Non-Fic Gift Recommendation. True story that reads like fiction?

(13 Posts)
tyaca Fri 22-Nov-13 20:22:36

Spy/military/survival/conspiracy?

Any help appreciated!

Takver Fri 22-Nov-13 21:20:49

A bit left-field, but this is a great read, MiL gave it to DH one Xmas and we both really enjoyed it.

Survival - The Worst Journey In The World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
The Caliban Shore - Stephen Taylor
The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex - Owen Chase
In The Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick

tumbletumble Sat 23-Nov-13 07:18:05

Papillon by Henri Charriere

OneHolyCow Sat 23-Nov-13 16:34:33

Conspiray: Them by Jon Ronson. Very funny.
Military: Where men win glory, about the war in Irak
Survival: Into the wild by the same Krakauer or
Joe Simpson Touching the Void
Spy? eeehmm.. The spy who came in from the cold?

Rollermum Sat 23-Nov-13 16:37:28

I think Wild Swans would fit in the category.

Leopoldina Sat 23-Nov-13 16:38:54

The absolute peak of the genre is probably Truman Capote's in cold blood, his reporting on the trial of two alleged murderers. He spent a lot of time with the two of them. Amazing piece of writing

Oh yes to, 'In Cold Blood.' An interesting (and unsettling) read - not entirely sustained but some bits of it are beautifully written.

tyaca Sat 23-Nov-13 18:09:47

Thanks all, will get googling your suggestions now

tyaca Sat 23-Nov-13 18:14:18

Them is one of my fave all time books. I am always giving copies away. I also love Ronson's Psychopath Test, which I just re-read.

And Wild Swans was ace, I remember reading it when I was in 20s. Might try to get hold of another copy and reread.

OK - I'm thinking more SAS-ish, bit more sensational... !

TheNunsOfGavarone Mon 25-Nov-13 21:29:18

Another vote for The Caliban Shore - I read it years ago and it's sitting at the other end of the kitchen table, I think I got it down a few days ago to check something about one of the characters that suddenly came to mind. One of my best ever non-fiction reads with a great narrative drive and some fascinating loose ends.

Takver Tue 26-Nov-13 18:34:06

Not sure if it is quite the right lines, but Imperial Life in the Emerald City is incredibly readable, as one of the reviews says it is like reading a true life Catch 22, unbelievable but true.

Leopoldina Tue 26-Nov-13 20:25:57

I know you wanted non-fiction, but there's a marvellous spy writer called Charles Cumming, who John Le Carre really rates etc etc. His 1st novel draws very heavily on his own experiences of being recruited by one of the secret services (can't remember if 5 or 6) so although it's fiction, it's quite fascinating. Really typical etonian / oxford / don recommendation for "foreign office job" stuff. his novels are really very good.

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