Best non-fiction books 2017 – the list so far
Some of us are recent converts to non-fiction, and we feel rather zealous about it. Contrary to what we thought, non-fiction shouldn't remind you of school. You shouldn't struggle through it or only have it on your shelf for showing off.
No, it should be un-putdownable, life changing. You should want to press these pages into your friend's hands, into stranger's hands, rearrange your local bookshops' shelves and start Twitter-stalking the authors.
All this madness awaits: first you have to read our pick of the best non-fiction of 2017.
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I Found My Tribe is Ruth Fitzmaurice's memoir about her extraordinary marriage. Her talented screenwriter husband has become a patient. Motor neurone disease has robbed him of his body and they now communicate only with their eyes. The family – including their five young boys – struggle to comprehend what has happened.
Ruth finds cold comfort in the Irish Sea, but more consolation from a group of women who swim with her, including her husband's long-term carer, each with their own griefs to shoulder. The tragic women's swimming club convene at the cove in Greystones, Co. Wicklow. With them, Ruth finds freedom and belonging in every outing, culminating in a moonlit swim on her wedding anniversary.