Is Non-Fiction for me?

Updated: Jun 28, 2021

"The challenge of nonfiction is to marry art and truth." - Phyllis Rose

I've never been the type to pick up a non-fiction book. In fact, I tend to avoid them. The only non-fiction books I own are a collection of Bette Davis autobiographies, which I glance at every now and then when I want to learn more about the Golden Era of Hollywood and my favourite actress.

Recently, I've been tasked with reading a couple of non-fiction books (as they're on our university reading list) and I have to say, I've enjoyed the ones I've read. Michael Ondaatje's 'Running in the Family' was such an interesting book, that used various mediums to tell the tale. I loved how he incorporated poetry and diary entries into the story and it actually sparked some ideas for my own work.

I went looking for other non-fiction books and found myself reading 'A Brief History of Time' and 'The Theory of Everything' by Stephen Hawking. I have a fascination with space, and again, found these books captured my attention. So, why am I not reading more of them? I suppose, if you read my last post Why Do I Read? | Alexandria Allison it's because I mostly read for escapism. I like stories that take me away from reality but I'm now finding that some non-fiction is just as fanciful. I'm trying to broaden my horizons a little and will continue to explore the non-fiction world.

Who knows, I might start writing some myself,

Thanks for reading,

Alex Allison


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