Non-fiction

The Gate

François Bizot

In 1971 a young French ethnologist named Fran?ois Bizot was taken prisoner by forces of the Khmer Rouge, who kept him chained in a jungle camp for months before releasing him. Four years later, Bizot…


My Forbidden Face

Latifa

From 1997 to 2001, sixteen-year-old Latifa was a prisoner in her own home as the Taliban wreaked havoc on the lives of Afghan girls and women. This is her testimony – a young woman’s reaction to the i…


Picasso: My Grandfather

Marina Picasso

Marina Picasso, granddaughter of the twentieth century’s greatest painter, watched as those she loved most were destroyed by the man the world revered as a genius creator. Her grandmother, who sacrifi…


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Jean-Dominique Bauby

After suffering a massive stroke, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French Elle and the father of two young children, found himself completely paralysed and speechless. Able only to move one ey…


The Rebel of Kabul

Chekeba Hachemi

This is a unique testimony of Afghanistan’s recent history, a gripping memoir in which reality surpasses fiction on every page.   Chekeba Hachemi was one of twelve children born into an influential bo…


Until Death Do Us Part

Ingrid Betancourt

On February 23rd 2002 the Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped by the FARC and then held hostage in harrowing conditions for the following six years.This is the moving memo…