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New non-fiction for November 2014

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Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse by David Mitchell

Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse by David Mitchell

Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse by David Mitchell

David Mitchell makes comic observations on the absurdities of modern life – from Ryanair to Downton Abbey, sports day to smoking, nuclear weapons to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats.

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Bragg writes about the rock and roll pioneer from the American South who used his piano to drive the world into a music revolution. This biography includes encounters with legends such as Johnny Cash, John Lennon, Mick Jagger and more.

Darkness Descending by Ken Jones

Darkness Descending by Ken Jones

After former special forces soldier Ken Jones is caught in a horrific avalanche leaving him with severe injuries, Darkness Descending follows the next four freezing days and nights as he dragged himself to safety, battling with extreme pain, cold, and his swings between hope and despair.

Margot at War by Anne De Courcy

Margot at War by Anne De Courcy

Drawn from unpublished papers and diaries, this book recounts Margot Asquith’s unconventional time in 10 Downing Street – when socialising took precedence over politics – during the turbulent social changes from 1912 to 1916.

My Life in Houses by Margaret Forster

My Life in Houses by Margaret Forster

As the author reflects on the houses she’s lived in, Forster examines the relationship between ourselves and our homes, and the way houses shape the way we live our lives.

Where I’m Reading From: The Changing World of Books by Tim Parks

Where I'm Reading From: The Changing World of Books by Tim Parks

In this collection of lively and provocative pieces, Parks discusses about what readers want from books and how to look at the literature we encounter in a new light.

Judi Dench: Scenes From My Life by Judi Dench

Judi Dench: Scenes From My Life by Judi Dench

Judi Dench opens her personal photograph albums publicly for the first time. The private albums are augmented by photographs showing her work across 50 years of acting – on stage, film, and TV.

I Think I Can See Where You’re Going Wrong: Wisdom, amusement and bemusement from the Guardian’s readers by Mark Burrows

Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West by Matthew Dennison (eBook)

Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West by Matthew Dennison

Dennison traces the inspiration, triumphs and contradictions of Vita’s extraordinary life. Devoted wife, literary celebrity, ‘Rose Queen’, reluctant courtier, recluse, lesbian, iconoclast – Dennison deftly weaves together the myriad strands of Vita’s life to create a revealing and insightful portrait of the woman behind the mask.

A Field Guide to Happiness: What I Learned in Bhutan about Living, Loving, and Waking Up by Linda Leaming (eBook)

A Field Guide to Happiness: What I Learned in Bhutan about Living, Loving, and Waking Up by Linda Leaming

Linda Leaming, a harried American traveled from Nashville, Tennessee, to the rugged Himalayan nation of Bhutan – sometimes called the happiest place on Earth – to teach English and unlearn her politicised and polarised, energetic and impatient way of life. Forced by circumstance and her rustic surroundings to embrace a simplified life, Leaming made room for more useful beliefs. This collection of stories, impressions, and suggestions is a little nudge, a push, a leg up into the rarefied air of paradise – of bright sunlight and beautiful views.

Brandon King

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