Reading non-fiction is an opportunity to pursue your interests, relish wonderful writing and take you to places you haven’t yet imagined. Like all writing – like history – it is written through the experience and background of the author. The Rory Gilmore Book Club discussion page at goodreads is place to start.


Collects outstanding new and classic non fiction articles of substantial length – proving that internet users do have the patience & attention spans to read in-depth materials. The site can also be browsed by categories eg. science, war, politics, arts & culture, editor’s picks etc Search the archive for topics, authors, time periods, publishers, tags. iPad app available.

Reading non-fiction can be about wanting – like all reading – to roll about in the luscious words,to find out, and to be taken somewhere else.

Here is your starter list for non-fiction, send any suggestions to make the list grow.


Peter Moore Vroom with a View “In the summer I turned forty I bought an old Vespa on eBay and rode it from Milan to Rome.The Vespa was a beautiful coffee coloured ’61 model with saddle seats and a little too much chrome. I called her Sophia after Sophia Loren and the Italians loved her as much as I did.From the Italian Alps to the hilltop towns of Tuscany she showed me a side of Italy very few people get to see.” from

Donna Woolfolk Cross Pope Joan “For a thousand years, her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die–Pope Joan, a controversial figure of historical record who, disguised as a man, rose to rule Christianity in the 9th century as the first and only woman to sit on the throne of St. Peter.Excerpts online This one sneaks in as historical fiction…

John Berendt Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  Described as sublime and seductive non-fiction reading like a novel, the story is set in the Southern US city of Savannah. It is 1981 and it is murder and suspense filled with real life characters in a place where everyone knows everyone.

John Hersey  Hiroshima

George Negus The World From Italy Football, Food and Politics:  uncovers a side of Italy that you won′t find in guidebooks or Italian travel memoirs. Negus and his family immerse themselves in Italian life for 12 months.

Frances Mayes Bella Tuscany ‘Frances Mayes has always adored houses, and when she saw Bramasole, a neglected, 200-year old Tuscan farmhouse nestled in five overgrown acres, it was love at first sight. Out of that instant infatuation have come four marvelous, and hugely popular, books. The bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun, remained on The New York Times bestseller list for two and a half years.’ from her website, Frances Mayes is a novelist, poet, blogger and travel writer.

Denise Chong The Girl in the Picture: The Story of Kim Phuc, the Photograph, and the Vietnam War

Denise Chong 

Christopher Kremmer The Carpet Wars is an  account of a decade spent living, travelling and reporting from Asia and the Middle East.His obsession with carpets and the ′perfect rug′  saw him trace the threads of the carpet-making trade . A story of  lifelong friendships, and societies ripped apart by war, religion and fratricide, and ruled over by warlords

Simon Winchester In The River at the Centre of the World Winchester travels the length of the Yangtze river-the third longest river in the world-from Shanghai, where it meets the sea, up to its source in Tibet. As he traces the river back to its source, he also travels backwards in time

Mireille Guiliano  French Women Don’t Get Fat –  French women don’t get fat, but they do eat bread and pastry, drink wine, and
regularly enjoy three-course meals. In her delightful tale, Mireille Guiliano unlocks the simple secrets of this “French paradox” -– how to enjoy food and stay slim and healthy from :

Martin Gurdon  Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance ‘A reflection on keeping chickens. Little did the author realise that a small flock of chickens could change his life (and his lawn) so much. For those that already keep chickens or those that think they might like to keep chickens – a lovely gentle book well worth a read. ‘from

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