Top Non-Fiction Books 2015

Top Non-Fiction Books 2015

The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It Owen Jones

Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City. Exposing the revolving doors that link these worlds, and the vested interests that bind them.

H is for Hawk Helen MacDonald

By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement; a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast; and the story of an eccentric falconer and legendary writer.

The Universe in Your Hand Christophe Galfard

The Universe In Your Hand takes us on a wonder-filled journey to the surface of our dying Sun, shrinks us to the size of an atom and puts us in the deathly grip of distant Black Holes.

My Story Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard – legendary captain of Liverpool and England – tells the story of the highs and lows of a twenty-year career at the top of English and world football. 

The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island Bill Bryson

Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn’t altogether recognize any more. 

Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way Lars Mytting

Part guide to the best practice in every aspect of working with this renewable energy source, part meditation on the human instinct for survival.

Dynasty Tom Holland

Now, in the sequel to Rubicon, Tom Holland gives a dazzling portrait of Rome’s first imperial dynasty. Dynasty traces the full astonishing story of its rule of the world: both the brilliance of its allure, and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes.

Brian Blessed a Memoir Brian Blessed

Crammed with anecdotes from his illustrious career, this is a funny, warm-hearted, life-affirming, LOUD and unique memoir from a much-loved figure.

The Amazing Book is not on Fire Dan and Phil

Learn how to draw the perfect cat whiskers, get advice on how to make YouTube videos and discover which of our dining chairs represents you emotionally. With everything from what we text each other, to the time we met One Direction and what really happened in Vegas…

The Churchill Factor Boris Johnson

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the ‘Churchill Factor’ – the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. 

The Skeleton Cupboard Tanya Byron

Through the eyes of her naive and inexperienced younger self, Tanya shares remarkable stories inspired by the people she had the privilege to treat.

Leading Alex Ferguson

In this inspirational and straight-talking new book, Sir Alex reveals the secrets behind his record-breaking career. LEADING is structured around the key skills that Sir Alex values most highly.

Ardennes 1944 Antony Beevor

In January 1945, when the Red Army launched its onslaught towards Berlin, the once-feared German war machine was revealed to be broken beyond repair. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the Wehrmacht.

Guinness World Records 2016

Get ready for your yearly dose of mind-blowing feats and wonders in Guinness World Records 2016 – the global authority on record-breaking.

The House on Carnaval Street Deborah Rodriguez

I hadn’t been planning on making Mexico my new home, but the little house on the sea was all that I had left …Intimate, honest and touching, this is the story of Deborah Rodriguez’s often hilarious journey of self-discovery. 

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 2016

Packed with amazing photographs and jaw-dropping facts, and with an out-of-this-world 3D-effect cover, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2016 offers a feast of information and entertainment.

The Hairy Bikers Blood Sweat and Tyres The Hairy Bikers

From deserts to desserts, potholes to pot roasts, the nation’s favourite cooking due reveal what’s made their friendship such a special and lasting one.

Waterloo Bernard Cornwell

The blood-soaked battle of Waterloo would become a landmark in European history. Now, brought to life by the celebrated novelist Bernard Cornwell, this is the chronicle of the four days leading up to the actual battle and a thrilling hour-by-hour account of that fateful day.

The Man with the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming’s James Bond Letters Fergus Fleming

Fleming’s output was matched by an equally energetic flow of letters. He wrote constantly, to his wife, publisher, editors, fans, friends and critics, charting 007’s progress.

Please Mister Postman Alan Johnson

Please, Mister Postman paints a vivid picture of England in the 1970s, where no celebration was complete without a Party Seven of Watney’s Red Barrel, smoking was the norm rather than the exception, and Sunday lunchtime was about beer, bingo and cribbage. 

Binge Tyler Oakley

With millions of fans clamouring for more Tyler Oakley, he delivers his best untold, hilariously side-splitting moments with trademark flair in Binge.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind’s extraordinary history – from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age – and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.

I’ll Never Write My Memoirs Grace Jones

In the book, Grace takes us on a journey from her religious upbringing in Jamaica to her heyday in Paris and New York in the 70s and 80s, all the way to present-day London, where she is working on a new album.

Human Universe Brian Cox

This book asks questions about our origins, our destiny, and our place in the universe. We have no right to expect answers; we have no right to even ask. But ask and wonder we do. Human Universe is first and foremost a love letter to humanity; a celebration of our outrageous fortune in existing at all. 

Reasons to Stay Alive Matt Haig

Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again

The Organized Mind Daniel Levitin

This book will take you through every aspect of modern life, from healthcare to online dating to raising kids, showing that the secret to success is always organization. Levitin’s ideas are surprising, powerful and will change the way you see the world. 

Everyday Superfood Jamie Oliver

Jamie’s Everyday Super Food makes eating well exciting, delicious, easy and fun. No matter how busy you are, you’ll find that healthy eating the Jamie way is both straightforward and achievable.

The Hollow Crown Dan Jones

The 15th century experienced the longest and bloodiest series of civil wars in British history. Some of the greatest heroes and villains in history were thrown together in these chaotic years.

When You Dead You Dead Guy Martin

As Guy Martin’s grandfather Voldemars frequently reminded him,’When you dead, you dead.’ So, before it’s all over, Guy Martin is making the most of the time he’s got.

Napoleon the Great Andrew Roberts

More than any other modern biographer, Andrew Roberts conveys Napoleon’s tremendous energy, both physical and intellectual, and the attractiveness of his personality, even to his enemies.

Heat Ranulph Fiennes

Well-known for his experiences at the poles and climbing Everest, Ranulph has also endured some of the hottest conditions on the planet, where temperatures regularly exceed 40 degrees and, without water and shelter, death is inevitable.

Simply Nigella Nigella Lawson

Whether you need to create some breathing space at the end of a long week, indulge in a sweet treat or wake up to a strength-giving breakfast, Nigella’s new cookbook is filled with recipes destined to become firm favourites.

The Secret War Max Hastings

Max Hastings presents a worldwide cast of characters and some extraordinary sagas of intelligence and Resistance, to create a new perspective on the greatest conflict in history.  

The Battle of the Atlantic Jonathan Dimbleby

Challenging conventional wisdom on the use of intelligence and on Churchill’s bombing campaign, The Battle of the Atlantic tells the epic story of the decisions that led to victory, and the horror and humanity of life on those perilous seas.

John le Carré Adam Sisman

Written with exclusive access to le Carr himself, to his private archive and to many of the people closest to him, this is a major biography of one of the most important novelists alive today.

World of the Herdwick Shepherd James Rebanks

James Rebanks interweaves thoughts and reflections on the art of shepherding with his photographs of the valley, people and animals that make up the daily life of the fells. A life lived by the three hundred surviving fell farming families, this is a book of photos and words filled with reverence and love.

Winner: My Racing Life AP MCCoy

In Winner: A Racing Life, A.P. reflects upon the unparalleled career he forged from humble beginnings in Moneyglass, County Antrim, to the emotional day at Sandown in April 2015 when horse racing bade a tearful farewell to arguably its greatest ever star.

Over the Top and Back: The Autobiography Tom Jones

In his first ever autobiography, Tom revisits his past and tells the tale of his journey from wartime Pontypridd to LA and beyond, and reveals the ups and downs of his fascinating and remarkable life.

The Face of Britain Simon Schama

Schama’s extraordinary storytelling reveals the truth behind the nation’s most famous portrayals of power, love, fame, the self, and the people. Mesmerising in its breadth and its panache, and beautifully illustrated, with more than 150 images from the National Portrait Gallery.

Life After You Lucie Brownlee

At the impossibly young age of 37, Lucie Brownlee’s beloved husband Mark dropped dead. As Lucie tried to make sense of her new life – the one she never thought she would be living – she turned to writing to express her grief. Me After You is the stunning, irreverent and heartbreakingly honest result.