New Non Fiction

New and recommended reading from our non-fiction collections

The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America's Bird Jack E. Davis

This inspirational book on the iconic Bald Eagle is filled with fascinating natural history and wonderful human characters.

The Fairy Tellers: A Journey into the Secret History of Fairy Tales Nicholas Jubber

The author concentrates on seven storytellers who collected or invented stories, and you will be in for some surprises. We learn the true background of many favourite fairy tales such as Beauty and the Beast and Hansel and Gretel. Did you know that Wilheim Grimm's wife was actually a source of some of the Brothers Grimm stories?

Frontline Midwife: My Story of Survival and Keeping Others Safe Anna Kent

Kent shares her extraordinary experiences as a midwife, nurse, and mother. She has worked with Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in South Sudan and as a specialist midwife in Ethiopia, Haiti, Bangladesh and back home in the United Kingdom. Her heart-wrenching story will affect the reader in many ways.

Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature's Secrets To Longevity Nicklas Brendborg

A Danish molecular biologist delves into cutting edge research on the nature of longevity and even immortality. From the 390-year-old Greenland shark to the jellyfish that ages forwards and backwards, you will be astonished and informed.

The Lady Di Look Book: What Diana Was Trying to Tell Us Through Her Clothes Eloise Moran

Fashion journalist and creator of the Instagram account @ladydirevengelooks, Eloise Moran has collected thousands of images of Princess Diana's outfits, many appearing in this book. She argues that the Firm and the press regarded Diana as a clotheshorse and bimbo, and that they completely failed to understand the power her clothes had in communicating and connecting with the people. 

The Luminous Solution Charlotte Wood

Acclaimed Australian fiction writer Charlotte Wood discusses creativity, resilience and the inner life in this open, inspiring and intelligent book. Thinking creatively can help us all live better lives.

Orwell's Roses Rebecca Solnit

Inspired by her encounter with roses said to be planted by writer and political thinker George Orwell, Solnit endeavours to integrate his love of gardening with his political thought. Her whimsical journey wends its way through time and place, from the brutality of coal mining to the history of roses to industrialised rose farming in Columbia.

Otherlands: A World in the MakingThomas Halliday

An award-winning palaeobiologist gives us an epic journey into deep time. He looks at sixteen distinct eras from Earth’s history and describes the life, climate, and geological forces at work in each.

Secret Cities of Europe: 70 Charming Places Away From the Crowds Henning Aubel

If you think you've seen Europe, here is a book to entice you to visit some beautiful lesser-known cities. Sumptuously photographed, these cities are off the trodden tourist trail, and could be a delightful addition to your European itinerary.

Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine Michele Borba

Dr Borba has discovered that seven character differences set Thrivers apart - confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism.

Truffle Hound: On the Trail of the World's Most Seductive Scent, with Dreamers, Schemers, and some Extraordinary Dogs Rowan Jacobsen

An award winning writer turns his gaze to the earthy truffle. The story is fun, seductive, informative & delightful. Longlisted for the André Simon Book Awards - the prestigious annual awards for food and drink books.

Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern Mary Beard

Classical scholar, bestselling author and creator of A Don's Life blog, Mary Beard constructs a fascinating story of how images of Roman autocrats have influenced art, culture, and the representation of power for more than 2,000 years.

The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing Mark Kurlansky

The latest tale from bestselling author and historian of the specific, Mark Kurlansky. His passion for fly fishing has taken him to coasts and rivers all around the world. He writes about the art and skill of fly casting, the intelligence and strength of fish, and the art and craft of making flies, in his typical anecdotal style.