Non-Fiction Books

A splendid array of New Year publishing opens with Antonia Fraser’s Our Israeli Diary, her second volume detailing her shared life with Pinter, this account stripped very much from the heyday of Pinter’s renown;  Michael Rosen sets aside his usual duties to children’s literature to present a spellbinding account of The Disappearance of Emile Zola; and Philomena’s Martin Sixsmith presents Ayesha's Gift, the searing chronicle of a search for truth in a darkened world of lies.

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Biography


Extract: When Breath Becomes Air

Two years following the death of its author, neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air  was posthumously published to global acclaim, working as both a candid portrait of the symptoms and treatment of cancer and as a meditative essay on what it is to prepare for death. As Being Mortal’s Atul Guwande observed, ‘the dying are the ones who have the most to teach us about life.’ As our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for January, we’re honoured to be able to present Kalanithi’s introduction to this remarkable memoir, an extract deeply affecting in itself.

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Smart Thinking


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Natural and Travel Writing


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Sport


Leap In: A Guide to Taking Your Swimming to the Next Level

Alexandra Heminsley won a legion of fans with her effervescent Running Like a Girl, her manifesto-cum-memoir  for anyone who has looked on with sadness at their running shoes lying discarded in the hall. Now Heminsley weaves the same magic in Leap In, her spellbinding account of challenging our basic fears of the water and rediscovering an almost spiritual new realm. Basic questions around swimming however abound, and in the following extract from the book, the author assembles her top tips toward diving into a new life of fitness and meaningful pleasure.

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Health & Fitness


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Food & Drink