The best non-fiction books to add to your reading list in 2020

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  • Delving into the thought-provoking and inspirational narratives of the best non-fiction books is something that we can all enjoy. Non-Fiction titles widen our horizons, inform and entertain us in equal measure.

    Whether you’re a convert to the best e-readers, or you still prefer the company of a good old-fashioned hardback, these brilliant new releases will see you through autumn. 

    So whether it’s a light-hearted memoir, a title that provides new insight or even a collection of wonderful true stories, with non-fiction there’s always something to suit your mood and subject preference.

    But with such a broad genre, how do you know where to start when it comes to browsing the bookshelves?

    MORE: These are the best books to look forward to in Autumn 2020

    Here we reveal our pick of the best non-fiction books out there…

    More than a Woman by Caitlin Moran

    Caitlin Moran, Non-fiction

    In her follow-up to How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran once again gives her take on what it means to be a woman in the modern age. With her new guide to growing older, Moran gives her manifesto for change. She also shows readers how to celebrate and embrace middle-age, as well as all those middle-aged women whose contributions are so vital today. Warm, honest and insightful – this makes for an utterly unmissable read.

    SHOP NOW: More than a Woman by Caitlin Moran (£20, Amazon)

    Glorious Rock Bottom by Bryony Gordon

    Glorious rock bottom, Non-fiction

    Journalist, best-selling author, and award-winning campaigner for mental health, Bryony Gordon charts her descent into alcohol and drug addiction and her ongoing recovery. It’s a powerfully honest memoir that doesn’t flinch from the darkest moments but leaves you comforted, hopeful and cheering Bryony on. It’s good to know that however bad things get, there is always a way out.

    SHOP NOW: Glorious Rock Bottom by Bryony Gordon (£16.99, Amazon)

    And Now for the Good News…To the Future with Love by Ruby Wax

    And now for the good news, non-fiction

    Released 17 September

    Ruby Wax couldn’t have timed it better to offer us some green shoots of hope. In her funny and super-smart style, she takes her readers on fascinating journeys of discovery. You’ll find out about incredible projects to create sustainable businesses, as well as truly impressive people who show us all that the world can be a better place. This has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and proves the best way to educate is to entertain. 

    PRE-ORDER NOW: And Now For the Good News by Ruby Wax (£14.99, Amazon)

    A History of the Universe in 21 Stars: (and 3 Imposters) by Giles Sparrow

    A history of the universe in 21 stars, non-fiction

    The night sky may seem impenetrable, but as science writer Giles Sparrow reveals, each star has its own intriguing stories. Guiding readers through the 21 stars (and 3 imposters) that are visible, he gives a complete introduction to what’s happening above. Covering everything from red giants to supernovae and black holes, this intriguing book helps shed celestial light on the mysteries of our universe. The perfect informative read for all aspiring star-gazers.

    SHOP NOW: A History of the Universe in 21 Stars by Giles Sparrow (£12.99, Amazon)

    The Flightless Traveller by Emma Gregg

    The flightless traveller, non-fiction

    Released 8 October

    Comprising 50 life-changing trips that can be made via land or sea, readers can discover a more sustainable way to travel with this practical travel guide. And with an array of invaluable information, ranging from route-setting to budgeting, there’s never been a better time to explore how you can make your next adventure that bit more eco-friendly.

    PRE-ORDER NOW: The Flightless Traveller by Emma Gregg (£22, Amazon)

    The Language of Butterflies by Wendy Williams

    The Language of Butterflies

    Nature lovers are sure to be fascinated by Wendy Williams’ accessible “butterfly biography”, uncovering the secret lives of these insects. Put together after years of research, Williams highlights how critical they are to our planet and why humans are drawn to them. This is a comprehensive read that will open your eyes to the world around you like never before.

    SHOP NOW: The Language of Butterflies by Wendy Williams (£20, Amazon)

    Girl: Essays on Black Womanhood by Kenya Hunt

    Girl, Non-Fiction

    Released 12 November

    Featuring contributions from wonderful writers including Candice Carty-Williams and Jessica Horn, Kenya Hunt brings together a collection of thought-provoking original essays. With her skill for balancing cultural observation with relatable stories, Hunt reflects on what it means to be black, a woman, mother and global citizen in the modern world. This is a truly powerful must-read.

    PRE-ORDER NOW: Girl: Essays on Black Womanhood by Kenya Hunt (£16.99, Amazon)

    Stories of Hope: Finding Inspiration in Everyday Lives by Heather Morris

    Stories of Hope, Non-Fiction

    Released 17 September

    Showcasing her talents as a listener, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris, here presents a series of tales. She presents the remarkable people she has met along her writing journey and the stories they shared with her. Additionally, Morris reveals more about her close friendship with Lale Sokolov, whose story she told, and the lessons we can take from those who open up to us. A wonderfully moving literary companion.

    PRE-ORDER NOW: Stories of Hope by Heather Morris (£14.99, Amazon)

    Ladies Who Punch by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

    Ladies Who Punch

    With her new release, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown celebrates the courageous women who have fought to redress the balance. She presents 50 women whose stories we should know, including forgotten suffragette Sophia Singh and Detective Superintendent Shabnam Chaudhri. This remarkable collection revives the stories of powerful women who have shaped the past and will shape our future. Eye-opening and moving, this read is definitely one to remember.

    SHOP NOW: Ladies Who Punch by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (£16.99, Amazon)

    And if you’ve enjoyed our recommendations for the best non-fiction books around, why not check out our pick of the best historical fiction and thrillers to add to your bookshelves too?

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