Piers Paul Read

Piers Paul Read is an English novelist, historian, and biographer. He is best known for his book 'Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors', which recounts the story of a Uruguayan rugby team's survival after a plane crash in the Andes.


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  1. 1. A Married Man

    This novel delves into the life of a middle-aged London lawyer who finds himself at a crossroads, torn between the comfortable stability of his family life and the exhilarating yet perilous allure of an affair. As he navigates the complexities of love, fidelity, and the search for happiness, the protagonist's journey is a deep exploration of moral and emotional dilemmas. Set against the backdrop of the 1970s, the story captures the essence of human vulnerability, the quest for meaning, and the consequences of our choices, painting a poignant picture of a man wrestling with the contradictions of his desires and responsibilities.

    The 4791st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Alive

    "Alive" is a gripping true story of survival, recounting the harrowing ordeal of a Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashes in the Andes mountains in 1972. Stranded for over two months in the harsh, freezing wilderness, the survivors face unimaginable hardships, including avalanches, starvation, and the devastating decision to resort to cannibalism to stay alive. The book is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the will to survive against all odds.

    The 8682nd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. A Season In The West

    "A Season In The West" is a gripping historical novel that takes place during the American Civil War. Set in the tumultuous West, the story follows a young Union soldier named John who finds himself caught up in the chaos and violence of the war. As he navigates through battles, encounters with Native Americans, and the harsh realities of army life, John must confront his own personal demons and question the morality of war. With vivid descriptions and compelling characters, the book offers a thought-provoking exploration of the human experience during a time of great conflict.

    The 8965th Greatest Book of All Time