New Non Fiction this week

Deep SouthDeep South by Paul Theroux

For the past 50 years, Paul Theroux has travelled to the far corners of the earth – to China, India, Africa, the Pacific Islands, South America, Russia, and elsewhere – and brought them to life in his cool, exacting prose. In ‘Deep South’ he turns his gaze to a region much closer to his home. Travelling through North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas he writes of the stunning landscapes he discovers – the deserts, the mountains, the Mississippi – and above all, the lives of the people he meets.

MH730MH370 – the secret files: at last…the truth behind the greatest aviation mystery of all time by Nigel Cawthorn

On the 8th of March, at 00:41, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. At 01:19, the pilot bid air traffic control ‘good night’. Two minutes later, the plane and its 227 passengers vanished from the skies. To date, no trace of the aircraft has been found. Experienced author and journalist Nigel Cawthorne has researched the case with incredible thoroughness, revealing the most compelling explanations behind the mystery which has gripped the world.

Dreams of a refugeeDreams of a Refugee by Mostafa Salemeh

Mostafa Salameh’s extraordinary journey began with his birth to Palestinian refugee parents in Kuwait in 1970. Through a chance meeting he came to Edinburgh where he studied hospitality and read widely in Sufi religious philosophy and world belief systems. Here he had a profoundly religious experience which was to change the direction of his entire life. One night Mostafa dreamt that he was standing atop Mount Everest reciting the call to prayer. With no prior experience or training, he decided he would follow his vision and climb. He failed to summit Everest twice before reaching the summit in 2008 – he went on to become the first Jordanian Palestinian ever to reach the North Pole and summit all seven highest peaks in the world. Yet exploring is only half the story.

Crafting with mason jarsCrafting with mason jars and other glass containers: over 35 simple and beautiful upcycling projects by Hester Van Overbeek

Follow Hester van Overbeek’s easy steps to make a fresh flower-decorated tea-light holder for a garden party, store all your grains and pasta in large jars with vibrantly painted lids or why not surprise a friend with the colourful ‘birthday in a jar’? There are lots of quick ideas that take no time at all, such as holiday memories in a jar, the table-setting jars or the floral centrepiece that will charm all your guests. Some are elegant, some are homespun, but all make use of natural materials such as wood, shells, flowers and leather – to give an original but sophisticated feel to your home and garden.

The Demons BroodThe Demon’s Brood by Desmond Seward

The Plantagenets reigned over England longer than any other family – from Henry II to Richard III. Four kings were murdered, two came close to deposition, and another was killed in a battle by rebels. Based on contemporary sources and recent research, Desmond Seward provides an overview of the whole extraordinary dynasty.

An affair with my motherAn affair with my mother: a story of adoption, secrecy and love by Caitriona Palmer

A moving and gripping story of love, denial, and a daughter’s quest for the truth. Caitríona Palmer had a happy childhood in Dublin, raised by loving adoptive parents. But when she was in her late twenties, she realised that she had a strong need to know the woman who had given birth to her. She was able to locate her birth mother, Sarah, and they developed a strong attachment. But Sarah set one painful condition to this joyous new relationship: she wished to keep it – to keep Caitríona – secret from her family, from her friends, from everyone.

LabradorLabrador: the story of the world’s favourite dog by Ben Fogle

A social history of labradors and how they have become the world’s most beloved dogs, by writer, presenter and long-time dog lover Ben Fogle, whose beloved black labrador, Inca, famously accompanied him on numerous journeys and adventures.

Kicking offKicking Off: how women is sport are changing the game by Sarah Shephard

There’s a battle being fought. It’s raging on the sports fields, in the newsrooms and behind the scenes at every major broadcaster. The warriors are women in sport and in this book their battles are broken down to discover if, and how they can ever be won. At a time when women in sport are fighting for equality with more vigour than ever, this is a book that looks behind the headlines to see whether progress is really being made and tells the stories that can no longer be ignored.

Thatcher stole my trousersThatcher stole my trousers by Alexei Sayle

In 1971 comedians on the working men’s club circuit imagined that they would be free to go on telling their tired, racist, misogynistic gags forever, but a 19-year-old Marxist art student with a bizarre concern for the health of British manufacturing was slowly coming to meet them. Through the next decade Alexei Sayle would be a student at Chelsea Art School, a clerk in a DHSS office, one of London’s bottom ten freelance illustrators, a school dinner lady and a college lecturer, before he became the original MC of the Comedy Store. ‘Thatcher Stole My Trousers’ is the story of Alexei’s rise to fame.

How to think like an entrepreneurHow to think like an entrepreneur by Philip Delves Broughton

Having the drive, ambition, and inspiration to start a new business takes a particular mindset – no wonder we regard successful entrepreneurs as modern-day magic-makers. But what if that spirit and drive were applied outside the world of business startups? An entrepreneur seeks to build something from nothing; to take an inspired idea and make it a reality. This book explores what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur – the ability to disrupt the status quo, use design thinking to generate fresh perspectives, build resilience and leap forward from failure – and ultimately lead us to the heart of great entrepreneurial thinking; an understanding of our deepest human needs.

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