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Recommended Reads for May

May’s theme is to read a non-fiction book.


If you’re stuck for inspiration, why not try one of our staff recommended picks?


Adult Non-Fiction

Graham Bartlett - Death Comes Knocking: Policing Roy Grace’s Brighton or Babes in the Wood

Craig Brown – One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time

Clover Stroud – My Wild and Sleepless Nights: A mother’s story

Pete Paphides – Broken Greek

Hadley Freeman – House of Glass: The story and secrets of a twentieth century Jewish family

Michelle McNamara – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One woman’s obsessive search for the Golden State Killer

Leslie Jamison – The Recovering: Intoxication and its aftermath

Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt

Raynor Winn – The Salt Path or The Wild Silence

Amy Liptrot – The Outrun

Matt Haig – Notes on a Nervous Planet or Reasons to Stay Alive

Brian Cox – Why Does E=mc2 (and why should we care)

The Secret Barrister – The Secret Barrister: Stories of the law and how it’s broken

Stephen Fry – Mythos: The Greek myths retold

Tara Westover – Educated

Ben McIntyre – The Spy and the Traitor

Dan Jones – The Templars

Barack Obama – A Promised Land

Glennon Doyle – Untamed

Bill Bryson – The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Eric Larson – The Splendid & the Vile: A saga of Churchill, family and defiance during the Blitz

Nadia Bolz-Weber – Shameless: A sexual reformation

Rana el Kaliouby – Girl Decoded

Gertrude Stein – The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

Brian Greene – Until the End of Time: Mind, matter and our search for meaning in an evolving universe

Monty Don – Down to Earth: Gardening wisdom

Romesh Ranganathan – Straight Outta Crawley

Sandi Toksvig – Between the Stops: The view of my life from the top of the Number 12 bus

Louis Theroux – Gotta Get Theroux This

Billy Connolly – Tall Tales and Wee Stories


Children’s Non-Fiction

Lindsay Mattick – Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Margot Lee Shetterly – Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Chloe Strathie – So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? series

Roman Belyaev – How Does a Lighthouse Work?

Yuval Zommer – The Big Book of Blue

Adam Skinner – Sportopedia

Jess French – How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear


Reserve your books to collect from your local library by visiting our library catalogue, or use our free Staff Select service if you’d like us to pick out some books for you!


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