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True stories of heroism, endurance & survival

See below for a selection of the latest books from True stories of heroism, endurance & survival category. Presented with a red border are the True stories of heroism, endurance & survival books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great True stories of heroism, endurance & survival books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

A Terrible Secret

A Terrible Secret

Author: Cathy Glass Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

Tilly, aged 14, is very angry with her parents. Unable to cope with their fighting any longer and fearing for her own safety, she puts herself into care. She arrives at experienced foster carer Cathy's home with a cut on her face after getting in the way of another fight. Tilly hates her step-father, Dave. He abuses her mother but she refuses to leave him. Cathy becomes increasingly concerned by Dave's behaviour especially when she learns he's been showering Tilly with money and gifts. Cathy suspects there is something else going on. As well as looking after Tilly and keeping her safe Cathy is worried about her own daughter, Lucy. She has a very difficult decision to make and Cathy hopes she makes the right decision as it will affect the rest of her life. One day Tilly receives a disturbing text message and the truth finally unravels. It's far more sinister anyone ever imagined...

A Terrible Secret

A Terrible Secret

Author: Cathy Glass Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2020

Tilly, aged 14, is very angry with her parents. Unable to cope with their fighting any longer and fearing for her own safety, she puts herself into care. She arrives at experienced foster carer Cathy's home with a cut on her face after getting in the way of another fight. Tilly hates her step-father, Dave. He abuses her mother but she refuses to leave him. Cathy becomes increasingly concerned by Dave's behaviour especially when she learns he's been showering Tilly with money and gifts. Cathy suspects there is something else going on. As well as looking after Tilly and keeping her safe Cathy is worried about her own daughter, Lucy. She has a very difficult decision to make and Cathy hopes she makes the right decision as it will affect the rest of her life. One day Tilly receives a disturbing text message and the truth finally unravels. It's far more sinister anyone ever imagined...

The Day That Changed My Life

The Day That Changed My Life

Author: Caitlin McBride Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2020

Exhilarating, heartbreaking and ultimately inspiring, The Day That Changed My Life is a remarkable collection of stories of Ireland's women and the extraordinary moments which transformed their lives. There are stories of the marvels of motherhood and coming out, leaps of faith and determined entrepreneurship. Stories of crazy highs, such as Oscar nominations and being elected into office. And stories of brave fights against illness and triumphs against all odds. All are united by a strength in adversity, courage and resilience, and an ability to find humour in the darkest places. Our lives change, but some days change our lives forever.

Max the Miracle Dog

Max the Miracle Dog

Author: Kerry Irving Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

The Sunday Times bestseller 'Are you ready, Max? If anyone's going to help me do this, it's you.' The heart-warming tale of a life-saving friendship. In 2006, a traumatic car accident changed Kerry Irving's life forever. Suffering from severe neck and back injuries, Kerry was unemployed and housebound, struggling with depression and even thoughts of suicide. He went from cycling over 600 miles a month to becoming a prisoner in his own home. With hope all but lost, Kerry's wife encouraged him to go on a short walk to the local shop. In the face of unbearable pain and overwhelming panic, he persevered and along the way, met an adorable yard dog named Max. As the Spaniel peered up through the railings, Kerry found comfort and encouragement in his soulful brown eyes. This chance encounter marked a turning point in both their lives. In Max, Kerry found comfort and motivation and in Kerry, Max found someone to care for him. This is their remarkable, inspiring story.

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

Author: Kilian Jornet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

The most accomplished mountain runner of all time contemplates his record-breaking climb of Mount Everest in this profound and free-flowing memoir-an intellectual and spiritual journey that moves from the earth's highest peak to the soul's deepest reaches. What drives a person to the edge of one of the most difficult and revered mountains in the world? How much is one willing to sacrifice and suffer to pursue an authentic and bold life? The most accomplished mountain runner of all time, Kilian Jornet ponders these questions as he contemplates his record-breaking climb of Mount Everest, exploring the mountain's changing nature over four seasons and his own existence. As he recounts a life spent studying, tending, and ascending the greatest peaks on earth, Jornet ruminates on what he has found in nature-simplicity, freedom, and spiritual joy-and offers a poetic yet clearheaded assessment of his relationship to the mountain . . . at times his opponent, at others, his greatest muse. In this sweeping, soulful journey-the flip side of stories like Into Thin Air-Jornet illuminates with beauty and brilliance what it means to be an athlete, a competitor, and a human facing the greatest life challenges-for him, the mountain he yearns to climb and honour.

Nowhere to Hide

Nowhere to Hide

Author: Hannah Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2020

A shocking true story that reveals how one woman was tormented to the very depths of despair by her husband through coercive control and continual physical and sexual abuse. Broken in mind, body and spirit and completely isolated from the rest of the world, Hannah thinks she'll never find the strength to escape her abusive husband, until one day an opportunity arrives... but at what cost?

The Buddhist on Death Row

The Buddhist on Death Row

Author: David Sheff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, an extraordinary story of redemption in the darkest of places. Jarvis Jay Masters's early life was a horror story whose outline we know too well. Born in Long Beach, California, his house was filled with crack, alcohol, physical abuse, and men who paid his mother for sex. He and his siblings were split up and sent to foster care when he was five, and he progressed quickly to juvenile detention, car theft, armed robbery, and ultimately San Quentin. While in prison, he was set up for the murder of a guard - a conviction which landed him on death row, where he's been since 1990. At the time of his murder trial, he was held in solitary confinement, torn by rage and anxiety, felled by headaches, seizures, and panic attacks. A criminal investigator repeatedly offered to teach him breathing exercises which he repeatedly refused, until desperation moved him. With uncanny clarity, David Sheff describes Masters's gradual but profound transformation from a man dedicated to hurting others to one who has prevented violence on the prison yard, counselled high school kids by mail, and helped prisoners -and even guards - find meaning in their lives. Along the way, Masters becomes drawn to the Buddhist principles - compassion, sacrifice, and living in the moment -and gains the admiration of Buddhists worldwide. And while he is still in San Quentin and still on death row, he shows us all how to ease our everyday suffering, relish the light that surrounds us, and endure the tragedies that befall us all.

The Buddhist on Death Row

The Buddhist on Death Row

Author: David Sheff Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2020

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, an extraordinary story of redemption in the darkest of places. Jarvis Jay Masters's early life was a horror story whose outline we know too well. Born in Long Beach, California, his house was filled with crack, alcohol, physical abuse, and men who paid his mother for sex. He and his siblings were split up and sent to foster care when he was five, and he progressed quickly to juvenile detention, car theft, armed robbery, and ultimately San Quentin. While in prison, he was set up for the murder of a guard - a conviction which landed him on death row, where he's been since 1990. At the time of his murder trial, he was held in solitary confinement, torn by rage and anxiety, felled by headaches, seizures, and panic attacks. A criminal investigator repeatedly offered to teach him breathing exercises which he repeatedly refused, until desperation moved him. With uncanny clarity, David Sheff describes Masters's gradual but profound transformation from a man dedicated to hurting others to one who has prevented violence on the prison yard, counselled high school kids by mail, and helped prisoners -and even guards - find meaning in their lives. Along the way, Masters becomes drawn to the Buddhist principles - compassion, sacrifice, and living in the moment -and gains the admiration of Buddhists worldwide. And while he is still in San Quentin and still on death row, he shows us all how to ease our everyday suffering, relish the light that surrounds us, and endure the tragedies that befall us all.

My Hero Theo

My Hero Theo

Author: Gareth Greaves Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2020

PC Gareth Greaves first met Theo, a German Shepherd, when he was a 14-month-old puppy. Since then they have been inseparable. The best partner Gareth's ever had, Theo has saved his handler's life many times as well as the lives of countless others. 'I'd been in so many scrapes with Theo and he'd always saved me. Those days were the hardest of my life so far and ... at the darkest point, those big brown eyes and that torn ear where I needed them to be. Right there next to me.' During six-and-a-half years of active service, police dog Theo located, tracked and detained suspects leading to more than 200 arrests. In that time, he has endured broken ribs, being bitten by assailants as well as being set on fire. From tackling and detaining an arsonist, to protecting Gareth from a gang of men with machetes in an armed robbery, Theo's bravery knew no bounds. Time and time again, he put his own life at risk (often coming close to death) to save others. Even while off duty Theo has been a rock to his partner, providing emotional support as Gareth learned that some of the hardest battles aren't always on the front line. My Hero Theo is the heartwarming story of one man and his heroic dog - and the bond that sees them go above and beyond the call of duty to keep each other safe.

Secret Child

Secret Child

Author: Gordon Lewis, Andrew Crofts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2020

The shocking true story of a young boy hidden away from his family and the world in a Catholic home for unmarried mothers in 1950s Dublin. Born an 'unfortunate' onto the rough streets of 1950s Dublin, this is the incredible true story of a young boy, a secret child born into a home for unmarried mothers in 1950s Dublin and a mother determined to keep her child, even if it meant hiding him from her own family and the rest of the world. Despite the poverty, hardship and isolation, the pride and hope of a community of women who banded together to raise their children would give this boy his chance to find his real family. A wonderfully heartwarming and evocative tale of working class life in 1950s Dublin and 1960s London.

Surviving Auschwitz

Surviving Auschwitz

Author: Milton J. Nieuwsma Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2020

Surviving the Storms

Surviving the Storms

Author: RNLI Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2020

'There's water in the engine,' he said. 'The engine has stopped.' This changed everything... Surviving the Storms brings together incredible first-hand accounts of rescues carried out by the remarkable RNLI lifesavers. In this collection of heart-wrenching and life-affirming missions, we hear blow-by-blow descriptions of some of the most dramatic rescues from the last twenty years. We experience these through the eyes of the lifesavers as they must make life-or-death decisions, face fierce conditions and tackle difficult and dangerous situations. But we also see the optimism, passion and courage that is crucial to a successful rescue, and experience the genuine joy felt by the volunteer crews and lifeguards in being a part of something so important. Each remarkable story is one of bravery, jeopardy and an unrelenting commitment to battling the forces of nature and saving every life. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the RNLI - men, women, husbands, wives, fathers and mothers, all forming one big crew determined to protect perfect strangers. They are ordinary people doing the truly extraordinary.