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New non-fiction for July 2018

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Eat Shop Save, An Armful of Babies, Notes on a Nervous Planet

The Briefing, by Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer was Donald Trump’s press secretary during his first seven months in the White House. As the person who was put up to explain Trump’s policy decisions, he had a front row seat for the early months of the presidency. This is sure to be widely reviewed in the media.

Calypso, by David Sedaris

“When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, David Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realisation: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

“With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality.”

Rather His Own Man: reliable memoirs, by Geoffrey Robertson

Geoffrey Robertson is far more entertaining than most lawyers tend to be. This memoir charts his progress from state schoolboy to the Old Bailey featuring the likes of Nigella Lawson, General Pinochet and Julian Assange.

An Armful of Babies and a Cup of Tea: memoirs of a 1950s health visitor, by Molly Corbally

This memoir of a young district health visitor in the Midlands in the early years of the NHS will appeal to the many fans of Call the Midwife.

Eat Shop Save: recipes & mealplanners to help you eat healthier, shop smarter and save serious money at the same time, by Dale Pinnock

Companion to the ITV series. Demand for recipes from the first series crashed the ITV website.

The Hidden Army, by Matt Richards & Mark Langthorne

“The previously untold tale of one of the greatest escapes from occupied Europe ever committed by allied forces. Over 150 escapees lived within the forest of Fretevel in central France for three months in the run-up to D-Day”

The Borley Rectory Companion: the complete guide to ‘the most haunted house in England’, by Paul Adams, Eddie Brazil & Peter Underwood

This claims to be the most comprehensive reference work ever compiled on the ‘most haunted house in England’, written by three leading authorities on the haunting.

Notes on a Nervous Planet, by Matt Haig

“Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? How do we stay human in a technological world? How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?

“After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him.”

Brandon King

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