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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!

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 the Storms Extraordinary Stories of Courage and Compassion at Sea

Surviving the Storms Extraordinary Stories of Courage and Compassion at Sea

Author: The 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 rescue missions carried out by RNLI volunteer crew, as well as recollections from the survivors themselves. In this collection of heart-wrenching and life-affirming missions, we hear blow-by-blow accounts of some of the most dramatic rescues from the last 20 years. We see through the eyes of the crew as they must make life-or-death decisions; face fierce conditions; and often put their own safety at risk. However, 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 to be a part of something so important. Each extraordinary story is one of bravery, jeopardy and an unrelenting human compassion to battle the forces of nature and to save every life. Volunteers are the bloodline of the RNLI - men, women, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers - all risking their safety to protect perfect strangers. Ordinary people doing the truly extraordinary.

The Day That Changed My Life

The Day That Changed My Life

Author: Caitlin McBride Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

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.

Where the Earth Meets the Sky

Where the Earth Meets the Sky

Author: James Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2020

At 11.56 on 25 April 2015, an earthquake triggered an avalanche that took out Everest Base Camp; twenty-two people perished on the worst day in the mountain's history. In Nepal, 9,000 people died and 22,000 were critically injured. Three million required humanitarian assistance. Nepal's infrastructure and economy collapsed. Two years after the disaster, Nepal struggles to recover. Meanwhile, the Gurkhas, who were central to the events of 2015, are back on the mountain and once more aiming for the top. Will they summit? Will disaster strike again? Where the Earth Meets the Sky is the epic, elemental account of a seismic event - the days leading up to it, the moment it hits and its impact on those it envelops. An unsparing but inspiring chronicle, it shows what it takes to survive a hostile environment, to adapt and overcome. It transports us to the roof of the world, a place where more than sixty bodies lie where they fell; where the mountaineering ghosts of Irvine and Mallory still walk, and the legend of Sir Edmund Hillary lives on.

Goodnight Lisa, See You in the Morning A Mother's Fight for her Disabled Child

Goodnight Lisa, See You in the Morning A Mother's Fight for her Disabled Child

Author: Ana Nolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2020

After fifteen months of waiting and wondering, Ana Nolan was informed that her daughter Lisa had a rare nerve disorder with progressive muscle wasting, starting in her hands and feet and gradually working its way up her body until it reached the vital organs. There was no cure. Lisa would gradually waste away. It was a mother's worst nightmare. My child would gradually waste away and there was nothing I could do about it. Staying sane in a special needs world was something I had to learn. Meeting God in a hospital toilet provided the strength to raise my family, conquer mountains, and survive the valley of bereavement. Living with Lisa imparts hope into the heart of parents and a valuable resource for people who work with special needs families - including medical professionals, therapists, teachers, and carers.

Under Pressure Living Life and Avoiding Death on a Nuclear Submarine

Under Pressure Living Life and Avoiding Death on a Nuclear Submarine

Author: Richard Humphreys Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

'One of the finest memoirs published in recent years.' Dan Jones 'An utterly fascinating and wonderfully detailed insight into the hidden world of the modern submarine.' James Holland A candid, visceral, and incredibly entertaining account of what it's like to live in one of the most extreme environments in the world. Imagine a world without natural light, where you can barely stand up straight for fear of knocking your head, where you have no idea of where in the world you are or what time of day it is, where you sleep in a coffin-sized bunk and sometimes eat a full roast for breakfast. Now imagine sharing that world with 140 other sweaty bodies, crammed into a 430ft x 33ft steel tube, 300ft underwater, for up to 90 days at a time, with no possibility of escape. And to top it off, a sizeable chunk of your living space is taken up by the most formidably destructive nuclear weapons history has ever known. This is the world of the submariner. This is life under pressure. As a restless and adventurous 18-year-old, Richard Humphreys joined the submarine service in 1985 and went on to serve aboard the nuclear deterrent for five years at the end of the Cold War. Nothing could have prepared him for life beneath the waves. Aside from the claustrophobia and disorientation, there were the prolonged periods of boredom, the constant dread of discovery by the Soviets, and the smorgasbord of rank odours that only a group of poorly-washed and flatulent submariners can unleash. But even in this most pressurised of environments, the consolations were unique: where else could you sit peacefully for hours listening to whale song, or... Based on first-hand experience, Under Pressure is the candid, visceral and incredibly entertaining account of what it's like to live, work, sleep, eat - and stay sane - in one of the most extreme man-made environments on the planet.

The Buddhist on Death Row

The Buddhist on Death Row

Author: David Sheff Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2020

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: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

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 Witness

The Witness

Author: Nicola Tallant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2020

Joey O'Callaghan was just 18 years old when he became a ghost - the youngest ever person to be signed up to the Witness Protection Programme. Groomed into a drug gang from the age of 10, a cold-blooded assassination sickened him to his core, and he broke the golden bond of gangland silence. His evidence won murder convictions against two of the most violent drug bosses in Ireland. Relocated to England with a new identity, Joey had to face the world alone, and soon realised it was he who had received the life sentence. 15 years on, the ripple effects of the gunshots that rang out that night continue to leave a devastating legacy for everyone. None more so than Joey The Lips . This is his story...

The Convent

The Convent

Author: Marie Hargreaves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2020

When a fancy car pulls up outside six-year-old Marie's home in 1959, her dad tells her she is going on holiday. But little does she know she will not see her home again for four long years. Her family cannot afford to keep her at home. Marie tells the story of how she was taken away from a poor but happy and loving home life to live in a convent, away from everyone and everything she holds dear. Her hair is bluntly chopped, her clothes are taken away, and her name is changed. Then a horrific ritual of physical, sexual and mental abuse begins. Even after the convent closes, Marie is unable to share details of her suffering with anyone. But when a police investigation is launched, Marie realises that the time has come to tell the truth...

Unwanted

Unwanted

Author: Suz Evasdaughter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2020

A true story of resilience, survival and achievement, and a heartbreaking tale of a father's complicity in his own family's disintegration. In Yorkshire in the 1950s, Suz Evasdaughter, aged just 6, is moved to a children's home with her brothers. Confused, little Suz begins to blame herself for her mother's death. Her father eventually brings them back, but instead of finding a safe haven to rebuild their family, Suz finds herself plunged into a life of misery at the mercy of an uncaring and brutal stepmother. Unwanted tells the story of Suz's struggle to escape from her broken home and leave her fractured past behind her. But lurking in the shadows is a dark family secret...

Robby Will to Live

Robby Will to Live

Author: Hugh Franks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2020

A Triumphant Testament to human willpower and love. - Sir Richard Attenborough. This is the story Robby, who at the age of six was diagnosed as suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disease for which there is no known cure. The book demonstrates the power of positive thinking and attitude to life, and is a testament to human willpower and courage. It is a narrative of suspense and adventure about a man, a woman and a boy. Their love for each other, their wonderful and never-ending send of humour, their determination and will to live enable them to overcome the obstacles put in their way, so they can live, laugh, love and be happy.