current non-fiction reads

Between my more structured posts about favourites, and what I’m looking forward to reading in the future, I thought I’d try and make a note of what I’m flicking through at the moment too, which should hopefully help me start posting a bit more regularly without feeling the need to write paragraph upon paragraph; which is no bad thing but it does take time!

I’ve been dipping into plenty of non-fiction lately – I used to read lots of academic things, especially when I was at uni, but I’m certainly out of the habit now and looking to get back into it. If there’s anything you think I absolutely must pick up right away, drop a comment at the end of this post or get in touch with me on twitter. I’m always looking to increase my knowledge!

Like lots of people, I managed to catch Chernobyl on Sky these last few weeks and oh my goodness! I have never felt so tense, so utterly terrified – despite the fact that I knew what the outcome was – a definite testament to something that was so clearly a labour of love for all the cast and crew. It also made me want to know more, naturally about what happened so I picked up Chernobyl by Serhii Plokhy and although I’ve only read a few chapters, I can already tell this will satisfy my need to know more, while still remaining accessible and not too complicated. The human face of history has always remained my interest and especially with something as far reaching as Chernobyl, the voices of the people of the Ukraine are incredibly important.

Another one I’ve picked up has been Court Number One: The Old Bailey Trials that defined Modern Britain. I heard about this one months and months ago and I had it in the back of my mind to pick up once it came in. I love crime and I’ll even confess to a bit of a penchant for true crime (mindhunter anyone?) so this is right up my alley. I’ve only skimmed a bit of it so far, but it gives a good overview in the first few chapters of what the whole book aims to explore, and it does what it says on the tin really – Grant has chosen ten cases from British history that he considers to have defined the workings of the Old Bailey, from Lord Haw-Haw to Peter Sutcliffe. I’m excited to start this one properly for sure!

Last but by no means least is the behemoth that I’ve been reading on and off now for almost a month – Dominic Sandbrook’s Seasons in the Sun: The Battle For Britain, 1974-1979. Its a period of history I knew very little about before I started this book, gleaning bits and pieces here and there from novels and the six times I’ve seen Billy Elliot – but it really has been invaluable. It covers everything from politics to culture and even just everyday life in between. Sandbrook makes it all equally fascinating and its easy to dip in and out of, without feeling like you have to read the whole 700+ pages in one fell swoop.

And so, to finish – despite this post being entirely about my non-fiction current reads, I’m reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff before I go to bed of an evening and its a struggle to tear myself away from it to actually go to sleep. I’ve not read a fantasy novel this good in such a long time – darkly hilarious with a unique narrator, giving rise to a richly and intricately drawn world, I cannot recommend it highly enough!

Coming up soon, a post about my favourite crime novels!

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