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Faraway by [Irvine, Lucy]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5925 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New edition edition (30 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OYF4SA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259,992 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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I didn’t feel that enthusiastic when started reading this but soon became hooked. I liked the interplay between the past and present as Lucy slowly unveiled the backstory of the island. That was in fact more gripping than the details of her own time on the island. My only complaint, and I felt the same about ‘Castaway’, is that I would have liked to have read something about her return to normal life after the island. Like Castaway, the booked finishes at the moment they leave the island but it left the book feeling unfinished to me. I think it only needed a few extra pages.
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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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I started by being unimpressed with Lucy's skating across her life and children patently omitting their fathers and her relationships with them. In view of her in depth analysis of everyone else's relationships I think she could have tried a bit harder. As the saga builds up and we are drawn in to the microcosm of life in Micronesia it all becomes a fascinating kind of bizarre. In fact very sad but a great deal of food for thought. Still thinking about it two months later and far away.
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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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As a youngster I read the articles Irvine published in the Sunday Times about her year on Pigeon island and was totally taken in by them- inspite of her accounts of the difficulties and challenges of such a life, ultimately I remember thinking it was a tremendously romantic existance. "Faraway" the book was no less an enthralling read for me, although as an adult I was struck by how selfish and arrogant Irvine comes across in her role of biographer....
Nonetheless, an enjoyable, thought provoking read, perhaps all the more relevant now I live on an island in the South Pacific myself. It won't change your life, but will give you respite from the modern world for a few hours.
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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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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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