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.

Can't find what you're looking for? Request a custom reading list.

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

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#LibraryFromHome

Biography and Memoir eAudiobooks and eBooks for Staying In

Battling the lockdown blues? Biographies and Memoirs are great options to do so especially if you’re not quite a fiction fan.

Stuck at home? We can work it out

Here are some fun and safe exercise options you can try while in lockdown.

Get your musical fix on Kanopy

There's a wealth of amazing music documentaries on Kanopy. Here are some favourites in blues, jazz and a little rock.

Lockdown and Listen - A Podcast List

From educational and fiction to true crime, here's your guide to my favourite ear candy.

#LibraryFromHome: Reading digital: Film eMagazines

So you can't go out to the movies... but that doesn't mean you can't obsessively read about film via some great digital titles.

#LibraryFromHome: Funny memoirs you can read right now

Humorous autobiographies and memoirs available in eBook and eAudiobook formats.

#LibraryFromHome: The Fashion Edition

Fashon eMagazines, eBooks, and online movies to please your fashion palate.

Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: Big Library Read

Big Library Read "Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum" by Michael McCreary now until 13 April

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

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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.

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.

Nature and Science newsletter

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

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