Born into a family of slaves, Frederick Douglass educated himself through sheer determination. His unconquered will to triumph over his circumstances makes his one of America’s best and most unlikely success stories. Douglass’ own account of his journey from slave to one of America’s great statesmen, writers, and orators is as fascinating as it is inspiring. This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary and reader’s notes to help the modern reader contend with Douglass’ nineteenth-century style and vocabulary. Read more

Her mum wanted her to be a nurse so that is what Julie did. But in her heart she had always wanted to be an actress and soon she was on stage at the local theatre in Liverpool. Her career snowballed with highlights that include Educating Rita, Billy Elliot, Harry Potter, Acorn Antiques, Dinner Ladies and Mamma Mia! She has been nominated for two Oscars, been awarded multiple BAFTAs and a Golden Globe, plus been honoured with a DBE. This is the heart-warming and funny story of that journey. Read more

“A brilliant and truly gripping biography.” –The New York Review of Books”Epic. . . .The best biography of Toussaint yet.” — The New York Times Book Review.

“Bell has stripped away the myths–demonology as well as hagiography–to give us a nuanced, sympathetic portrait of a complicated, tragic, but undeniably heroic figure.” — Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

An excellent introduction to one of the great, if elusive, personalities of history.” — The Boston Review. Read more

In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

Unbroken is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand. Read more

Now a major BBC TV drama, starring Tamara Lawrance, Lenny Henry and Hayley Atwell.

A Sunday Times bestseller, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Long Song by Andrea Levy is a hauntingly beautiful, heartbreaking and unputdownable novel of the last days of slavery in Jamaica, for those who loved Homegoing, The Underground Railroad, or the film 12 Years a Slave.

‘A marvel of luminous storytelling’ Financial Times Read more

“A memoir to stand alongside classics by the likes of Jeanette Winterson and Lorna Sage . . . a compelling and ultimately joyous account of self-determination” (Sunday Times)

“[A] fascinating, jaw-dropping memoir” (Nina Stibbe Observer)

“Brilliantly recounts her journey towards knowledge and enlightenment” (Blake Morrison Guardian)

“Her story is remarkable, as each extreme anecdote described in tidy prose attests. That someone who grew up in her circumstances could achieve as much as she has is astonishing . . . The central tension she wrestles with throughout her book is how to be true to herself without alienating her family. Her upbringing was extraordinary, but that struggle is not.” (The Economist)

“This memoir [is] one of the wisest accounts of family love and betrayal that I’ve read” (Mail on Sunday)

“[An] astonishing autobiography” (Antony Beevor)

“Heartbreaking in its honesty…[an] intelligent and powerful memoir” (Literary Review)

“An astonishing and uplifting story about the transformative power of education” (Mail on Sunday, 2018 Cultural Highlights)

“Educated is quite simply one of the best books I have ever read. What a writer, what a thinker and what a gift for the rest of us to be able to read her story. Unbelievably moving and profoundly thought-provoking.” (Elizabeth Day) Read more

This sensitive, engaging and informative account of English university life, customs and mores – as seen from the perspective of a young Japanese student, albeit Japan’s heir to the throne – contributes to cross-cultural studies in the broader context. It is also a rare record of a life lived by one who normally experiences `life above the clouds’ as a member of the Japanese imperial family. Read more