Take a look at our latest non-fiction titles for September 2021.
When Joan Bakewell - Labour Peer, author and famous champion of the older people's right to a good and fruitful life - decided that she could no longer remain in her old home, she had to confront what she calls 'the next segment of life.' Disposing of things accumulated during a long life, saying goodbye to her home and the memories of more than fifty years, thinking about what is needed for downsizing - all suddenly became urgent and emotional tasks. In using the tale of her own life, Joan tells us a story of our times and how she is learning to live to the sound and tune of The Tick of Two Clocks: the old and the new.
There is a difference between happiness and living well. In this thoughtful book, Derren Brown, internationally bestselling author of 'Happy', considers the value of difficulty in our lives. Perhaps it is in those times when we are forced to cope with adversity that we find the most meaningful rewards. As he navigates middle age, love and small talk, he dispenses with self-help platitudes and wonders if perhaps we need to more comfortably embrace uncertainty. Is anxiety in fact a pointer for growth? In chapters that take us back to the scene of childhood humiliation, to lonely evenings on tour, to the high stress of a house move, Derren explores that when we feel most alone we are often most connected to others and the flow of life
Once a more sedate affair, since 2016, British politics has witnessed a barrage of crises, resignations and general elections. As Brexit became logjammed, Theresa May's premiership was the most turbulent of all. In her darkest hour, following the disastrous 2017 election, she turned to Gavin Barwell to restore her battered authority. He would become her Chief of Staff for the next two years - a period punctuated by strained negotiations, domestic tragedy, and intense political drama. In this gripping insider memoir, Barwell reveals what really went on in the corridors of power - and sheds a vital light on May, the most inscrutable of modern prime ministers.
This second volume of the bestselling diaries of Henry 'Chips' Channon takes us from the heady aftermath of the Munich agreement, when the Prime Minister Chips so admired was credited with having averted a general European conflagration, through the rapid unravelling of appeasement, and on to the tribulations of the early years of the Second World War. It closes with a moment of hope, as Channon, in recording the fall of Mussolini in July 1943, reflects: 'The war must be more than half over.'For much of this period, Channon is genuinely an eye-witness to unfolding events. He reassures Neville Chamberlain as he fights for his political life in May 1940. He chats to Winston Churchill while the two men inspect the bombed-out chamber of the House of Commons a few months later. From his desk at the Foreign Office he charts the progress of the war.
The 'real' Sixties began on 5 October 1962. On that remarkable Friday, the Beatles hit the world with their first single, 'Love Me Do', and the first James Bond film, 'Dr No,' had its world premiere in London: two icons of the future heralding a social and cultural revolution. 'On the Cusp,' continuing David Kynaston's groundbreaking history of post-war Britain 'Tales of a New Jerusalem', is about Britain during the summer and early autumn of 1962, in the charged months leading up to that plates-shifting moment.
Rick Stein has spent his life travelling the world in search of cooking perfection - from France and Italy to Australia and the far east - and inspiring millions of food lovers with the results. In 'Rick Stein At Home', he takes stock of his remarkable life and takes us into the rhythms and rituals of his home cooking. In his first book to celebrate his all-time favourite home-cooked meals, Rick shares over 100 very special recipes - from family classics that evoke childhood memories to newer dishes that have marked more recent personal milestones - along with unforgettable stories that celebrate his favourite ingredients, food memories, family cooking moments and more.
Monica Galetti's career has taken her from her home in Samoa and New Zealand to the professional kitchens of London. Her cookbook, 'At Home', showcases the easy, everyday dishes she enjoys at home, with family and friends, using simple ingredients that everyone will enjoy. From breakfast time and midweek suppers to celebrations, gatherings and the perfect Sunday lunch.
Villages have existed in a similar form for millennia: but where did village halls come from, and why do they matter? What defines a modern village, and when does a village become a town? Take a charming, unexpected journey through the quirks of English villages through the ages in the excellent company of Dr Ben Robinson. Discover why no village could ever truly claim to be Roman; why churches sometimes appear far outside of village boundaries and what happens when a village moves, and why that matters. 'England's Villages' is a compelling mix of archaeology, anthropology and architecture.
Being with our loved ones has never felt so important, and great food is the perfect excuse to get together. Each chapter features a meal, from seasonal feasts to curry nights, with a simple, achievable menu that can be mostly prepped ahead. Jamie's aim - whether you're following the full meal or choosing just one of the 130 individual recipes - is to minimise your time in the kitchen so you can maximise the time you spend with your guests.