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The Life of Teresa of Jesus open wikipedia on the title 
Teresa of Avila open wikipedia on the author (1515 - 1582) 
Teresa of Avila was major figure of the Catholic Reformation - a prominent mystic, writer, and reformer. At age seven she ran away from home to 'find martyrdom amongst the Moors'. At twenty she joined the Carmelite nuns. She resolved to found a new convent based on the principal of absolute poverty and renunciation of property. This, and the three kinds of ritual flagellation used at services, disturbed the laity. Later, the Carmelites tried to suppress her movement. After Don Quixote this is Spain's mode widely read prose classic.
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The Lives of the Twelve Caesars open wikipedia on the title 
C.Suetonius Tranquilius open wikipedia on the author (72 - 130) 
The Twelve Caesars is a set of twelve biographies: Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire (Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, titus, and Domitian). The Twelve Caesars was very important after it was written in 121 CE and remains an important historical source. It was one of the major sources for Robert Graves' I Claudius and Claudius the God later adapted and dramatised by the BBC.
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The Man-eaters of Tsavo open wikipedia on the title 
John Henry Patterson open wikipedia on the author (1867 - 1947) 

The books tells the true story of attacks by man-eating lions on the Uganda railway in Tsavo Kenya in 1898. Over one hundred people were killed in under a year. The attacks stopped only after the all the lions had been tracked down and killed by Patterson.

In the 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness Val Kilmer played Patterson.

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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass open wikipedia on the title 
Frederick Douglass open wikipedia on the author (1818 - 1895) 
Narrative is a memoir written by the famous orator, statesman, and freed slave Frederick Douglass. Along with Uncle Tom's Cabin, it fuelled the abolitionist movement in nineteenth century United States. It is a fascinating account by a man who managed to teach himself to read by observation and eventually escape to freedom. Inspirational.
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The Underground Railroad open wikipedia on the title 
William Still open wikipedia on the author (1819 - 1902) 
The Underground Railroad says of itself: "An authentic record of the wonderful hardships, hairbreadth escapes, and death struggles which mark the track from slavery to freedom in the United States." The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes helping African Americans escape to 'free states' or Canada. Between 1810 and 1850 the Railroad may have moved as many 100,000 people to freedom.
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