Hello everyone, In my previous article we’ve already discussed fiction VS non-fiction books. So, today as I was busy working on my other project I thought let’s talk about 8 Non-fiction authors. Don’t worry I also don’t want to exaggerate this article, I would try my best to keep it short & simple.
Today, we’ll talk about 8 non-fiction authors you’ll fall in love with. I understand every author/writer is best in their own ways but some of them got a real spirit of being an actual writer. Let’s dig into the deep!
8 Best Non-Fiction Authors
1- Joan Didion
Joan Didion was born on 5th December 1934. She is an American journalist, writer, novelist, and essayist. She is also famous for her work on autobiographies and screenplays, but Didion is best known for her literary journalism and memoirs.
Didion explores the breakdown of American morals and cultural chaos, the main theme of her work is social fragmentation.
Coming to her early life, Didion is graduated from the University of California, Berkely in 1956. She worked for Vogue magazine as a copywriter first and later as an editor. During this time, she wrote her first novel Run River which was published in 1963.
“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” – Joan Didion
John Gregory Dunne, a writer, and her friend helped her edit the book. Later the two moved to California and got married. She published her first non-fiction work Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a collection of magazine pieces about her experiences in California.
Didion faced two tragedies in less than two years. In 2003, Dunne passed away suffered from a fatal heart attack at the dinner table, while their daughter Quintana Roo Dunne lay comatose in the ICU with septic shock resulting from pneumonia. Later in 2005, Quintana died of acute pancreatitis, Didion also wrote about Quintana’s death in the book Blue Nights.
Her nephew Griffin Dunne directed a documentary about Didion “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” and it was released on October 27, 2017, by Netflix.
2- Laura Hillenbrand
Laura Hillenbrand was born on May 15, 1967. She is an American non-fiction author and magazine article writer. Her two bestselling non-fiction books are Seabiscuit: An American Legend, published in 2001. The other is Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption published in 2010. Both of her masterpieces have sold over 13 million copies and each was adapted for film.
“Fatigue is what we experience, but it is what a match is to an atomic bomb.” – Laura Hillenbrand
Laura fell ill in college and was unable to complete her degree. She wrote about her illness in an essay ‘The Sudden Illness’ published in The New Yorker in 2003. She is the co-founder of Operation International Children.
3- Erik Larson
Erik Larson was born on 3 January 1954. He studied Russian history at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1978. Erik was inspired to go into journalism after seeing the movie All the President’s Men.
“I must confess a shameful secret: I love Chicago best in the cold.” – Erik Larson
He is the author of numerous non-fiction bestseller books of all time. His great artwork The Devil in the White City was published in 2003. It was about the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and a series of murders by H.H Holmes that were committed in the city around the time of the fair. The Devil in the White City won Edgar Award 2004 in the Best Fact Crime category.
4- Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell is an English/Canadian journalist, author, and public speaker. He has published six non-fiction books including The Tipping Point, Talking to Strangers, and Outliers. His first five books were on the New York Times bestseller list. Talking about his early life and education.
He was born in Fareham, Hampshire, England. His mother was a Jamaican psychotherapist. While his father was a mathematics professor. Throughout Malcolm’s early life, they lived in rural Canada.
“We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We’re a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don’t really have an explanation for.” – Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm stated that his mother, Joyce Gladwell is his role model as a writer. His father, Graham Gladwell noted that Malcolm was an unusually single-minded and ambitious boy. His father was teaching Mathematics and engineering at the University of Waterloo. When Malcolm was 11, his father allowed him to go and wander around the offices at the university. Malcolm was overwhelmed and developed an interest in reading and libraries. His love for books is never-ending. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, in 1984.
“Truly successful decision making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.” – Malcolm Gladwell
As a reader, I appreciate his work in non-fiction. He knows his field of work and outdone his job.
5- George Orwell
Eric Arthur Blair was best known by his pen name George Orwell. He was born on 25 June 1903 in Motihari, Bihar, British India. He was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is characterized by lucid prose, biting social criticism, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” – George Orwell
As a writer, Orwell produced literary criticism and poetry, fiction and polemical journalism; and is best known for the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945) and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). His non-fiction works, including The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), documenting his experience of working-class life in the north of England, and Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences soldiering for the Republican faction of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), are as critically respected as his essays on politics and literature, language and culture. In 2008, The Times ranked George Orwell second among “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.
6- Stephen Hawking
Stephen William Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009. He is best known for his contribution to scientific research that helped countless researchers around the world.
Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford into a family of doctors. Stephen Hawking began his university education at University College, Oxford in October 1959 at the age of 17, where he received a first-class BA (Hons.) degree in physics. He began his graduate work at Trinity Hall, Cambridge in October 1962, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics and theoretical physics, specializing in general relativity and cosmology in March 1966.
“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” – Stephen Hawking
During this period—in 1963—Hawking was diagnosed with an early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neuron disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease) that gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through the use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle.
“However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope” – Stephen Hawking
He worked hard and devoted his whole life in the name of science. He published countless non-fiction books including A Brief History of Time, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, The Theory of Everything, and many others. His book A Brief History of Time appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.
Stephen Hawking was a legendary scientist this world has ever seen. He died on 14 March 2018 at the age of 76, after living with motor neurone disease for more than 50 years.
7- Yuval Noah Harari
Yuval Noah Harari was born on 24 February 1976. He is an Israeli public intellectual, historian, non-fiction author, and a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of the popular science bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014), Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016), and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018). His writings examine free will, consciousness, intelligence, happiness and suffering.
“One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations.” – Yuval Noah Harari
Harari is gay and in 2002 met his husband Itzik Yahav, whom he calls “my internet of all things”. Yahav is also Harari’s personal manager. They married in a civil ceremony in Toronto in Canada.
His book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind was originally published in Hebrew in 2011 based on the 20 lectures of an undergraduate world history class he was teaching. Sapiens was in the top 3 of The New York Times Best Seller list for 96 consecutive weeks.
8- Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein was born on May 8, 1970. She is a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker. She is best known for her political analyses, criticism of corporate globlization and of capitalism. Her work in non-fiction is highly appreciated. Her book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (2014) was a New York Times non-fiction bestseller and the winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.
“We are looking to brands for poetry and for spirituality, because we’re not getting those things from our communities or from each other.” – Naomi Klein
To be honest, I haven’t read any of her books but I’m planning to. If you guys ever read her work kindly let me know in the comments below. Klein was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize for her activism on climate justice.
That’s all, Thank you for being so attentive. I hope you enjoyed reading this article. If I am missing anything kindly let me know. That would be much appreciated. Also, this was the shortlist of the 8 Non-Fiction Authors You’ll Fall in Love With. I am pretty sure. Have a nice day ahead 🙂 I’ll catch up with you guys soon. Till then, take care.