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Any recommendations for good non fiction books?

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CaptainWarbeck Fri 24-Nov-17 05:19:47

Preferably on kindle so I can read them when getting DC to sleep.

Feel like I haven't read a good book for ages and can't be bothered with fiction. I want to read facts/autobiography/travelogue type of thing.

Foxglovesandsweetpeas Fri 24-Nov-17 05:34:12

Adored this book and the others in the series

NotAgainYoda Fri 24-Nov-17 06:05:31

I have been reading a lot of Non-fiction. My favourite areas are Mountaineering and crime (forensic psychology):

The Fact of a Body (a bit harrowing but beautifully-written)
Into Thin Air (Everest disaster)
How Not to be a Boy (Robert Webb Autobiog - funny and touching)
Chase your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorious (fascinating insight into his psychology)
Behind the Door (slightly different perspective on OP)
No Way Down (K2 disaster)
Buried in the Sky (K2 disaster from Sherpas' perspective)
The People vs OJ Simpson
Revolutionary Ride (woman motor bikes through Iran)

NotAgainYoda Fri 24-Nov-17 06:06:39


I love those too! Read them end-to end in France (FIL lives in that area)

Foxglovesandsweetpeas Fri 24-Nov-17 06:20:26


They're great aren't they - and also get excellent reviews on amazon. I wish I could find another series of books I'd enjoy as much as I did these.

HumphreyCobblers Fri 24-Nov-17 06:23:46

I just read Clare Tomalin's autobiography 'A Life of My Own'. It was such a good read, I just ate it up.

WhiskyChick Fri 24-Nov-17 06:25:28

The Radium Girls is harrowing but really interesting.

Death's Acre by Bill Bass & Jon Jefferson is a long term favourite of mine. It's a grizzly subject but Bill is really funny.

CaptainWarbeck Fri 24-Nov-17 10:35:50

Thanks foxglove that is just the sort of thing. And there's a series! Double points. Going to download.

Yoda that's a cracking list, thank you. I have read How Not To Be A Boy and loved it. I'll check out the rest.

Will look up the other two too, thanks both.

Much better getting stuck into a kindle book than skimming instagram etc.

CaptainWarbeck Fri 24-Nov-17 10:45:02

Btw any fans of books along the lines of 'someone chucks in the towel and goes to live life in a totally different way somewhere else' - these are all good reads:

Chris Stewart, Driving Over Lemons - Spain (there are loads of these, all good)

Hilary Burden, A Story of Seven Summers - Tasmania

Helen Russell, The Year of Living Danishly - Denmark obviously

Caro Feely, Saving Our Skins - France, couple set up a winery together

Katherine Stewart, A Croft In The Hills - rural Scotland

All great reads.

fatowl Fri 24-Nov-17 11:40:40

If you fancy some historical non-fiction, I just read Alison Wier's Richard III and the Princes in the Tower, very good.

Also enjoyed Lost Moon (about the Apollo 13 mission), so much more than was in the Tom Hanks film.

OCSockOrphanage Tue 28-Nov-17 15:59:40

Prisoners of Geography is excellent, provided you are interested in politics and history as well as geography.

Alwaysinmyheart Tue 28-Nov-17 16:05:57

You’ve been publicly shamed, by Jon Ronson is a great read

Savage Continent, about the aftermath of WWII on the continent is quite harrowing at times but an important book

Alwaysinmyheart Tue 28-Nov-17 16:13:40

The good women of China is a fascinating, eye opening book

GrouchyKiwi Tue 28-Nov-17 16:17:40

Persian Fire by Tom Holland is a great book about the Persian Empire.

Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron was fascinating.

Blood River by Tim Butcher, about a journalist who followed Stanley's route along the Congo River.

Flamingoingmad Tue 28-Nov-17 16:21:18

Currently reading 'The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life' by Alice Schroeder

Normally don't like autobiographies and thought this would be heavy going- but my goodness this mans life is something else.

GrouchyKiwi Tue 28-Nov-17 16:22:07

Oh, and I just remembered a book I read ages ago. It's The Rasputin File by Edvard Radzinsky. It's based on a file from the Russian State Archives that was discovered in 1995 and it's fascinating. Dispels some of the myths about Rasputin. Even though it's translated from Russian it's very readable.

GollyGumdrops Tue 28-Nov-17 16:31:41

My favourite non-fiction reads of the past year have been:

Four Mums in a Boat by the Yorkshire Rows
All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead
Lone Rider by Elspeth Beard
Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche
In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park
Lines in the Sand by AA Gill
I Found my Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice

All great reads. Highly recommend.

InternetHoopJumper Tue 28-Nov-17 16:48:30

Indigo: In search of the color that seduced the world
by Catherine McKinley

InternetHoopJumper Tue 28-Nov-17 16:53:38


Seneca - A Life
by Emily Wilson

TossDaily Tue 28-Nov-17 16:57:06

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot.

Holliewantstobehot Tue 28-Nov-17 16:57:35

This is a set of three set during and after ww2 and contain extracts of peoples letters to mass observation.

I also love clear waters rising by Nicholas crane. Its one of my favorite books.

AskingForAnEnemy Tue 28-Nov-17 17:00:30

Marking place as I love non-fiction

Recently read "Silent witness" (can't remember who it was by) but it was about forensics and very interesting

flimp Tue 28-Nov-17 17:09:29

Ooh fab thread!

My contributions:

Nothing To Envy - easy read about North Korea

Leap In - by Alexandra Heminsley. About taking up open water swimming, but it's so much more than that sounds!

GollyGumdrops Tue 28-Nov-17 17:52:36

I'm off to download Leap In on my Kindle - thanks for the recommendation flimp.

AmethystRaven Tue 28-Nov-17 18:39:19

OCSockOrphanage I have just ordered Prisoners of Geography for DH from your recommendation, it's right up his street so thanks.

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