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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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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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Salt Path: The Sunday Times bestseller, shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Biography Award & The Wainwright Prize
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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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Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell?: A powerful true story of love and survival
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Roaring Girls: The Forgotten Feminists of British History
'Extraordinary' Woman&HomeA Roaring Girl was loud when she should be quiet, disruptive when she should be submissive, sexual when she should be pure, 'masculine' when she should be 'feminine'. Meet the unsung heroines of British history who refused to play by the rules.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz: The Sunday Times Bestseller
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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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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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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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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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Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz: The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Great Cave Rescue: The extraordinary story of the Thai boy football team trapped in a cave for 18 days
The complete story of the miraculous rescue of the football team and their coach. Massola recreates the drama, tension, and inspiration of the days in July 2018 when the eyes of the whole world were trained on the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Adventure, shipwreck, storms and survival on the high seas.
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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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Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica
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Under Pressure: Living Life and Avoiding Death on a Nuclear Submarine
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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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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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Still Standing: A Pregnant Woman. A brutal attack. An inspirational fight for survival.
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Firefighters during the Troubles: The Men and Women on the Frontline Tell Their Stories
Before the outbreak of the Troubles, a typical firefighter's year might have included call-outs to chimney fires, the occasional house fire or road accident, then everything changed, and Northern Ireland's firefighters spent almost every day of the next thirty years racing to the scenes of atrocities, running towards the gravest danger.
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SHELLEY: The uplifting story of a battle to overcome disfigurement
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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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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