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Remarkable people with remarkable stories to share

This collection of titles explores the strength and wonder of humanity when facing adversity. The list includes courageous stories of loss, mental illness and living with a terminal illness, and even an account of living in space for a year!

  • An extraordinary memoir about a woman's discovery of education, its transformative power and the price she has to pay for it.

  • Analyzing the science of the mind and the biology of the brain alongisde Dr Lipska's own extraordinary story of madness, this is a powerful account of what happens when the brain fails.

  • For readers of Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal and Henry Marsh’s Do No Harm, an unforgettably powerful and heart-breaking book about how to live.

  • A memoir from one of our best-loved and best-selling authors. A beautiful and compelling glimpse into a world now lost and the birth of a writer

  • Mindhunter is a real-life, fascinating insight into the life of a FBI Special Agent, and the minds of the psychologically disturbed serial killers he hunts.

  • From the Nasa astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station – what it’s like out there and what it’s like now, back here. Enter Scott Kelly's fascinating world and dare to think of your own a little differently.

  • An astonishing memoir about nursing and an urgent call for compassion and kindness

  • From the Facebook COO and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Lean In, and the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Originals: a powerful, inspiring and practical book about finding resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.

  • A moving and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds, celebrating the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit – hope.

  • An unforgettable, insightful and deeply humane memoir from a New Zealand paediatrician who has committed his life to the care and wellbeing of young people.

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