Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures tells the true story of the coloured women who helped America beat the Russian's to the moon. Of how at Langley they overcame the vile segregation to power NACA (then NASA) into orbit. A must for any history buff and a sickening reminder that the evil of segregation is less than a century ago.

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore


An historical account of the women who worked with radium. The fight against America's massive corporations to get recognition and recompense for the slow agonising deaths these girls suffered. A book the story of which will live with me for the rest of my life.

The Life of Leonardo da Vinci by Giorgio Vasari


Imagine reading a biography about Leonardo da Vinci that was written by someone who was actually there! Well that's what we have here. There's even portraits of the two great men contained within the pages.

Now take everything you thought you knew about Leonardo da Vinci and put a line through it. Not even close. The man walked the genius/madness tightrope with wobbly applomb. He was a great artist! Yes. A great inventor. A great scientist and the list goes on, he was also a great procrastinator and highly likely had ADHD as he was very easily distracted and rarely finished anything. And much, much more. This is a book you must read if LdV interests you, but Vasari is worth a look in his own right.