The Body by Bill Bryson (3 Oct). Bill Bryson turns his attention inwards to explore the human body. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body: A Guide for Occupants is an attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological makeup.
Straight Outta Crawley by Romesh Ranganathan (3 Oct). Retired maths teacher turned comedian Ranganathan tells his origin story in his hilarious and irreverent autobiography. From the delights of Sri Lankan hospitality to his struggles as a child, we learn about his adolescent flirtation with a rap career and his attempts to make it in comedy.
How to Have Feminist Sex by Flo Perry (3 Oct). We talk about feminism in the workplace and dating after #MeToo, but when it comes to our sex lives, few of us are free of our own patriarchal conditioning and niggling fears. From faking it to consent, stress to kink, Flo Perry is on a mission to get more people talking openly about what they do and don't want from every romantic encounter.
Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald (3 Oct). In 2015 Helen Macdonald weaved magic with her award-winning nature book H is for Hawk, shining a light on the world of birds. Her newest book, Vesper Flights, is a collection of transcendent essays charting our relationship with wildlife - from wild boar to mushroom hunting, to migraines and bird watching.
We Are The Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer (10 Oct). Eating Animals had a profound effect on the literary world, spurning many readers to give up meat-eating then and there. Acclaimed author Safran Foer is back, this time turning the lens on the climate crisis and what we can do about it. Told in his signature witty prose, it is an urgent call-to-arms of what we all must do to save the Earth from entering a cataclysmic state.
Before We Was We by Madness (10 Oct). North London. The 1970s. Amid a grim landscape of bomb sites, squats, public baths and rough pubs, a loose gang of misfits and outsiders started making music together… Before We Was We is the story of Madness as told by the band themselves.
How to Grow Old by John Bishop (10 Oct). Whether he likes it or not, John is getting older. His hair is greying, it’s getting that much harder to stay fit, and the potential to become something of an embarrassment is ever increasing. But hope is not lost. How to Grow Old is John Bishop’s offering to the world. With sage advice on how to avoid the common pitfalls of age, intimate confessions and spit-your-dentures-out hilarious commentary on his own advancing years.
Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson (10 Oct). Neil deGrasse Tyson is arguably the most influential, acclaimed scientist on the planet. Every year, he receives thousands of letters – from students to prisoners, scientists to priests. Some seek advice, others yearn for inspiration; some are full of despair, others burst with wonder. But they are all searching for understanding, meaning and truth. His replies are by turns wise, funny, and mind-blowing.
The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek (17 Oct). Simon Sinek has is the bestselling author of Together is Better and Leaders Eat Last and his TED Talk based on his book Start with Why has amassed 35 million views. The Infinite Game offers a bold new take on business strategy applying game theory to explore how great businesses achieve long-term success.
How to Draw Inky Wonderlands by Johanna Basford (17 Oct). Unleash your inner artist and learn to draw with ‘queen of colouring’ Johanna Basford. In this beautiful, accessible guide Johanna shares the fun, simple, no-skills-needed secrets to creating your own flora, fauna and fantasies inspired by her bestselling and beloved colouring books.
This Could Be Our Future by Yancey Strickler (31 Oct). The co-founder of Kickstarter, Yancey Strickler proposes a powerful new way of thinking to help us escape creeping feelings of being unfulfilled by lack of wealth, lack of peace and lack of ability to change. Hint: It’s all to do with recalibrating what we define as ‘value’.
Rick Stein’s Secret France by Rick Stein (31 Oct). Discover the essence of authentic French home cooking with the man who introduced us to it. In search of the new French Idyll, Rick’s meandering quest through the byways and back roads of rural France sees him pick up inspiration from Normandy to rural Provence.
Eight Master Lessons of Nature by Gary Ferguson (31 Oct). Prize-winning essayist and nature writer Ferguson aims to gently dismantle the walls we have erected between ourselves and nature, showing us the wonder of the world around us. Drawing on stories from art and science, flora and fauna, philosophy and history, he has written a timely reminder of our place in this world.