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A Long Walk Home: One Woman's Story of Kidnap, Hostage, Loss - and Survival Hardcover – 1 Jul 2013


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571303056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571303052
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judith Tebbutt's story is inspiring, and leaves you with the feeling that if this woman could show such fortitude, then so might we all ... Her story of terror, despair and survival is as gripping as any thriller, yet told sparely, with no self-pity. It is a testament to the resilience of the individual spirit, but also the the strength of family love ... Vivid and detailed enough to place you firmly in the showed of this extraordinary woman ... A book which is a passionate affirmation of life. (Daily Mail)

A detailed, touching account, revealing not just how she coped but also her tenderness for her husband. (Colin Freeman Daily Telegraph 2013-07-13)

Judith Tebbutt's book about being kidnapped and held to ransom is a wonderfully restrained story of survival against adversity and grief. (Libby Purves The Times)

A riveting tale of human fortitude ... A Long Walk Home is an extraordinary tale. Not only is it an action-packed account of a kidnapping and hostage situation, it is also the story of how the author triumphed psychologically against terror, semi-­starvation and isolation ...The result is a page-turner in which the action moves at a pace ... Fast-paced though the action is, it is the psychological story that compels. (Sian Griffiths Sunday Times 2013-07-14)

This powerful book captures the urgency of telling even the darkest of stories, and evokes the power of resilience in adversity ... A book that begins with a horrific death becomes a clarion call to cherish whatever we might have left of life.' (Anita Sethi Observer)

A keenly vivid memoir. (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)

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A Long Walk Home: One Woman's Story of Kidnap, Hostage, Loss - and Survival is Judith Tebbutt's extraordinary memoir of her time in captivity in Somalia.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Scotty on 22 July 2013
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Could not put this book down, what a very courageous woman,many would have given up after they found out what had happened to their loved one but I think she went on from strength to strength,first time I have cried whilst reading a book.
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By DebbieB on 11 July 2013
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I remember watching the news and hearing about the murder of David Tebbutt and kidnap of his wife Judith. The news item gave her age, latish fifties and said that she was partially deaf and her hearing aid had not been taken with her. I was shocked and horrified and could not imagine how this poor woman could manage in these dreadful circumstances. I have been absolutely knocked out therefore by this book which shows the strength of character and the determination and intelligence that she brought to this dire situation.
This is a very, very inspirational account of how Judith Tebbutt coped. How she set herself a routine, took every opportunity to exercise both her body and her brain and used her experience to build a connection with the individuals who held her captive. The book is also a wonderful tribute to Mrs Tebbutt's son Ollie who, while only in his twenties, dealt with negotiations for her release with maturity and sensitivity.
I was disappointed to find the odd typo and gap in the middle of a word in the kindle edition. Faber and Faber, the publishers, were David Tebbutt's employers and I should have expected them to take extra care in the edit for this important story.
A wonderful and inspirational read which I highly recommend.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Josephine on 17 July 2013
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A remarkable account of bravery and resilience, a must read story, well written , both sad and joyful, I hope this wonderful lady finds peace of mind.:
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Speedy Reader on 5 Sept. 2014
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Read this book to give yourself a reality check on your own life.
Judith Tebbutt's courage and fortitude reminds us what REAL bravery is.
Her endless ability to hold herself together in the most extreme circumstances never failed to impress.
It made me ask myself if I could have done what she did, and being honest, I doubt it.
I should probably read the book again to remind myself that life must never be taken for granted.
I have nothing but the greatest respect, indeed affection, for this amazing woman.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diane Farthing on 9 Feb. 2014
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Really good read right from the first page. Recommended to me by a friend, otherwise it may not have been a book I would have chosen myself, but really glad I did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Lee on 17 Jan. 2014
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Loved this book. What a brave resourceful lady who in such terrifying adversity manages not only to stay sane but show just how strong she is as a person. My heart went out to her when hearing about the kidnap on the news as it happened. To read her story made me so sad both for her & the world we live in today. I wish her all the luck in the world as she rebuilds her life without her loving husband & shows them that despite everything - they did not win
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Caz Of Cornwall on 23 Feb. 2014
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An account of one woman's true courage in the face of adversity and a real life lesson of human survival instinct. Extremely moving story. A must read for any adult.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Karen on 13 July 2013
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I couldn't put this book down and read it in one go. What an amazingly brave woman and a truly remarkable story. Losing a loved one in such terrible circumstances is tragic.
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