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The best non-fiction for January 2017

non fiction book club January 2017

Whether your resolution is to improve your fitness, take up a new activity, de-clutter or de-stress, we've got four books to help set you on the right track for 2017. We've got 50 copies of each book to giveaway so read on and apply for the book that most suits the year you plan to have.

Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're better than your mess - Rachel Hoffman

Unf*ck Your Habitat is perfect reading for the chronic hoarder, offering a no-nonsense approach to embracing a new, less cluttered lifestyle. Apparently less can be more – you don't need to spend days at a time cleaning your home if you follow Rachel Hoffman's simple but effective tips and advice. She reaches out to people from all walks of life – and includes a special section for teenagers. (Perfect for parents who regularly endure the horrors of the teen bomb-site).

Rachel Hoffman is a blogger and app developer who launched Unf*ck Your Habitat in 2011 to motivate those less-inclined to housework to get up and start cleaning.

Leap in - Alexandra Heminsley

The author of the brilliant Running Like a Girl is back – and this time she's swapped her trainers for a wetsuit to embark on a sea-swimming course. Leap in and immerse yourself in this funny, honest and inspiring book about tackling your fears and smashing your goals.

Alexandra Heminsley is a journalist, broadcaster, and ghostwriter. She is author of the bestselling memoir Running like a Girl and joined Mumsnet to discuss her marathon training back in 2014.

Frazzled - Ruby Wax

With mindfulness advice for relationships, parents, children and teenagers, Ruby Wax introduces a six-week course based on her studies of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Insightful, funny and accessible, Frazzled is the perfect guide for a healthier, happier 2017.

Ruby Wax is an American actress, mental health campaigner, lecturer, and author. Her memoir How Do you Want Me? and her first book, Sane New World, about mental health were both Sunday Times bestsellers. Ruby's one-woman show, Frazzled, is currently touring the UK.

Don't Stop Me Now: 26.2 Tales of a Runner's Obsession - Vassos Alexander

Whether you’re about to step out of the house sporting your spanking new trainers for the first time, or aiming to beat your marathon PB in 2017 Don't Stop Me Now, Vassos Alexander’s ode to running, offers up a highly entertaining, illuminating and inspiring read. A cleverly constructed book – each of the 26.2 chapters take you another mile into his first 'iron man' while also looking at the inspiration behind other running greats including Paula Radlcliffe, The Brownlees and Jo Pavey.

Vassos Alexander is one of the UK's best known sports broadcasters and is heard every morning on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio2. On TV, he commentates on everything from tennis to triathlon, diving to darts. He began running in his 30s and has since run several marathons, triathlons and ultra marathons.

Ask the author

We're inviting you to put your questions to the authors of all four books we've selected for January. Post up your questions before Friday 10th February to Rachel Hoffman, Alexandra Heminsley, Ruby Wax and Vassos Alexander. We'll upload the answers to each discussion thread by the end of February.


The book giveaway is now closed. Whether or not you have read the book, you are still welcome to post up questions for the authors on the discussion threads for Unf*ck Your Habitat, Leap In, Frazzled and Don't Stop Me Now.