If silver linings are the best we can hope for these days, then let us mark the glut of exciting new writing being published this autumn as one. Books originally due out in the spring are being published now and some top authors have spent lockdown putting pen to paper, all in addition to the usual drop of pre-Christmas books. So with a bumper crop of literary treats over the next few of months we have complied our list of some of the best new nonfiction coming out this year.
How anyone got through lockdown and managed to produce work fit for publication we don’t know but apparently it is possible…
Six essays on her experiences of lockdown, this is sure to be absorbing and thought provoking.
If anyone can be relied upon to tell us how it is, TV presenter and acclaimed author Dawn O’Porter certainly can. A brilliant collection of essays on life as it has been in 2020.
Writing during lockdown and the Delhi riots, legendary writer Arundhati Roy looks at how freedom is being challenged in a world of growing authoritarianism. She offers the idea that the pandemic provides an invitation to humankind to imagine another world.
A pocket-sized polemic from this much-lauded writer on living in an age of pessimism, when misinformation and fear seem the norm.
This (as yet unnamed) book on President Trump by the renowned journalist is due to drop just before the election for maximum impact.
One of the world’s most inspiring and innovative thinkers reflects on science, history and humanity. Author of bestselling Seven Brief Lessons on Physics.
Probably the most discussed book of the last month, we had to include it here. Essential reading for anyone interested in why society looks and feels like it does today.
Fans of the Wolf Hall trilogy mustn’t miss this collection of essays and memoir from 30 years of writing for The London Review of Books.
This is being touted as his ‘legacy-defining book’ and is one we should probably all be reading.
Her debut book is everything her fans could hope for. She shares her thoughts on friendship, art, parenting and, of course, eyeliner.
How to grow old, a decade (we know) after the success of How To Be A Woman.
Finally, the extraordinary stories of the female Cold War operatives are being told. This the life of ’the greatest female spy in history’ by a master storyteller.
One for a cold Halloween night by the author of The Confessions of Mr Whicher.
A long anticipated and shockingly honest memoir from the journalist wife of Conrad Black ‘I love fashion, sex and opera,’ she once told an interviewer, ‘but life would have been easier if my passions had been for train-spotting and stamp collecting.’ The cast include Elton John, Princess Diana, Tom Stoppard, Ghislaine Maxwell and many others.
We have been waiting impatiently for this to be published. Vogue called it the ‘memoir of the year’ and all the reviews agree.
Rebank returns after the success of A Shepherd’s Life with an engrossing history of three generations of a Lake District farming family. English Pastoral is an elegy to the past and yet full of hope for the future of rural life.
Hotly-awaited follow up to Raynor Winn’s hugely successful The Salt Path
Wonderful essays on our relationship with the natural world from the author of H is for Hawk.
A spectacular story of Slaght’s passionate mission to save the Blakiston’s Fish Owl from extinction in remote ice bound Russia. This debut is receiving lots of good critical attention.
Full of sure fire hits for vegetarians with limited time to spare for culinary gymnastics.
More from the author of bestselling Persiana
A mind-altering journey to discovering the key role mushrooms play in our everyday world
Clemmie Jackson-Stops runs Vellum Libraries, curating book collections and libraries for individuals and discerning businesses. Check out their Lockdown Libraries – five books, chosen to suit the reader’s taste, gift-wrapped and sent with a handwritten note.