Non-Fiction

‘Life on the Edge’, by Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden

A groundbreaking book applies a ‘weird’ complex science to the messy world of biology – with fascinating results

I'm Not Here to Give a Speech - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This book contains the complete speeches of the novelist translated for the first time into English. It shows his talent with words through the speeches he gave throughout his life.

Vivid Faces by RF Foster, review: 'thronged with personalities'

Roy Foster's 'group portrait' of Ireland in its most shape-shifting years, from 1890 to 1923, offers a passionate and human history, says Neil Hegarty

In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815 by Jenny Uglow, review: 'crowded with characters'

Nicholas Shakespeare admires a hugely ambitious account of the era of press-gangs, rumoured French invasion and 'Mad King George'

In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleons Wars, 1793-1815 by Jenny Uglow review

How were the lives of ordinary people changed by the French wars? This is anecdote-rich descriptive history at its best.

Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression: The Finest in Jazz Since 1939 - Richard Havers

Released to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the coolest and best- known label in jazz, this book celebrates over seven decades of extraordinary music from a company that has stayed true to its founders commitment to Uncompromising Expression. Tracing

Ayoade on Ayoade - Richard Ayoade

In this book Richard Ayoade - actor, writer, director, and amateur dentist - reflects on his cinematic legacy as only he can: in conversation with himself. Over ten brilliantly insightful and often erotic interviews, Ayoade examines himself fully and with

I’m Not Here to Give a Speech by Gabriel García Márquez; book review

I enjoyed reading this short collection of Gabriel García Márquez’s speeches but I’m not sure it told me many things I didn’t already know.

My Life in Houses - Margaret Forster

‘I was born on May 25, 1938, in the front bedroom of a house in Orton Road, on the outer edges of Raffles, a council estate. I was a lucky girl.’ So begins Margaret Forster’s journey through the houses she’s lived in, from that sparkling new co

I Should Have Said... - Daisy de Villeneuve

In I Should Have Said, Daisy de Villeneuve puts together her personal experiences of friendships, flirtations and romances to help provide the reader with useful quips for when a conversation goes wrong. Using her signature felt-tip drawings and wit,