10 New Non-Fiction Books: November

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New non-fiction We add hundreds of new books to our collections every month at Dublin City Libraries, including the most recent bestsellers. But how do you go about getting your hands on them?

Well, if there's a specific new title you're looking for, the best way to see if it's available is to visit the online catalogue, reserve it and have it delivered to your local branch.
But if you fancy a browse of the latest new titles and are willing to be struck by reading inspiration, then this blog is for you!


Finding a new book to read

While there's nothing quite like browsing the collection in your local library and stumbling across a gem, you may not be seeing the newest titles on the shelf in your local branch, purely because we have so many new books constantly in transit between branches and borrowers.

Now, we could publish spreadsheets of hundreds of new titles each month, but as you're most likely carrying a significant mental load of 'not-to-be-missed' TV shows and 'essential-listening' podcasts in your head already, we've opted to take a different approach. We've decided to pick out just 10 new books from a variety of genres each month, to give you a flavour of the newest titles available to reserve.

Maybe you'll see one you'd like, maybe you won't, but we hope they'll give you an insight into what's new in the publishing and reading world and are, of course, available to reserve online with your library card and PIN. Simply click on the book cover or title to be taken to the reserve page on the Libraries Ireland website.
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Needless to say, our greatest resource is the staff in our branch libraries, so don't be shy about asking them for a recommendation or to see what's new!
Here's hoping inspiration strikes! Happy reading!

10 New Non-Fiction Titles: November 2019

1. Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse by Phil Clarke and Isabel Lloyd

Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse

A grow-your-own guide that shows complete beginners how to grow enough of their own food to survive if/when Armageddon arrives and imports collapse! At any rate, you'll find out how to sow and grow 20 key crops, whether you have two pots, a patio or a whole allotment.

2. Trials of the state: law and the decline of politics by Jonathan Sumption

Trials of the State

A Sunday Times Bestseller, Jonathan Sumption, Lord Sumption, is a British judge and historian who argues that the time has come to return some problems to the politicians in a time of political gridlock over legislation.

3. The secret life of books: why they mean more than words by Tom Mole

The Secret Life of Books

How do you feel about books? Have you considered how books transform, evolve and still have the power to change our lives? Tom Mole's latest release aims to change how you think about books forever!

4. Breaking and mending: a junior doctor's stories of compassion and burnout by Joanna Cannon

Breaking and Mending

In this memoir, Joanna Cannon shares her story of life as a junior doctor, a profession where weakness remains a taboo.

5. Permanent Record by Edward Snowden

Permanent Record

A name that really needs no introduction, in this book Edward Snowden shares for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build the system that he ultimately tried to bring down.

6. Indoor edible garden by Zia Allaway

Indoor Edible Garden

For many of us city dwellers, the prospect of owning a garden or allottment remains a distant dream. But home-grown plants are still a possibility -  this book shows you how to grow herbs, fruit and vegetables that look good and taste better - all in your own home.

7. North Korea Journal by Michael Palin

North Korea Journal

In May 2018, former Monty Python star and globetrotter Michael Palin spent two weeks in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, created a widely acclaimed TV documentary. This book, illustrated with colour photographs, tells the story behind that documentary.

8. Elderhood: redefining aging, transforming medicine, reimagining life by Louise Aronson


A New York Times bestseller and longlisted for the Carnegie, Elderhood is for anyone who is, in the author's own words, "an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being."

9. The meritocracy trap by Daniel Markovits

The Meritocracy Trap

Law professor Daniel Markovits debunks the prevalent idea that reward inevitabily follows ability and effort, and explores how we can take the first steps towards a world that might afford us both prosperity and dignity.

10. World wonders: 50 of the world's most iconic structures by Michał Gaszyński

World Wonders

Learn the hidden sescrets of 50 unique structures that have shaped our world including the Eiffel Tower, Great Pyramids and Great Wall of China. Each structure is analysed in detail and includes architectural details, facts, symbols and infographics.


Hi, I'm having difficulty reserving books for collection at Kevin Street? The app doesn't seem to list Kevin Street as an option currently.
Thanks for your help.

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