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  • Published: 2 May 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241986974
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $24.99


Prisoners of the Castle

The Sunday Times no.1 bestseller on the incredible true story of WW2's most infamous Nazi prison, and the colourful characters behind its walls

Colditz Castle: a forbidding Gothic tower on a hill in Nazi Germany. You may have heard about the prisoners and their daring and desperate attempts to escape, but that's only part of the real story.

In Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle, bestselling historian Ben Macintyre takes us inside the walls of the most infamous prison in history to meet the real men behind the legends. Heroes and bullies, lovers and spies, captors and prisoners living cheek-by-jowl for years in a thrilling game of cat and mouse - and all determined to escape by any means necessary.

Deeply researched and full of incredible stories, this is a tale of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances - and will change how you think about Colditz forever.

  • Published: 2 May 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241986974
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of books including Agent Sonya, SAS: Rogue Heroes, The Spy and the Traitor, Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends. He is a columnist and Associate Editor at The Times, and has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He regularly presents BBC series based on his acclaimed books.

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Praise for Colditz

A fine feat of storytelling . . . will surely become the last word on the subject

Patrick Bishop, Telegraph

Like watching a black-and-white photograph being colourised . . . rich in humour and quirky detail . . . another compelling narrative

Clare Mulley, Spectator

Nuanced and gripping . . . told with sensitivity and insight, with an eye for telling detail

Gerard DeGroot, The Times


The Sun

Every Ben Macintyre book is a treat

Jane Thynne, The Tablet

Entertaining yet objective and often moving

Wall Street Journal

Macintyre's genius has long been to excavate the nuance, subtlety and ambiguity beneath the myths he explores . . . remarkable

Matthew D'Ancona, Tortoise Media

Another fine history . . . His unerring eye for the telling detail that can illuminate a greater story is apparent in Colditz

Ronan McGreevy, The Irish Times

Macintyre so seamlessly fuses so many different accounts that their compilation creates something more profound than a simple escape yarn: a biography of the prison itself and the world detainees built there

Andrea Pitzer, Washington Post

Macintyre recreates the daring escape stories with punchy flair . . . a lively page-turner

NJ McGarrigle, Independent.ie

My book of the year . . . a masterful history of Colditz. It's absurdly readable (and at times just absurd) as well as being informative, hilarious and deeply moving

Geoff Dyer, LitHub