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New non-fiction for June 2021

by Brandon King

Take a look at our latest non-fiction picks for June.

Following the success of 'The Easternmost House', 'The Easternmost Sky' is also based on the Suffolk coast, known for farmland, nature reserves and the fastest coastal erosion in Europe. By exploring how climate and social changes are already affecting this agriculturally important part of the world, Juliet imagines a very different landscape, with glimpses of the future we will have to adapt to, and demonstrates with lively examples how climate and coastal changes will affect us all. 'The Easternmost Sky' is part memoir, part elegy and part warning.

Rarely can a rain delay in a cricket match have led to anything like the moment when Holding spoke out in the wake of the BlackLivesMatter protests about the racism he has suffered and has seen all around him throughout his life. But as he spoke, he sought not only to educate but to offer a way forward that inspired so many. Within minutes, he was receiving calls from famous sports stars from around the world offering to help him to spread the message further. Now, in in this book, Holding delivers a powerful and inspiring message of hope for the future and a vision for change, while providing the background and history to an issue that has dogged the world for many centuries.

In 1951, the Festival of Britain commissioned a series of short guides they dubbed 'handbooks for the explorer'. Their aim was to encourage readers to venture out beyond the capital and on to 'the roads and the by-roads' to see Britain as a 'living country'. Yet these 13 guides did more than celebrate the rural splendour of this 'island nation', they also made much of Britain's industrial power and mid-century ambition - her thirst for new technologies, pride in manufacturing and passion for exciting new ways to travel by road, air and sea. Armed with these 'About Britain' guides, historian Tim Cole takes to the roads to find out what has changed and what has remained the same over the 70 years since they were first published. From Oban to Torquay, Caernarfon to Cambridge, he explores the visible changes to our landscape, and the more subtle social and cultural shifts that lie beneath.

Sinead O'Connor's voice and trademark shaved head made her famous by the age of twenty-one. Her recording of Prince's 'Nothing Compares 2 U' made her a global icon. She outraged millions when she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on American television. O'Connor was unapologetic and impossible to ignore, calling out hypocrisy wherever she saw it. She has remained that way for three decades. Now, in 'Rememberings', O'Connor tells her story - the heartache of growing up in a family falling apart; her early forays into the Dublin music scene; her adventures and misadventures in the world of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll; the fulfilment of being a mother; her ongoing spiritual quest - and through it all, her abiding passion for music

Following the phenomenal success of 'Born Fearless', 'Who Dares Wins' is the long-awaited sequel featuring Campion's inspirational stories of broken homes to battlefields and beyond.

A no-holds-barred insight into the corridors of Westminster and the secretive club of Lobby journalists - from a woman who was at the heart of the political establishment for two decades.

'In The Devil You Know', Dr. Gwen Adshead reminds us that before destroying another life, those reviled as 'monsters' at Broadmoor were ordinary people with whom we shared, and continue to share, common ground. In fact, we are more alike than we are different.