Nigel Jones

To Hell and Back

Unbroken: An Extraordinary True Story of Courage and Survival


Fourth Estate 473pp £20 order from our bookshop

Laura Hillenbrand’s first book, Seabiscuit, was about the eponymous racehorse whose triumphs lightened the dark days of the Great Depression. Based on meticulous research, the book broadened out into a harrowing – yet heartening – social history of America in the 1930s.

It has taken some time for Hillenbrand to produce her follow-up. This is partly at least because she suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which makes simply getting out of bed, let alone the mammoth task of researching

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