10 Books Based On Extraordinary Real Life Stories

The kind of books that inspire us the most are the ones based on true life or based off a memoir. Through such books, we know that people go through certain situations and have the ability to overcome them and that the siatuations created are not fictional or beyond imagination. Hence, we bring to you 10 books based on or inspired from real life stories that will touch your heart like never before.

The Man Who Walked Away by Maud Casey


This is the story of a doctor and his patient and how they together embark on a journey to bring this psychiatric patient (in the hospital of St. André in Bordeaux), back to life. The book is set in 19th century and highlights the pain and anguish faced by the protagonists as he travels places. The book also hints at the not-so-great medical help available at that time. Nevertheless, a must read.

The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald


The 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner in Fiction, yet inspired from real life, The Blue Flower is the story of a German philosophy student, who later becomes a famous poet and  seeks his father’s permission to wed his true philosophy. Everybody is shocked by this simple proposal. Read this book to find out what happens next!

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent


This story revolves around Agnes, who is accused of murdering her master and sent to isolation. Nobody seems to understand her except for a priest, whom she had confided into and chosen as her spiritual guardian. She accepts her life the way it is just before realizing that there is another aspect to the entire situation.

Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips


This is a story of a widowed mother and her 3 children, who are rendered desperate and helpless after the death of the male of the family. The mother soon starts receiving letters from someone, promising her to marry her and take care of her children. The whole family is found dead after about a week. A journalist, Emily Thornhill is eager to investigate. Will she reach to the bottom of the case?

An Officer And A Spy by Robert Harris


An Officer And A Spy is perfect named as it encompasses the story of an officer and a spy. A French officer is stripped off his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil’s Island for disclosing French Militarty secrets to the Germans. At first, it seems like that the officer is guilty, but even after his imprisonment, there seems to be somebody, still passing on the secrets…

Arthur And George by Julian Barnes


The story, set in the British empire, is of 2 boys, George and Arthur. Living in totally different surroundings, one tries to find his identity in the world, while the other is busy creating the world’s most famous detective. Little do they know that their fates are entangled with each other.

Sunnyside by Glen David Gold


With a Charlie Chaplin like protagonist Sunnyside is a light, funny novel which dramatizes the moment when American capitalism, a world at war, and the emerging mecca of Hollywood intersect to spawn an enduring culture of celebrity. Read it for the light pun delivered by it!

Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath by Kate Moses


This story is about the life of one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century, Sylvia Plath. She was a constant sufferer of depression and led an unhappy married life. This book portrays her journey from being a writer to her suicide.

The Shining by Stephen King


The Shining is inspired from King’s life. Just like in the books, the family goes to a remote hotel, in a very similar fashion, King and his wife also find themselves in a remote hotel in  Colorado. Here King has a terrible nightmare and thus sets out to write his novel.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai


A memoir based off her memory, I Am Malala is the story of Malala. At the age of 15, she was shot in the head while going from school to home. Very few survive such an incident. She was one of the few who did and thus narrated the story about global terrorism and how it is devastating the entire world.

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