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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Wintering
by Katherine May
A fascinating and thought-provoking memoir inviting us all to take time out to regroup and recuperate.
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.
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.
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.
Motherwell
by Deborah Orr
A moving, engrossing memoir where the author explores her conflicting responses to her upbringing in Scotland.
Rough Magic
by Lara Prior-Palmer
An engaging, entertaining and inspiring account of a young woman undertaking the world's most challenging horse race.
Dear Reader
by Cathy Rentzenbrink
A story of a life lived with and through books.
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.
My name is why
by Lemn Sissay
This is such a difficult read which cannot but leave the reader moved and altered.
A Life of My Own
by Claire Tomalin
A fascinating and moving account of the life of this respected biographer, beautifully written.
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.
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.