2019 Books of the Year – Non-Fiction

Good afternoon my loves!

This next post is all about the backlist books that I read and loved in 2019. If you’d like to but haven’t checked it out yet here is my best proofs of 2019 post and the best backlist books I read in the year here. But now, on to the non-fiction books!

Mending and Breaking: A doctor’s story of burnout and recovery by Joanna Cannon
I, like many others, read and really enjoyed Joanna Cannon’s fiction but was utterly blown away by her memoir about her time as a doctor. An unflinching account of what it means to work for the NHS in the dire times we find ourselves in now, Joanna suddenly finds herself the patient and not the doctor. Heartbreaking and hopeful. Who knew I could love Joanna even more?

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
If there is one non-fiction book that I recommend to every single person that I met, it’s The Radium Girls. Until I stumbled upon this book on Goodreads, I had no idea that a horrific crime had been committed against so many women and so flagrantly too! This tells the story of hundreds of women working at the dial painting factories, unknowingly poisoning themselves to dead with radium powder, and the worst thing of all? The companies knew the dangers and did nothing, in fact they did the opposite, they encouraged its use.

I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Samadder
‘I Never Said I Love You is one of the most electric, enchanting, engrossing and energising memoirs of self-harm, self-loathing, grief, eating disorders, suicide – and sex – that you will read.’ That’s a quote from the Sunday Times and I really don’t think I could sum it up better than that. Rhik’s brutal honesty is utterly refreshing and actually left me feeling a little bit in love with him… Is that normal?

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
Another Caitlin Doughty book. What can I say? The woman is amazing. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells the story of how Caitlin found herself in the business of death. I will read everything that she ever publishes and just adore how she changes a subject that we, as a society, find ourselves verbally constipated when we try to talk about, into something easy to digest and enables the necessary conversations to happen. Super interesting and well worth a read!

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
It just wouldn’t be a best non-fiction of 2019 list without this book would it? I was lucky enough to see Hallie give a talk about the book back in May last year and that just made my love for it grown exponentially. The Five tells the REAL story of the women brutally murdered by Jack The Ripper. She changes the narrative completely by dispelling the long-held view that the women were ‘just prostitutes’. She has faced a lot of backlash from so-called ‘ripperologist’ but she has dealt with it such grace and intelligence she has basically become my hero.


And there we have it, the best of the best non-fiction books that I read in 2019! Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments below.

Peace and pages

One Reply to “2019 Books of the Year – Non-Fiction”

  1. […] 2019 post and the best backlist books I read in the year here, along with the best non-fiction book here. But now, on to the best 2019 […]


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