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Non-fiction November Recommendations

In this bonus episode, Michelle and Caitlin share some of their favourite non-fiction reads from 2021 just in time for #NonFictionNovember.

Before we get into our recommendations, here are some of the books we've discussed and featured on the podcast in 2021...

  • Trivial  Grievances by Bridie Jabour (listen)
  • The First Time I Thought I Was Dying by Sarah Walker (listen)
  • Every Lie I've Ever Told by Rosie Waterland (listen
  • Cultish by Amanda Montell (listen)

Michelle's recommendations

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold: This is a fascinating historical examination of the five women murdered by Jack the Ripper.  It is a vivid and intricate portrayal of the social issues in Victorian England. 

No Shame by Tom Allen: Delightful memoir from a brilliant comedic mind. 

Adventures in Opting Out by Cait Flanders: An alternative self-help novel about how we can walk a new path in our lives, one that others may not expect us to take, written through the lens of hiking. 

Caitlin's recommendations:

Love Stories by Trent Dalton: Believe the hype! This is a beautiful, sweet book that will revive your faith in humanity. (Note: Caitlin's work at Harper Collins Australia did not influence her opinion of this book). 

488 Rules for Life by Kitty Flanagan: Laugh-out-loud funny and relatable 'rules' for living (and not annoying the hell out of others)

The Office by Andy Greene: A fascinating oral history of the show from its beginnings to massive popularity. 

Books we want to read soon...

  • How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question by Michael Schur
  • Sex and the City and Us by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
  • Parsnips, Buttered by Joe Lycett
  • A Class Act by Rob Beckett

Other things mentioned:

  • Hallie Rubenhold was viciously trolled after publication of The Five
  • More books about The Office: Welcome to Dunder Mifflin by  Brian Baumgartner and Ben Silverman, and The Office BFFs: Tales of The Office from Two Best Friend by Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer
  • Joe Lycett takes on a Gumtree scammer

About the Podcast

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About your hosts

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Caitlin Toohey

Hi, I'm Caitlin! I've been on bookstagram since 2016, a podcaster since 2017, and worked in publishing since 2019. So books and reading are my entire life. When I'm not reading, I like listening to Taylor Swift, watching sitcoms, and going to aerial classes.
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Michelle Gately

Hi, I'm Michelle! I write words and tell stories for a living as a journalist and marketer. So it makes sense that in my spare time I'm devouring more words and talking about books, right? I've been podcasting since 2017 and now also work in radio. When I'm not thinking about words, I can be found cuddling my pug Percy and dreaming about moving back to England.