Non-fiction

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

by Anthea Allen
A diary of nursing on a Covid ward. It is a description of selfless, tireless, dedicated caring and it's inspiring, encouraging and uplifting.
by Ingela P. Arrhenius
A quirky, amusing and instructive addition to the Felt Flaps series for very young children.
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.
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.
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.
by Matthew Barzan
A fascinating and inspiring look at leadership encouraging us to change the way we have all viewed the power structure in organisations, and society.
by Alan Bennett
A short diary of the early days of lockdown for playwright Alan Bennett. Wonderful!
by Adrian Bleese
A warm, engaging and entertaining personal story of working in police helicopters over Suffolk. Fascinating!
by Ray Bradbury
Essays on creativity give insight, too, on the life of this extraordinary writer. Brilliant, inspiring, fascinating.
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?
by Daniel James Brown
Telling the story of an American team seeking to compete in the Berlin Olympics, this is a book about rowing, but it is so much more.
by Kevin Burch
By 'the bloke off BBC Look East', this is an entertaining and informative memoir of life as a local reporter.
by Dorothy Byrne
Packed with thought-provoking material, written by the head of news and current affairs at Channel Four, Dorothy Byrne.
by Ed Caesar
The extraordinary story of a war veteran who flies himself to the Himalayas to climb Mount Everest.
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.
by Joanna Cannon
A frank, moving and beautifully written memoir exploring, through the highs and lows of her career path as a junior doctor.
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!
by Sabrina Cohen-Hatton
A fascinating, enlightening memoir about working in the fire service by an extraordinarily single-minded and determined woman.
by Mary Considine
The story of how a couple took over the magical Island House, off the coast of Cornwall.
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.
by Mya-Rose Craig
Ever since she was a child, Mya-Rose Craig has travelled the world to see birds. This is the story of her family, a passion for birdwatching, and much more.
by Nicola Davies Illustrated by Emily Sutton
Beautifully illustrated, simply told story of how climate change has affected giraffes in Niger.
by Catrina Davies
A beautiful, inspiring and thoughtful book about housing and what it means to be at home.
by Edmund de Waal
In a series of letters, Edmund de Waal relates how he explores the lavish rooms of a grand house and investigates archives to uncover layers of an intriguing and haunting family story.
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.
by Susie Dent
A collection of intriguing words, each with a fascinating and entertaining story behind it. Something for every day of the year.
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.
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.
by Carl Douglas and Bjorn Hagberg and photos by the Gibsons of Scilly
An amazing photographic history of shipwrecks on Britain's south-west coast.
by Margaret Drabble
The award-winning writer Margaret Drabble has used her love of jigsaws as a theme for her memoir, a family history.
by Minnie Driver
A warm, engaging and 'down-to-earth' account of ambition and success. Beautifully written. Loved it.
by Lucy Easthope
This memoir by the leading authority in disaster management is fascinating, moving and life-affirming.
by Roopa Farooki
A junior doctor's story of life, death and grief in a time of pandemic. Powerful, moving, horrifying and beautifully written.
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.
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.
by Margaret Forster
A wonderful account of the meaning of the houses, and homes, to this much-loved author.
by Gavin Francis
A gentle, reassuring and thought-provoking consideration of what it means to take time to heal.
by Hannah Fry
A fascinating and thought-provoking account of how algorithms are affecting every part of our lives today.
by Simon Garfield
A humorous and intriguing discovery of what dogs mean to us, and what we might give them in return.
by Melinda Gates
Powerful, distressing, inspiring, challenging, uplifting, disturbing... This is the most extraordinary book. Read it!
by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Exploring why there aren't more women in leadership roles, by asking women who are leaders.
by Charlie Gilmour
The experience of rearing an abandoned baby magpie brings self-knowledge and acceptance to the author in this beautifully executed memoir.
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.
by Anna Greenland
A beautiful and accessible introduction to growing your own food.
by William Grill
This glorious and sophisticated picture book is based on a true story about elephants during the war in Myanmar. Loved it!
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.
by Lady Hale
Recalling the life and career of the woman who found the prorogation of Parliament unlawful, and who was known for her unusual brooch.
by Angela Harding
Moving through the seasons, delighting in the natural world with the illustrations of printmaker Angela Harding.
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.
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.
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.
by Eliot Higgins
As we get increasingly bewildered by the lies, fake news, algorythyms and the glut of information on the internet, this is the perfect antidote.
by Wendy Hitchmough
With previously unpublished photography and new research, this is an analysis of how the Bloomsbury Group came to be.
by Kate Humble
A soothing and inspiring collection of thoughts about how to rid ourselves of some of the clutter of our lives.
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.
by Julia Jones
A fascinating account of the heroic efforts of yachtsmen volunteers in the second world war.
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.
by Adam Kay
These diaries of a junior doctor have been described as 'hilarious and heartbreaking'. What will we all think?
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!
by Emma Kennedy
After her mum died, broadcaster and writer Emma Kennedy struggled to know how to grieve and how to remember their relationship, until she was given dozens of old letters.
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.
by Christina Lamb
This is a disturbing, distressing, powerful and challenging read exposing the war crimes against women. Brilliantly written.
by Sarah Langford
A beautifully written personal response to the changing attitudes to farming through three generations, and an impassioned plea for the future.
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!
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.
by Penelope Lively
This beautifully presented book is full of fascinating information about books, writing, life, and gardening.
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.
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.
by Guru Madhavan
Stories about how the vision and application of engineers have influenced so many areas of modern life. Fascinating and inspiring.
by Sally Magnusson
Sad and funny, wise and honest, this book tells how one family confronted dementia.
by Emily Maitlis
A funny, warm and accessible insight into what's involved in interviewing people making the news, from the 'Newsnight' presenter.
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.
by Leonard S. Marcus
A beautiful record of the work of the award-winning children's book illustrator.
by Henry Marsh
Part memoir, part case studies, this is an inspiring and enlightening compelling account of the life of a neurosurgeon.
by Heather Martin
An extraordinarily detailed biography of this extraordinarily successful writer. Fascinating.
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!
by Katherine May
A fascinating and thought-provoking memoir inviting us all to take time out to regroup and recuperate.
by Sam McAlister
Behind the scenes of many of the key interviews at BBC Two's 'Newsnight'. Fascinating!
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.
by Lindsay McCrae
An extraordinary story of a once-in-a-lifetime experience, beautifully told.
by Alister McGrath
A fascinating and very readable account of the pursuit of truth by this respected scientist and theologian.
by Lisa Miller
Spirituality isn't just about faith or religion, says this author, and it is something inbuilt in all of us. She explains more through her studies and personal experience.
by Nina-Sophia Miralles
A fascinating history of the magazine and the people who created it.
by Marc Morris
This is a comprehensive, fascinating and very readable guide to the foundations of the nation of England.
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!
by Virginia Nicholson
A fascinating presentation of what the events and movements of this decade really meant to women's lives at the time.
by David Nott
An inspiring, challenging and moving memoir by an NHS surgeon who volunteered in war zones for more than twenty years.
by Vanessa O'Brien
Reaching a crossroads in her life, Vanessa O'Brien rose to her friend's challenge to climb a mountain.
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.
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.
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.
by Molly Oldfield
A beautiful book for a seasonal gift! It's heavy with information and vibrant with colourful and cheerful illustrations.
by Deborah Orr
A moving, engrossing memoir where the author explores her conflicting responses to her upbringing in Scotland.
by Rachel Parris
When comedian Rachel Parris was invited to give an inspiring speech, she didn't know where to start. So she asked the audience.
by Ann Patchett
A warm, engaging and fascinating memoir of a writer, and a bookshop owner.
by Jess Phillips
A very enjoyable and informative read which, with great clarity, reminds us why it's important to be engaged with politics and politicians.
by John Henry Phillips
The true story of the friendship between a World War II veteran and a young archaeologist searching for the lost landing craft off the French coast.
by Lara Prior-Palmer
An engaging, entertaining and inspiring account of a young woman undertaking the world's most challenging horse race.
by Matt Pritchett
A collection of the cartoons from the Daily Telegraph's 'Matt'. Surprisingly uplifting!
by Simon Reeve
An inspiring, enlightening and uplifting memoir by the award-winning documentary maker and reporter.
by Cathy Rentzenbrink
A handbook, a manual...a letter from a friend. This is a wonderfully warm, wise and witty guide to starting to write.
by Cathy Rentzenbrink
A story of a life lived with and through books.
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.
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.
by Edited by Miranda Roszkowski
One hundred women share their stories of what achievement means to them.
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.
by Alan Rusbridger
A fascinating and inspiring account of life editing a national newspaper, while seeking to achieve a personal challenge!
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.
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.
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!
by Tanya Shadrick
A bewitching memoir about a woman coming close to death after giving birth, then reevaluating her life. Beautifully written.
by Elif Shafak
An uplifting and stimulating essay delving into the power of stories urging us all to nurture democracy, tolerance and progress.
by Ben Short
A powerful memoir of a charcoal burner in Dorset who was once a city advertising executive.
by Mary Ann Sieghart
Why are women still so underestimated and overlooked in today's world? This makes fascinating, though often shocking, reading.
by Lemn Sissay
This is such a difficult read which cannot but leave the reader moved and altered.
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.
by Xa Tollemache
With beautiful photography, this is the compelling and inspiring story of how Xa Tollemache learned to garden at Helmingham in Suffolk.
by Claire Tomalin
A fascinating and moving account of the life of this respected biographer, beautifully written.
by Jake Tyler
A very enjoyable account of how one young man took a walk round Britain to get his life back on track.
by Danny Wallace
Why is everyone so rude? And what does this mean for our society, and for our future?
by Christie Watson
A powerful account of how nurses look after us all, and what we can learn from them. Inspiring, disturbing and challenging.
by Justin Webb
An honest and revealing memoir of an unusual childhood from the journalist and BBC Radio 4 Today programme presenter, Justin Webb.
by Wendy Welch
An amusing and charming account of life running a second-hand bookshop in a small town in America.
by Julie Welsh
Recalling the lives and times of female journalists who broke down barriers in Fleet Street in the 1970s and 1980s.
by Rowan Williams
Why the Rule of Life outlined by St Benedict is relevant for us today.
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!
by Raynor Winn
The story of before and after the incredible memoir 'The Salt Path' became a bestseller. This is another extraordinary read.
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!
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.
by Lucy Worsley
Agatha Christie's life never fails to intrigue and fascinate, and this is a warm, informative and entertaining new biography.