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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (2 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385600119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385600118
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 935,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Octogenarian Diana Hepworth has lived with her family on Pigeon, a tiny place in the furthest corner of the Solomon Islands for more than 50 years. When the former Vogue model decided to turn the fascinating events of her life into a book, she went to fellow adventurer Lucy Irvine for help. Many people will be familiar with Irvine, she was the woman who was thrust into the limelight after answering an ad in Time Out "writer seeks 'wife' for year on Tropical Island". The resulting book, Castaway, spawned a film of the same name.

Despite her wanderlust, Irvine was initially reluctant to swap her home her secluded Scotland home to take up Hepworth's offer. It was her children's thirst for adventure that eventually persuaded her to book the flights. The result is a compelling book about Diana Hepworth and her family intertwined with the story of Lucy Irvine and her family.

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'Enthralling...stunningly vivid....my nomination for travel book of the year' Daily Mail on Faraway. 'A more honest account of island life and a better debunker of paradise than Faraway would be hard to find' Sunday Times on Faraway. 'It is a wise book: full of wisdom about parenthood and dreams we chase, published at a time when myth of escape is as powerful as ever' Independent on Sunday on Faraway. 'Another astonishing tale' Conde Nast Traveller on Faraway. 'A very good story indeed' Scotsman on Faraway. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book along with Man and Boy, at Glasgow airport a couple of weeks ago. By the time i was in Newark i'd finished "Man and Boy", and thought i would get stuck into "Faraway" - 6 hours later i was still waiting for my flight - i didn't care - i was so engrosed in the book - over the years i have read and loved all Lucy's books, but Faraway is something different - these are real people and i think Lucy has dealt with their stories honestly and sensitively,she paints a vivid picture of, kastom, the Hepworth family history and her own family's experience in the reef islands. I would love to have heard what both Diana and Ben felt about the book! - Lucy has given her boys a great adventure and her readers a lot of pleasure - thanks Lucy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nickala Hanley on 19 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
Lucy Irvine - inspirational. This is an extraordinary book of three extrodinary lives. The Hepworths, the Irvines and the ever-present Reef Islanders and their Kastoms. Lucy not only does each person justice in this book but she is able to be honest and compasionate to all - no matter their beliefs or history which is why she was able to bring to life their individual histories in such depth. What we call civilisation could reap the benefits of this attitude and will. I found myself humbled with every page of the book and yet knew that I would not have the wonderful courage that Lucy and the 'characters' of the book posess to go through it myself. The best read for a very long time!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have always dreamed about leaving what Lucy Irvine describes as the Big Bad Mad Outside World behind and just taking off into the wild blue beyond. Lucy Irvine did just that, twice, once when she was a wild young thing,, with few responsibilities and then again later when she was a single mother with three children. She thought she was taking them to a kind of Paradise, safer than her first island, but it proved otherwise. Nevertheless the kids had a fantasic time and the author viewed objectively not only her own family's experiences on the island, but those of the Hepworth family, which inovolved researching the history of forty years of life 'away from it all',and finding out about their often troubled relations with their nearest neighbours, who live the ultimately simple life. Lucy was allowed to witness Initiation Rites among 'primitive' Islanders and to learn about Outer Solomon Island Magic and Medicine, and her children learned how wonderful life can be just climbing wild fruit trees and diving under a brilliant ocean to catch their own fish suppers. If you want a read to boggle your mind, try this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shinysteve on 10 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
We all dream about getting away from it all - the rat race and all that. So why not read about it from someone who did?
This is the fasinating story of Lucy Irvine's account of living on a remote island at the invitation of some who did just that - over fifty years ago!.
Brilliantly told by someone who knows what it is to live on a desert island, Lucy Irvine's account of the life of Diane Hepworth (and of her own experiences on Pidgeon Island) touch the adventurer in all of us.
Read it - and then think about how you'd like to psend YOUR life. Terrific stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Lucy Irvine has managed to combine her life on a remote island, with an informative biography of a very inconventional couple (Tom and Diana Hepworth). She has managed to combine her literary skills (which are obvious) with that of investigative journalist (for once, the phrase "investigative journalist" should be taken as a compliment!). It would have been to easy (and boring) to take Tom Hepworths diaries/writings, and copy them verbatim, but instead, she visited Pidgeon Island and research the whole thing, usings Tom's writings as a backdrop rather than the complete definitive account of what happened. I do not know what Diana Hepworth thinks about this book, but I feel that her trust was justified and she should not be disappointed in the final result. This book, to an extent is two books in one and this makes it all the more entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Many of us have fantasies about abandoning our humdrum lives and starting out afresh away from the snares of bourgeois living. Diana Hepworth and her husband had had that dream and thought that Pigeon Island could be its fulfilment. Lucy Irvine, who herself had known that dream and was lucky enough to survive her Castaway experience, travelled to Pigeon Island partly to write the Hepworth story but also to give her three sons a taste of a wholly different life style. She slowly unravels the unhappy secrets of the seroously dysfunctional Hepworth family. This book is about two engrossing contemporary topics - parenting and racial attitudes - but it is also in its own right a thrilling yarn of adventure in one of the most remote corners of the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
We all dream, but how many of us realise our dreams? Both of the women involved in this book did exactly that. What's more, we get a glimpse in here of people who are still living life much as they did 3000 years ago. There is a degree of Hell in Paradise - but there's also pure joy. Read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By us@aurora.anum.tuwien.ac.at on 20 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I even enjoyed Lucy Irvine's "Castaway", but with the passing years she matured into an even greater writer. I did not find anything egocentric in her book, only a mother's concern for her boys and the ability to enter the minds of colonial Brits and the ones of traditional island society which are both about to disapear. On a dreary November's day I cannot image any better read than this. But who would actually like to trade places with her ?
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