Posts under ‘Non Fiction’

The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy

 Source: Personal Copy Shortlisted for 2016 Wainwright Prize Five words from the blurb: nature, world, destroyed, beauty, sustainable I have now read all the books on the 2016 Wainwright Prize shortlist and I certainly saved the best for last. The Moth Snowstorm is a beautifully written book which explains the crisis facing our planet. I like to […]

The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks

 Source: Library Shortlisted for 2016 Wainwright’s Prize Five words from the blurb: Lake District, farming, generations, sheep, land James Rebanks is a farmer in the Lake District and his family have kept sheep on the fells for generations. This book explains what his life is like and how farming has changed over the centuries. I lived in the […]

It’s All In Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan

 Source: Library Shortlisted for 2016 Wellcome Book Prize Five words from the blurb: disease, psychosomatic, real, doctors, emotions Stress affects us all. We are aware that we might have a racing heart during an important meeting, but few of us know that it can cause our bodies to react in more extreme ways. Some people can […]

Counting Sheep by Philip Walling

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: British, countryside, history, farmers, change Counting Sheep is one of those rare books with the power to interest the reader in a subject of which they previously had little knowledge. The book gives a complete history of sheep in Britain, explaining how breeds have changed over time to […]

The Utopia Experiment by Dylan Evans

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: collapse, civilization, Scottish, community, depressed I love reading books about the collapse of civilisation* (strange aren’t I?!) and frequently wonder whether I should move to the country and become self-sufficient in preparation for the breakdown of society. So, when I came across this book about a man who […]

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg

 Source: Library Five words from the blurb: hidden, gender, observations, society, secret The Underground Girls of Kabul is a fascinating investigation into the lives of Afghani girls who are raised as boys. The practice is secretive, but widespread, and occurs for a variety of reasons. Male babies are prized because they protect the family, bring […]