Non-fiction books to immerse you in hours of thought-provoking repose. We've carefully selected our favourite non-fiction titles that have made an impact culturally, been decisively well-researched, and proven influential as well as enjoyed incredible popularity. Our curated list of non-fiction essentials offer impressive insights as well as just being simply, really good-reads. The following is our list of the best in bestselling non-fiction books.
1. Billion Dollar Whale
Now a #1 international bestseller, Billion Dollar Whale is 'an epic tale of white-collar crime on a global scale,' (Publishers Weekly, starred review) revealing how a young social climber from Malaysia pulled off one of the biggest heists in history.
In 2009, a chubby, mild-mannered graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business named Jho Low set in motion a fraud of unprecedented gall and magnitude, one that would come to symbolise the next great threat to the global financial system. Over a decade, Low, with the aid of Goldman Sachs and others, siphoned billions of dollars from an investment fund - right under the nose of global financial industry watchdogs. Low used the money to finance elections, purchase luxury real estate, throw champagne-drenched parties, and even to finance Hollywood films like 'The Wolf of Wall Street'.
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2. Bad Science - Ben Goldacre Collection
Since 2003 Dr Ben Goldacre has been exposing dodgy medical data in his popular Guardian column. In this eye-opening book he takes on the MMR hoax and misleading cosmetics ads, acupuncture and homeopathy, vitamins and human-kinds vexed relationship with all manner of toxins. Along the way, the self-confessed Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General performs a successful detox on a Barbie doll, sees his dead cat become a certified nutritionist and probes the supposed medical qualifications of Dr Gillian McKeith. Full spleen and satire, Ben Goldacre takes us on a hilarious, invigorating and ultimately alarming journey through the bad science we are fed daily by hacks and quacks.
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3. Is Butter a Carb?
The ultimate myth-busting nutrition bible. Registered dietitians Rosie Saunt and Helen West are the founders of The Rooted Project, set up to translate the latest research direct to your plate, and make evidence-based nutrition accessible and engaging. In this book, they explore everything from the danger of anecdotal evidence and unsubstantiated 'facts' about food to the real science behind the nutrients we consume every day. They explain why there's nothing to be feared from fat or carbs; or - for the vast majority of us - the much-maligned gluten, as well as probing the murky depths of the diet industry to explore the latest links between diet culture and weight stigma.
Saunt and West take a deep-dive into gut health, look at the emerging science of the connection between food and mood and examine differences between allergies and intolerances. This book is both a reference guide and a narrative to relish: it debunks the myths that dominate the food and wellness industry and offers the right tools and knowledge to allow readers to take control of their own health.
Evidence-based, body positive and practical, Is Butter a Carb? is the modern must-have nutrition book for everybody interested in food, health and pop science.
4. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what's the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller pay cheques, fewer promotions-and lots of stress.
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, a fascinating and scrutinising look at the corporate world.
5. Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire
From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.
Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - Navigating what it means to be black and British in an increasingly globalised world.