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True stories of endurance & survival

Papillon
by Henri Charriere ~ Paperback

A classic memoir of prison breaks and adventure -- a bestselling phenomenon of the 1960s Condemned for a murder he had not committed, Henri Charriere (nicknamed Papillon) was sent to the penal colony of French Guiana. Forty-two days after his arrival he made his first break, travelling a thousand gr...

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The Girl with Seven Names
by Hyeonseo Lee ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 3

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships - and the story of one woman's terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was...

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Touching The Void
by Joe Simpson ~ Paperback / softback

Joe Simpson with just his partner, Simon Yates tackled the unclimbed West Face of the remote 21,000 ft SIULA GRANDE in the Peruvian Andes. In June 1995 they achieved the summit before disaster struck. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, to tell their non-cli...

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Hope in a Ballet Shoe
by Michaela Deprince ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 3

Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, Michaela DePrince witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of her favourite teachers. But there is hope: the Harmatta...

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Qf32
by Richard de Crespigny ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 1

On 4 November 2010, a flight from Singapore to Sydney came within a knife edge of being one of the world's worst air disasters. Shortly after leaving Changi Airport, an explosion shattered Engine 2 of Qantas flight QF32 - an Airbus A380, the largest and most advanced passenger plane ever built. Hund...

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Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 3

National Bestseller A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countle...

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Not without My Daughter
by Betty Mahmoody ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 3

'You are here for the rest of your life. Do you understand? You are not leaving Iran. You are here until you die.' Betty Mahmoody and her husband, Dr Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody ('Moody'), came to Iran from the USA to meet Moody's family. With them was their four-year-old daughter, Mahtob. Appalled by th...

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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster
by Jon Krakauer ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 1

This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history. In March 1996, &...

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The Boys In The Boat
by Daniel James Brown ~ Paperback / softback
(4.5) 2

Cast aside by his family at an early age, abandoned and left to fend for himself in the woods of Washington State, young Joe Rantz turns to rowing as a way of escaping his past. What follows is an extraordinary journey, as Joe and eight other working-class boys exchange the sweat and dust of life i...

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The Thirtymile Fire
by John N MacLean ~ Paperback

The Thirtymile Fire in the North Cascade Range near the Canadian border of Washington began as a simple mop-up operation; in a few hours, a series of catastrophic errors led to the entrapment and deaths of four members of the fire crew - two teenage girls and two young men. Each had brought order an...

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In the Heart of the Sea
by Nathaniel Philbrick ~ Paperback / softback

The Number One best-selling, epic true-life story of one of the most notorious maritime disasters of the 19th century, beautifully reissued alongside Philbrick's new paperback, Sea of Glory. The sinking of the whaleship Essex by an enraged spermwhale in the Pacific in November 1820 set in motion one...

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For the Love of a Son
by Jean Sasson ~ Paperback / softback

From the time she was a little girl, Maryam rebelled against the terrible second-class existence that was her destiny as an Afghan woman.She had witnessed the miserable fate of her grandmother and three aunts, and wished she had been born a boy. As a feisty teenager in Kabul, she was outraged when t...

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Left For Dead
by Beck Weathers ~ Paperback / softback

Anyone who has read Jon Krakauer's famous account of the 1996 Everest disaster, INTO THIN AIR, will remember the story of Beck Weathers: the gregarious Texan climber who went snow-blind in the Death Zone below the summit and who spent a night out in the open during a blizzard that took the lives of ...

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Naked and Marooned
by Ed Stafford ~ Paperback / softback

'I stood on the beach truly alone for the first time. I would not see another person for sixty days. I was on an uninhabited tropical island and I had nothing with me to help me survive. No food, no equipment, no knife and not even any clothes. All I had was my camera kit so that I could intimately ...

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by Zana Musen ~ Paperback / softback
(4.0) 1

Zana Muhsen, born and bred in Birmingham, is of Yemeni origin. When her father told her she was to spend a holiday with relatives in North Yemen, she jumped at the chance. Aged 15 and 13 respectively, Zana and her sister discovered that they had been literally sold into marriage, and that on their a...

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In Order To Live
by Yeonmi Park ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 2

'I am most grateful for two things- that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.' Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn't even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her ...

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A Survival Guide for Life
by Bear Grylls ~ Paperback / softback

Life in the wild teaches us invaluable lessons. Extreme situations force us to seize opportunities, face up to dangers and rely on our instincts. But living a purpose-driven, impactful life can be an even greater challenge... In A Survival Guide for Life, Bear Grylls shares the hard-earned lessons ...

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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing ~ Paperback

In 1914, an expedition headed by Sir Ernest Shackleton set out to be the first to cross the continent of Antarctica. Shipwrecked and marooned for months on end, their ill-fated voyage became a triumphant story of indomitable courage and faith in the face of astounding obstacles. A bestseller since i...

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Twelve Years a Slave
by Solomon Northup ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 3

The shocking first-hand account of one man's remarkable fight for freedom; now an award-winning motion picture. 'Why had I not died in my young years - before God had given me children to love and live for? What unhappiness and suffering and sorrow it would have prevented. I sighed for liberty; b...

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True Grit
by Bear Grylls ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 2

Bear Grylls knows what it takes to survive. But he's not the first. Take the American bombardier Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days stranded at sea by catching and killing hungry sharks and drinking the warm blood of albatrosses - only to be captured by the Japanese and horrifically tortured f...

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Quake Year
by Fiona Farrell ~ Paperback / softback

"It was interesting what people in the checkout line were buying: it was all comfort food. The man in front of me had eggs, bacon, cigarettes, beer. And here we were buying pink buns. No one was buying sensible emergency rations like baked beans..." "It was just the most wonderful feeling. A sense o...

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The Boy and the Bomber
by Francois Ydier ~ Paperback / softback

On June 8th, 1944, two days after D-Day, 514 Squadron Lancaster DS822 and her crew were part of a large RAF bombing raid on German communications and transport targets near Paris, intended to slow down the progress of German reinforcements heading for the Normandy beaches. The aircraft was shot down...

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The Lovers
by Rod Nordland ~ Paperback / softback

***Now with an updated afterword from the author about the current state of the couple*** A riveting, real-life equivalent of THE KITE RUNNER - an astonishingly powerful and profoundly moving story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love that puts a human face on the ongoing debate ...

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The Girl Who Just Wanted To Be Loved
by Angela Hart ~ Paperback / softback

"A remarkable woman" - Casey Watson Eight-year-old Keeley looks like the sweetest little girl you could wish to meet, but demons from the past make her behaviour far from angelic. She takes foster carer Angela on a rocky and very demanding emotional ride as she fights daily battles against her deep...

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The Girl with No Name
by Marina Chapman ~ Paperback / softback

`It all happened so quickly. One minute I was squatting on the bare earth, preoccupied with popping pea pods. The next, I saw the flash of a black hand and white cloth, and before I even had a chance to cry out it had sailed towards my face, and completely covered it . . .' In 1954, in a remote Sou...

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The Deadliest Catch
Paperback / softback

The Deadliest Catch is the hit TV series featuring the harrowingstruggles of fishermen on the wild and freezing Bering Sea - it's theperfect storm but for real. It was Discovery Channel's highest-ratedseries in 2006, the third season finale had 3.85 million viewers, itreceived four Emmy nominations ...

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Facing Up
by Bear Grylls ~ Paperback / softback

'No one could fail to be gripped by his heartfelt excitement and emotion over what was the adventure of a lifetime.' Independent At the age of twenty-three, Bear Grylls became the youngest Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest. At extreme altitude youth holds no advantage over experience, and ...

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Zeitoun
by Dave Eggers ~ Paperback / softback

'Harrowing, spellbinding . . . nothing less than an indictment of the entire Bush era' Observer, 'Shocking' The Times In August, 2005, as Hurricane Katrina blew in, the city of New Orleans had been abandoned by most citizens. But resident Abdulrahman Zeitoun, though his wife and family had...

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The Killing Snows
by Charles Egan ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 1

This book is fiction. The story that inspired it was not. In 1990, a box of very old documents was found on a small farm in the west of Ireland. They had been stored for well over a hundred years and told an incredible story of suffering, of love and of courage. In 1846, a young couple met during th...

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A Race Too Far
by Chris Eakin ~ Paperback / softback

The true story of the tragic round-the-world yacht race - now the subject of The Mercy, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz In 1968, the Sunday Times organised the Golden Globe race-an incredible test of endurance never before attempted-a round the world yacht race that must be completed single-h...

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Beautiful
by Katie Piper ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 1

I could hear someone screaming and screaming and kept wishing they'd be quiet. Then I realised it was me.' When Katie Piper was 24 life was near perfect. Young and beautiful, she had a blossoming career as a glamorous model and TV presenter. It was a dream come true. But then she fell for 32-year-ol...

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50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons In 50 Days
by Dean Karnazes ~ Paperback / softback

Dean Karnazes has run 350 miles through 3 sleepless nights, ordered pizza during long runs and inspired fans the world over with his adventures. So what does such a man do when he wants the ultimate test of endurance? He runs 50 marathons, in 50 states - in 50 consecutive days. Armed with a road ma...

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The Worst Journey In The World
by Apsley Cherry-Garrard ~ Paperback / softback
(4.7) 3

The Worst Journey in the World is a gripping account of an expedition gone disastrously wrong. One of the youngest members of Scott's team, Apsley Cherry-Garrard was later part of the rescue party that found the frozen bodies of Scott and the three men who had accompanied him on the final push to th...

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Etched in Sand
by Regina Calcaterra ~ Paperback / softback

Regina's Calcaterra memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope. Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Regina and her four siblings survived an abusive...

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Born into the Children of God
by Natacha Tormey ~ Paperback / softback

Natacha Tormey was born into the infamous religious cult known as The Children of God. Abused, exploited, and brainwashed by 'The Family', Natacha's childhood was stolen. Born to French hippy parents attracted to the religious movement by the unusual mix of evangelical Christianity, free love and...

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My Life with George
by Judith Summers ~ Paperback / softback

In the summer of 1998, Judith Summers lost her husband and father to cancer. Life for Judith and her eight-year-old son Joshua looked bleak. But then George bounced into their lives. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a loving character and a penchant for chewing up paper, George re-awoke their j...

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Cry Silent Tears: The Heartbreaking Survival Story of a Small Mute...
by Joe Peters ~ Paperback / softback

Joe knew his mother was cruel and violent, but he trusted his beloved father to protect him from her. When a freak accident saw his father burn to death in front of him, Joe was left at the mercy of his mother. Without the love of his friend and brother, he wouldn't have survived. With them, he went...

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Stolen
by Louise Monaghan ~ Paperback / softback

In the middle of one of the worst civil wars in Syria's history, Louise Monaghan crossed a heavily guarded border to save her six-year-old daughter from the father who had callously snatched her from her home in Cyprus. Not knowing what lay ahead, the Irish mother tricked her ex-husband into bel...

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The 33
by Jonathan S. Franklin ~ Paperback

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My Story
by Elizabeth Smart ~ Paperback / softback
(5.0) 1

On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her ...

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