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Most popular True stories of heroism, endurance & survival books

The most popular True stories of heroism, endurance & survival books currently available. Updated weekly.
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Salt Path: The Sunday Times bestseller, shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Biography Award & The Wainwright Prize
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Elephant in My Kitchen: What the herd taught me about love, courage and survival
A powerful, moving sequel to the bestselling The Elephant Whisperer that tells the story of one woman's fight to protect a herd of elephants.
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Lost Child: The True Story of a Girl who Couldn't Ask for Help
From the million-copy bestselling author comes the true story of a neglected little girl whose cries for attention have been met in all the wrong ways, until now.
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Brothers in Arms: Real War. True Friends. Unlikely Heroes.
The reality of war laid bare in this funny, furious and moving account of one man's tour of Helmand.
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Choice
THE AWARD-WINNING INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERby Edith Eger, as seen on BBC Breakfast Even in hell, hope can flower'I'll be forever changed by her story' - Oprah Winfrey 'One of those rare and eternal stories you don't want to end' - Desmond Tutu'A masterpiece of holocaust literature.
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Girl in the Dark: The True Story of Runaway Child with a Secret. A Devastating Discovery that Changes Everything.
A dark secret. A troubled little girl. And the support she needs to turn her life around. A moving true story from foster carer and Sunday Times bestseller Angela Hart.
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Please Don't Take My Sisters: The heartbreaking true story of a young boy terrified of losing the only family he has left
The heartbreaking story of three vulnerable, damaged siblings, and the big brother fighting to keep together the only family he has left.
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Kursk: Film tie-in
But above all, he tells the nail-bitingly poignant human story of the families waiting ashore, of the desperate efforts of British, Norwegian and Russian rescuers, and of the Kursk sailors, trapped in the aft compartnemt, waiting for rescue, as a horrified world followed their battle to stay alive .
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Love as Always, Mum xxx: The true and terrible story of surviving a childhood with Fred and Rose West
The true story of an abused childhood, of shocking brutality and life as the daughter of notorious serial killer, and master manipulator, Rose West.
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Innocent: The True Story of Siblings Struggling to Survive
Innocent is the shocking true story of little Molly and Kit, siblings, aged 3 years and 18 months, who are brought into care as an emergency after suffering non-accidental injuries.
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Touching The Void
A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead. What happened to Joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.
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Remembered Forever: Our family's devastating story of domestic abuse and murder
A devastating story of coercive control and domestic homicide. Why would an 'ordinary' father murder his family?
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Last Sanctuary in Aleppo: A remarkable true story of courage, hope and survival
The remarkable true story of a Syrian ambulance driver, who built a cat sanctuary in war-torn Aleppo
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21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram: A compelling story of courage and endurance in the Second World War
The extraordinary - and never before told - story of Alastair Cram, the British soldier who escaped from prisoner-of-war camps not once but more than twenty times.
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Wally Funk's Race for Space: The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer
The inspirational story of a female pilot who led the way for women in space, written by an award-winning British journalist.
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Operation Jihadi Bride: My Covert Mission to Rescue Young Women from ISIS - The Incredible True Story
A thrilling and highly newsworthy military adventure in the burning rubble of Islamic State.
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Father of Lions: How One Man Defied Isis and Saved Mosul Zoo
This is a story of human decency in the midst of barbarism - how the zookeeper of Mosul Zoo saved the animals during the Isis rule of the city between 2014 and 2017.
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Secret Slave: Kidnapped and abused for 13 years. This is my story of survival.
You're not going home. You're not going anywhere. You're mine now. Growing up in a deeply troubled family, 15-year-old Anna felt lost and alone in the world. So when a friendly taxi driver befriended her, Anna welcomed the attention, and agreed to go home with him to meet his family. She wouldn't escape for over a decade. Held captive by a sadistic paedophile, Anna was subjected to despicable levels of sexual abuse and torture. The unrelenting violence and degradation resulted in numerous miscarriages, and the birth of four babies... each one stolen away from Anna at birth. Her salvation arrived thirteen years too late, but despite her shattered mind and body, Anna finally managed to flee. This is her harrowing, yet uplifting, true story of survival. This paperback book has 312 pages and measures: 19.7 x 12.8 x 2.2cm
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Honey Bus
`The bee is more frightened than you,' he said. `Can you imagine how scary it is to be this small in a world that is so big?' He was right.
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Extreme Survivors: 60 Epic Stories of Human Endurance
Foreword by Bear Grylls, presenter of Running Wild and The Island. The most daring escapes, famous shipwrecks, and ultimate survival stories. These are astonishing stories of human endurance and endeavour. Compelling descriptions combined with illustrative maps give you a full understanding of the world's greatest survival stories.
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Super Cats: True Tales of Extraordinary Felines
Whether they're testing the boundaries of their nine lives or demonstrating unusual talents, cats are full of surprises. In Super Cats, prepare to meet the most surprising of all. Discover loyal moggies and extraordinary survivors in this heart-warming collection, and marvel at the astonishing powers of these remarkable animals.
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Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz
In the Summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interred at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich.
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Escape: Our journey home through war-torn Germany
Trapped between advancing armies, stranded hundreds of miles from their mother, and with their father missing in action, sisters Barbie and Eva were confronted with an impossible choice. Fuelled by courage and love, Eva and seven-year-old Barbie encounter incredible hardship, extraordinary bravery, and overwhelming generosity.
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Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz: The Sunday Times Bestseller
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Her Father's Daughter: Two families. One man's secrets. A moving true story.
By the internationally bestselling author Beezy Marsh, comes a powerful sequel to All My Mother's Secrets.
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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster
Jon Krakauer's acclaimed account of a disastrous expedition on Mt Everest.
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How We Disappeared
A beautiful, stunningly ambitious tale of endurance, identity, and memory, for fans of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko and Georgia Hunter's We Were the Lucky Ones.
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No Beast So Fierce: The Champawat Tiger and Her Hunter, the First Tiger Conservationist
The deadliest animal of all time meets the world's most legendary hunter in a classic battle between man and wild. But this pulse-pounding narrative is also a nuanced story of how colonialism and environmental destruction upset the natural order, placing man, tiger and nature on a collision course.
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Stranger on the Bridge: My Journey from Suicidal Despair to Hope
The life-affirming memoir of mental health activist Jonny Benjamin and his inspirational journey from despair to hope
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How to Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World
In How to Survive John Hudson, Chief Survival Instructor to the UK military, shows how strategies for life or death situations can help us excel in our everyday lives.
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Sophie Scholl and the White Rose
Republished in 2018 to commemorate the 75 years since their arrest & execution. This updated edition includes a new preface and more photos.
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Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave
Abducted from Africa, sold in America. "A deeply affecting record of an extraordinary life"- Daily Telegraph A major literary event: a newly published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, with a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker.
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Shackleton's Heroes: The Epic Story of the Men Who Kept the Endurance Expedition Alive
The true story of the men who made Shackleton's most famous expedition possible and paid the highest price for it.
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Rowing the Pacific: 7,000 Miles from Japan to San Francisco
The thrilling story of Mick Dawson's most challenging rowing feats in the open ocean, culminating in his greatest achievement: rowing 7,000 miles across the North Pacific Ocean, from Japan to San Francisco.
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Stranger on the Bridge: My Journey from Suicidal Despair to Hope
The life-affirming memoir of mental health activist Jonny Benjamin and his inspirational journey from despair to hope
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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Adventure, shipwreck, storms and survival on the high seas.
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Under Pressure: Living Life and Avoiding Death on a Nuclear Submarine
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Still Standing: A Pregnant Woman. A brutal attack. An inspirational fight for survival.
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No Friend but the Mountains: The True Story of an Illegally Imprisoned Refugee
The international literary sensation written on a mobile phone from immigration detention, a devastating true story of survival from illegally imprisoned refugee Behrouz Boochani,
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Dark Secret
Just when Casey thinks her foster care duties are done, she's asked to look after Sam, a troubled nine-year-old with a violent streak who drove his previous guardians to release him of their care. It soon unfolds, however, that this is no simple case.
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Milkshakes and Morphine: A Memoir of Love and Loss
Honest, heartrending and full of humour, this is an extraordinary memoir about an unconventional childhood and the absurdities of the cancer experience. I can't have cancer, she thinks. But there is another reason she can't countenance cancer.
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Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection)
A harrowing masterpiece' Guardian`Hinton somehow navigates through his rage and despair to a state of forgiveness and grace' IndependentAt age 29, Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongfully charged with robbery and murder, and sentenced to death by electrocution for crimes he didn't commit.
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Titanic: First Accounts (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Compiling firsthand accounts, testimonies, and letters by notable Titanic survivors, this work focuses on the disaster.
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Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue
The story behind the major motion picture from Disney, starring Chris Pine, Eric Bana, and Casey Affleck, written by a recognized master of the genre.
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Girl in the Shadows: My Life in a Cult
'I was the shadow child no one ever saw...'From the day she was born until she escaped aged 30, Katy Morgan-Davies knew nothing but a life in captivity. From a young age, Katy's father subjected her to violence and mental abuse. Katy never gave up hope of one day breaking free from her father's cruel clutches and finally found her freedom.
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Birds in a Cage
Derek Niemann draws on original diaries, letters and drawings, to show how Conder, Barrett, Waterston and Buxton were forged by their wartime experience into the giants of postwar wildlife conservation. Their legacy lives on.
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Saboteur: True Adventures of the Gentleman Commando Who Took on the Nazis
In the tradition of `Agent Zigzag' comes a breathtaking biography of WWII's `Scarlet Pimpernel' as fast-paced and emotionally intuitive as the best spy thrillers. This celebrates unsung hero Robert de La Rochefoucauld, an aristocrat turned anti-Nazi saboteur, and his exploits as a British Special Operations Executive-trained resistant
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Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica
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Wave Me Goodbye: Stories of the Second World War
Published to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, these are powerful wartime stories written by the finest women writers of that generation.
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SHELLEY: The uplifting story of a battle to overcome disfigurement