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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 June 2018
This is an interesting read. I became aware of this book having watched the movie (which is based on it). Here, Lucie Irvine describes her adventure of living - surviving - on a small tropical island. Other than herself and one companion (Gerald Kingsland), the island was uninhabited. They lived together, struggling to find food and water, for a year. Irvine, in her mid-20's, seems to have sought the experience of getting away from civilisation. Kingsland, in his late 40's, seems to have spent most of his time either being ill or lusting after sex …

As purposeful castaways, this is a tale of rejecting modernity. On the island, things became far more primitive. And, for the most part, the author appears to have enjoyed her year in relative isolation. This biographical account is well written, and outlines the day-to-day goings-on that occurred on the island. It's a personal account, and one-sided (Kingsland offered his own account in The Islander). We learn of both the joys and the pains of life on an otherwise uninhabited island.

This is a simple to read book, and will be of particular interest to anyone who has thought about 'getting away from the modern world'.
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on 16 December 2011
I can't put into words how captivated I was with this book. My paperback version was an almost accidental purchase many years ago, and I think the first time I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. I love the way Lucy Irvine writes...very descriptive, I feel like I lived the whole experience with her. I have probably read this book around a dozen times, and have just recently added the electronic version to my e-library...it's one of those books that delivers something new on each reading, but above all else it's just a really cracking story!
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on 6 May 2018
I've read this book before some time ago and enjoyed so much that I bought it again , recommended.
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on 12 October 2013
Bought for my son, it was used, but the only one I could find, he had wanted a copy of this for a while having watched the different film versions, he was sreally pleased with it and has read it more than once.
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on 1 November 2015
Brilliant! I loved this book
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on 26 January 2015
Nice clean book Great read
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on 21 January 2013
great story and super fast download to kindle. highly recommended to anyone that can picture an island in australia! kindle download doesnt include pic
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on 12 September 2014
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on 17 January 2015
Simply brilliant ! Capturing the essence of escapism from the dull harsh reality of debt work and misery replaced by adventure life and thrill seeking story telling
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on 28 July 2015
Great condition. A good read, I loved Faraway - both books that everyone should read - interesting lady, interesting story!
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