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Authors: Non–Fiction

This page lists non–fiction books (other than autobiographies) and their authors.

Band of Brothers (1992 WWII history – filmed for TV in 2001, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks) Click to show or hide the answer
The Fatal Englishman: Three Short Lives ("multiple biography", 1996) Click to show or hide the answer
Hell – Belmarsh (2002), Purgatory – Wayland (2003), Heaven – North Sea Camp (2004): prison diaries Click to show or hide the answer
Ecclesiastical History of the English People (c. 735) Click to show or hide the answer
All the President's Men (1974 – the story of their investigation into Watergate) Click to show or hide the answer
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The Devil's Dictionary (satire, first published in 1906 as The Cynic's Word Book; retitled in 1911) Click to show or hide the answer
In Search of Perfection (cookbook, 2006) Click to show or hide the answer
The Life of Doctor Samuel Johnson (1791) Click to show or hide the answer
The Art of Captaincy (1985 – England cricket captain 1977–81) Click to show or hide the answer
The Great Escape (1950), The Dam Busters (1951) – WWII history; Reach for the Sky: the Story of Douglas Bader (1954) Click to show or hide the answer
Testament of Friendship (1940 – partly autobiographical, but essentially a biography of Winifred Holtby) Click to show or hide the answer
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small–Town America (1989), Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way (1990), Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe (1991), Notes from a Small Island (1995), A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (1998), Down Under (2000), A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (memoir, 2006) Click to show or hide the answer
The Small Woman (1957 – biography of missionary Gladys Aylward) Click to show or hide the answer
Sex and the City (newspaper column, and 1997 anthology in book form – essays, based on the lifestyle of herself and her friends) Click to show or hide the answer
Institutes of the Christian Religion (seminal work of Protestant theology – published in Latin 1536, French 1541) Click to show or hide the answer
In Cold Blood (1960 – 'non–fiction novel' about a murder in Kansas) Click to show or hide the answer
How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936 – best–selling selp–help book) Click to show or hide the answer
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (1991 – biographies of her great–grandmother, grandmother and mother) Click to show or hide the answer
In Patagonia (1977 – a classic of the travel genre) Click to show or hide the answer
The Second World War (6 volumes in hardback, 1948–53, 12 paperback volumes – an official history was also published by HMSO); A History of the English Speaking Peoples (4 volumes, 1956–8) Click to show or hide the answer
The Joy of Sex (1972) Click to show or hide the answer
The Hip and Thigh Diet (1988 – later versions include The Complete Hip and Thigh Diet, 1989) Click to show or hide the answer
Superwoman (1975) Click to show or hide the answer
De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the revolutions of the celestial spheres – 1543) Click to show or hide the answer
Mediterranean Food (1950); French Country Cooking (1951); numerous other cook books in the 1950s; credited with popularising French and Italian regional cooking in Britain Click to show or hide the answer
On the Origin of Species (1859); The Voyage of the Beagle (first published 1839 as Journal and Remarks) Click to show or hide the answer
The Selfish Gene (1976), The Blind Watchmaker (1986), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996), The God Delusion (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
The Second Sex (1949) Click to show or hide the answer
Prince Charles (biography, 1996); also interviewed him on TV Click to show or hide the answer
The Condition of the Working Classes in England (1845); also collaborated with Karl Marx in the Communist Manifesto (1848) Click to show or hide the answer
The F Plan Diet (1983) Click to show or hide the answer
Boston Cooking–School Cook Book (1896) – the best–selling cookbook of its time Click to show or hide the answer
The History of the Actes and Monuments of the Church (1563) – better known as the Book of Martyrs Click to show or hide the answer
Mary Queen of Scots (1969), Cromwell: our Chief of Men (1973), The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1992 – see also Alison Weir), The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605 (1996), Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter (2010) Click to show or hide the answer
The Golden Bough (classic comparative study of mythology and religion, 1890) Click to show or hide the answer
The Interpretation of Dreams (1900) Click to show or hide the answer
Capitalism and Freedom (1962), There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch (1975 – he didn't actually coin the phrase, which probably dates to the 1930s) Click to show or hide the answer
The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within (2005) Click to show or hide the answer
A Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857) Click to show or hide the answer
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–89) Click to show or hide the answer
Anatomy: Descriptive and surgical (1858 – 40th edition 2008) Click to show or hide the answer
The Female Eunuch (1970), The Whole Woman (1999) Click to show or hide the answer
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus (1993) Click to show or hide the answer
Seasons of My Life: The Story of a Solitary Daleswoman (1989), Daughter of the Dales (1990), An Innocent Abroad (1992) – all written in collaboration with Barry Cockroft Click to show or hide the answer
A Brief History of Time (1988), Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays (1993), The Universe in a Nutshell (2001), On The Shoulders of Giants (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Death in the Afternoon (1932 – a treatise on bullfighting) Click to show or hide the answer
The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer's Guide (1788) Click to show or hide the answer
The Expert guides – over 20 books, starting with Be Your Own Gardening Expert (1958 ) – "the best selling gardening books in history"; later titles include The Rose Expert, The Vegetable & Herb Expert, The Tree & Shrub Expert Click to show or hide the answer
The Kon–Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas (1948), Aku–Aku: The Secret of Easter Island (1958), The Ra Expeditions (1971), Fatu–Hiva: Back to Nature (1974) Click to show or hide the answer
Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil (1651) Click to show or hide the answer
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady (nature notes from 1906, published in facsimile form in 1977) Click to show or hide the answer
Fever Pitch (1992) Click to show or hide the answer
The Fatal Shore (1986 – a study of Australia's early history and the British penal colonies) Click to show or hide the answer
A Lot of Hard Yakka (William Hill Sports Book of the Year 1997) – former county cricketer Click to show or hide the answer
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (Scottish philosopher – published posthumously in 1779) Click to show or hide the answer
The State We're in: Why Britain Is in Crisis and How to Overcome It (1995), The State to Come (1997), The World We're In (2002) – Observer editor 1996–2000 Click to show or hide the answer
Critique of Pure Reason (1787 – no article in title) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Profiles in Courage (profiles of 8 acts of political bravery by US senators, written 1954 while recovering from back surgery) Click to show or hide the answer
Ten Rillington Place (1961: the story of the conviction and execution of Timothy Evans for the murders committed by John Christie) Click to show or hide the answer
The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936) Click to show or hide the answer
Sexual Behavior in the American Male (1948); ditto Female (1953) Click to show or hide the answer
The Great Tradition (celebrated history of English literature, 1948) Click to show or hide the answer
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1926) – military memoirs Click to show or hide the answer
The Prince (1532 – political treatise – dedicated to Lorenzo di Piero de' Medici, grandson of Lorenzo the Magnificent) Click to show or hide the answer
Essays on the Principle of Population (1798 – revised 1803) Click to show or hide the answer
Ross: Story of a Shared Life (1976) Click to show or hide the answer
On Liberty (1859), Utilitarianism (1863) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
The American Way of Death (1963 – an exposé of abuses in the US funeral home industry) Click to show or hide the answer
The White Nile (1960), The Blue Nile (1962) – about the search for the sources Click to show or hide the answer
The Naked Ape (1967), The Human Zoo (1969) Click to show or hide the answer
Diana: Her True Story (1992), Monica's Story (1999 – Monica Lewinsky), Posh and Becks (2000), Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography (2008 – severely criticised for its critique of Scientology), Angelina Jolie: An Unauthorised Biography (2010 – possibly even more severely criticised – hardback edition just entitled Angelina) Click to show or hide the answer
Unsafe at Any Speed (1965) – a critique of the safety record of the US motor industry, particularly the Chevrolet Corvair Click to show or hide the answer
The Last Grain Race (1956), A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (1958), Slowly Down the Ganges (1966), Love and War in the Apennines (1971), A Small Place in Italy (1994) Click to show or hide the answer
Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical principles of natural philosophy – 1687) – see also Whitehead Click to show or hide the answer
Beyond Good and Evil (1886); On the Genealogy of Morality: A Polemic (1887) (German philosopher) Click to show or hide the answer
Centuries (several volumes, 1555 – 8) Click to show or hide the answer
Down and Out in Paris and London (1933), The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), Homage to Catalonia (1938) Click to show or hide the answer
Common Sense (1776), The Rights of Man (1791), The Age of Reason (1793) Click to show or hide the answer
Princess in Love (1994 – assisted by James Hewitt, claiming to describe his affair with her) Click to show or hide the answer
Who Runs Britain? (2008), How Can We Fix This? (2012), WTF (2017) – TV journalist Click to show or hide the answer
Capital in the Twenty–First Century (2013 best–seller) Click to show or hide the answer
The Republic (c. 380 BC) Click to show or hide the answer
Gamesmanship (1947), Lifemanship (1950), One–Upmanship (1952) Click to show or hide the answer
Judo: History, Theory, Practice (2004) – the most famous of three co–authors Click to show or hide the answer
Ten Days that Shook the World (1919 – about the Russian Revolution) Click to show or hide the answer
Modern Painters (9 vols, 1843–60); The Stones of Venice (3 vols, 1851–3) Click to show or hide the answer
The Longest Day: 6 June 1944 D–Day (1959), The Last Battle (1966), A Bridge Too Far (1974) Click to show or hide the answer
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1985, case studies of the author's neurological patients – inspired a Michael Nyman opera of the same title, and gave the title to the second album by Scottish Indie band Travis) Click to show or hide the answer
L'Etre et le Neant (Being and Nothingness) – (1943) – an exposition of existentialism, aiming to demonstrate that free will exists Click to show or hide the answer
1066 and all that (first published in book form 1930) Click to show or hide the answer
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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1960) Click to show or hide the answer
Touching the Void (1989 – a harrowing tale of survival following a climbing accident in the Andes, filmed in 2003 under the same title) Click to show or hide the answer
The Wealth of Nations (1776) Click to show or hide the answer
How to Cheat at Cooking (1971 – her first book) Click to show or hide the answer
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (1995) – about John Harrison's perfection of the marine chronometer; Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love (2000) Click to show or hide the answer
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (1946) Click to show or hide the answer
Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research (1941), A Russian Journal (1948), Once There Was a War (1958), Travels with Charley: In Search of America (1962) Click to show or hide the answer
Billy (biography of her husband Billy Connolly, 2001) Click to show or hide the answer
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879) Click to show or hide the answer
Married Love (1918 – a sex manual) Click to show or hide the answer
A Modest Proposal (1729 – full title "A modest proposal for preventing the children of poor people from being a burthen to their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick") Click to show or hide the answer
Madonna: An Intimate Biography (2001) Click to show or hide the answer
Chariots of the Gods (1968), Gods from Outer Space (1970) (etc.) Click to show or hide the answer
The Compleat Angler (1653) Click to show or hide the answer
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1991) Click to show or hide the answer
Natural History and Antiquities of Selbourne (1788) Click to show or hide the answer
Principia Mathematica (3 volumes, 1910–13) Click to show or hide the answer
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De Profundis (written in Reading Gaol; published posthumously in 1905. Title originally referred to Psalm 103 – and was also used by Tennyson, et al) Click to show or hide the answer
Philosophical Investigations (published two years after his death in 1951; described as "the most important book of 20th–century philosophy") Click to show or hide the answer
The Beauty Myth (1991), Promiscuities (1997), Misconceptions (2001), The End of America (2007) – former political advisor to Al Gore and Bill Clinton: books about modern sexuality Click to show or hide the answer
The Electric Kool–Aid Acid Test (1968 – an account of Ken Kesey and his "Merry Pranksters", and their experiences with psychedelic drugs); The Right Stuff (1979 – about post–war USAF test pilots and the Mercury space programme) Click to show or hide the answer
A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792) Click to show or hide the answer
Spycatcher: The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer (banned in the UK in 1985, published in Australia in 1987 after the British government lost a highly–publicised court case) Click to show or hide the answer
J'accuse (pamphlet – open letter to the French government concerning the Dreyfus affair, 1898) Click to show or hide the answer

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