The 100 best non-fiction books of all time

From eye-opening autobiographies to political exposés, broaden your horizons with our edit of the best non-fiction books of all time. 

The best non-fiction books can educate readers on vital subjects, offer fresh new perspectives, or simply give us a valuable, and often entertaining, insight into the lives of others. Here is our edit of the must-read new non-fiction, and the best non-fiction books of all time. 

Code Dependent

by Madhumita Murgia

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Non-Fiction 2024

Love it or loathe it, you can’t escape it. Talk of AI is everywhere. In Code Dependent, Madhumita Murgia, AI Editor at the FT offers a laser-sharp examination of how AI is changing our jobs, our lives, our futures and even what it means to be human. Through compelling storytelling, Murgia shares how AI is shaping individuals' people, and what we need to do to reclaim our humanity. If you read one book about AI this year, make it this one.

Sociopath

by Patric Gagne

For as long as she can remember, Patric Gagne knew that she wasn’t like other people. Unbothered by how her actions affected those around her, by the time she reached her teenage years, her textbook childhood “bad behaviour” had escalated into petty theft, stalking and worse. In Sociopath, her searingly honest new memoir, Gange explores what it means to be a sociopath, shares her own story of redemption and asks: is there a way for sociopaths to successfully integrate into society? 

Tits Up

by Sarah Thornton

From the over 700 expressions in the English language for female mammary glands to depictions in art, and an industry built around making the promise of making them “bigger and better”, there’s no doubt that the world is obsessed with breasts. In Tits Up, sociologist and journalist Sarah Thornton explores why so much time is spent obsessing over breasts, but so little thought is given to why. Inspired by her own experience of a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, Thornton meets strippers, plastic surgeons, lactation experts and others, as she examines the role breasts play in shaping our view of women, beauty, health and respect.

Air and Love

by Or Rosenboim

For Or Rosenboim, food has always been synonymous with family. Growing up enjoying both her grandmothers’ cooking, round kneidlach balls in hot chicken broth, stuffed vine leaves, herby green rice, it wasn’t until their deaths that she learned how much their stories were interwoven with the food they shared. Starting with her grandmothers’ recipe books, she embarked on a journey to the past uncovering stories of escape and reimagined lives, through Samarkand and Riga to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Air and Love is a poignant memoir of a family shaped by migration, told through their most cherished recipes. 

Nostalgia

by Agnes Arnold-Forster

Why do we always look back on the past with fondness, even if it didn’t feel like things weren’t going well at the time? In Nostalgia, Agnes Arnold-Foster examines our fascination with the ways things were through the lenses of neuroscience and psychology. From Switzerland, where the term was first coined in the seventeenth century to describe a terrible illness, to its present-day weaponisation by politicians and advertisers, Arnold-Foster explains what it is that makes us so nostalgic for the past, cynical about the present and fearful of the future. 

Mapmatics

by Paulina Rowinska

Data and cartography collide in Mapmatics, Dr Paulina Rowinska’s entertaining tale of the relationship between maps and mathematics. By taking you on a historical journey through the history of maps and examining real-world examples Mapmatics will help you understand how data and maps are used to shape our lives. If you’ve ever wondered what affects who gets elected and where, how parcels can make it to you so quickly, or how police forces use data to solve crime, this book is for you. 

Naked Portrait: A Memoir of Lucian Freud

by Rose Boyt

In Naked Portrait: A Memoir of Lucian Freud, the artist’s daughter, Rose Boyt examines the complicated relationship she had with the father she adored. Inspired by the discovery of a long-forgotten diary she wrote as a teenager in 1989 and 1990, detailing her time sitting for her father both clothed and naked, Boyt reexamines her memories with fresh eyes. With unflinching honesty she is forced to question the events she accepted as normal and the true nature of her and her father’s relationship, over a decade after his death. 

Everyone Who Is Gone Is Here

by Jonathan Blitzer

Journalist Jonathan Blitzer shines a lens on America’s immigration crisis in Everyone Who Is Gone Is Here. Taking the reader from the 1980s and the civil wars in Central and South America that spurred mass migration north, to the deportations that spawned international crime syndicates and the Trump era emergence of populist anti-immigration rhetoric, it’s a meticulously researched account of immigration in the USA. Telling the stories of those helping and hindering people travelling to the States looking for a better life, Blitzer paints a picture of a humanitarian crisis and asks what the future may hold for immigration in Western democracies. 

The Power of Words

by Mariano Sigman

Not all words are created equal. But how do we know if we are using the right ones? In The Power of Words, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman offers a practical toolkit for how to improve our ability to communicate by changing the words we use. Examining the impact of how we describe ourselves and others limits us and shapes our decisions, The Power of Words will teach you how to improve your conversations and communicate more openly, effectively and empathetically with those around you – and yourself.

Garden to Save the World

by Joe Clark

Regardless of how much space you have, from sprawling lawns to tiny balcony pots, Joe Clark will have you growing your own fruit, veg and flowers in no time! The social media favourite and gardening expert’s clever gardening tips will not only save you money but also contribute to saving the planet, demonstrating how you can have a profound impact from your own backyard or windowsill. 

Dead Weight

by Emmeline Clein

Dead Weight by Emmeline Cline is a penetrating examination of disordered eating. Interweaving her own experiences with those of other women she knows and historical figures, Cline explores the economic, medical and cultural history of anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia and binge eating disorder. Challenging perceptions of self-worth tied to body image, she takes aim at the complicity of popular culture and today’s feminism. 

Everything Must Go

by Dorian Lynskey

Dorian Lynskey's Everything Must Go offers a riveting exploration of humanity’s fantasies of the end of the world. Offering a rich, captivating, and darkly humorous look into the evolution of apocalyptic thought, it skillfully examines how literature and films have interacted with scientific advancements to shape our perspective on endings. Be it a nuclear holocaust, astronomical disaster, lethal pandemic, or insidious AI uprising, these intriguing narratives of our potential oblivion are explored over two dozen thrilling decades.

Shaolin: How to Win Without Conflict

by Bernhard Moestl

Best known for their skill in the art of kung fu, China’s Shaolin monks’ success doesn’t lie within their physical strength, but their powerful mindset. In his new book author Bernhard Moestl distilled the 13 principles he learned when he travelled to China to live with the Shaolin monks and learn the secrets of their success. From their peaceful outlook on life to their resoluteness, community and inner strength, Moestl offers advice on how you can bring these principles into your life, no matter what challenge you are facing.

The Garden Against Time

by Olivia Laing

As the world shut down in 2020, Olivia Laing began to restore a neglected walled garden in Suffolk, and began a new journey of exploration into how and why we have seen gardens as a form of paradise for so many centuries. As she plants and tends her own garden, Laing also examines the role of gardens through the ages, from wartime sanctuaries and queer utopias to aristocratic playgrounds made possible by the profits of slavery. The new book from the bestselling author of The Lonely City and Everybody, The Garden Against Time is Olivia Laing at her lyrical best. 

Charles III

by Robert Hardman

In Charles III royal biographer Robert Hardman has chronicled the extraordinary first year of the new monarch’s reign. Offering up fresh insight into Charles III’s and Queen Camilla’s partnership, his much-reported relationships with his sons, and how he managed his grief for the death of his mother with his desire to show his strength to the British people, Charles III is an authoritative examination of a tumultuous year for the Royal Family, and the man at the heart of it all. 


Heresy

by Catherine Nixey

For centuries, the idea of who Jesus was has been a homogenous one – the pious, loving son of God and saviour of humankind. But this view, which has shaped Western art, literature and language has not always been the predominant view of the man. In Heresy Catherine Nixey delves into the history of Christianity to examine the many different stories that were told about Jesus in the years after his death. From a man who scorned his parents and sold his twin into slavery, to a Jesus who had someone crucified, Heresy is a fascinating story of hidden history. 

Hildasay to Home

by Christian Lewis

The follow-up to his bestselling memoir, Finding Hildasay, in Hildasay to Home Christian Lewis shares the next chapter of his extraordinary story. After his time in solitude on Hildasay Island, the last thing Christian expected to find was love. Now, with Kate by his side, they trek down the country together and into a new chapter as parents to baby Magnus. Hildasay to Home charts Christian’s highs and lows as he and his dog Jet integrate back into everyday life and embark on another epic adventure. 

Space Oddities

by Harry Cliff

Something strange is happening in deep space and here on Earth. . . Join experimental physicist Harry Cliff for a tour around space’s newest frontier, and as he introduces the discoveries that can’t be explained by physics. From unknown forces pulling on the building blocks of matter, to stars travelling faster than they should be able to, and unexplainable particles below the Antarctic Ice, Space Oddities is an approachable and humorous guide to the mysteries gripping the worlds of physics and cosmology.

The Price of Life

by Jenny Kleeman

What is the true price of a life? And why is every life not worth the same? In The Price of Life journalist and documentary-maker Jenny Kleeman meets the people who decide how much we are worth, and discovers how they calculate it. From the average ransom demand and who pays it, to the philanthropists who decide who and what is worth their charity, Kleeman explains how people in power are putting a price on human existence and asks: can we boil the value of life down to data and logic? 

The Glass Cliff

by Sophie Williams

Why do companies only hire a female CEO when their business is failing? And why does it feel like gender equality in thew workplace is still so far off? If you’ve ever wondered why women are still so few and far between in positions of power in government and business, The Glass Cliff is for you. Drawing on her decades of research, which inspired her viral Ted Talk, Sophie Williams explains the phenomenon of “The Glass Cliff”, and how the deck is stacked against female leaders. Full of solutions for how we can change the story, The Glass Cliff is an eye-opening read.

All the Lonely People

by Sam Carr

It has been said that we are living in a loneliness epidemic, with many of us feeling more isolated than ever. In All the Lonely People psychologist Dr Sam Carr explores what it is that is making us lonely, and what we can do to foster deeper human connections. Through hours of conversations over cups of tea with people of all ages and from all walks of life, Carr discovers that everyone - including him -  seems to be looking for the same thing, and asks: how can we feel like we're part of something bigger than ourselves in our disjointed modern world? 

How to Raise a Healthy Gamer

by Dr Alok Kanojia

From smartphone games to the latest must have consoles, it feels like no matter where you look there are games vying to grab kids’ attention. But how much is too much, and how do you set boundaries without conflict? Written by Dr Alok Kanojia, a Harvard psychologist and expert on video game psychology, How to Raise a Healthy Gamer will equip you with knowledge and practical solutions for how to manage your child’s relationship with gaming. With screen time at the forefront of every parent’s mind, this a must-read for parents of children of all ages. 

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Will You Care If I Die?

by Nicolas Lunabba

In a world where children murder children, and where gun violence is the worst in Europe, Nicolas Lunabba's job as a social organizer with Malmö's underclass requires firm boundaries and emotional detachment. But all that changes when he meets Elijah – an unruly teenage boy of mixed heritage whose perilous future reminds Nicolas of his own troubled past amongst the marginalized people who live on the fringes of every society. Written as a letter to Elijah, Will You Care If I Die? is a disarmingly direct memoir about social class, race, friendship and unexpected love.

The Psychology of Stupidity

by Jean-Francois Marmion

Edited by Jean-François Marmion, this dissection of stupidity is brought to you by some of the brightest brains around, including a Nobel Prize winner. The Psychology of Stupidity explains how lazy thinking leads to bad decisions, why even smart people can believe nonsense, how media manipulation makes us all dumber, and the pitfalls of trying to debate with a fool.

How Life Works

by Philip Ball

A change is afoot in the world of biology, with its impact changing everything we know about life. In How Life Works Phillip Ball, award-winning author and former editor of Nature, outlines what makes this new biology so exciting. From how new knowledge about the origins of life is helping scientists to reprogram cells and cure illnesses, to the potential to regenerate organs and maybe create new lifeforms in years to come, How Life Works presents a striking vision of the future of biology. 


The Psychopath Test

by Jon Ronson

This Sunday Times bestseller is a fascinating and entertaining read. What if society wasn't fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness. Along the way Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything . . .

Wise Animals

by Tom Chatfield

Wise Animals delves into our historical relationship and co-evolution with technology. Starting with early tool usage and fire, journeying through the invention of reading, printing, computers, the internet, and AI, the book proposes that our knowledge of technology mimics that of our ancestors towards older technologies. Tom Chatfield argues that technology shouldn't be perceived as a threat, nor should we view ourselves as its masters or victims. Instead, this human-centric view suggests that technology is an integral part of our identity, and our combined future is ours to shape.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Born a poor black tobacco farmer in Virginia in 1920, Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer when she was just 31 years old. However, unbeknownst to her and her family, samples taken during her treatment continued to live on, becoming vital to research and a multi-million dollar industry in their own right. A woman who changed science and cancer treatment forever, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an extraordinary story of memoir, science and human rights and the inspiration for an HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey & Rose Byrne.

Pegasus

by Laurent Richard

Pegasus is the most powerful piece of spyware ever developed, installed on a phone by as little as a missed Whatsapp call. Once on your phone it can record your calls, copy your messages, steal your photos and secretly film you, and those controlling it are able to track your daily movements. Award-winning journalists Laurent Richard and Sandrine Riguard have been investigating this for more than twenty years. Pegasus outlines this journey and explores how people's lives and privacy are being threatened by cyber-surveillance.  

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

by Lisa Feldman Barrett

In seven short essays about that big grey blob between your ears, neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett explores the origins and structure of the brain, as well as shelving popular myths about the alleged battle between thoughts and emotions, or between nature and nurture. Sure to intrigue casual readers and scientific veterans alike, the book is full of surprises, humour and revelations about human nature.

Scary Smart

by Mo Gawdat

In Scary Smart, The former chief business officer of Google outlines how artificial intelligence is way smarter than us, and is predicted to be a billion times more intelligent than humans by 2049. Free from distractions and working at incredible speeds, AI can look into the future and make informed predictions. But AI also gets so much wrong. Because humans design the algorithms that form AI, there are imperfect flaws embedded within them that reflect the imperfection of humans. Mo Gawdat, drawing on his unparalleled expertise in the field, outlines how and why we must alter the terrifying trajectory of AI development and teach ourselves and our machines to live better. 

Mo Gawdat is my life guru. His writing, his ideas and his generosity in sharing them has changed my life for the better in so many ways. Everything he writes is an enlightening education in how to be human.
Elizabeth Day

A Brief History of Black Holes

by Dr Becky Smethurst

Right now, you are orbiting a black hole. The Earth goes around the Sun, and the Sun goes around the centre of the Milky Way: a supermassive black hole – the strangest and most misunderstood phenomenon in the galaxy. In A Brief History of Black Holes University of Oxford astrophysicist, Dr Becky Smethurst shares why black holes aren’t really ‘black’, that you never ever want to be ‘spaghettified’, and why beyond the event horizon, the future is a direction in space rather than in time. Full of wit and learning, this captivating book explains why black holes contain the secrets to the most profound questions about our universe.

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An Unquiet Mind

by Kay Redfield Jamison

Through her dual perspective as both doctor and patient, Dr Kay Redfield Jamison’s memoir offers rare insight into bipolar disorder. With clinical precision and raw authenticity, she takes us on a riveting journey through her own mind and others’. Originally published in 1995, this is a beautiful new edition of a truly classic piece of non-fiction.

Life's Work

by David Milch

From one of the greatest American screenwriters of all time comes Life’s Work, an unflinchingly honest memoir about family and how our choices shape our lives. Written after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, David Milch confronts his increasingly nebulous present and extraordinary past in Life's Work. From growing up in post-war America with his drug-addicted surgeon father to expulsion from Yale Law, his struggles with addiction, and how he created some of America’s best-loved cop dramas, Milch confronts his past with equal parts honesty and reflection. 

Stay True

by Hua Hsu

Winner of Pulitzer Prize in Memoir, Stay True is a deeply moving and intimate memoir about growing up and moving through the world in search of meaning and belonging. When Hua Hsu first meets Ken in a Berkeley dorm room, he hates him. A frat boy with terrible taste in music, Ken seems exactly like everyone else. For Hua, Ken represents all that he defines himself in opposition to – the mainstream. The only thing Hua, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, and Ken, whose Japanese American family has been in the US for generations, have in common is that, however they engage with it, American culture doesn’t seem to have a place for either of them. 

Father and Son

by Jonathan Raban

On 11 June 2011, three days short of his sixty-ninth birthday, Jonathan Raban suffered a stroke which left him unable to use the right side of his body. Learning to use a wheelchair in a rehab facility outside Seattle and resisting the ministrations of the nurses overseeing his recovery, Raban began to reflect upon the measure of his own life in the face of his own mortality. Together with the chronicle of his recovery is the extraordinary story of his parents’ marriage, the early years of which were conducted by letter while his father fought in the Second World War.

A Girlhood: A Letter to My Transgender Daughter

by Carolyn Hays

This thought-provoking and moving memoir is an ode to Carolyn Hays's transgender daughter – a love letter to a child who has always known herself. After a caseworker from the Department of Children and Families knocked on the door to investigate a complaint about the upbringing of their transgender child, the Hays family moved away from their Republican state. In A Girlhood, Carolyn Hays tells of the brutal truths of being trans, of the sacrificial nature of motherhood and of the lengths a family will go to shield their youngest from the cruel realities of the world. Hays asks us all to love better, for children everywhere enduring injustice and prejudice just as they begin to understand themselves.

Finding Hildasay

by Christian Lewis

After hitting rock bottom having suffered with depression for years, Christian Lewis made an impulsive decision to walk the entire coastline of the UK. Just a few days later he set off with a tent, walking boots and a tenner in his pocket. Finding Hildasay tells us some of this incredible story, including the brutal three months Christian Lewis spent on the uninhabited island of Hildasay in Scotland with no fresh water or food. It was there, where his route was most barren, that he discovered pride and respect for himself. This is not just a story of a remarkable journey, but one of depression, survival and the meaning of home. 

Went to London, Took the Dog: A Diary

by Nina Stibbe

Two decades after she left the capital for Cornwall, Nina Stibbe made the life-changing decision to take a ‘sabbatical’ from her life and marriage to move in with her friend, writer Deborah Moggach, for a year. From spending more time with her adult children and rediscovering the London she once called home, to realising that both she and the city have changed immeasurably over the years, Stibbe charts the experience with her trademark humour and grace. Went to London, Took the Dog is a funny, deeply moving read for anyone who is dreaming of or embarking on a new chapter in their life. 

Queen of Our Times

by Robert Hardman

This is the definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth II by one of Britain’s leading royal authorities. With original insights from those who knew her best, interviews with world leaders and access to unseen papers, bestselling author Robert Hardman explores the full, astonishing life of our longest reigning monarch in this compellingly authoritative yet intimate biography.

Butterfly

by Yusra Mardini

After fleeing her native Syria to the Turkish coast in 2015, Yusra Mardini boarded a small dinghy full of refugees headed for Greece. On the journey, the boat's engine cut out. It started to sink. Seventeen-year-old Yusra, her sister, and two others took to the water to push the overcrowded boat for three and a half hours in open water. Eventually, they managed to land on Lesbos, with Yusra and the others having saved the lives of those on board. Butterfly is Yusra Mardini's journey from war-torn Damascus to Berlin and from there to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Discover Yusra and her incredible story of resilience and unstoppable spirit.

This Is Going to Hurt

by Adam Kay

This is Going To Hurt began life as a comedy show inspired by the junior doctors’ strike and is Adam Kay’s no-holds-barred account of his life as a junior doctor. Written in secret  between gruelling hospital shifts, the book is by turns shocking, sad and laugh-out-loud funny, while telling you everything you ever need to know - and more - about life on a hospital ward. Highlighting the long hours, poor pay and staffing problems caused by underfunding, this is a must-read for anyone who values the NHS.

I Heard What You Said

by Jeffrey Boakye

Jeffrey Boakye’s experience as a black student shaped the teacher he became. In I Heard What You Said, his unflinching memoir, Boakye examines his experience as a black teacher in today’s education system. From outrageous questions about his background to his ability to navigate spaces that are white by default and teaching problematic texts in English, Boayke reflects with wit and passion on why he chooses to teach in a system designed to fail millions of children each year. 

The Happiest Man on Earth

by Eddie Jaku

This heartbreaking yet hopeful memoir shows us how happiness can be found even in the darkest of times. In November 1938, Eddie Jaku was beaten, arrested and taken to a German concentration camp. He endured unimaginable horrors for the next seven years and lost family, friends and his country.  But he survived. And because he survived, he vowed to smile every day. He now believes he is the ‘happiest man on earth’. This is his story. 

Brown Girl Like Me

by Jaspreet Kaur

Equal parts memoir and manifesto, Jaspreet Kaur equips women with the confidence and skillset they need to navigate the difficulties that come with an intersectional identity. Interviews with brilliant South Asian Women of all walks of life as well as academic insight show what life is really like for brown women in the diaspora. Pulling no punches, and tackling topics from mental health and menstruation stigma to education and beauty standards, Brown Girl Like Me will educate, inspire and spark urgent conversations for change; essential reading for South Asian women and people with an interest in feminism and cultural issues.

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Bad Blood

by John Carreyrou

How far can you get with no expertise, technology that doesn’t work, and an extraordinary sales pitch? Disturbingly far. Bad Blood is the story of one of the biggest corporate fraud cases of the 21st century. Journalist John Carreyrou explores the rise and shocking fall of tech start-up Theranos, which was valued at $9 billion based on its innovative medical technology before it was all revealed to be a lie. This is the riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, and a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

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Empire of Pain

by Patrick Radden Keefe

Empire of Pain is the story of three generations of the Sackler family, and their role in the stories of Valium and Oxycontin. As one of the richest families in the world, the Sacklers are known for their lavish donations in the arts and the sciences. The source of the family fortune was vague, however, until it emerged that they were responsible for making and marketing Oxycontin, a blockbuster painkiller that was a catalyst for the opioid crisis – an international epidemic of drug addiction which has killed nearly half a million people. This masterpiece of narrative reporting is the secret history of the Sackler dynasty.

You feel almost guilty for enjoying it so much.
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The Snakehead

by Patrick Radden Keefe

From the author of Empire of Pain comes a thrilling panorama of a secret world run by a surprising criminal. Cheng Chui Ping, a charismatic middle-aged grandmother managed a multimillion-dollar business smuggling people – all from a tiny noodle shop in New York's Chinatown. The Snakehead, uncovers the inner workings of this empire, and recounts the decade-long FBI investigation that eventually brought her down. But this is not just a crime story. As an incompetent and corrupt INS pursues desperate immigrants, Patrick Radden Keefe paints a portrait of a generation of these undocumented people, and ultimately the ironies of immigration in America more broadly. 

Rogues

Book cover for Rogues

From forgers to money launderers to arms merchants and those on death row, this is a book about behaving badly. Award-winning and hypnotically brilliant New Yorker writer Patrick Radden Keefe takes readers on a gripping but also humane trip into the psyches of those who society would rather forget. With global reach and meticulous research, this is a bravura piece of journalism. 

Warhol After Warhol

by Richard Dorment

Twenty years ago, art critic Richard Dorment received a phone call that would change his life. The caller asked Dorment for his help after two of his prized pieces, paintings by the late pop artist Andy Warhol, had been declared fake. As the duo embark on a decade-long quest to prove the authenticity of the paintings, they stumble upon a world full of corruption and greed, and meet the colourful characters who hold the power. A stranger-than-fiction examination of the corruption and lies that have permeated the art world, Warhol After Warhol lifts the lid on the mystery and scandal that surrounds the billion-dollar art industry.

The Fund

by Rob Copeland

Five decades after founding hedge-fund Bridgewater Associates, in October 2022 billionaire Ray Dalio announced he would be retiring from running the firm that has made him extremely rich, and infamous in the process. Now, through hundreds of interviews with those who know the fund and Dalio most intimately, Rob Copeland tells the shocking and fascinating story behind the firm’s enduring success. Revealing the secrets of the man behind the biggest hedge-fund on Wall Street, The Fund is a must-read business book for fans of The Big Short and Million Dollar Whale. 

Breaking Twitter

by Ben Mezrich

For more than twenty years, Twitter was a digital home for users to post, retweet and debate, until one bizarre day in October 2022. Charting one of the strangest and most polarising business takeovers of modern times, in this expose of Elon Musk’s acquisition of the brand, bestselling author Ben Mezrich charts the fateful fall of the platform formally known as Twitter. With interviews with Twitter employees, and sources close to Musk, Mezrich lifts the lid on the mass firings, the exodus of advertisers and how one man’s decisions have changed the internet forever. 

Awakenings

by Oliver Sacks

For over four decades, twenty First World War veterans languished in hospital, treated by professionals who had no idea how to awaken them from their catatonic stupor. Motionless and silent, the men were aware of their surroundings but had no interest in engaging in them. That was until the day Dr Oliver Sacks administered a revolutionary new drug, L-DOPA, which roused the men from their inertia. A stranger-than-fiction story written in Sacks’ unmistakable prose, Awakenings is a compelling read and a classic of medical writing. 

The Sleeping Beauties

by Suzanne O'Sullivan

In Sweden, refugee children fall asleep for months and years at a time. In upstate New York, high school students develop contagious seizures. In the US Embassy in Cuba, employees complain of headaches and memory loss after hearing strange noises in the night. These disparate cases are some of the most remarkable diagnostic mysteries of the twenty-first century, as both doctors and scientists have struggled to explain them and – more crucially – to treat them. Neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan travels the world to visit other communities who have also been subject to outbreaks of so-called ‘mystery’ illnesses.

Killjoy

by Jo Cheetham

In this story of everyday people doing extraordinary things, Jo Cheetham writes of her time protesting up and down the country as part of the No More Page 3 campaign. When studying and working as a nanny in London, Jo saw news of an upcoming protest against the Page 3 pictorial in The Sun. Soon, she was embroiled in a movement determined to expose and take down this exploitative industry. In doing so she made an unlikely group of friends that would become her closest confidents and allies. Both hilarious and moving, Killyjoy shows us the power of a grassroots campaign and of shouting a little bit louder. 

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Ten Times Calmer

by Dr Kirren Schnack

Dr Kirren Schnack is here to tell you that your anxiety isn’t here to stay. As an Oxford trained and practicing NHS clinical psychologist with twenty years’ experience, she offers a first aid kit of tools to help you understand what you’re going through and change how you’re feeling – and it might just be easier than you think. The ten chapters cover everything from dealing with anxious thoughts and stress to managing uncertainty and safely tackling trauma, with each tip taking you one step closer to an anxiety-free life. 

With You Every Step

by Rob Burrow

The moving affection between rugby legends, fundraising heroes and best friends Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield has inspired and uplifted the nation. In this truly special, pocket-sized gift book, heartfelt words from Rob and Kevin are brought to life with artwork from leading illustrators, to create an inspiring and hopeful celebration of love, support and connection. Exploring universal truths and celebrating kindness, empathy and the joy of friendship, With You Every Step is the perfect way to show the special people in your life, young and old, just how much they mean to you.

Things No One Taught Us About Love

by Vex King

The hope and expectation that romantic love can and will be the solution to all our problems can put real strain on our relationships. Learn how to strengthen them, and uncover the true nature of love – a force within us, rather than an external power – with Vex King. By deconstructing the myths and misconceptions surrounding love and relationships, this book will help you to understand yourself, create and maintain healthy habits, set boundaries and heal.

To My Sisters

by Courtney Daniella Boateng

From the hosts of the hit podcast, To My Sisters, comes this essential guide to sisterhood. Old friends Renee Kapuku and Courtney Daniella Boateng are united in one mission – reinvigorate and redefine sisterhood to inspire a global community of women to uplift each other and reclaim their power. They argue that unconditional love is too often limited to parents or spouses, when actually embracing the power of friendship and community in an authentic way is just as powerful. Packed with practical advice, reflective activities and wise words, To My Sisters will teach you how to find, build and nourish lifelong friendships. 

Seek

by Scott Shigeoka

When was the last time you learned something new or spoke to someone totally different to you about their viewpoints and experiences? In his new book, Seek, curiosity-expert Scott Shigeoka invites us to wonder, explore what makes us curious and expand our understanding of the world. In this practical and accessible guide you’ll learn how harnessing your natural curiosity by letting go of assumptions and embracing hardship can help you enjoy a more connected, compassionate and interesting life. 

How to Calm Your Mind

by Chris Bailey

Productivity expert Chris Bailey offers a toolkit of accessible, science-based strategies to pursue calmness, and ultimately live a less anxious and more engaged life in How to Calm Your Mind. Covering topics including our desire for dopamine, 'busyness' and the digital world, Chris Bailey encourages us to develop our capacity for calm. In doing so, he believes we can build a deeper, more expansive reservoir of energy to draw from throughout the day and invest in the missing piece that leads our efforts to become sustainable over time, ultimately making room to do good work and live a happy life. 

Platonic

by Marisa G. Franco, PhD

When was the last time you put yourself out there to make a new friend? For many of us, the answer is too long ago. In Platonic, Dr Marisa G. Franco explains how the undervaluing of friendship in our culture has led to an epidemic of isolation, and what we can do about it. Platonic teaches us to identify and understand our individual attachment styles and why exploring how we behave in relationships is the key to unlocking what we’re doing right (and what we could do better) in our friendships. This book is the ultimate guide to learning how we make and keep friends for life.

That Little Voice In Your Head

by Mo Gawdat

Mo Gawdat's That Little Voice in Your Head is a practical guide to rewiring your brain for joy. He reveals that by talking down the negative voice within, we can change the way we think, turn greed into kindness, transform apathy into compassionate action and create our own happiness. Gawdat's brain exercises draw on his experience as a former Google engineer and Chief Business Officer, as well as from his neuroscience studies. And he explains how – despite their complexity – our brains generally behave in predictable ways. Drawing inspiration from the life of his late son, Gawdat has written a manual for happiness that is steeped in empathy.

The Kindness Method

by Shahroo Izadi

In these difficult times, we could all benefit from showing ourselves a little kindness. If you want to use this time to make a change, Behavioural Change Specialist Shahroo Izadi believes there’s only one way to make change last, and that’s to be kind to yourself. The Kindness Method was developed through a combination of professional training and personal experience and will leave you feeling empowered, positive and ready to make a change, whether it’s weight loss, cutting down on alcohol or improving your relationships.

The Greatest Self-Help Book (is the one written by you)

by Vex King

From Sunday Times bestselling author of Good Vibes, Good Life and Healing is the New High, Vex King and social media star Kaushal, this is a journal like no other. Filled with exercises, activities and visual prompts, it will help you to understand and regulate your emotions, maintain habits that work for you, shift negative mindsets and cultivate positive thought patterns, build self-awareness and carve out time to practise self-love and gratitude. Think of this as your companion to help you build a healthier relationship with yourself and others; The Greatest Self-Help Book is the one written by you.

I have always believed in the idea that people inspire people. I know what's what inspired me... and Vex really is the ultimate example of that.
Deliciously Ella

H is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

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In this original blend of memoir, biography and nature writing, Helen Macdonald explores how raising Mabel the goshawk helped her heal after her father's sudden death. After buying Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside, Macdonald embarked on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals. The book parallels her experience to that of T. H. White, a closeted homosexual and sadist in the 1930s, who also flew a hawk to self-soothe. With beautiful descriptions of nature, as well as profound reflections on grief, this award-winning book will dazzle and delight in unexpected ways. 

The Queer Parent

by Lotte Jeffs and Stu Oakley

From fertility and adoption queries to starting school and navigating conversations with your kids, The Queer Parent is the essential guide for LGBTQ+ parents, parents-to-be and allies. Written by Lotte Jeffs and Stu Oakley, the hosts of the award-winning podcast Some Families, this funny, empathetic guide contains advice from dozens of queer families and experts who share their experiences, tips, and pitfalls they faced in the journey to becoming parents. Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a friend or anything in between, this book is essential reading for everyone.  

How Now to Age

by Michael Greger MD

Discover the foods, exercises and lifestyle changes that can increase your lifespan in this bestselling guide to longevity by Dr Michael Greger. Cutting through the noise to deliver peer-reviewed research on how to slow the effects of aging on your body, including tips inspired by the world’s oldest and healthiest communities, Dr Greger shares easy, achievable changes that anyone can make to their diet, exercise regime and lifestyle to make their later years happier, healthier and more youthful. 

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Gonzo Capitalism

by Chris Guillebeau

In Gonzo Capitalism, Chris Guillebeau explores how millennials and gen-Z are embracing unconventional ways to make money amidst financial challenges. He showcases individuals who have earned substantial income by sending potatoes in the mail, naming other people's babies, and getting paid to play online games. With a keen eye on the evolving platform economy, he reveals the inner workings of our economy and empowers readers to capitalize on new tools and platforms to turn their talents into income. Gonzo Capitalism provides valuable insights for those seeking alternative paths to financial success in a changing world.

How Big Things Get Done

by Bent Flyvbjerg

Understanding what distinguishes the triumphs from the failures has been the life’s work of Oxford professor Bent Flyvbjerg. In How Big Things Get Done, along with bestselling author Dan Gardner, he reveals the errors that leads projects to fail, and the principles that make them succeed. Think of how Apple’s iPod went from a project with a single employee to an enormously successful product launch in eleven months. But such successes are the exception. Exploring case studies across a broad spectrum of technologies and businesses, discover why this is an exception, and how to be one of these exceptions. 

The Geek Way

by Andrew McAfee

If you’ve ever had an incredible idea that fell on deaf ears when you spoke to your boss about it, this book is for you. Rethinking the traditional structures of top-down hierarchies, some of Silicon Valley’s most successful companies have embraced the geek way of thinking, making decisions using trial and error, evidence and stress-testing, and doing away with the practice of upper management being the sole decision makers. By examining what it is that makes businesses and teams that embrace the approach work, Andrew McAfee has unlocked the secrets of The Geek Way, and how you can apply the principles to improve your business. The future is geeky! 

The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness

by Morgan Housel

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In The Psychology of Money award-winning author Morgan Housel reveals that our success with money isn’t necessarily about what we know, but how we behave. Through nineteen short stories, Housel explores the way we think about our finances in the real world, helping us understand more about our strange relationship with money and teaching readers how to make better sense of one of life’s most important topics. This is a vital read for anyone looking to redefine their relationship with their finances, and if you’re already a fan, Morgan Housel’s new book, Same as Ever: Timeless Lessons on Risk, Opportunity and Living a Good Life, is also out now.

The Psychology of Money is bursting with interesting ideas and practical takeaways. Quite simply, it is essential reading for anyone interested in being better with money. Everyone should own a copy.
James Clear on The Psychology of Money

Pathfinders

by JL Collins

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Hailed as 'The Godfather of Financial Independence', in Pathfinders, JL Collins accompanies readers through fascinating real-life stories from people on the journey to financial independence, and accompanies these with reflections on his 'rules for the road'. These heartfelt, and often surprising tales are the ultimate companion for your own journey to financial freedom, and the true and lasting wealth that lies at the end.

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The Making of the Modern Middle East

by Jeremy Bowen

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