Busting Out! 10 Great Literary Prison Breaks

Some characters can't be caged

In real life, a prison break is terrifying, but on the page it's thrilling and suspenseful (usually because we're rooting for the escapee). Will the character(s) we've come to love succeed in finding freedom? You'll have to read to find out!

Cool Hand Luke cover

2. Cool Hand Luke

Donn Pearce
Wooden Horse cover

3. The Wooden Horse

Eric Williams
Papillon cover

4. Papillon

Henri Charrière
Shantaram cover

10. Shantaram

Gregory David Roberts

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust

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