Seeing as November is Nonfiction Month, this week I’ve decided to compile a list of my top 5 nonfiction books at the moment. I have to admit, because I’m not a big nonfiction reader, compiling this list was quite difficult!
- The Establishment by Owen Jones
This is the book I’m currently reading and at the moment it’s the Guardian Teen Book Club Book of the Month. It’s a brilliant book on the imbalance of power in modern day Britain, the changing face of politics, inequality and it challenges these issues perfectly. Injected with bursts of humour, The Establishment is frank, funny and a damn good read. It will open your eyes to the world around us and how we need to take action.
- Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’Toole
I previously mentioned this book on my top 5 Feminist Reads and it’s such a good book I had to mention it here. It explores issues that contemporary feminism are struggling with and attempting to tackle in a hilarious way that makes the book read like a conversation you would have with your best friend. It explains the issues clearly without being patronising and O’Toole slips her opinion in so subtly you don’t even notice.
- Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones
I know this is the second Owen Jones book on the list, but what can I say? Jones speaks the truth. Like The Establishment, Jones tackles the inequality of the class system and focuses on the demonization of the working class. Jones is ruthless with his observations and it makes you realise how slowly, the position of the working class has fallen dramatically in more ways than one. Jones discusses the media depiction of the working class, the lack of representation and brings light to a topic never really spoken about before.
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
I only just got around to reading this a few months ago after being given it as a gift a few years ago. I wasn’t that impressed to begin with, but it’s worth sticking with it. It follows Krakauer as he explored the obsession with solitude after reporting on a young man who attempted to walk alone in the wilderness of Alaska but who unfortunately died. Krakauer examines his story with compassion, truth and clarity and has created a nonfiction book that will move you as much as any novel. It also gives you serious wanderlust so check it out!
The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
WARNING: THIS BOOK WILL REDUCE YOU TO TEARS. No book has ever distressed me quite as much as The Railway Man. It is an account of Lomax’s experience as a Prisoner of War in Japan during World War Two where he was forced to work on the Burmese-Siam Railway and was ruthlessly tortured. However, after he meets his wife, he is able to recover from his trauma and comes face to face with ne of his tormentors. The Railway Man is a gripping read and I highly recommend it!
What are your favourite nonfiction reads? Comment below.