Reading Non-Fiction in 2014

Most of my reading is fiction, but I do like to read non-fiction too. Last year I read 9 books and in 2014 I want to read more, maybe 12, which would average out at one a month. This page is where I’m recording the non-fiction I’ve read in 2014.

I’ve got plenty to choose from in different categories including Autobiographies, Biographies, Diaries, Letters, History, Philosophy, Religion, Writing, and Nature. I hope by the end of the year I’ll have read at least one book from each category.


  1. Shakespeare’s Restless World by Neil MacGregor (History)
  2. The Steel Bonnets: the Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers by George MacDonald Fraser (History)
  3. The English: a Portrait of a People by Jeremy Paxman (History, Sociology)
  4. Leaving Alexandria: a Memoir of Faith and Doubt by Richard Holloway (Biography, Religion)
  5. Sisters of Sinai by Janet Soskice (History, Biography, the Bible)
  6. Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd (Biography, Literature, History)
  7. I Murdered My Library by Linda Grant (Memoir, Books)
  8. Charles Dickens: a Life by Claire Tomalin (Biography, Literature, History)
  9. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens (Memoir, Cancer)
  10. A Short Book about Drawing by Andrew Marr (Art, Drawing, Painting)
  11. In Our Time by Melvyn Bragg (History, Philosophy etc)
  12. Corvus by Esther Woolfson (Birds, Nature, Memoirs)

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