Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 1, 2019

Nonfiction November – My Year in Nonfiction

Once again it is Nonfiction November, and I’m just scraping in to My Year in Non-fiction’, hosted by Julz Reads.

As for last year, I’m going to list my Year in Nonfiction with Australian books first… all links are to my reviews:

Australian non-fiction (in alphabetical author by title)

Life Stories (in alphabetical order by title):

And from elsewhere (in alphabetical order by title):

What was your favourite nonfiction read of the year?

I can’t decide between The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela, by Sisonke Msimang because it made me rethink the way we demonise women who don’t behave the way we expect them to; Accidental Feminists, by Jane Caro because it’s an homage to my generation and all the things we achieved for women; and Blooms and Brushstrokes, A Floral History of Australian Art, by Penelope Curtin and Tansy Curtin which is definitely my most drop-dead gorgeous coffee table book of the year.

Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?

Nope.  It was Politics, as usual, and Art, as usual, and history, as usual, especially Australia’s Black History.  Gasp! Am I in a rut?

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

There were two:

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

I like looking over my year of books. Last year I surprised myself when I realised that I hadn’t read any of my favourite form of NF: literary biography.  This year I’ve read these, and really enjoyed them:


  1. Impressive list!

    Mine is easy to make: one non fiction book for this year. Maybe two if I can read one this month.


    • Yes, but don’t forget you’ve had a crazy year at work.
      I’m retired, so I’ve got lots of time to read:)


      • Sure.
        It should get better in 2020.

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  2. Wow, what a list. As always most impressed with how much you manage to read. The non fiction writing I enjoy most is travel writing and more travel writing with the occasional memoir thrown in. Mr Penguin loves his politics but I am so over it I can’t bear it anymore. Enjoyed reading your list.


    • Yes, I love travel writing too, and have (as you can see) been neglecting it.
      I am *slowly* making my way through HV Morton’s In the Steps of St Paul, which was written long before all the decades-long troubles in the Middle East, and I need to get on with it…

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  3. You’re amazing Lisa – so many books, so much variety. I’ll take your recommendation and add Hearing Maud to my TBR list.


    • Oh yes indeed Kate, a.k.a. Queen of Memoir, Hearing Maud is a book for you!

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