It’s non-fiction November and I love it. There are SO many wonderful non-fiction books, everything from creative non-fiction and memoirs to literary journalism and essays. There is something incredible about reading something and knowing that it is a true and lived experience.
These are just a few of my favourite non-fiction books that you might want to think about picking up this November…
The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
I loved this book. It is a memoir following Amy Liptrot through a point of major change in her life of extremes. Going from living in one of the most remote and quietest parts of Scotland to a hedonistic lifestyle in London that quickly spiralled out of control and finding her way back again. It’s incredibly moving, beautifully written and gives an amazing insight into the mind of an addict. This book will also make you want to desperately visit the Shetland Islands!
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
This book is so unique. Nelson is also a poet which I think comes across in her work because the sentence structures are so stunning. This memoir reflects on the woman’s body through the lens of Nelson’s relationship with her body when she is pregnant and her gender fluid partner’s body as they transition. The text is very fragmented and jumps around time like she is trying to piece all her memories together.
The Fish Ladder by Katharine Norbury
This is one of my favourite books of all time. Katharine Norbury’s memoir is one of the most beautiful books I’ve read. It combines memoir and nature writing, following Norbury’s journey to the source of a river in the UK after she has a miscarrige.
This book does broach the subject of miscarrige, although its not discussed in length, I think its worth giving a trigger warning for a very sensitive subject.
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
Ohhh this book! Writer Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life in just five years! In this beautifully written memoir, Ward reflects on her relationships with these men and what lead to their deaths, as a way to look at the circumstances that young black men who live in poverty often find themselves in. Let your eyes be opened and your heart moved by this incredibly honest book!
No Is Not Enough by Namoi Klein
I am reading this book at the moment. It is about ‘shock politics’ and how someone like Donald Trump (who she calls the ultimate logo) can become President of the USA. Although it’s about America, a worrying amount is relevant to the UK at the moment! It also looks at how we, as societies can stop letting fear taking over and bring unity back. As Klein says, ‘This is a look at how we arrived at this surreal political moment, how to keep it from getting a lot worse, and how, if we keep our heads, we can flip the script.’
The Fabulous Woman’s Guide Through Cancer by… me!
Given that it is non-fiction, I kinda feel like I have to mention my book. Part self-help and part memoir this book moves from diagnosis to getting the all clear, trying to offer everything that I learned along the way.
Do you have any non-fiction books that you would recommend? If so, please leave a comment in the comments section below… I am always looking for books to add to my list of books to be read!
Happy Reading! x