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Love to read - non-fiction

Below are the most borrowed non-fiction books from Medway Libraries, you can also see who the most popular non-fiction authors are.

Current top 10 most borrowed non-fiction titles 

1. Cake by Rachel Allen

Cake by Rachel AllenWhether it's classic cakes, wedding cakes, children's party or birthday cakes, fast cakes, healthy cakes, celebration cakes or dessert cakes, you can rely on this book for expert tips and easy-to-follow methods that will help you make every cake extra special.






2. Haunted Chatham by Neil Arnold

Haunted Chatham by Neil ArnoldChatham is steeped in history and strange folklore, but much of its ghostly past, and present, remains unwritten. The spectral secrets of the town are uncovered as we delve into ghost stories obscure and well known, from an array of haunted houses and shops, to the shedding of new light on classic local legends such as Chatham Dockyard and Fort Amherst.

Read an eBook sample of Haunted Chatham from our collection.



3. The Devil Rides Out by Paul O'Grady

The Devil Rides Out by Paul O'Grady

The further adventures of Paul O'Grady - following on from the million-copy-selling At My Mother's Knee - are, if anything, even more hilarious and outrageous than what has come before. To say that The Devil Rides Out is action-packed is an understatement. Its extraordinary cast of characters includes lords and ladies, the legendary Vera, a serial killer, more prostitutes than you can shake a stick at and drag queens of every shape and size. Wickedly funny, often moving, and searingly honest, Paul's tales of the unexpected will make your jaw drop and your hair stand on end. And you'll laugh like a drain.


4. The Kitchen Diaires II by Nigel Slater

The Kitchen Diaries II by Nigel SlaterIncludes more than 250 recipes, many from his BBC TV series Dish of the Day, Simple Suppers and Simple Cooking. From Nigel Slater, presenter of Dish of the Day and one of our best-loved food writers, a beautiful and inspiring companion volume to his bestselling Kitchen Diaries.

"For years now I have kept notebooks, with scribbled shopping lists and early drafts of recipes in them. These notes form the basis of this second volume of The Kitchen Diaries. More than a diary, this is a collection of small kitchen celebrations, be it a casual, beer-fuelled supper of warm flatbreads with pieces of grilled lamb scattered with toasted pine kernels and blood-red pomegranate seeds or a quiet moment contemplating a bowl of soup and a loaf of bread."


5.  English Grammar in Use: A Self-study Reference and Practice Book for Elementary Students by Raymond Murphy

This grammar reference and practice book for elementary learners uses clear explanations and appendices along with additional exercises with answers which can be used by learners working independently.


6. Maths: The Basic Skills by June Haightom

Curriculum edition.


7. The Hairy Dieters by Si King and Dave Myers

The Hairy DietersThe Hairy Bikers have lost almost six stone between them and you can lose weight too. Si King and Dave Myers are self-confessed food lovers. Food isn't just fuel to them, it's their life. But, like many of us, they've found that the weight has crept on over the years. So they've made a big decision to act before it's too late and lose some pounds. In this groundbreaking diet book, Si and Dave have come up with tasty recipes that are low in calories and big on flavour. This is real food for real people, not skinny minnies. There are ideas for family meals, hearty lunches and dinners, even a few knock-out bakes and snacking options. The Hairy Bikers will always love their food - pies and curries won't be off the menu for long, but using these recipes, and following their clever tips and heartfelt advice, you can bake your cake, eat it, and lose the pounds.


8.  Gallipoli  by Nigel Steel

Gallopi by Nigel SteelDue to increased interest in the battlefields of Gallipoli, this 1990 guide to the region and its association with the First World War has been revised and updated to take into account recently declassified documents from the Public Record Office.





9.  A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

A Street Cat Named Bob by James BowenThe moving, uplifting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets and the ginger cat who adopts him and helps him heal his life.






10. 15 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver 

15 Minute Meals by Jamie OliverThis is Jamie Oliver's simplest and most straightforward book to date. It pushes the concept of fast, everyday food to a new level, without compromising on flavour. It's designed to excite and inspire people to prepare a balanced, nutritional, no-nonsense meal every night of the week.




To find out which library has these in stock, phone 01634 337799 or visit the online catalogue.