Carabas Jan-Jun 16 Non-Fiction Picks: Culture, Current Affairs, History, Music & Film

At Carabas we’re about many things: *** certainly the fantastical *** but more generally about championing alternative culture and counter-culture; the marvelous, the wonderful and the creative; and certainly the things that will help bring a bit more understanding into the world.

So here’s our top non-fiction book recommends from titles publishing July to December: Alt Culture & Music, Film & Stage, History & Folklore and Informing Reads / Current Affairs – the vibrant, the quirky, the worthy and the enlightening. There’s something here for everyone…

NB: Page in progress – Titles are currently grouped by month but will shortly be resorted by subject.

Title description is from the publisher, in some case here abridged

 

JANUARY

* Pub Author ISBN Bind RRP Publisher
CB - NF - This is London
THIS IS LONDON: LIFE AND DEATH IN THE WORLD CITY
London / Culture
Ben Judah
9781447272441
HB
£18.99
Pan Macmillan
This is the new London: an immigrant city. Over one-third of Londoners were born abroad, with half arriving since the millennium. This has utterly transformed the capital, for better and for worse.
Ben Judah is an acclaimed foreign correspondent, but here he turns his reporter’s gaze on home, immersing himself in the hidden world of London’s immigrants to reveal the city in the eyes of its beggars, bankers, coppers, gangsters, carers and witch-doctors. From the backrooms of its mosques, Tube tunnels and nightclubs to the frontlines of its streets, Judah has supped with oligarchs and spent nights sleeping rough, worked on building sites and talked business with prostitutes; he’s heard stories of heartbreaking failure, but also witnessed extraordinary acts of compassion.
This is London explodes fossilized myths and offers a fresh, exciting portrait of what it’s like to live, work, fall in love, raise children, grow old and die in London now. Simultaneously intimate and epic, here is a compulsive and deeply sympathetic book on this dizzying world city from one of our brightest new writers.
Buy from Waterstones
CB - NF - Girl in a Band
GIRL IN A BAND
Music / Biography
Kim Gordon
9780571309351
PB
£8.99
Faber
In Girl in a Band Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and role model for a generation of women, tells her story. She writes frankly about her route from girl to woman and pioneering icon within the music and art scene of New York City in the 1980s and 90s as well as marriage, motherhood, and independence.
Filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is a moving, evocative chronicle of an extraordinary artist.
Buy from Waterstones
CB - NF - Empire of Things
EMPIRE OF THINGS: HOW WE BECAME A WORLD OF CONSUMERS, FROM THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY TO THE TWENTY-FIRST
History / Consumerism
Frank Trentmann
9780713999624
HB
£30
Allen Lane
What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers, and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. In this monumental study, acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British empire to the present. Astonishingly wide-ranging and richly detailed, Empire of Things explores how we have come to live with so much more, how this changed the course of history, and the global challenges we face as a result.
Buy from Waterstones
CB - NF - Empire of Fear
EMPIRE OF FEAR
Current Affairs
Andrew Hosken
9781780748238
PB
£9.99
Oneworld
Tourists killed in Tunisia, Jihadi John targeted by drone strikes, carnage in Paris and hundreds of thousands of Syrians risking everything to reach Europe in an attempt to escape the violence. Islamic State’s reign of terror continues.
Back in June 2014 Islamic State had launched an astonishing blitzkrieg which saw them seize control of an area in the Middle East the size of Britain. The news was soon filled with their relentless acts of savagery, yet nobody seemed to know who they were or where they’d come from. In this updated edition of his acclaimed book, BBC reporter Andrew Hosken delivers the inside story on Islamic State from their origins to the present day. Through extensive first-hand reporting, Hosken builds a comprehensive picture of IS, their brutal ideology and exterminationist methods. The result is equally compelling and horrifying.
Buy from Waterstones
CB - NF - Irregular War
IRREGULAR WAR: ISIS AND THE NEW THREAT FROM THE MARGINS
Current Affairs
Paul Rogers
9781784534882
HB
£18.99
I.B. Tauris
To what extent does ISIS pose an existential danger to our world? Or is it merely a threat from the margins of inherently unstable states in faraway places? Should ISIS be feared because of its future access to weapons of mass destruction? Or is it simply adept at grabbing land as well as headlines? ISIS (or the Islamic State) is the most dramatic expression of a new era in international politics: uprisings which transform into “irregular warfare”.
ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Shabab, the Taliban are all separate manifestations of a new non-state dynamic which has begun to drive international conflict and which now represents a new form of asymmetric and hybrid warfare.
In this important and original new analysis, Paul Rogers, the distinguished global security specialist, provides a much-needed account of the rise of such global terrorist movements from the margins and presents a new argument as troubling as it is compelling: if the rise of ISIS can overthrow powerful states in a matter of weeks, what kind of a secure future can the world expect?
Buy from Waterstones
CB - NF - A Space Traveller's Guide to the Solar System
A SPACE TRAVELLER’S GUIDE TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Popular Science
Mark Thompson
9780552170581
PB
£8.99
Corgi
Have you ever dreamt of being an astronaut, travelling through the universe on your very own space mission? What would it be like to tour the Solar System, visiting the Sun and the planets, taking in everything from moons to asteroid belts along the way? What would you see, and how would you feel? What would you eat? How would you navigate and produce fuel? How would you survive?
On this epic voyage of discovery, astronomer Mark Thompson takes you on that journey. From how to prepare for take-off and the experience of leaving Earth’s atmosphere, to the reality of living in the confines of a spaceship and the strange sensation of weightlessness, this is an adventure like no other. Suit up, strap in and enjoy the ride.
Buy from Waterstones

 

More to come…

 

Check out a brilliant selection of non-fiction (at time of writing) just recently published on our Jul-Dec 2015 Non-Fiction Recommends page here…

 

 

Check out our portal page to discover more great books publishing January to June 2016 here!