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Meme-y stuff - 30 Day Meme. Day 14

Today's question:

Day 14 - A non-fiction book

I love to learn and have an inquisitive mind, so I'm probably not exaggerating when I say that non-fiction books form the bulk of my reading.  There are two ways I can answer this, and so I'm going to nominate two books.

My favourite non-fiction book for great, engaging writing and fascinating subject matter is Bill Bryson's 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' in which the lovable Bill explains, well, nearly everything, including the big bang and what was (or wasn't) there before the it, space, life, chemistry, how much the earth weighs, what stars are made of, and all sorts of other facts.  He also goes into HOW we know all this stuff.  Who actually sat down and worked it all out, and how they did that.  What's best of all, he writes from the point of view of a bewildered layman talking to other bewildered laymen.  It's a wonderful book that I can read over and over again; highly recommended.

My most treasured non-fiction book is my series companion from David Attenborough's groundbreaking series, Life on Earth.  It was signed by the great man himself, in my presence, at a book signing when I was eleven years old.  I tell you, star-struck, much?
When I saw that he'd signed it 'To Jane, with love, David Attenborough', I don't think my feet touched the ground all the way back to the railway station!  I may not dip into that book very often, but it's always there, pride of place on my bookshelf and always will be.
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