Non-Fiction November Reading List

Posted by Becca Parkinson - Thursday, 4 Nov 2021


It’s #NonFictionNovember, a month-long non-fiction reading initiative, aiming to showcase and celebrate brilliant works of non-fiction.

Check out our handpicked Reading List below, and follow us on our social channels, where we’ll be sharing #nonfictionnovember content throughout the month.

A writer's guide to Ancient Rome


For writers of Roman historical fiction: a basic guide to family life, food & clothing, housing & travel, law & order, economics, religion, and entertainment.

Rebel women between the wars


An original history of 13 women from the interwar years, who successfully challenged male dominance in a wide range of occupations from mountaineering, to motoring and humanitarian activism. Through their diaries, letters and other personal writings, we see the strategies they used to break free from domesticity and into the active, public world.

The fantasy fiction formula


A guide to the nuts and bolts of fantasy writing that illustrates techniques with examples drawn from published fantasy fiction and offers plentiful drills and exercises to help students hone their writing skills.

Reckless opportunists


Aeron Davis looks at the growing crisis of leadership in Britain today. He argues that increasingly self-interested elites are not only damaging society they are destroying the basis of Establishment rule itself. The book, based on over 350 elite interviews, asks: how did we end up producing the leaders that got us here and what can we do about it?

Me, not you


Phipps argues that the mainstream movement against sexual violence embodies a political whiteness which both reflects its demographics and limits its revolutionary potential.

Culture is bad for you


The book demonstrates that cultural jobs are the preserve of the most privileged, a 'creative class' in society, and always have been: there was no golden age for social mobility in culture. It shows how women, people of colour, and those of working class origins are missing from key parts of the workforce and audience for culture.

Indo-Pacific Empire


This book explains why the idea of the Indo-Pacific is so strategically important and concludes with a strategy designed to help the West engage with Chinese power in the region in such a way as to avoid conflict.

Deporting Black Britons


Deporting 'Black Britons' exposes the relationship between racism, borders and citizenship by telling the painful stories of four men who have been exiled to Jamaica. It examines processes of criminalisation, illegalisation and racialisation as they interact to construct deportable subjects in contemporary Britain and offers new ways of thinking about race and citizenship at different scales.

Bordering Britain


(B)ordering Britain argues that Britain is the spoils of empire, its immigration law is colonial violence and irregular immigration is anti-colonial resistance.

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