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Surprising true stories that are stranger than fiction.

In a world where misinformation spreads like wildfire, ‘experts’ exude hot air from their social media pulpits and ‘fake news’ disrupts people’s consumption, even voting, habits, it can be difficult to tell truth from fantasy. But every now and then a true story comes to light that’s so strange it beggars belief. Here are some non-fiction stories that rank highly on the implausibility scale.

  • A historical detective story and a gripping account of one historian’s hunt for answers as he delves into the surprising life of an ordinary Nazi officer.

  • 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.

  • The original true account of the whale attack that inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick and the new film In the Heart of the Sea: a thrilling tale of shipwreck and survival - and cannibalism

  • What makes a man turn his back on society? What makes him return?

  • Once deemed too controversial to publish, and now told for the very first time is the incredible and candid true story of one young woman's survival of five Nazi concentration camps.

  • Robin de Crespigny's The People Smuggler is the gripping, inspiring story of one man's escape from Saddam's Iraq to become 'the Oskar Schindler of Asia'.

  • Honest, moving and very funny, Six Little Miracles is the perfect heartwarming read

  • The compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House, through the eyes of a young staffer learning the ropes, falling in love and finding her place in the world

  • Reissuing with a fantastic new look to tie-in with the 40th anniversary of the Fairchild plane crash, this is the true story of what people will do when they are desperate to survive...

  • Anna Funder’s Samuel Johnson Prize-winning Stasiland is an Australian classic, the definitive account of tyranny and resistance in the former East Germany.

  • From bitter poverty to the stardom of the West – this is the extraordinary true story of one boy's great courage and determination.

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