Top 10 non-fiction books for Christmas
Here’s our expert book guide number two. Ooh, we’re spoilt for choice here with these non-fiction recommendations from Nic at Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath – Independent Bookshop of the Year 2008 and 2011 and possibly the best bookshop name ever. Thanks Nic!
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Delights by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton (Workman Publishing Company)A superb visual journey around some of the world’s most obscure and intriguing sights from the folk behind the superb wanderlust website of the same name.
Patisserie by Melanie DuPuis and Anne Cazor (Harper Design)
Luscious oversized cookbook that through a combination of photography, well broken-down instruction and fantastic almost infographic-style diagrams demystifies the art of creating delicious patisserie treats.
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking (Penguin Life)
One of the very best from an incredible forty books to be published this year on the Danish ethos of comfort and soothing. The perfect antidote to a year of news overdose.
Elizabeth Jane Howard by Artemis Cooper (John Murray)Insightful biography of the creator of the Cazalet Chronicles whose own life with literary luminaries from Laurie Lee to Kingsley Amis was every bit as complex as those her characters.
Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring (Sasquatch Books)
A stunning letter-press style homage to the lives and influence of ground-breaking women in many fields
The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla (Unbound)A collection of essays looking at all aspects of the immigrant experience in modern Britain and giving real insight into the daily prejudices faced by those who have made Britain their new home.
Keeping On Keeping On by Alan Bennett (Profile Faber)
The latest vast collection of Bennett’s writings cover the decade to 2015 and reveal his thoughts on Britain’s crucial libraries to having works such as The History Boys adapted for the screen.
Gardenista by Michelle Slatalla (Artisan)
The ultimate garden design coffee table with masses of design ideas for projects on every size of outdoor space.
On the Wings of the World: Audubon by Fabien Grolleau and Jeremie Royer (Nobrow Ltd)
A graphic novel biography of the great American bird artist and naturalist, John James Audubon revealing, through a visual account of his incredible journeys, that the man could simply never resist a quick sketch.
The Riviera Set by Mary S. Lovell (Little, Brown)
An account of forty years of hedonism in and around Cannes that began with a well-heeled American invasion in the 1920s and lured in politicians, authors and Hollywood folk alike.
Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, 14/15 John Street, Bath BA1 2JL. Tel 01225 331155. Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9.30am-6.30pm; Sun 11am-5pm.