The ever-increasing appeal of non-fiction books has brought rise to a whole host of fantastic titles over the last few years. Let’s take a look at the top 10 trending non-fiction books of April. From remarkable memoirs inspiring upcoming movies to stacks of recipe and fitness books (we can’t hide from Joe Wicks!). Read on to discover the non-fiction titles trending at World of Books, and our thoughts on why!
1. The Mauritanian – Mohamedou Ould Slahi
The international bestseller that set the world on fire, told in full: Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s unflinching account of his fourteen years of detention without charge in Guantanamo Bay.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi retells his harrowing yet inspirational true story of life as an inmate in one of the most notorious prisons in the world. This is a re-release of the memoir originally titled Guantánamo Diary, first published in 2015.
Amazon Prime Video released its adaptation of the story into a legal drama film this April, hitting the mainstream and relighting the fire of anger and desire for reform across nations. This story is not an easy read, but its message is loud, and we all need to hear it.
2. Prisoners of Geography – Tim Marshall
Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics.
All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to understand world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements…but if you don’t know geography, you’ll never have the full picture.
This month, Tim Marshall‘s greatly anticipated follow-up to Prisons of Geography, called The Power of Geography: Ten Maps that Reveal the Future of Our World is being published this April! This in turn has reignited excitement around the first in the series. Marshall’s geopolitical commentary is a fascinating read, reread, and read to share among your mates who love discussing ‘the bigger picture’ of things.
3. Happy – Fearne Cotton
Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect.
Fearne Cotton draws on her own personal experiences in this simple, friendly and bestselling guide to finding happiness, featuring Fearne’s charming hand-drawn illustrations throughout.
The importance of talking about mental health and mental wellbeing has increased exponentially in the last few years, and Fearne Cotton took to writing to express and encourage further discussions and more importantly actions to improving our general mental wellbeing. Now a well-known advocate for mental health, Fearne has her own very popular podcast called Happy Place. With over 40 million downloads spanning three years, the ever-growing fanbase is referring back to the book which started it all, Happy.
4. The Hairy Dieters – Hairy Bikers
How to Love Food and Lose Weight. The Hairy Bikers have lost almost 6 stone between them and you can lose weight too…
The Hairy Bikers are well known for their no-nonsense, passionate love for all things food. The duo is a national favourite thanks to their cheeky, charming attitudes and desire to make good cooking as accessible as possible. The Hairy Dieters is one of their 25 different cookbooks. It is by no means new, having been published with critical acclaim in 2012. However, as the world begins to open up again, people are turning to the Hairy Bikers for some good, honest, healthy grub!
5. Unnatural Causes – Dr Richard Shepherd
Meet the forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd.
He solves the mysteries of unexplained or sudden death.
He has performed over 23,000 autopsies, including some of the most high-profile cases of recent times; the Hungerford Massacre, the Princess Diana inquiry, and 9/11. He has faced serial killers, natural disaster, ‘perfect murders’ and freak accidents. His evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent, and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads. Yet all this has come at a huge personal cost.
If you’ve been gripped by another of the incredible medical memoir and biographical stories in recent years like This is Going to Hurt, The Secret Barrister, and The Prison Doctor, then this one will certainly keep you stuck in your seat. This novel tells stories we have all heard, from a very different angle: the sharp end of a scalpel. Though coming from a very physical, scientific standpoint, Dr Shepherd’s gripping stories maintain a uniquely human take, maintaining complete respect to the people involved.
6. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk – Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
Experts Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish provide effective step by step techniques to help you improve and enrich your relationships with your children.
This book has been a staple of parenting and child development for over 40 years. Considering life has changed so drastically over the last four decades, the fact that this book is still a bestseller for parents and guardians all-around is a testament to its brilliance. Check out the full selection of Faber and Mazlish’s work including their guides for little kids, teens, and sibling rivalry. With the monumental shift since the pandemic, parents have had to navigate this new world while also navigating the already massive life-long job of parenthood, so it’s understandable why they’re turning to the best for assistance!
7. Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton
Award-winning journalist Dolly Alderton survived her twenties (just about) and in Everything I Know About Love, she gives an unflinching account of the bad dates and squalid flat-shares, the heartaches and humiliations, and most importantly, the unbreakable female friendships that helped her to hold it all together.
This memoir documents Alderton’s twenties in a way that leaves all the doors open for every reader to see, hear, and feel the events as if they were their own memories. What makes this memoir particularly gripping is the fact that many young 20-something women have had these shared experiences without even knowing how relatable they are. Dolly Alderton recently announced her decision to focus on fiction, beginning with her fantastic modern fiction novel Ghosts published at the end of 2020.
8. Lady in Waiting – Anne Glenconner
The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen’s Coronation. Anne Glenconner reveals the real events behind The Crown as well as her own life of drama, tragedy and courage, with the wonderful wit and extraordinary resilience which define her.
Published in 2019, held in general interest by huge Netflix series The Crown, as well as all the Royal coverage from weddings and babies to deaths and scandals, Lady in Waiting is just one of the top books trending right now featuring real-life stories from the British monarchy. Anne Glenconner offers a truly unique insight into the life of Princess Margaret, while also providing substantial background and contextual information from a lifestyle completely foreign to the masses.
9. Lean in 15 – The Shift Plan – Joe Wicks
15 Minute Meals and Workouts to Keep You Lean and Healthy.
Start your journey to better health and fitness now with The Body Coach and the bestselling diet book of all time! Eat more. Exercise less. Lose fat.
We told you, you can’t escape Joe Wicks! ‘The Body Coach’, who originally rose to fame on Instagram, became a nationwide force for good during the lockdowns which began in Spring 2020. Daily exercise live streams called P.E with Joe kept the nation active and positive. The final stream was last month, and we are turning to Wicks’ books for advice on keeping fit and eating well for now and the future. Wicks has published five different Lean in 15 books as well as a number of other titles. Check out more Joe Wicks’ books here.
10. The Choice – Edith Eger
In 1944, sixteen-year-old ballerina Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Separated from her parents on arrival, she endures unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. When the camp is finally liberated, she is pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.
The horrors of the Holocaust didn’t break Edith. In fact, they helped her learn to live again with a life-affirming strength and a truly remarkable resilience.
The unbelievably harrowing yet endlessly inspiring story of Edith Eger’s life is one of the bestselling memoirs from a holocaust survivor. Due to retellings and descriptions of the brutal acts carried out during WWII, this biographical book is an extremely hard-hitting read. However, it is ever-important to keep the stories of survivors alive, to be better equipped to prevent history from repeating itself. The words on the front of the cover say it all: ‘Even in hell, hope can flower.’
Have you read any of these 10 trending non-fiction books of April? What did you read this month? Let us know in the comments below.