In the mood for some great true stories? From the power of music to #metoo, Donald Trump and national identity, we have the perfect roundup for you if you want to get entertained and learn something new at the same time. These are the five non-fiction books you will actually be excited to read…
1. The Pianist of Yarmouk by Aeham Ahmad
This is the incredible and inspirational true story of one young man’s struggle to find peace during war, and the power of music to bring hope to a desperate nation.
2. Airhead by Emily Maitlis
Airhead is the behind-the-scenes account of life in the seconds before, during and after going on air by Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis. From the Paris terror attacks to Grenfell, #MeToo to Donald Trump, it’s the perfect book for anyone interested in current affairs.
3. Dancing by the Light of the Moon by Gyles Brandreth
This is a collection of over 250 of our nation’s most-loved poems to read, relish and recite, handpicked by Gyles Brandreth. Learning poetry by heart can improve memory and boost brain power, so why not try and learn your favourite poems this autumn?
4. Painfully British Haikus by Dale Shaw
In a time of political turbulence the idea of Britishness and national identity is being widely discussed, so what does it mean to be British? In Painfully British Haikus, all of the minutiae of British life is portrayed in Haiku form: parking, queuing, tea, chips, violently repressed emotion, pets, gardening and anger.
5. Wham! George and Me by Andrew Ridgeley
Indulge in some ‘80s nostalgia this Autumn with this book that tells the story of Wham! – from the day they met to their very last concert, what it was like being at the centre of a pop hurricane and Andrew’s love for and friendship with George…