Best of 2017: Trail Blazing Non-Fiction

by |December 28, 2017

Best of 2017 Trail Blazing Non-Fiction

Non-fiction has outgrown its genres, or perhaps it never really fit into them. In any case, we thought it best to recognise the books that turned heads, changed minds and reset our way of seeing the world.

Below is our shortlist of the seven best in Trail Blazing Non-Fiction including one lucky winner. Reading these titles will help you reimagine the way we work, how we farm, how we govern, where our food comes from and why people are so obsessed with birds.

In our winning book, one of the most celebrated commentators and authors living today interrogates an issue that has devastated countless lives with her trademark candour and eloquence. Reading this book could change your life.

Read on for our selections and be sure to subscribe to the Booktopian for more of this year’s best.


Trail Blazing Non-Fiction: Winner


Hunger by Roxane Gay. 9781472151117.Hunger
by Roxane Gay

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past-including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life-and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it… Learn more.


Trail Blazing Non-Fiction: The Shortlist


Best of 2017 Trail Blazing Non-Fiction

Best of 2017 Trail Blazing Non-Fiction

The Shortlist: Birdmania by Bernd Brunner, Talking to My Daughter About the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis, Call of the Reed Warbler by Charles Massy, We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman, The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young.

Read a review of The Secret Life of Cows by Booktopia’s Ben Hunter.

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