21 fascinating non-fiction books that should be on your radar this fall


A compelling piece of non-fiction has the potential to change the way we see the world – and there are plenty of new titles on sale.

The first Thursday in September has long been known as ‘Super Thursday’ in the UK edition: the calendar day when the most new items are on sale. It’s also Bookstore Day – a national celebration of all street bookstores large and small – on October 9, making fall an even better time to refuel.

To mark the most wonderful time of year for bookworms, we asked a leading bookseller what new non-fiction titles they were most eager to read. We have also added some suggestions from us. Good reading!

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10 books recommended by Kate McHale, non-fiction buyer at Waterstones.

Renegades – Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen, £ 35 Penguin

“Following their brilliant podcast, Obama and Springsteen discuss life, music, and America alongside an array of photos and archival material.”

1000 years of joys and sorrows – Ai Weiwei, £ 25

“The founding artist looks back at both his own life and that of his father to create a memoir that is both an intimate personal and family story and a powerful portrait of 20th century China.”

Windswept and Interesting – Billy Connolly, £ 20 Hodder & Stoughton

“The comedy legend’s first full-length autobiography, recounting his difficult beginnings and later rise to stardom – with a strange digression along the way …”

Don’t Laugh It Will Only Encourage Her- Daisy May Cooper, £ 20 Penguin

“A warm, honest and hilarious autobiography of the This Country star.”

Do not laugh, it will only encourage him, beautiful country and 1000 years of joys and sorrows.
Do not laugh, it will only encourage him, beautiful country and 1000 years of joys and sorrows.

And far … – Bob Mortimer, £ 20 Simon & Schuster

“Irresistibly funny autobiography of one of our most beloved comedians.”

Beautiful country – Qian Julie Wang, £ 16.99 Penguin

“A lyrical memoir of the life of a family as undocumented migrants in America. Written from the perspective of the author’s childhood, it’s a powerful read but full of love and hope.

Manifesto – Bernardine Evaristo, £ 14.99 Penguin

“A powerful and urgent manifesto on never giving up from Girl’s Booker Prize-winning author, Woman Other.”

Land of Stories – Amy Jeffs, £ 20 Quercus

“A beautifully illustrated mythology of the British Isles that reveals the founding legends of our islands and brings them to life in a vivid way.”

Powers and Thrones – Dan Jones, £ 25 Head of Zeus

“An epic new story from the Middle Ages, which vividly recounts the forces that defined the period – and will shape our own. “

A Cookbook – Nigel Slater, 30 pounds

“A collection of over 200 favorite recipes of a lifetime in the kitchen.”

Storyland, Manifesto and A Cook's Book.
Storyland, Manifesto and A Cook’s Book.

3 non-fiction titles the HuffPost UK team are excited about

Black Joy – Editing by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff and Timi Sotire, £ 14.99 Penguin

This uplifting and empowering anthology, edited by award-winning journalist Charlie Brinkhust-Cuff and promising talent Timi Sotire, sees 28 inspiring voices come together to celebrate being Black British, sharing their experiences of joy and what it means to them. .

Rough – Rachel Thompson, £ 14.99 Old editions

Rough explores the stories of sexual violence that we don’t talk about. Through the powerful testimony of 50 women and non-binary people, this book shines a light on the sexual violence that takes place in our bedrooms and beyond, sometimes from people we know, whom we trust or even that. we like. Read our interview with the author here.

The Transgender Question – Shon Faye, £ 20 Penguin

Author Shon Faye takes the idea of ​​the “transgender issue” to discover the reality of what it means to be trans in a transphobic society. The book is a manifesto for change and “a call for justice and solidarity among all marginalized people and minorities”.

8 recommendations from Emma Bradshaw, Campaign Manager at the Bookseller’s Association.

The Sweet Roasting Box – Rukmini Iyer, £ 15.99 Penguin

“From the bestselling author of The green roasting tincomes the latest in the Roasting Tin series, offering seventy-five simple yet delicious pastries. I am such a fan of this series. Anyone who follows me on Instagram knows that I made my way through The Quick Roasting Tin page by page. I will definitely add this one to my collection.

Amy Winehouse Beyond Black – Naomi Parry, £ 30 Thames and Hudson

“10 years after her untimely death, this affectionate and evocative visual celebration tells the definitive story of Amy Winehouse’s life and career through photographs, mementos and recollections of those whose lives she touched. A must-have for anyone who is a fan of Winehouse, and who isn’t?

Outdoor Europe – DK Eyewitness Travel, £ 20 DK

“Epic adventures, incredible experiences and conscious escapes. Bursting with beautiful imagery, this inspiring book sums up Europe’s most incredible outdoor experiences, covering everything from birding and forest bathing to scuba diving and wild swimming. While the holidays are waiting for me and many others, I will be taking wheelchair trips and planning for the future with this wonderful DK title.

From This Our Country acclaimed Nigerian writers on the home, identity and culture they know, £ 14.99 Harper Collins

“In these pages acclaimed and award-winning writers share memories and experiences of Nigeria not found anywhere else, highlighting a country whose influence is found everywhere. The cover is gorgeous and I can’t wait to read this one.

The storyteller – Dave Grohl, £ 16.99 Simon & Schuster

“I suspect it will be in many stockings this Christmas and I know several people who would be delighted to receive a copy. You only have to watch an interview with him to know that Dave Grohl is indeed a storyteller. Whether you are a fan of Nirvana and Foo Fighters or not, I think this will be a great read. Available now for pre-order at your local bookstore.

The Power of Geography – Tim Marshall, £ 14.99 Elliott & Thompson

“Marshall explores ten regions that should shape world politics in a new era of great power rivalry: Australia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Greece, Turkey, Sahel, Ethiopia, Spain and space. Comes with Marshall’s wit and insight, this is an exploration of the power of geography to shape humanity’s past, present, and future. Tim’s books are a big hit with many of our members.

Letters from Great Women – Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, £ 20 Welbeck Editions

“A collection of the most inspiring, enlightening, poignant and compelling correspondence from remarkable women throughout history, including Greta Thunberg, Harriet Tubman and Jane Austen. I will definitely give this one to my girlfriends.

One Year Unrolling – Angela Harding £ 20 LSmall Brown Book Group

“A beautifully illustrated guide to nature through the seasons by popular artist and printmaker Angela Harding. The evocative imagery of the prose makes it a wonderful book for nature lovers around the world. I am a huge fan of Angela’s work. Simply stunning! “


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