Non-Fiction Books We’re Loving this Month: November

Non-Fiction Books We’re Loving this Month: November

Paul O’Grady’s Country Life

Paul’s hilarious lessons in country lore include everything from how to churn your own butter, how to birth a lamb and to how to lure a cow out of your kitchen while naked from the waist down.

Dynamo: The Book of Secrets

Dynamo shows you how you can perform magic yourself. Learn how to make water freeze instantly, read your friends’ minds, make chewing gum float 360 degrees around your head, slice a banana without even touching it, discover superhuman strength and many more mind-blowing illusions.

The Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure

The Hairy Bikers are on their bikes again, searching out the very best recipes from around the world. This time, they’re discovering the most delicious food from our favourite Mediterranean countries.

Spy School – Denis Bukin

Full of puzzles, tests tricks and brain hacks, all interspersed with a cold war spy story, the Russian bestselling phenomenon Spy School is now translated into English for the first time. Learn the secrets to a vastly improved memory and see if you have what it takes to be a Russian spy.

Secrets for the Mad – Dodie Clark

When I feel like I’m going mad, I write. A lot of my worst fears have come true; fears that felt so big I could barely hold them in my head. I was convinced that when they happened, the world would end. But the world didn’t end.

How to Stay Alive – Bear Grylls

How To Stay Alive will teach you: – How to survive a bear attack – How to fly a plane in an emergency – How to make fire from virtually nothing – How to navigate using the stars – And dozens of other essential skills to survive the modern world.

The Panther in my Kitchen – Brian Blessed

Written with all of Brian’s ebullience, The Panther in My Kitchen is a laugh-out-loud, life-affirming book about the joy animals bring and why we should care for them.

A Baker’s Life – Paul Hollywood

Each chapter is filled with bakes that represent a different decade – learning the basics at his father’s bakery; honing his pastry skills in the finest hotels; discovering the bold flavours of the Middle East while working in Cyprus; and finding fame with the Great British Bake Off series. 

Scorn: The Wittiest and Wickedist Insults in Human History – Matthew Parris

Here are the funniest, sharpest, rudest and most devastating insults in history, from ancient Roman graffiti to the battlefields of Twitter. Drawing on bile from such masters as Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth I, Donald Trump, Groucho Marx, Winston Churchill and Nigel Farage. 

Pocket Beer 3rd Edition: The Indispensable Guide to the World’s Beers

This expert selection covers the extraordinary variety the world’s beers now have to offer.Detailed tasting notes cover the top traditional, classic and new craft beers of over 80 countries. 

Say Goodnight, JV – John Virgo

A fascinating insight into British sporting life, taking readers from John’s childhood in Salford, through smoky snooker dens, to tournaments and championships all over the world, as he relives travelling on Concorde, rubbing shoulders with royalty and much more.

A Short Book About Painting – Andrew Marr

Marr’s provocative, political and instructive book is not just an essential resource for all amateur painters, it is a must-read for anyone fascinated by the creative process and the limits of human artistic achievement.

Phil Vickery’s Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook

With advice on achieving (and maintaining) a healthy weight, practical tips on eating less refined carbohydrates, smaller portions, and nutrient dense ingredients, Phil makes eating sensibly easier and more appealing than ever.

The Ashes – Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann leads us on a compelling adventure through one of world sport’s most engrossing rivalries. He knows as much as anybody about the heat of England v Australia battles, having played in three series wins and also the whitewash defeat of 2013-14. 

The Mechanic – Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestly

Join McLaren’s former Number One mechanic, Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestley as he tours the world, revealing some of Formula One’s most outrageous secrets and the fiercest rivalries, all fuelled by the determination to win. 

The Secret Footballer: What Goes on Tour

From Marbella and Ibiza to Dubai and Las Vegas, The Secret Footballer lays bare the worst, most embarrassing and most hilarious excesses of these fit and mostly fickle young men whose million-pound salaries, to use his own words, ‘open up a host of recreational opportunities’. 

Even the Stiffest People Can do the Splits – Eiko

Young, old, made of rubber or rusty metal, anybody can do the splits. Eiko, a yoga instructor from Japan, teaches you how in just four weeks and you can achieve dramatic health benefits in the process.

The 365 Bullet Guide

Say hello to the bullet system: a revolutionary organization method that will increase both your efficiency and your creativity. At its simplest, the bullet method will provide you with a fool proof to-do list that will ensure you never miss a task or appointment again. 

WTF – Robert Peston

In WTF Robert Peston gives us his highly personal account of what those who have ruled us for years got so badly wrong, and what we need to do to mend the terrible fractures in our society.

Alan The Christmas Donkey – Tracy Garton

As Christmas rolled around, Tracy was too worried about the future to enjoy the festive season. She had no idea that the shy skinny animal she’d rescued was going to give her the greatest gift of all… 

My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage – Ingrid Seward

When a young Princess Elizabeth met and fell in love with the dashing Naval Lieutenant Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, it wasn’t without its problems.

Stronger – Jeff Bauman

Jeff Bauman woke up on 16th April 2013, in the Boston Medical Center, groggy from a series of lifesaving surgeries and missing his legs. Just 30 hours prior, Jeff was surrounded by revelry at the finish line of the Boston Marathon cheering on his girlfriend, Erin, when the first bomb went off at his feet.

The Wild Book: Outdoor Activities to Unleash your Inner Child – David Scarfe

The Wild Book is here to re-acquaint us with the wonders that await in the outside world. Beautifully produced, full of fun, easy-to-do games and activities, this is the ultimate book to unleash your inner child.

East by West – Jasmine Hemsley

East by West is the first solo cookbook from bestselling author, cook and TV presenter Jasmine Hemsley, one half of Hemsley + Hemsley.

Ride: BMX Glory, Against All the Odds – John Buultjens

Ride lays bare the harrowing beginnings and the tough life lessons learned by superstar John Buultjens on his rise to BMX glory. 

The Black Book: Hitler’s ‘Most Wanted’ – A Chilling Glimpse into the Nazi Plans for Great Britain – Mel Trow

In July 1940, Walter Schellenberg of the German Secret Service drew up a list of 2,694 people believed to be living in Britain, who were known enemies of the Reich.

Running with The Krays – Freddie Foreman

A true entrepreneur and businessman, Freddie was one of the great personalities of the criminal underworld. A man of principle, protective of his family and unfailingly loyal to his friends, Freddie was someone who could be relied upon with complete confidence in all circumstances.

New Classics – Marcus Wareing

In his new book, Marcus takes the best of the time-honoured recipes and puts his own spin on them. What’s more, he creates new recipes that will become much-loved classics in their own right.

Great Canal Journey – Timothy West

For more than half a century, a shared love of canals and narrowboats has been inseparable from the marriage of Timothy West and Prunella Scales. The two iconic actors have spent many of the happiest days of their life together enjoying the calming pleasures of nature.

Things I Have Drawn: At the Zoo – Tom Curtis

8-year-old Dom and 6-year-old Al are brothers who love to doodle, and then Dad Tom painstakingly transforms their creations into photorealistic scenes. In this book, join the family on a trip to the zoo and laugh your socks off at all of the weird and wonderful creatures.

Elizabeth’s Revial: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester – Nicola Tallis

The first biography of Lettice Knollys, one of the most prominent women of the Elizabethan era.Cousin to Elizabeth I – and very likely also Henry VIII’s illegitimate granddaughter – Lettice Knollys had a life of dizzying highs and pitiful lows.

The Little Big Things – Henry Fraser

Henry Fraser was 17 years old when a tragic accident severely crushed his spinal cord. Paralysed from the shoulders down, he has conquered unimaginable difficulty to embrace life and a new way of living.

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. 

Keeping On Keeping On – Alan Bennett

This is an engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable record of life according to the inimitable Alan Bennett.