This category was a toughie, because I don’t really read non-fiction for pleasure. To me, non-fiction books are for dipping into when you need a particular piece of information on a particular topic, not for reading cover to cover. I racked my brains trying to think of a non-fiction book that I’d willingly read from front to back and that I could honestly call my favourite. I couldn’t think of one.
So then I decided to reinterpret the category as “non-fiction book that you couldn’t bear to be without”, and that was a dead cinch! For the last two years I’ve been working in schools as a One2One tutor, and in that time I have used one particular book almost every day. It’s looking very battered these days, because it’s been well-thumbed by countless primary school children, but it has helped them improve their writing skills immensely. The book? Collins Gem School Thesaurus. I suspect my husband is going to tease me mercilessly about my choice this week, but I’m still standing by it!