanmar. Loved it!
Reasons to Stay Alive
by Matt Haig
The most astonishing personal account of understanding and coping with depression. An uplifting, inspiring and moving read which you want to pick up again as soon as you put it down.
The Stubborn Light of Things
by Melissa Harrison
Beautiful to look at and to hold, this is a fascinating and engaging diary of nature in both city and countryside from this award-winning writer.
Numb and Number
by William Hartston
An entertaining and enlightening presentation of the impact of mathematics on our daily lives and how we might respond to the figures we confront.
One Wild Song
by Paul Heiney
Sailing alone in the Atlantic, Heiney takes time to remember his son's life. A beautiful book which is moving and insightful.
The Bloomsbury Look
by Wendy Hitchmough
With previously unpublished photography and new research, this is an analysis of how the Bloomsbury Group came to be.
A Year of Living Simply
by Kate Humble
A soothing and inspiring collection of thoughts about how to rid ourselves of some of the clutter of our lives.
Under Pressure
by Richard Humphreys
A fascinating memoir about life in a nuclear submarine revealing details about the type of people who can spend months under water, with no daylight, in cramped quarters and living with a constant threat.
Great Diaries
by Foreword by Kate Williams
Just like viewing an exhibition of diaries collected through the centuries. There are beautiful images and just enough information to tantalise, intrigue and fascinate.
This is Going to Hurt
by Adam Kay
These diaries of a junior doctor have been described as 'hilarious and heartbreaking'. What will we all think?
Re-educated
by Lucy Kellaway
After a successful career in journalism, and raising a large and happy family, the author leaves it all behind and becomes a teacher. Brilliantly inspiring and entertaining. Haven't been able to stop telling people about this book!
The Communication Book
by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler
This is an unassuming little book which is packed with gems of information. There is something for everyone, whether you want to improve your family relationships or give better direction to the employees of your large company.
Our Bodies Their Battlefield
by Christina Lamb
This is a disturbing, distressing, powerful and challenging read exposing the war crimes against women. Brilliantly written.
The Bookseller's Tale
by Martin Latham
Part cultural history, part memoir, this book is packed with information and indulgence about publishing, bookselling and reading. Not to be hurried!
Rebuilding the Ruins
by Samara Levy
A moving, challenging and inspiring account of how a young mother felt led to help the people of Syria, and how the vision grew.
Life in the Garden
by Penelope Lively
This beautifully presented book is full of fascinating information about books, writing, life, and gardening.
Nature cure
by Richard Mabey
A memoir of mental illness which extolls the beauty and value of nature, and celebrates the work of John Clare. So much to enjoy.
Vesper Flights
by Helen Macdonald
Essays detailing a very personal response to the wonders of animals, plants, the natural world - this will delight time and again. A joy to read.
Think like an engineer
by Guru Madhavan
Stories about how the vision and application of engineers have influenced so many areas of modern life. Fascinating and inspiring.
Where Memories Go
by Sally Magnusson
Sad and funny, wise and honest, this book tells how one family confronted dementia.
Airhead
by Emily Maitlis
A funny, warm and accessible insight into what's involved in interviewing people making the news, from the 'Newsnight' presenter.
With the End in Mind
by Kathryn Mannix
Written by a palliative care doctor who is also a masterful storyteller, this book explores intimate questions about the process of dying. A powerful, astonishing and moving read.
Helen Oxenbury: A life in illustration
by Leonard S. Marcus
A beautiful record of the work of the award-winning children's book illustrator.
Do no harm
by Henry Marsh
Part memoir, part case studies, this is an inspiring and enlightening compelling account of the life of a neurosurgeon.
The Reacher Guy
by Heather Martin
An extraordinarily detailed biography of this extraordinarily successful writer. Fascinating.
The Address Book
by Deirdre Mask
The story behind house numbers, street names, postcodes but also politics, power, kings and governments, managing disease and overcoming poverty. A great read!
Wintering
by Katherine May
A fascinating and thought-provoking memoir inviting us all to take time out to regroup and recuperate.
Diary of a Young Naturalist
by Dara McAnulty
A beautifully written, intelligent and deeply personal journal by a young man about wildlife, and a world which he sometimes struggles to understand.
My Penguin Year
by Lindsay McCrae
An extraordinary story of a once-in-a-lifetime experience, beautifully told.
Through a Glass Darkly
by Alister McGrath
A fascinating and very readable account of the pursuit of truth by this respected scientist and theologian.
Glossy: The Inside Story of Vogue
by Nina-Sophia Miralles
A fascinating history of the magazine and the people who created it.
The Anglo-Saxons
by Marc Morris
This is a comprehensive, fascinating and very readable guide to the foundations of the nation of England.
You're Not Listening
by Kate Murphy
So many of today's problems could be resolved if we'd just listen more carefully to each other. Lots of lightbulb moments in this fascinating, inspiring and enabling read!
How Was it For You?
by Virginia Nicholson
A fascinating presentation of what the events and movements of this decade really meant to women's lives at the time.
War Doctor
by David Nott
An inspiring, challenging and moving memoir by an NHS surgeon who volunteered in war zones for more than twenty years.
To the Greatest Heights
by Vanessa O'Brien
Reaching a crossroads in her life, Vanessa O'Brien rose to her friend's challenge to climb a mountain.
How Not to Be Wrong
by James O'Brien
The author, a radio talk show host, encourages us all to explore what to do when our opinion might be wrong.
The Rag and Bone Shop
by Vanessa O'Keane
An in-depth study of the mechanisms of memory which features fascinating examples of lessons to be learnt through literature and authors.
Nests
by Susan Ogilvy
This is a beautiful book dedicated to recording and celebrating the nests of some of our most familiar birds. It is full of exquisite lifesize illustrations accompanied by fascinating short accounts of the process of finding the nests and discovering details of the birds and their offspring.
Motherwell
by Deborah Orr
A moving, engrossing memoir where the author explores her conflicting responses to her upbringing in Scotland.
This is the story of a happy marriage
by Ann Patchett
A warm, engaging and fascinating memoir of a writer, and a bookshop owner.
Rough Magic
by Lara Prior-Palmer
An engaging, entertaining and inspiring account of a young woman undertaking the world's most challenging horse race.
The Best of Matt 2020
by Matt Pritchett
A collection of the cartoons from the Daily Telegraph's 'Matt'. Surprisingly uplifting!
Dear Reader
by Cathy Rentzenbrink
A story of a life lived with and through books.
Sissinghurst: The Dream Garden
by Tim Richardson
Glorious pictures with a marvellous account of this famous garden, delighting in the history of its transformation by writer Vita Sackville West and diplomat Harold Nicholson in the 1930s.
Many Different Kinds of Love
by Michael Rosen
A profoundly moving and important record of how the much-loved writer Michael Rosen battled covid, told through prose poems and letters.
Helgoland
by Carlo Rovelli
An extraordinary book which aims to explain quantum physics to the lay person - and it does so with the most wonderful storytelling.
Play it Again: An Amateur Against the Impossible
by Alan Rusbridger
A fascinating and inspiring account of life editing a national newspaper, while seeking to achieve a personal challenge!
This Golden Fleece
by Esther Rutter
Taking a year to explore knitting throughout the British Isles - a beautifully executed account of a journey through social history and creativity.
The Great Barrier Reef
by Helen Scales Illustrated by Lisa Feng
Beautifully illustrated and packed with information on the history, environment, wildlife and science behind one of the wonders of the world, this is a fabulous guide and call to action.
Secret Gardens of East Anglia
by Barbara Segall
There are 22 gardens spanning Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, each with glorious photography and a detailed account of the notable features as well as a short history of the owners and designers. Glorious!
How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division
by Elif Shafak
An uplifting and stimulating essay delving into the power of stories urging us all to nurture democracy, tolerance and progress.
The Authority Gap
by Mary Ann Sieghart
Why are women still so underestimated and overlooked in today's world? This makes fascinating, though often shocking, reading.
My name is why
by Lemn Sissay
This is such a difficult read which cannot but leave the reader moved and altered.
The Science of Storytelling
by Will Storr
Many people have forged their own interpretations on why and how we tell stories, but this book seeks to do so by making sense of the human brain.
A Life of My Own
by Claire Tomalin
A fascinating and moving account of the life of this respected biographer, beautifully written.
A Walk from the Wild Edge
by Jake Tyler
A very enjoyable account of how one young man took a walk round Britain to get his life back on track.
I Can't Believe You Just Said That!
by Danny Wallace
Why is everyone so rude? And what does this mean for our society, and for our future?
The Courage to Care
by Christie Watson
A powerful account of how nurses look after us all, and what we can learn from them. Inspiring, disturbing and challenging.
The Little Bookstore in Big Stone Gap
by Wendy Welch
An amusing and charming account of life running a second-hand bookshop in a small town in America.
The Fleet Street Girls
by Julie Welsh
Recalling the lives and times of female journalists who broke down barriers in Fleet Street in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Way of St Benedict
by Rowan Williams
Why the Rule of Life outlined by St Benedict is relevant for us today.
Let That Be A Lesson
by Ryan Wilson
The life of a teacher presented as a perfect mix of humour, poigancy, angst, frustration and inspiration. Had me laughing out loud!
The Wild Silence
by Raynor Winn
The story of before and after the incredible memoir 'The Salt Path' became a bestseller. This is another extraordinary read.
The Salt Path
by Raynor Winn
An extraordinary and inspiring memoir of how a couple face the loss of everything they've held dear by going on a very long walk!
Why be happy when you could be normal?
by Jeanette Winterson
A memoir revealing how books and writing saved an unloved, adopted child and turned her into a talented, successful, much-loved author.