Alex Honnold can’t feel fear ... just as well, since he scales world’s most terrifying

Climber Alex Honnold (left and right) ascended the nose of El Capitan, in California's Yosemite Valley alone and without ropes in 2017. Alex chose a route called Freerider and any mistake would mean certain death. New book The Impossible Climb by Mark Synott (inset) follows the climb and also looks at the dirtbag communities who make up the history of climbing in the Valley. Documentary Free Solo was made about Alex's impressive climb.

Research is based on letters of Emily Eden, the sister of India's Governor- General. More than 16 per cent of East India stock was owned by female shareholders.

Jayson Greene's daughter Greta, two, was killed when a brick fell eight storeys and landed on her head. Her father's memoir reveals how tried to process his grief.

Churchill’s secretaries were shouted at, worked 20-hour days and had to take dictation up

Cita Stelzer's glorious new book, weaves together first-hand recollections by his secretaries. You'd be summoned to the Presence — and if it was the morning, he'd be sitting in bed in his brocade dressing-gown, lighting his cigar from a candle, with his cat as a hot-water bottle, all nine daily papers strewn over the eiderdown and a whisky and soda to take him through to lunchtime. He liked to dictate when he was in the bath. The female secretaries had to sit demurely outside the door, and they could hear him coming up from underwater, spouting and blowing bubbles. His one male secretary, Patrick Kinna, was the only one who could accompany him into the bathroom.

Gabriel Hemery explores the fate of botanist John Jeffrey who was last seen in San Francisco in 1854, in a new book. John was 23-years-old and working for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Heida Asgeirsdottir from Iceland recounts the years she's spent at her beloved 1,000-year-old farm in a new memoir. She explains why she prefers her solitude instead of living with others.

Emily Maitlis reveals the imperfect art of making news in a fascinating new memoir about her career. The TV journalist has interviewed the likes of Bill Clinton, Emma Barnett ans the Prime Minister.

Journalist and writer Stephen Graham wrote The Gentle Art Of Tramping in 1926. Tramping’ for him was the serious walking for the sake of walking while breathing in fresh rural air.

Sabrina Cohen-Hatton recounts the years she's spent working in the fire service in a new memoir. she reveals that she has experienced sexist abuse and sexual assault throughout her career.

Anthony Ray Hinton was released from death row in Alabama in 2015. He had been accused of killing restaurant managers in Birmingham in 1985. His book The Sun Does Shine reveals his time in prison.

Jeremy N. Smith recounts the life of hacker Elizabeth Tessman who as a ‘white hat’, is secretly employed to test the security of major businesses. In one instance, she hacks access to presidential files.

The gripping memoir of Dutch RAF pilot Bram ‘Bob’ Vanderstok, who was one of a trio to succeed in the Great Escape has been reissued. The author vividly recounts his escape from Stalag Luft III.

Fat and furious (but was it his fault?): Henry VIII

Tudor expert Robert Hutchinson, recounts the life of King Henry VIII (pictured main) who reigned for almost 38 years in a compelling new book (inset). The Royal who ballooned to an estimated 28st in the last years of his life, survived malaria, suffered blows to the head while jousting, and was plagued by weeping leg ulcers. As his grip on England, Wales and Ireland grew stronger, Henry VIII expanded treason laws. Robert considers if the king who had six wives had Cushing’s syndrome, which can cause weight gain, insomnia and irritability.

Beth Lynch left her beloved garden in London to move to Switzerland with her husband. However she yearns for outside space, for the chance to grow things and get her hands in the soil.

Welsh author Marc Hamer's semi-autobiographical book How To Catch A Mole tells you all you need know about the small, velvet creatures which are the bane of gardeners’ lives.

In bestselling books such as Fingerprints Of The Gods, Graham Hancock has argued for the existence of an ancient, lost civilisation, citing archaeological sites around the world.

A fascinating new book by marine biologist Dr Jon Copley explores the depths of the ocean. From a crustacean named after Baywatch star David Hasselhoff to the record of the deepest scuba dive.

Nobody who remembers the 'Jack the Lad' persona of the actor Tony Booth could possibly be surprised by his widow's frank account of his final years — some of which reads like a TV script.

Rob Dunn who is a U.S. biologist and ecologist reveals the species that can be found in homes around the world in a jaw-dropping new book. From critters in shower heads to termites.

Mel Brooks has made some of the funniest films ever but new biography claims he has a

Funny Man by Patrick McGilligan (inset) shows Mel Brooks, 92, (main) to be cocky and obnoxious. The American filmmaker worked on the script of Springtime For Hitler, which later became The Producers, and also voiced commercials for Bic pens. Another of biographer McGilligan's bombshell revelations in the book are around Brooks' first marriage to dancer Florence Baum. He said he was told by witnesses that Brooks ‘cheated on Florrie left, right and centre’.

Fiona Davison shares tales of the first garden apprentices who were part of the Royal Horticultural Society in a delightful new book.

Nicky Haslam has fastidious taste, a soft spot for eccentrics, and a keen ear for the way aristocrats and celebrities speak.

A new biography recounts the life of British Army lieutenant Airey Neave who was assassinated by INLA in 1979. Airey had been one of the first Britons to escape from Colditz.

Emily Dean who is the only survivor of her extraordinary family, recounts her bohemian upbringing and decision to buy a dog after the deaths of her parents and sister in a gripping new memoir.

John Lewis-Stempel shares diary accounts of pond life throughout a year. From a pheasant with his ‘mincing Ming Emperor arrogance’ to two mallard drakes at their courtship displays.

Michele Kirsch who had a drug addiction for three decades recounts key moments from her life in a new memoir. The Mother-of-two became a domestic cleaner while trying to stay clean and sober.