Our Top Ten Non-Fiction Books Of 2020

13 January 2021

We wind up our look back at 2020 with a review of our ten favourite non-fiction books.

We hope you agree with our selection but, if not, give us your picks at the bottom of the page!

Twisted Visions: The Art Of Junji Ito

The master of Manga horror! A first-ever collection of Junji Ito’s artworks, featuring over 130 images from his bestselling manga titles along with rare works.

This sublime collection includes all of Ito’s unforgettable illustrations in both black-and-white and colour, from Tomie’s dreadful beauty to the inhuman spirals of Uzumaki.

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Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

What's this? What's this?

It's a chance to relive the magic through this retelling of the classic film, accompanied by paintings, sketches and concept art from the film’s development - plus information about the artists who worked it.

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Destiny: Grimoire Anthology Vol.3

The third volume of the highly collectible Grimoire Anthology gives Destiny fans glimpses into never-before-seen lore and world-building highlights from the hit game.

It weaves tales from multiple sources together for the first time, casting new light on Destiny s most legendary heroes, infamous villains, and their greatest moments of triumph and tragedy.

Seek your Destiny

Gaming of a different kind now!

Dungeons & Dragons has never been more popular, and this official annual brings together everything that makes the series great. Featuring heroes of legend, the most challenging monsters and handy tips on how to start or continue your adventure.

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Friends: The Official Cookbook

If you didn't spend your lockdown time playing games in 2020, then maybe you were working on your cooking skills!

Each chapter includes iconic treats such as Monica’s Friendsgiving Feast, Rachel’s Trifle, Chandler’s ‘Milk You Can Chew’, and of course, The Moist Maker. 

How You Doin'?

Critical Role: The Chronicles Of Exandria: The Mighty Nein

If you don't know Critical Role, check out the background on our Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2020.

This hardcover art collection features a wide variety of gorgeous illustrations from the Critical Role fan community paired with text by cast members Liam O’Brien and Taliesin Jaffe.

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The Art Of Ghost Of Tsushima

We go back to the console with nearly 200 pages of art from the hit video game Ghost of Tsushima!

Step into the role of Tsushima Island’s last samurai through a vivid showcase of detail in a vast and exotic locale, featuring elegant illustrations of dynamic characters, spirited landscapes, and diagrams of Samurai sword-fighting techniques.

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My Neighbour Totoro: Sketchbook Journal

Or did you spend lockdown sharpening your drawing technique?  This sketchbook features lay-flat binding for ease of writing or drawing and the extra-thick blank pages are perfect for sketching.

Let your creativity soar

Draw Great Characters

Or, if you want to create your own comic or animated characters but don't know how to start, this is the book for you!

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The Making Of Aliens

This definitive book tells the complete story of how Aliens was made, featuring new interviews with some of the cast and production crew, and including many rarely seen photos and illustrations from the Fox archives. 

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