Nonfiction: my current love

Despite having an excellent fiction book on the go, I am not in the mood for anything but nice chunky nonfiction that I can really get my teeth into. Who knows why! I’ve been tired, drained, and sick, but what little power my last two brain cells have I seem to be spending it on nonfiction.

Here are three books I’m on my radar recently.

1916: One Hundred Years of Irish Independence: From the Easter Rising to the Present by Tim Pat Coogan

I found this cheap in a bookstore and picked it up due to my love of Irish history and culture. It’s just as good as I hoped; I have read another book by Tim Pat Coogan and it was excellent in its presentation of the Great Famine as a genocide, not an act of nature. If you’re interested in the human reality of the lead up and results of the Irish revolution from someone who doesn’t pull his punches (and is occasionally hilarious), you’ll like this one.

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

This book was more than thirty hours long on audio and I barrelled through it with no problem at all. I wouldn’t say I could sit an exam on American history now (there were definitely patches I found dull and only half-listened to) but I have a much clearer picture of the lesser-spoken aspects of the American Empire.

Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book by Courtney Maum

Look, I’ve been writing since I was a tiny human. My first book was about a monkey in a zoo. It did a poo. Truly, five year old me was a poet. As an old person, I figured it’s time to live out my lifelong dream of making a real book. I don’t know anything about how to go about that beyond the writing part (which I do compulsively anyway), so this seemed like a good place to start.

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