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

True crime reading guide

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

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Non-fiction newsletters

Popular Culture newsletter

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

Home, Garden and DIY newsletter

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

History and Current Events Newsletter

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

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.

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.

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.

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