An illustration of people meeting up tearfully after coming out of the book 'Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet', as though it were a front door.

Books to give this Christmas that might just change the world

From the climate crisis to race and gender inequality, here are books crammed with galvanising ways to make the world a fairer place, just in time to inspire that special inspiring someone on your Christmas list.

The best non-fiction doesn’t just inspire us to see the world differently, but galvanises us to play our part in making it a better place.

Whether you’re looking to make a change yourself, or to inspire a loved one who inspires you this Christmas, here are 17 brilliant books that will do just that, whether it's eating smarter to save the planet, learning more about the world around you or just finding one’s own inner sense of peace.

Illustration at top: Bianca Bagnarelli for Penguin Random House

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