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New non-fiction for December 2016

Written by · Published Nov 28, 2016

Tom's Daily Plan, Leap Year, The Voynich Manuscript, Forever Words

Most of the popular non-fiction books are published in the run up to Christmas, so December is traditionally the time all the healthy lifestyle books appear in preparation for the after-Christmas rush to join gyms, kick the booze and shed any unwanted pounds. Here are a few of the best published in December.

Health and fitness titles

Alice Liveing - Clean Eating Alice Eat Well Every Day: nutritious, healthy recipes for life on the go

The bestselling author of Clean Eating Alice: The Body Bible returns with her latest title. Alice has over 400,000 Instagram followers so this is going to be a popular title.

Vicki Edgson, Adam Palmer and Lisa Linder - Good Gut, Great Health: the full guide to optimizing your energy and vitality

This innovative book introduces a whole new way of eating with a unique plan developed specifically at Grayshott Spa, one of the world’s leading health spas. By focusing on digestive health as a route to true health, the Grayshott Plan helps to boost your energy and rebalance weight safely through a nutrient rich diet that will give you everything you need to face the demands of modern life.

Tom Daley - Tom's Daily Plan

First book from the Olympic diver and TV presenter. It includes more than 80 recipes along with home workouts for all fitness levels and motivational tips. There will be a lot of promotion for this one.

Faya Nilsson - Fit in 3

Fit in 3 is the first book from personal trainer, award-winning blogger and Instagram star Faya Nilsson, and draws on her years of experience working with clients on programmes that will make a real and sustainable difference to their wellbeing.

Zanna van Dijk - Strong: your ultimate guide to achieving a fit, healthy and balanced body

Zanna van Dijk reveals her formula for a strong, lean body and lasting fitness, health and happiness. Zanna’s inspiring yet achievable approach to eating well and training effectively while still enjoying a balanced lifestyle has won her over 100,000 fans all over the world.

Helen Russell - Leap Year: how to make big decisions, be more resilient and change your life for good

Having spent the last few years in Denmark uncovering the secrets of the happiest country in the world, Helen Russell knows it’s time to move back to the UK. She thinks. Maybe. Or maybe that’s a terrible idea? Like many of us, she suffers from chronic indecision and a fear of change. So she decides to give herself a year for an experiment: to overhaul every area of her life, learn how to embrace change, and become a lean, mean decision-making machine.

From how to cope with changing work lives and evolving relationships, to how we feel about our bodies, money and well-being, Helen investigates the benefits of new beginnings, the secrets of decisive people and what makes changes last - and uncovers the practical life lessons we can all use to thrive when change is afoot - and inject some freshness and magic if it’s not.

Other new non-fiction

If the pursuit of chiseled abs is not for you here are a few other titles you may have missed.

Raymond Clemens (ed.) - The Voynich Manuscript

Many call the 15th-century codex, commonly known as the ‘Voynich Manuscript’, the world’s most mysterious book. Written in an unknown script by an unknown author, the manuscript has no clearer purpose now than when it was rediscovered in 1912 by rare books dealer Wilfrid Voynich. It is often rumoured to have been owned by Elizabethan alchemist John Dee. This first facsimile allows readers to study the manuscript including its fantastical illustrations.

Johnny Cash and Paul Muldoon (ed.) - Forever Words: the unknown poems

As a longtime fan of the Man in Black who saw him perform at the old Ipswich Gaumont in 1986 this is a bit of a treat. Forever Words contains never-before–published poems and songs newly discovered from the Cash family archive. The poetry reveals his depth of understanding, both of the world around him and within - his frailties and his strengths alike. He pens verses in his hallmark voice, reflecting upon love, pain, freedom, fame and mortality. Illustrated with facsimile reproductions of Cash’s own handwritten pages.

Michael Lewis - The Undoing Project: a friendship that changed the world

From the bestselling author of The Big Short and Flash Boys, this is the surprising and profound story of two men whose ideas changed the world. Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky met in war-torn 1960s Israel. Both were gifted young psychology professors: Kahneman a rootless son of Holocaust survivors who saw the world as a problem to be solved; Tversky a voluble, instinctual blur of energy. Lewis tells the extraordinary story of a relationship that became a shared mind: one which created the field of behavioural economics, revolutionising everything from Big Data to medicine, from how we are governed to how we spend, from high finance to football.

Brandon King

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