Somerset - John Caple (White Lane Press)
A late but essential entry. A book of John Caple's paintings preceded by Nell Leyshon's beautiful introduction have captured my imagination in every direction.This book sits on a stand on my desk and I ponder it on a daily basis.This book says something simple and important about heritage and rural tradition and I love it.
A Question of Trust - Onora O'Neill (Cambridge University Press)
Reith Lectures 2002, readable and fascinating. A book that made me think long and hard about the way I look at the organisation that I have worked for all my life and my attitude towards it, both from within and without.
Take Off Your Party Dress - Dina Rabinovitch (Simon & Schuster)
Dina's legacy and I learnt so much about illness per se from this one and also just how wrong we get it from the medical side of the desk so often.Dina's blog is still there and just take a look, I think she'd be thrilled to see that her fund-raising target of £100, 000 is nearly home and dry.
No Place for Ladies - Helen Rappaport (Aurum Press)
A highly readable and fascinating account of the ladies of the Crimea.A book that revealed new information about a familiar situation and one that opened up endless new reading trails.
And my best non-fiction read of the year?
As if I could leave it out,
Unimagined by Imran Ahmad (Aurum Press)
This book worked from the minute I read the first line to turning the final page.Racism, apartness, adolescence, student life, religion and so much more. A chance to revisit the 1970's.Plus that lovely cuddly Imran on the cover.