Books Monthly
June 2024

New Nonfiction Books for 2024

Dr Karen Shaw Becker & Rodney Habib: The Forever Dog Life

Published 4th July 2024

In this beautifully illustrated guide, the authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Forever Dog show how to create a thriving, sustainable lifestyle and environment to help your dog live a longer, happier, and healthier life

In The Forever Dog, Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Becker explained that your dog’s longevity starts with proper nourishment. In The Forever Dog Life, they offer simple ways you can help your dog live longer and better from the inside-out and outside-in, including easy-to-follow tools, recipes, and tips.

Learn to prepare healthy, homemade meals your dog will love, with more than 120 nutritionally packed recipes for delicious food bowls, fresh food toppers that supercharge any type of pet food, and nourishing broths and stews that entice the pickiest of eaters. And don’t forget DIY training treats, cookies, jerkies, and chews. Accompanying the recipes are science-rich tips for the best ingredients, food hacks, and tools to use in the kitchen.

But food is only one aspect of a dog’s good health. The Forever Dog Life teaches you how to make your home as healthy as possible, with practical instructions for creating your own non-toxic DIY cleaners, natural disinfectants, and lawn care solutions that can easily replace hazardous chemical-based products that negatively impact our pet’s health. Also included are all-natural recipes for body care, including shampoos and conditioners, skin rinses, oral and ear care, and chemical-free flea and tick solutions. Habib and Becker make it easy to incorporate their science-backed tips into your home, so your dog (and cat!) can live a long, happy, and healthy life.

Filled with wonderful stories and fantastic canines, The Forever Dog Life makes the world a safer, healthier, and happier place for animals. Backed by science and filled with photographs and four-color instructions, it is the ultimate handbook to help your dogs and cats live their best life.

Eleanor Wilkinson: One Pot One Portion

Published 11th July 2024

The cookbook for people who eat, cook or live alone, but are tired of washing up.

Cooking for yourself should be an act of celebration, but can sometimes feel like more effort than it’s worth. One Pot One Portion takes the stress out of solo cooking – no more dividing a recipe by four, or surviving on leftovers for three days. This is easy, effortless food that won’t leave you with a sinkful of dirty dishes.

With one-pot one-portion versions of classics like Lasagne, Beef Wellington and Apple Crumble, as well as fresh, flavourful dishes like Ginger Chicken Rice Bowl and Peanut Noodle Salad this is food tailored to suit your every mood. And with recipes paired to help you make use of leftover ingredients, this is truly low-waste, low-effort cooking.

Whether you live alone, or just find yourself cooking for one, this is easy, effortless food that will have you eating well whatever your mood.

Cat Bohannon: Eve - How The Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution

Published 30th May 2024

How did wet nurses drive civilization? Are women always the weaker sex? Is sexism useful for evolution? And are our bodies at war with our babies?

In Eve, Cat Bohannon answers questions scientists should have been addressing for decades. With boundless curiosity and sharp wit, she covers the past 200 million years to explain the specific science behind the development of the female sex. Eve is not only a sweeping revision of human history, it's an urgent and necessary corrective for a world that has focused primarily on the male body for far too long. Bohannon's findings, including everything from the way C-sections in the industrialized world are rearranging women's pelvic shape to the surprising similarities between pus and breast milk, will completely change what you think you know about evolution and why Homo sapiens have become such a successful and dominant species, from tool use to city building to the development of language.

Sue Barker: Wimbledon - A Personal History

Published 6th June 2024

Sue Barker first walked through those famous wrought-iron gates aged 13 in 1969 to play in the National Schools event. What Sue didn't know then, was that every year for the next half century, she would be back in some capacity. As a junior, aged 15, as a semi-finalist and Grand-Slam winner ranked No.3 in the world, as a broadcaster leading the BBC coverage for thirty years and for the first time, as a fan in 2023.

And now she returns as a storyteller.

The magic has stayed the same,but times have changed. With her first-hand insight and perspective, Sue paints an intimate portrait of the place, past and present, full of behind-the-scenes details drawn from her own experiences as well as personal conversations with her former mentors, contemporary players, friends and colleagues - giants of the game such as Rod Laver, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Roger Federer, Venus Williams and many others. They share poignant memories with her and some startling revelations, from Sampas's deep regret that he didn't involve his parents more in his Centre Court triumphs to Borg divulging that McEnroe was always the quietest presence in the locker room ... You cannot be serious!

From the most talked-about matches and famous rivalries to the fashions and trends, from the stunning breakthroughs, to the near wins and gut-wrenching disappointments, Sue's personal history of Wimbledon is touched throughout by Championship stardust and is as tightly packed with stories as the courts are with blades of grass.

Sophie Wyburd: Tucking In

Published 13th June 2024

Simple, hearty recipes from the queen of comfort food

Good food does not mean complicated food. Whether it’s a bowl of something warming on a Tuesday night, or a weekend feast for friends, this is comforting, filling, flavour-packed food from Sophie Wyburd.

These recipes make cooking a non-stressful affair – from everyday dinners including Harissa Braised Cod and Chipotle Vodka Gnocchi Bake, to more adventurous mains for when you’re feeling that bit fancier, such as Curried Chicken Legs with Cheesy Polenta.
'A collection of exciting recipes that are cosy and simple. I can almost hear Sophie’s infectious laugh coming through in the beautiful writing.' - Ixta Belfrage

Sir Antonio Pappano: My Life in Music

Published 6th June 2024

Sir Antonio Pappano is one of the best known and most celebrated conductors alive today. His deeply held belief in the power of music to inspire and enlighten is the motivation behind this long anticipated memoir.

In 1969, decades before he was chosen to conduct the music at the Coronation of King Charles, Sir Antonio Pappano was a ten-year-old boy accompanying his father's singing lessons. My Life in Music tells the moving tale of a legendary conductor who, nurtured in childhood by his parents and their dedicated work ethic, goes on to conduct at many of the most influential opera houses of Europe and North America. Pappano skilfully evokes an extensive selection from his wide-ranging repertoire - operas and orchestral works spanning from Mozart to Birtwistle and Mark Anthony Turnage, as well as art song and chamber music works in which he has performed as a pianist - and makes a compelling case for the potential classical music has to captivate new and wider audiences.

Simon Heffer: Sing As We Go - Britain Between the Wars

Published 13th June 2024

Sing As We Go is an astonishingly ambitious overview of the political, social and cultural history of the country from 1919 to 1939.

It explores and explains the politics of the period, and puts such moments of national turmoil as the General Strike of 1926 and the Abdication Crisis of 1936 under the microscope. It offers pen portraits of the era's most significant figures. It traces the changing face of Britain as cars made their first mass appearance, the suburbs sprawled, and radio and cinema became the means of mass entertainment. And it probes the deep divisions that split the nation: between the haves and have-nots, between warring ideological factions, and between those who promoted accommodation with fascism in Europe and those who bitterly opposed it.

Kate Bradbury: One Garden Against The World

Published 6th June 2024

Five years after writing her first nature memoir, The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, Kate Bradbury has a new garden.

It's busy: home to all sorts of wildlife, from red mason bees and bumblebees to house sparrows, hedgehogs and dragonflies. It seems the entire frog population of Brighton and Hove breeds in her small pond each spring, and now there are toads here, too. On summer evenings, Kate watches bats flit above her and for a moment, everything seems alright with the world.

But she knows habitat loss remains a huge issue in gardens, the wider countryside and worldwide, and there's another, far bigger threat: climate change. Temperature increases are starting to bite, and she worries about what that will mean for our wildlife.

In her uplifting new book, Kate writes passionately about how her climate-change anxiety pushes her to look for positive ways to keep going in a changing world. As in her first memoir, she invites you into her life, sharing stories of her mum's ongoing recovery and her adventures with her new rescue dog, Tosca.

One Garden Against the World is a call to action for all of us - gardeners, communities and individuals - to do more for wildlife and more for the climate. Climate change and biodiversity loss go hand in hand, but if we work together, it's never too late to make a difference.