There are so many things that demand our attention today that it can feel hard to find the time for reading. But, when a book goes beyond compelling narrative alone and instead, offers up a trove of information on topics that are undeniably fascinating, it’s hard not to make time. Here, we round up four new, non-fiction books we have recently stumbled upon, each delving into a deeply interesting subject — from communication with animals to dynasties across human history.
How To Speak Whale
by Tom Mustill
When footage of Tom Mustill having his kayak breached by a humpback while went viral, it set off a chain of events that led the nature documentarian on an investigation into whale science and animal communication. Offering a timely and poignant look into how science may change the ways we interact with animals, How To Speak Whale is an intriguing, informative read. Uncovering how close we really are to being able to communicate with animals via cutting-edge science and technology, this riveting book prompts questions of how human-animal relations have the potential to alter our worlds for good.
Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks
by Patrick Radden Keefe
This new book by award-winning journalist, Patrick Radden Keefe features twelve stories of skulduggery and intrigue, gathered from Radden Keefe’s colourful career. From $150,000 forged wines to international black-market arms merchants, this book is a masterful and fascinating read.
The Story of Art Without Men
by Katy Hessel
Discussing the landscape of art in a way that has never been done before, prolific art historian, curator and broadcaster Katy Hessel uncovers seminal female artists throughout history. From the Renaissance, to 19th Century America, these incredible women (who have remained largely unknown) are finally getting the attention they deserve.
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Glamour, intrigue and power collide in Simon Sebag Montefiore’s sprawling new release, in which the author chronicles the greatest dynasties across human history. Eye-opening and specific, this book moves from fearless Mayan leaders to ancient South Asian empires to the first female Pharaoh in a dazzling historical epic you won’t be able to put down.