Non Fiction November #NNFD

Sometimes, what actually happens is more bizarre than anything that could be imagined. Let’s be honest; you only need to look across the ‘pond’ to the USA to see the truth of that! I’ll be indulging my naturally suspicious inner-self with a few cracking books this month …

Did you know the first Thursday in November is National Non-Fiction Day (NNFD)? It’s something I only discovered two days ago, so please forgive this hastily compiled article. NNFD was initiated by The Federation of Children’s Book Groups, but with such a rich selection of non-fiction titles filling the shelves for us grown-ups, I’m afraid I’m not prepared to let the kids have all the fun.

I have a growing wish list of non-fiction titles languishing online awaiting their turn to enlighten my inquiring (some say ‘suspicious’) mind. With my discovery of NNFD I’ve renewed my desire to feast my beady bookish eyes on them, and (admittedly) feed my inner conspiracist!

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t”.
Mark Twain

currently reading

Red Notice by Bill Browder

I fell in love with Russia when I read The Bronze Horseman many years ago. Since then, I seek out any books to feed my fascination. I’m close to finishing this book and it’s been utterly addictive, terrifying, and almost impossible to put down.

In November 2009, the young lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was beaten to death by eight police officers in a freezing cell in a Moscow prison. His crime? Testifying against Russian officials who were involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million of taxes. 

Red Notice is a searing exposé of the whitewash of this imprisonment and murder. The killing hasn’t been investigated. It hasn’t been punished. Bill Browder is still campaigning for justice for his late lawyer and friend. This is his explosive journey from the heady world of finance in New York and London in the 1990s, through battles with ruthless oligarchs in turbulent post-Soviet Union Moscow, to the shadowy heart of the Kremlin. 

With fraud, bribery, corruption and torture exposed at every turn, Red Notice is a shocking political roller-coaster.

and then I’m going to read …

The Secret Life of the Savoy by Olivia Williams

This beautiful book was gifted to me by the lovely Mairead. I’ll be pouring myself a martini (gin, of course!) before indulging in three generations of scandal, glamour, starlets and high society.

In 1889, Victorian impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte opened The Savoy, Britain’s first luxury hotel. Allowing the rich to live like royalty, it attracted glamour, scandal and a cast of eccentric characters, with the D’Oyly Carte family elevated to a unique vantage point on high society.

The Secret Life of the Savoy tells their story through three generations: Richard (a showman who made his fortune from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas), Rupert (who expanded the D’Oyly Carte empire through two world wars and the roaring twenties), and Bridget (the reluctant heiress and last of the family line).

In this, the first biography of the family, Olivia Williams revives their extroardinary cultural legacy, told through the prism of their iconic hotel and its many distinguished guests.

and then I’ll tackle my online wishlist …

This is the point at which you’ll (hopefully) understand why I chose the header image I did for this blog. Because if I were in your shoes looking at the wishlist of non fiction books below I’d definitely peg me as a suspiciously-minded person 😳

I hope this list has given you food for thought, and makes you consider heading away from the fiction shelves next time you unleash yourself on a bookshop.

Happy reading, folks!

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