Non-romance Recommendations

Here are some of my favourite non-romance books. They are not in any particular order. I will keep adding to this list over time, as I discover new authors. 
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Theirs Not To Reason Why: Horsing the British Army 1875-1925 (Wolverhampton Military Studies)
By Graham Winton

A useful resource book on the use of horses in the British Army.

Catching Teller Crow
by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

A fantastic YA novel written in two incredibly different voices, using poetry and prose to tell a difficult story.

Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family
by Garrard Conley

A hard non-fiction book that informs and hurts. He wants to please his parents and the church, and therefore attends gay conversion therapy. The ending is incredibly brave.

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia
Edited by Anita Heiss

A series of essays by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Return to Roseglen
by Helene Young

Women's Fiction: An old woman faces abuse from her own family, can her daughters step in and save her, and the farm?

Not Meeting Mr Right
by Anita Heiss

A fun romp through dating in Sydney, with romantic elements.

Love, Hate and Other Filters
by Samira Ahmed

YA which brings terrorism close to home.

Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?
by Bruce Pascoe

The non-fiction tale of Australia's Indigenous agricultural history. An emotionally brave research project by the author. 

A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper
by John Allen Paulos

For anyone interested in fake news, and how the media uses numbers to trick us. 

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
by Various

An excellent reference, and I love the diversity of women represented.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha)
by Tomi Adeyemi

Fantasy YA which my 12yo son couldn't put down.

The Story of Layla & Majnun
by Nizami

Written by the Persian poet Nizami in AD 1188, this tragic love story forms the basis of modern stories such as Romeo and Juliet. 

Terra Nullius
by Claire G. Coleman

A must read for all Australians, this is the story of us told with a unique Indigenous voice.

by Amy Andrews & Ros Baxter

A poignant love story about Poppy and her bucket list, told by her lover and her best friend.

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

A stark story of racism in America, THUG is a stunning book that will stay with you long after you have finished it.

Hollywood Homicide (A Detective by Day Mystery)
by Kellye Garrett

A fun cozy mystery set among the ordinary folk of Hollywood, the wanna-bes, and those who prey on them.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
by Paul Torday

Told purely in email, letter, newspaper, and other media forms, this is a hilarious story of wealth and bureaucracy.

A Few Right Thinking Men (Rowland Sinclair Mysteries)
by Sulari Gentill

Set in Sydney in the late 1930s, this is the first in an excellent mystery series that features my favourite fact about the sword and the Harbour Bridge.

Promise of Shadows
by Justina Ireland

A sci-fi/fantasy based in mythology that draws you as heroine Zephyr has to utilise dark forces to survive.

by Brian Garfield

One of my favourite books when I was a teen, this is the story of a boy who stumbles into the role of spy in WWII.

Breeding the Racehorse by Tesio, Federico Published by J. A. Allen (1994) Paperback
by Frederico Tesio

One of the classic texts for racehorse enthusiasts. It should be read in conjuction with his business partners book: The Tesios As I Knew Them.

The Cogwheel Brain
by Doron Swade

The story of the first computer, built by Charles Babbage.

A Brief History of the Age of Steam: From the First Engine to the Boats and Railways
by Thomas Crump

A non-fiction outline of the steam revolution, full of information.

An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India
by Shashi Tharoor

A fascinating overview of the history of the British Empire in India, written by an Indian politician.
It formed some of the research into the third Bluestocking book, The Essence of a Bluestocking.

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
by Therese ONeill

A hilarious overview of undergarments and other unmentionable subjects in the Victorian era.
Useful research for the Bluestocking series.

The Suffragettes: In Pictures
by Diane Atkinson

A wonderful source of inspiration for many future books.