Non-Fiction

What with Brexit, the US elections, the refugee crisis, and more besides, it’s been quite a year. If you’re feeling a bit less than positive about the current and future state of the world, we’ve got a review of a book that’s guaranteed to give you a rapid injection of …

Non-Fiction

Here at Shiny we are proud of our non-fiction section. Largely thanks to the enthusiasm of our excellent reviewers, we cover a very wide range of subject matter, including books that often get neglected on the otherwise excellent book blogs. This issue has, I think, the largest non-fiction selection ever, …

NON-FICTION

Welcome to the non-fiction section of Shiny 11.  As always we are covering quite a wide range of themes and topics, though a couple of categories pop up more than once. One such is psychology, into which come three books: Polly Morland, Metamorphosis: Why and How We Change Charles Fernyhough, The …

Non-Fiction

I’ve really enjoyed reading the non-fiction reviews in Shiny 10 and I’m sure you will too. There’s a plethora of biographies and autobiographies in the section this time round, with many famous names showing up. For biographies you can browse through three great nineteenth-century names: Nick Holland Anne Brontë Elaine …

Non-fiction

Once again we have a pleasingly wide-ranging selection of non-fiction titles for your delectation. Whether you like science or history, biography or travel, there’s bound to be something to catch your eye and send you off to the bookshop. There’s plenty here for those who like reading about other peoples’ …

Non-Fiction

One of the bonuses of being the non-fiction editor of Shiny is how much I learn about all kinds of things, some of which I never even knew I was interested in. A good deal of this is owing to our lovely reviewers, whose suggestions as always have added some …

Non-Fiction

Although this issue’s non-fiction section is slightly slimmed down in terms of numbers, it’s got some pretty weighty books (literally!). There are two Oxford Companions, Fairy Tales and Wine, the gloriously illustrated Mythology by Christopher Dell, and the splendidly informative Renishaw Hall: The Story of the Sitwells by Desmond Seward. …

Non-Fiction

Shiny 6 has an absolutely bumper crop of non-fiction. If you love life stories, you’re going to be in your element – there are no fewer than seven of them, both autobiographies and biographies. If you enjoy living people writing about themselves, you’ve got Jon Day on his time as …

Non-Fiction

History, science, psychology, biography, cooking – what’s your favourite kind of non-fiction? Whatever it is, we’ve got a bumper crop for you in Shiny 5. I suspect almost everyone likes reading about reading, and we’ve got two books on that subject, both of which started as projects. Ann Morgan’s Reading …

Non-Fiction

There’s something for all lovers of non-fiction in issue 4 of Shiny New Books. History enthusiasts are particularly well catered for, with a wide range of approaches and periods, ranging from James Evans’ Merchant Adventurers through Jenny Uglow’s sweeping account of Napoleonic times in Britain, to Neil MacGregor’s fascinating survey …

Non-Fiction

Welcome to the autumn selection of non-fiction!  As usual, there’s a wide selection of topics to choose from. For lovers of the visual arts, there’s a real feast here. Hayley Cambell’s The Art of Neil Gaiman, which does what it says on the cover, two books by the celebrated American …