5 on Friday: 5 From My Non-Fiction Shelves

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There is little as rewarding as losing yourself in the make-believe world of a good novel.  Immersing yourself in characters, places and events far removed from yourself can be the perfect antidote to the real world.  I don’t deny that novels can also be inspiring but sometimes looking to non fiction is the best source of inspiration.  Which is why I wanted to share with you today 5 of my favourite non fiction reads.  Those books I have missed train stops for, or read late into the night emerging at the end of them encouraged, and excited by the human spirt and ability to achieve, or endure

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

This book is a series of generous reflections and observations on his own shortcomings as a doctor and as a man.  Despite the potentially grizzly nature of the material, as diseases and surgery is discussed in detail, I would recommend this book to anyone.  It is a graphic but mostly sensitive  insight into a world that few of us will experience

Running Like a Girl by by Alexandra Heminsley

Alexandra’s book is the ultimate from couch to marathon runner  inspiration.  This is the story of her running life, the setbacks along the way and the emotional ups and downs, all told in a humorous and entirely readable way. She really does encourage every one to believe they can run a marathon; and I would imagine it would be impossible not to read this and want to put on the running shoes and at least attempt a lap around the block.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

This is a true story.  It is the story of Matt Haig, the crisis that struck him in his early twenties, how he came through that and how he has continued to triumph over the mental illness that almost destroyed him; and how, despite all this he has learnt to live joyfully again.  I learnt so much about the terror that is mental illness from this compassionate, honest book

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran  

Anyone who has read Caitlin Moran will appreciate her sometimes acerbic wit and self deprecating humour.  This book is  funny and serious and as she tackles those issues facing all women of all ages.  This is part memoir, part feminist history.  It’s honesty is shocking in parts but it made me think, which can never be a bad thing.

Just a Little Run Around the World by Rosie Swale Pope 

Rosie Swale Pope is an incredible lady who after her husbands death ran an astonishing solo 20,000 miles around the world to raise money for charity.  Her attitude is humbling and her courage and hope in the face of adversity is second to none.  I have thought about Rosie often when facing my own physical challenges.

Which non-fiction reads would you recommend?  Pop your recommendations into the comments box, I’d love to know.

Have a lovely weekend

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  1. November 20, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Measons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig is one of those books I’ve been tempted to read for a while, I’ve read a few posts and spoke to a few people who have taken bits from it and I’m rather intrigued.

    • angiev@blueyonder.co.uk
      November 24, 2016 / 5:34 pm

      Definitely recommend it. Its one of my books of the year.

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