All in all it was one of the most full and rewarding experiences in a literary life that has not been sparing in delights’ Patrick O’Brian
Condemned for a murder he did not commit, Henri Charrière, known as Papillon, was sent to the penal colony of French Guiana. Fortytwo days after his arrival he made his first break, travelling a thousand gruelling miles in an open boat. Recaptured, his spirit remained untamed – in thirteen years he made nine amazingly daring escapes, including one from the notorious Devil’s Island.
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An immediate sensation upon its 1969 publication, Papillon is one of the greatest adventure stories ever told, a true tale of courage, resilience and an unbreakable will.
With a new exclusive essay by Howard Marks