Angry porcupines and a new brand of recovery

Last week’s new books focused on thrillers with new releases from John Le Carré and David Lagercrantz. This week, there is a good array of non-fiction on show in hardbacks.

First up is Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions, by Sir David Attenborough. Adventures charts the early life of Attenborough as he embarks on the opportunity of a lifetime – to travel the world collected rare and elusive animals for London Zoo, as well as film his adventures for the BBC. From tracking giant anteaters in Guyana to dealing with aggressive tree porcupines, this book is written with the wit and charm you have come to expect from this zoological legend.

My second pick is Recovery, Freedom From Our Addictions, by Russell Brand. While Brand is a character both loved and hated in equal measure, his ability to tackle any subject with an open mind and eloquent tongue cannot be denied. Recovery takes on the topic of addiction and habit, from drink and drugs to food and work. As an addict himself, Brand claims the program in Recovery will free anyone with an addiction. Whether holds true remains to be seen, but Brand’s perspective is bound to make this a best seller.

Finally, if you do want something of a page-turner, try Munich by Robert Harris. The author of Fatherland and Enigma is back, this time looking at the negotiations between British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler immediately before the second world war.

If none of these take your fancy, why not pick up Autumn, by Ali Smith. It’s on the Man Booker shortlist, so won’t disappoint.

About Niall Hunt

Niall Hunt was born in the shadow of the Cotswolds and brought up in the Vale of Evesham. He is an award-winning journalist and now lives and works in London. Deep & Meaningless is his first novel. His second work, Time Bomb, is under way.

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