If I could tear myself away from fiction……

I am a fiction addict – there – I’ve said it. I read it voraciously and almost exclusively. I love the look and sound of lots of non-fiction, but I don’t often find the time to squeeze it in before the next novel. If I could find the time – here’s what I would be reading……..

£9.99, paperback. Why do some women still expect men to buy their dinner? What the hell is going on with porn? Comedian Sara Pascoe explores the complex connections between sex, power and money to create a thoughtful and entertaining journey through anatomy and arousal, dating and sex work, animals and technology. In doing so, she makes our most baffling human behaviours less mysterious. ‘An insightful, sensitive study of modern masculinity and sexual economics.’ Observer

£20.00, hardback. Optimism demands action. Optimism is an active choice. Optimism is not naive and it is not impossible. Lily Cole has met with some of the millions of people around the world who are working on solutions to our biggest challenges and are committed to creating a more sustainable and peaceful future for humanity. Exploring issues from fast fashion to fast food and renewable energy to gender equality, and embracing debate, the book features interviews with diverse voices from entrepreneurs Stella McCartney and Elon Musk, to activists Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook and Farhana Yamin, to offer a beacon of possibility in challenging times. Who Cares Wins is a rousing call to action that will leave you feeling hopeful and optimistic that we can make a difference.

£16.99, hardback. For the last three billion years or so, life on Earth was shaped by natural forces. Evolution tended to happen slowly, with species crafted across millennia. Then, a few hundred thousand years ago, along came a bolshie, big-brained, bipedal primate we now call Homo sapiens, and with that, the Earth’s natural history came to an abrupt end. We are now living through the post-natural phase, where humans have become the leading force shaping evolution. This thought-provoking book considers the many ways that we’ve altered the DNA of living things and changed the fate of life on earth. We have carved chihuahuas from wolves and fancy chickens from jungle fowl. Pilcher explores the changing relationship between humans and the natural world, and reveals how, with evidence-based thinking, humans can help life change for the better.

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