'A wonderful story of an untamed adventurous spirit, this is also the courageous tale of an alternative way of
raising a family, both past and present' Caryl Phillips
'She is a born writer as well as a ruthlessly talented survivor' Observer
'Writer seeks "wife" for year on tropical island' read the small ad. Lucy Irvine applied and got the job, living -and nearly dying -for a year on Tuin Island. Castaway was her classic account of this adventure.
Eighteen years later, in 1999, Lucy took her three children to the farthest corner of the Solomons to live for a year on remote Pigeon Island. This time the invitation had come from an intrepid eighty-year-old, Diana Hepworth, who, in 1947, set sail from England and embarked on a hazardous journey to find a faraway paradise where she and her husband Tom could raise a family.
Faraway is the fascinating tale of two extraordinary worlds -'primitive' and modern 'colonial' -in which tragedy, heroism, danger and pure joy combine in one remarkable story. This is a classic account by a writer who has dug deep into her psyche to illuminate the darkest reaches of our own.
“'A very good story indeed'”
“'Another astonishing tale'”
Conde Nast Traveller
“'It is a wise book: full of wisdom about parenthood and dreams we chase, published at a time when the myth of escape is as powerful as ever'”
Cole Moreton, Independent on Sunday
“'A more honest account of island life and a better debunker of paradise than Faraway would be hard to find'”
Dea Birkett, The Sunday Times
“'This enthralling book combines two stories - Irvine's adventures, and the even more amazing story of the extraordinary Hepworth family...Irvine's integrity, fine prose, brilliant powers of observation and sheer pluck make [Faraway] my nomination for travel book of the year'”
Val Hennessy, Daily Mail