by Henri Charrière
Classic autobiographical novel about the author’s incarceration and subsequent escape from the French penal colony of French Guiana. Includes how he mentally survived two-years in solitary confinement.
Long Walk To Freedom
by Nelson Mandela
Autobiography of the former South African president, profiling his early life and 27 years in prison.
by Emma Donoghue
Incredibly tense but beautifully crafted novel, narrated from the point of view of Jack, a five-year old boy who has never known the world beyond the small room he has grown up in with his mother.
by Gregory David Roberts
Epic life-changing novel, loosely based on Gregory’s life as a former heroin addict and armed robber from Australia who escaped prison and adopted a new persona living in the slums of Bombay.
by Daniel Defoe
Published 301 years ago, and credited as being the first English language novel, the narrator is the only survivor of a shipwreck, forced to live alone for 28-years on a deserted island, off
the coast of America.
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