Reading recommendations – Non-fiction

Reading recommendations - Non-fiction

History, biographies, science and more - find your next favourite factual read at the library.

Explore our section devoted to non-fiction. You'll find staff picks and recommended reading in a range of topics, award-winners, popular authors and more.

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Looking for something less factual? Try our Fiction Reading Recommendations.

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New non-fiction

New, on order, and recent non-fiction that library borrowers have given 5-star ratings.

Top rated Biography, History and New Zealand, and new and on order non-fiction

Top rated Cooking, Health, Music, Science and Travel titles

Non-fiction reading guides

Find recreational non-fiction with hand-picked lists of recommended titles, authors to try, and more.

non ficition reading guides

Biography and memoir reading guide

The true stories of artists, inventors, icons, and influencers, as well as everyday people.

Personal development reading guide

Want to lead a more healthy, sustainable life, or try new challenges and hobbies? Great reads to help you be your best self.

Popular science reading guide

Popular science takes science and makes it engaging and interesting to read. We recommend some great popular science titles and authors.

More non-fiction reading guides

True crime reading guide

Truth can be stranger than fiction and just as gripping - read tales of murder, investigations, trials, and the wrongfully imprisoned.

World and travel reading guide

Be transported. Find reads that take you to exotic cities, feast on the foods of a foreign culture, or be inspired by real life adventurers.

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Non-fiction newsletters

Biography and Memoir newsletter

From celebrity memoirs to the lives of key figures in history, try our Biography and Memoir newsletter for extraordinary life stories.

Spirituality and Religion newsletter

Looking inward, outward or upward? All manner of devotional and spiritual books will be part of this list, to inform and enlighten.

Home, Garden and DIY newsletter

Find recommended titles on gardening, home improvement, interiors, and crafts.

Popular Culture newsletter

New and recommended reads from the worlds of television and film, fashion, sport, the internet, music and theatre.

History and Current Events Newsletter

Selected titles on power players, the story behind the news, and significant periods in history.

Nature and Science newsletter

Discover surprising and wondrous information about the world we live in our bi-monthly newsletter.

Armchair Travel newsletter

No visas required! See the world with our latest Armchair Travel newsletter.

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise newsletter

Stretch your muscles and your mind with our selection of books that explore the financial, physical, and philosophical challenges in life.

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New Titles and Selector Picks - July 2021

Selectors pick hot new books and explore the latest eAudiobooks, eBooks, fiction, large print, non-fiction, and stuff for kids and teens.
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