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Non-Fiction Review Highlights

A selection of non-fiction highlights from the review pages

The Madness of Grief

Reverend Richard Coles

Signed bookplate

Failures of State

Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott

Stop Bloody Bossing Me About

Quentin Letts


Mark Carney

Signed first edition

In the Thick of It

Alan Duncan

Spring Cannot be Cancelled

Martin Gayford and David Hockney

Churchill & Son

Josh Ireland

The Brilliant Abyss

Helen Scales

Heavy Light

Horatio Clare

The Good Girls

Sonia Faleiro

The Code Breaker

Walter Isaacson

Many Different Kinds of Love

Michael Rosen

Signed first edition

Law in a Time of Crisis

Jonathan Sumption

Birdsong in a Time of Silence

Steven Lovatt

Signed first edition

Let Me Tell You What I Mean

Joan Didion


Robin Dunbar

The Beauty and the Terror

Catherine Fletcher

Becoming Kim Jong Un

Jung H. Pak

Difficult Women

Helen Lewis


Dr. Bruce Greyson, MD

Beyond Order

Jordan B. Peterson

Signed first edition

A World Without Email

Cal Newport

The Mission

David W Brown

Henry 'Chips' Channon: The Diaries (Volume 1)

Chips Channon


Kevin Roose

Albert and the Whale

Philip Hoare

The Nightingale

Sam Lee

Signed first edition

The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen

Linda Colley

Jews Don't Count

David Baddiel

Snakes and Ladders

Professor Selina Todd

The Ambassadors

Robert Cooper

A Coup in Turkey

Jeremy Seal

Signed first edition

Notes from Deep Time

Helen Gordon

The Western Front

Nick Lloyd


Juliet Nicolson

Law in a Time of Crisis

Jonathan Sumption

To the Lake

Kapka Kassabova

Islands of Abandonment

Cal Flyn

Signed bookplate


John Preston

The Ministry of Bodies

Seamus O'Mahony

River Kings

Cat Jarman

Signed first edition

Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again

Katherine Angel

Begin Again

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

A Still Life

Josie George

The Wild Track

Margaret Reynolds

Gay Bar

Jeremy Atherton Lin

The New Age of Empire

Kehinde Andrews

The Crichel Boys

Simon Fenwick

Under a White Sky

Elizabeth Kolbert

Hitler: Volume II

Volker Ullrich

Until the End of Time

Brian Greene


Ian Leslie

Princes of the Renaissance

Mary Hollingsworth

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

Bill Gates

Bessie Smith

Jackie Kay

"Kay's book is the amplifier that Smith's voice deserves" Sunday Times

The First Kingdom

Max Adams

'Adams is a wonderful writer and the interpretations he provides of complex arguments rooted in archaeology, or linguistics, or genetics, expertly convey the sheer excitement of research into the period. ' Sunday Times

Britain Alone

Philip Stephens

"an instant classic"

Peter Hennessy

Thin Places

Kerri ni Dochartaigh

"sustained imaginative power" in writing about Derry

The Observer

Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires

Professor Richard Bradford

"strange life of Patricia Highsmith"

Sunday Times

Blood and Iron

Katja Hoyer

"fluently written brilliant account of Bismarckian Germany"

The Telegraph

Francis Bacon

Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan

"must surely count as definitive"

The Times

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

George Saunders

"flawlessly designed for the exam we all sit without realising: life"

The Spectator

The Emperor's Feast

Jonathan Clements

"a splendid introduction to the cooking and history of China"

The Guardian

The Changing of the Guard

Simon Akam

"Akam is an angry young man and the book is better for it." The Times "excellent and valuable." The Guardian

Two-Way Mirror

Fiona Sampson

"empathetic and much-needed." Daily Telegraph