Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 03/05/2005
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An immediate sensation upon its publication in 1969, Papillon is a vivid memoir of brutal penal colonies, daring prison breaks and heroic adventure on shark-infested seas.

Condemned for a murder he did not commit, Henri Charriere, nicknamed Papillon, was sent to the penal colony of French Guiana. Forty-two days after his arrival he made his first break for freedom, travelling a thousand gruelling miles in an open boat. He was recaptured and put into solitary confinement but his spirit remained untamed: over thirteen years he made nine incredible escapes, including from the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island.

This edition of Papillon, one of the greatest adventure stories ever told, includes an exclusive new essay by Howard Marks.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007179961
  • Number of pages: 688
  • Weight: 400g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 36 mm

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This is an absolutely amazing book and I can't believe it's taken me this long to read it (especially as I saw the Steve McQueen film as a kid). Charriere ... READ MORE
Brilliant story from beginning to end
Not normally one to stray from true crime (I'm very particular) however I'm so glad I did. Papillion is a magnificent story which I read in record time. Br... READ MORE
Lisa Robertson
Simply Brilliant
Simply a Brilliant, a catchy and an Inspiring real story of never dying hope for a better life. A great adventure!
Frantisek Heinz