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New non-fiction for September 2018

Written by · Published Aug 30, 2018

The Spy and the Traitor, How Does it Feel?, Help Me!

In My Life: a music memoir, by Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson’s autobiographical series of books have all been very popular here in Suffolk. As ever the title is a Beatles song.

In My Life concentrates on the music that inspired him and takes us back to a world that no longer exists of Dansettes and jukeboxes, smoky coffeeshops and dingy dance halls.

Journeys to the Other Side of the World, by David Attenborough

“Following the success of the original Zoo Quest expeditions, in the late 1950s onwards a young David Attenborough embarked on further travels in a very different part of the world. From Madagascar and New Guinea to the Pacific Islands and the Northern Territory of Australia, he and his team were not just searching for rare animals, but were aiming to record the way of life of some of the tribes of these regions, whose traditions had never been seen by most of the British public before.

“Written with David Attenborough’s characteristic charm, humour, and humanity, this book is a unique, and inimitable, adventure among people, places, and the wildest of wildlife.”

Unnatural Causes, by Richard Shepherd

Dr Richard Shepherd is the UK’s foremost forensic pathologist and has been involved in many high profile cases as an expert witness including 9/11, the Bali bombing and the death of Princess Diana.. His job is to understand the deaths which may have no natural cause. Unnatural Causes is billed as a real life Silent Witness.

Thomas Cromwell: a life, by Diarmaid McCulloch

Hilary Mantel has said: “This is the biography we have been awaiting for 400 years.” It is based on ten years of archival research and is said to be the most comprehensive ever written on him.

The Spy and the Traitor: the greatest espionage story of the Cold War, by Ben MacIntyre

Any non-fiction by Ben Macintyre is invariably popular, so get your reservation in quickly.

Macintyre tells the story of Russian double agent Oleg Gordievsky and a defection that changed the course of the Cold War.

How Does It Feel? A life of musical misadventures, by Mark Kermode

Anyone who is a fan of Mark Kermode’s hilarious film reviews is likely to enjoy this autobiographical account of his riotous attempts to become a pop star.

A Beer in the Loire, by Tommy Barnes

The author and his girlfriend leave the rat race to move to a large dilapidated house in France’s Loire Valley. Soon they run out of money and he decides to brew his own beer and sell it to the locals in one of the world’s finest wine producing regions. What could possibly go wrong?

Help Me! One woman’s quest to find out if self-help really can change your life, by Marianne Power

“Marianne Power was stuck in a rut. Then one day she wondered: could self-help books help her find the elusive perfect life? She decided to test one book a month for a year, following their advice to the letter.

“What begins as a clever experiment becomes an achingly poignant story. Because self-help can change your life - but not necessarily for the better.

This is being described as “this year’s Adam Kay”. It is rumoured that there are Hollywood studios fighting over the film rights.

Brandon King

I work in the Suffolk Libraries Stock Team