It’s officially the season of staying cosy indoors and settling down with a good book. But, in these uncertain times anything can feel a little overwhelming, so the prospect of finding time to read might seem harder than usual. Instead, our favourite companion for rainy days spent inside is a great audiobook right now. While you still get all the benefits of reading, you can still multitask at the same time or actually just take the time to lay back relax and listen – whatever you need. We rounded up our top five non-fiction audiobooks of the moment that you can delve into right now and get inspired…
1. Not The Type, by Camilla Thurlow
Love Island Season 3 runner up Camilla Thurlow was always a little different to her fellow contestants. After all, her job involved finding, neutralising and destroying landmines that threatened the lives of many people in the world’s former war zones. In this memoir, she reflects on life, landmines and Love Island in her own words. Not The Type, isn’t just about the courage it takes to deal with a lethal threat in some of the world’s most dangerous places, but also the courage you need to confront your own fears and anxieties…
2. Three Women, by Lisa Taddeo
All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn’t touch her? All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town? All Sloane wanted was to be admired. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband? Three Women is a record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions.
3. How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right, by Pandora Sykes
Incisive, wide-ranging and witty, How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right?, explores the questions, anxieties and agendas that consume our lives. Pandora Sykes interrogates the stories we’ve been sold and the ones we tell ourselves – from happiness to wellness, womanhood to consumerism – in ways that are both surprising and reassuring. With insight and warmth, this audiobook will spark a thousand conversations and encourage us to find our own path to contentment.
4. 10 Rules For Talking: An Expert’s Guide To Mastering Difficult Conversations, by Tim Harkness
Psychologist Tim Harkness has noticed something: sometimes it seems that everyone is shouting, but nobody is listening. Surely we don’t need to learn how to talk? In the modern world, as our conversations become ever-more adversarial, we can find ourselves alienated from those who don’t share our opinion. And it’s not just in the public sphere where we can improve – at home, in our friendships, with our family, at work, we need to find a new way to talk productively. Focusing on ‘crucial’ conversations where emotions are running strong and the stakes are high, Tim’s ten rules will help you listen, persuade, respond, adapt and – most importantly – keep the conversation progressing.
5. The Future We Choose: Surviving The Climate Crisis, by Christina Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac
Named a Guardian Best Audiobook of 2020, this optimistic and agenda-setting audiobook looks at the climate crisis and tell us how we can survive. Practical, optimistic and empowering, The Future We Choose is a passionate call to arms from former UN Executive Secretary for Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, and Tom Rivett-Carnac, senior political strategist for the Paris Agreement. We are still able to stave off the worst and manage the long-term effects of climate change, but we have to act now. We know what we need to do, and we have everything we need to do it.
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