Non-Fiction

Home: A Time Traveller's Tales from Britain's Prehistory - Francis Pryor

In Home Francis Pryor, author of The Making of the British Landscape, archaeologist and broadcaster, takes us on his lifetime's quest: to discover the origins of family life in prehistoric Britain Francis Pryor's search for the origins of our island st

My Life in Houses. By Margaret Forster

SIX guineas a week – and their first home of their own, albeit with no noise demands and, as yet, no furniture, not even a bed, apart from a table left behind by the flat’s last tenant.

The gospel according to Russell Brand

Brand's political manifesto is more narcissistic and self-regarding than the most drivelling of showbiz memoirs.

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous - Gabriella Coleman

Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says “knows all of Anonymous’ deepest, darkest secrets.” Half a dozen years ag

With Amy, it’s the love that keeps giving

Amy Poehler’s first book is a memoir/advice guide/scrapbook medley peppered with fantastic photos.

Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale by Marina Warner review – wide-ranging and wonderful

From forest hut to Brothers Grimm to Harry Potter, this scholarly survey explores the force, flight and fantasy of fairy stories.

Mecca: The Sacred City by Ziauddin Sardar review – ‘The pilgrimage is now an adjunct to the retail’

The House of Saud will not like this book, which argues that the holiest site in Islam has become a centre of brash consumerism and architectural folly.

Tim Parks: Where I'm Reading From (Harvill Secker)

NOT so long ago a tyro writer who has been sojourning in foreign parts pinged me an email.

Home: a Time Traveller's Tales from Britain's Prehistory by Francis Pryor, review: 'rambling but thought-provoking'

From building roads to burying the dead, prehistoric Britons were pretty sophisticated, says Horatio Clare

Stalin: Paradoxes of Power 1878-1928 - Stephen Kotkin

In January 1928 Stalin, the ruler of the largest country in the world, boarded a train bound for Siberia where he would embark upon the greatest gamble of his political life. He was about to begin the largest programme of social reengineering ever attempt