Stranger than Fiction: Our favourite non-fiction books of 2014

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Bookcover: Hidden City by Karl WhitneyWe read a lot here in Dublin City Public Libraries and it's not just fiction that takes our fancy. There is so much to learn and discover when you open the covers of our favourite non-fiction reads. And when it comes to non-fiction, the varied interests of Dublin City Public Libraries' staff really become apparent! Here are our top non-fiction reads of 2014:

Two books about Dublin caught our eye this year:

Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin by Foot, Bike, Bus, Train and Tram: In the Sewers and Underground Rivers; Along the Edges and Behind the Hoardings by Karl Whitney.
"Beautifully written book that takes you off the beaten track to journey through some of the secrets of our capital city. Just the right mix of scholarship and adventure"

Dublin: the Making of a Capital City by David Dickson
"Loved dipping into this great history of Dublin"


For the football fans among you:
Danish Dynamite by Rob Smyth, Lars Eriksen and Mike Gibbons
"A niche subject here but anyone like me who enjoyed watching the great Denmark football team in the mid 80s will enjoy this book"

This engaging insight into how we think forms a practical guide to help you think better, think smarter:
Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner 
"A fascinating book by the men who wrote the Freakonomics books."

Bookcover: Dublin: the making of a capital city Bookcover: Danish Dynamite by Rob SmithBookcover: The First World War by Hew StrachanBookcover: The Moth edited by Catherine Burns

This wonderful project provides a fascinating insight into the social history, fashion, style and character of Dublin's residents through the decades from 1930s to 1980s: 
Man on the Bridge - the photos of Arthur Fields compiled by Ciaran Deeney and David Clarke
"A wonderful collection of photos...many discovered by the editors during scanning days in Dublin City Public Libraries. That's not why I'm biased. It includes a photo from the 1930s of my two-year old mother with my great grandmother."

Our Dublin Festival of History team recommend the following books for history buffs:
Killers of the King by Charles Spencer, The First World War by Hew Strachan and Red Fortress: the secret heart of Russia's history by Catherine Merridale. All three historians gave excellent lectures at this year's festival.
If you missed them you can listen back to their talks and other highlights from the festival on

The conflict in Syria has dominated the news in 2014.
Syria: from great war to civil war by John McHugo - published by Saqi
"It gave a keen insight into the history behind one of the most worrying conflicts of this century. It was also clear and easy to read."

Bookcover: Syria - from the Great War to Civil War by John McHugo Bookcover: Thing like a Freak by Steven D LevittBookcover: Man on the Bridge Bookcover: The Killers of the King by Charles Spencer

Fifty fascinating true stories: The Moth edited by Catherine Burns
"A wonderful collection of short true stories"

Next, a must-read for metal fans:
The Bloody Reign of Slayer by Joel McIver
"A bio of the seminal metal band."

"Entertaining and revealing anecdotes from the fiercely curious celebrity interviewer: A Curious Career by Lynn Barber"

Wiley's Encyclopedia of ManagementA recommendation from our Business Information Centre:
Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, 3rd edition. Ed. Cary L. Cooper
"This is simply a great reference tool for businesses, students, employer, professionals or indeed anyone interested in the minefield of management! Don’t be put off by the number of volumes in this multi-volume publication – 13 in total with a separate index – as there’s a wealth of information here to highlight the range of developments that has happened in the last number of years; Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Digital Technologies, Corporate Governance, Sustainability, Organizational Networks, Emotional Intelligence, Strategic Management, Performance Measures and Work - Life Quality are but a few of the interesting topics covered."

This comprehensive and reputable reference work is part of a larger collection of business and business related material and online resources available to use, free of charge, in the Business Information Centre, Central Library.

 Bookcover: The Red Fortress by Catherine Merridale Bookcover: The Bloody Reign of Slayer Bookcover: A Curious Career by Lynn Barber

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