The 10 Best non-fiction graphic books

 

1. The 14th Dalai Lama by Tetsu Saiwai

£9.99, penguin.co.uk

The history of modern Tibet told via the story of a peasant child who became the 14th Dalai Lama.

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2. The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Vol Two by Grady Klein

£12.99, macmillan.com

Seldom has the "grey science" been more colourful.

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3. Feynman by Jim Ottaviani

£18.99, firstsecondbooks.com

A pull-no-punches look at exuberant physicist, best-selling author, Nobel Prize-winner and bongo enthusiast Richard Feynman.

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4. Leonardo da Vinci by Dan Danko

£6.99, campfire.co.in

Painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician – the great Renaissance man sharply observed.

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5. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli/Ronald Wimberly

£8.30, smartercomics.com

The political precepts of the Renaissance diplomat and philosopher graphically updated.

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6. Bye Bye Babylon by Lamia Ziade

£14.99, randomhouse.co.uk

A must-read child's-eye biographical tale of life in Beirut before and during the 1975 Lebanese Civil War.

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7. Oil and Water by Steve Duin and Shannon Wheeler

£14.99, fantagraphics.com

A stunning exploration of the effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico.

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8. Coltrane by Paolo Parisi

£12.99, randomhouse.co.uk

Parisi juxtaposes scenes from the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane's personal life with snapshots of his recordings.

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9. Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth by Jay Hosler

£9.99, macmillan.com

This book is so charming that you barely notice it fully explores the principles of natural science.

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10. Orbit: John Lennon by Marc Shapiro

£2.55, bluewaterprod.com

This 36-pager concentrates on Lennon's post-Beatles life and his final years in Manhattan.

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