Non-fiction to understand life

A Listmania! list by R. S. Stanier "Robert Stanier" (London)
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Testament Of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925 (Virago classic non-fiction)
1.  Testament Of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925 (Virago classic non-fiction) by Shirley Williams
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  "Phenomenally powerful book that works on so many levels. It explains the 1st World War, love, grief and adolescence, and also English provincial life at that time. Shatteringly powerful."
13.19   Used & New from: 2.17
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

Is That It?
2.  Is That It? by Bob Geldof
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  "Brilliantly human. Inspiring, full of life, moral and yet with all the titbits of the best celebrity autobiography from the 80s: Thatcher, Diana, Bowie..."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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The New France: A Complete Guide to Contemporary French Wine (Mitchell Beazley Wine Guides)
3.  The New France: A Complete Guide to Contemporary French Wine (Mitchell Beazley Wine Guides) by Andrew Jefford
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  "Okay, don't buy this if you don't like wine, but it's so much more. Using wine as a lens, he goes into the soul of the good life: what does it mean to live truthfully in the deepest sense?"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Only a Game?: The Diary of a Professional Footballer
4.  Only a Game?: The Diary of a Professional Footballer by Eamon Dunphy
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  "The original footballer's diary: also explains men, ambition and how they relate to each other. Ruthlessly honest."
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All Points North
5.  All Points North by Simon Armitage
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  "Hilarious and yet sympathetic hotch potch of short pieces. Captures England's North West and what makes people tick."
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The Scent of Dried Roses
6.  The Scent of Dried Roses by Tim Lott
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  "Utterly brilliant memoir. On one level, an attempt to explain his mother's suicide, but this isn't just about depression. Also about the essence of English suburban life. Haunting."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Shooting History: A Personal Journey
7.  Shooting History: A Personal Journey by Jon Snow
The list author says:
  "Entertaining but penetrative combination of autobiography and world politics analysis, as he ping pongs round the world as a TV journalist."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

31 Songs
8.  31 Songs by Nick Hornby
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  "Not as famous as "Fever Pitch" but just as insightful and entertaining. Don't worry if you don't know the songs, it's only partly about music, but you'll enjoy it more if you get the accompanying CD."
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Happiness: Lessons from a New Science
9.  Happiness: Lessons from a New Science by Richard Layard
The list author says:
  "Masterly analysis, yet with a light, light touch: why aren't we happier when we're so well off these days? I guarantee you it'll get you thinking."
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Holiness
10.  Holiness by Donald Nicholl
The list author says:
  "Don't be put off by the title. This is full of beautiful, gorgeous stories about real spiritual people. Full of wisdom."
6.50   Used & New from: 0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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