Just love an author who uses 'a unique mix of personal memoir, investigative journalism and the latest research from neuroscience and experimental psychology.' To make us think. Writing outside the boxes. Yes please.
The most challenging and inspiring read. Has changed the way I read the newspapers and the way I see... well... everything. Very important and a very great read funny in places and genuinely jaw droppingly shocking in others. Needs to become compulsory reading in schools and universities.
What the **** is Normal?
This book, by the brilliant Francesca Martinez - in one quick and brilliant read - removed the fear for ever of anyone I know having a 'disabled' baby. Pretty amazing achievement for a book. Oh and it's funny too.
The Film Club
A father pulls his son (who hates school) out of school and decides to home educate him by asking him to watch films of his father's choice and then talk about them to him (or not) wonderful - a very easy read and you don't have to know anything about film to enjoy this. Should be compulsory reading for fathers... especially those that have kids that are failing in the current education system.
This is not only a brilliant explanation of how gentle God fearing Muslims are turned into angry and murderous fanatics it is also very readable (I was so gripped that I read it in 3 days) and, ultimately, inspiring and touching. Husain writes about the person that he was when he hated all non Muslims, and the person that he is now with the greatest honesty and humility. It was a privilege to spend three days listening to this story. We all need to understand what is happening in the UK and how it is happening.. then we need to find a way to play a part in reversing it.
As Used on the Famous
Naive? I was. Gullible? I was. I had NO IDEA what our Government gets up to, that the UK is the second biggest arms dealer in the world or of the levels of corruption and lack of even basic ethics that sometimes (or should I say 'Frequently' Mark?) occur at Westminster. All this and he's funny too.
Another of my Favourite non-fiction writer, this time based in the US, teaches creative writing to young offenders. Hard to decide whether to cry for the young men or laugh with joy for the wonder of Mark's work and perseverance.
Just when we were all about to despair... along came Tobias Jones with a book about the need for community. This book is erudite, wise, lucid, clever, humble and very important; a profound joy and a complete relief. Here is someone expressing what we are all thinking, sorting out the confusion, and offering a way out of the mess we're all in. If you have ever dreamed of selling up and going to live in a community... read this first.
Will Storr vs The Supernatural
Utterly brilliant - intelligent, compelling (it ruined my weekend as I just didn't want to put it down) genuinely scary and, I believe, very important piece of writing - Fan Bloody Tastic. And if you don't believe in ghosts before you start you probably will by the end.
Don't read it is you are of nervous disposition and live alone. Really!
My Stroke of Insight
Jill Bolte Taylor
The book of the best TED talk ever in which Jill describes her stroke and her recovery. If you enjoy psychology and are interested in the brain - this is one of the best.