5 Non Fiction Books You’ll Want To Tell Your Friends About

Now that quarantine is coming to an end, you might have less time on your hands to read – so you should really make it count when you do get the chance. So, to help you find your next read, we compiled a list of five non fiction books that will equally entertain, educate and enthral you. In fact, these books are so good, you’ll want to tell all your friends about them…

1. Do Something: Activism for Everyone by Kajal Odedra

Have you ever asked yourself ‘why hasn’t somebody done something about that’? If the answer is yes, then Do Something is the book for you. Whether you simply want to challenge your local shop to reduce their plastic or go big and demand a new law to be passed, this book is the place to start. Full of lessons from the real world, it contains practical steps and a blueprint anyone can follow and will make you want to start planning your resistance.

2. Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem

Mudlarking will make you experience London’s history in the most unusual way we can imagine: Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for over fifteen years, in pursuit of the objects that the river unearths. From Neolithic flints to Roman hair pins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys, these objects tell her about London and its lost ways of life. This book describes her discoveries and is a search for urban solitude and history on the River Thames, `the longest archaeological site in the world’.

3. Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child to the day he realised his mum was white – race and class have shaped BAFTA and MOBO award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala’s life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.

4. Indistractable by Nir Eyal

In today’s day and age, we’ve probably all felt like we’re distracting our lives away. Want to change that? In Indistractable, behavioural designer Nir Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving you to distraction. Empowering and optimistic, this is the book that will help you design your time, realise your ambitions, and live the life you really want…

5. Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race by Thomas Chatterton Williams

A reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Self-Portrait in Black and White is the searching story of one American family’s multi-generational transformation from what is called black to what is assumed to be white. Thomas Chatterton Williams spent his whole life believing the dictum that a single drop of ‘black blood’ makes a person black. This was so fundamental to his self-conception that he’d never rigorously reflected on its foundations – but the shock of his experience as the black father of two extremely white-looking children led him to question these long-held convictions…

 

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