Non-fiction: there have been some stunners this year, books that as booksellers we’ve been magnetically attracted to as soon as they’ve rolled in. Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air, for instance, an account that almost forces you to reassess your own life by its own vitality, or perhaps Chris Packham’s Fingers in the Sparkle Jar, his surprisingly intimate account of a life saved by the wild. Our pick of the bunch then, decided with good humour and no small argument…

The Best Memoirs of 2016

Keeping On Keeping On
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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
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The Pigeon Tunnel
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Kind of Blue
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£25.00
Hardback
Nigel
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£20.00
Hardback
Quicksand
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£18.99
Hardback
A Life in Questions
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Frantumaglia
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£16.99
Hardback
Get a Life
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£16.99
Hardback
Dadland
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£16.99
Hardback
Bringing in the Sheaves
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The Long and Winding Road
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When Breath Becomes Air
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You Will Not Have My Hate
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The Return
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£14.99
Hardback

The Best Biography Books of 2016

The Invention of Angela Carter
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Kenneth Clark
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£30.00
Hardback
Elizabeth Jane Howard
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Dashing for the Post
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Ariel
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£14.99
Hardback
Love from Boy
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£20.00
Hardback
Outlandish Knight
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£30.00
Hardback
Citizen Clem
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£30.00
Hardback
Over the Hills and Far Away
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Evelyn Waugh
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£30.00
Hardback
This Long Pursuit
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A World Gone Mad
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Lara
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£20.00
Hardback
Karl Marx
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£35.00
Hardback
Jonathan Swift
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£25.00
Hardback

The Best History Books of 2016

This Orient Isle
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£20.00
Hardback
The Wicked Boy
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£16.99
Hardback
The Riviera Set
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£25.00
Hardback
The Long Weekend
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A History of Britain in 21 Women
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Black and British
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£25.00
Hardback
Timekeepers
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£16.99
Hardback
Four Princes
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The Holy Roman Empire
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The Romanovs
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Lenin on the Train
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Hitler: Volume I
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£25.00
Hardback
Blitzed
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£20.00
Hardback
East West Street
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£20.00
Hardback
Les Parisiennes
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£20.00
Hardback

The Best Military History Books of 2016

SAS
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SAS
£25.00
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Boots on the Ground
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Somme
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£25.00
Hardback
Where Poppies Blow
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Douglas Haig
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£25.00
Hardback
Game of Spies
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£20.00
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Hunting Hitler's Nukes
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Pearl Harbor
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£25.00
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Blitzkrieg
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£25.00
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Burma '44
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£20.00
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The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
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The Tunnels
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£20.00
Hardback
The Spies of Winter
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Spymaster
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£20.00
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Soldier Spy
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£20.00
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The Best Art Books of 2016

A History of Pictures
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The Vanishing Man
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£18.99
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The Secret Lives of Colour
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Turner
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£25.00
Hardback
Van Gogh's Ear
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The Art of Rivalry
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Walk Through Walls
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The Auctioneer
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£16.99
Hardback
Studio of the South
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Picasso Portraits
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Mad Enchantment
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£25.00
Hardback
Beyond Caravaggio
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Dali. Les diners de Gala
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£50.00
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The Best Music Books of 2016

Born to Run
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£20.00
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Absolutely on Music
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1971 - Never a Dull Moment
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Lonely Boy
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£20.00
Hardback
Set the Boy Free
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£20.00
Hardback
The Age of Bowie
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£20.00
Hardback
I Am Brian Wilson
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£20.00
Hardback
Being Elvis
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£20.00
Hardback
Cured
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£20.00
Hardback
Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography
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Paul McCartney
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£25.00
Hardback
Shock and Awe
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£25.00
Hardback
Substance: Inside New Order
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Last of the Giants
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£20.00
Hardback
Homeward Bound
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The Best Countryside and Nature Books of 2016

The Apple Orchard
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£16.99
Hardback
The Zoo
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£16.99
Hardback
The Making Of The British Landscape
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Land Rover
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£20.00
Hardback
The Age of the Horse
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Like Farmer, Like Son
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No Way But Gentlenesse
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The Goodness of Dogs
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The Running Hare
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Out on the Land
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£25.00
Hardback
Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs
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Landskipping
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£20.00
Hardback
The Hidden Life of Trees
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The Best Travel Writing of 2016

A Florence Diary
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£9.99
Hardback
When in French
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£12.99
Hardback
White Sands
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£16.99
Hardback
Flaneuse
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£16.99
Hardback
The Swordfish and the Star
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The Lonely City
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£16.99
Hardback
Curiocity
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£30.00
Hardback
On Trails
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£16.99
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The Great Soul of Siberia
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Far and Away
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£25.00
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The Marches
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£18.99
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Un-Discovered Islands
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The Book of Tides
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White Mountain
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£20.00
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Tiny Churches
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£16.99
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The Best Smart Thinking Books of 2016

Reality Is Not What It Seems
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Happy
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£20.00
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Worth Dying for
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£16.99
Hardback
The Good Immigrant
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Another Day in the Death of America
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Homo Deus
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£25.00
Hardback
The Gene
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£25.00
Hardback
An Astronomer's Tale
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The Descent of Man
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Business for Bohemians
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Shrinking Violets
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£14.99
Hardback
At The Existentialist Cafe
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The Path
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£14.99
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The Best Food and Drink Books of 2016

Rick Stein's Long Weekends
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Nadiya's Kitchen
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£20.00
Hardback
Marcus at Home
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£25.00
Hardback
Appetites: A Cookbook
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Vegetables
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£25.00
Hardback
SIMPLE
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£25.00   £20.00
Hardback
Classic Koffmann
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Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
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£27.00   £23.99
Hardback
The Skills
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£20.00
Hardback
Istanbul Cult Recipes
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The Cook Book
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£30.00
Hardback
River Cottage A to Z
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Regarding Cocktails
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Hugh Johnson on Wine
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The Best Sports Books of 2016

Today We Die a Little
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Following On
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£16.99
Hardback
The Great Bike Race
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Eat Sweat Play
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£12.99
Paperback
No Nonsense
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£20.00
Hardback
The Meaning of Cricket
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Mister
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£18.99
Hardback
Forever Young
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£20.00
Hardback
The End of the Road
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The Bottom Corner
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£12.99
Paperback
The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold
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Saturday, 3pm
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£9.99
Hardback