Tilly Lloyd of Unity Books tells us about her favourites from last year - "three marvels of non-fiction".
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Manifesto by Bernadine Evaristo
It was a revolutionary moment in literary history when Bernadette Evaristo won the 2019 Booker Prize for her novel Girl, Woman, Other.
Evaristo was a struggling thespian 30 years ago when she first set herself the goal, Tilly says.
The subtitle of her memoir - 'On Never Giving Up' - encapsulates Evaristo's spirit.
"She speaks directly and frankly about creative rebellion and her lifetime commitment to imaginatively exploring all the untold stories which are buried by race, class and sexual politics."
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
In this surprise bestseller, botanist and nature writer Robin Wall Kimmerer refers to animals as "our oldest teachers" and trees as "standing people".
Kimmerer hopes the Covid-19 pandemic will increase our compassion for the natural world, Tilly says.
"She's looking mostly at our relationship with nature and how it's been confounded by science... and also by capitalism and imperialism."
Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings edited by Sue Cramer
This book of 110 reprinted artworks and "five extraordinary essays" was published in association with a major survey of abstract paintings by visionary Swedish-born artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944).
It's a very sumptuous book that rewards slow reading, Tilly says.