Lucy Irvine

  • Faraway

  • 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.

Lucy Irvine was born on 1 February 1956 in Whitton, Middlesex. She ran away from school very early and had no full-time education after the age of thirteen. She has been employed as a charlady, monkey- keeper, waitress, stonemason's mate, life model, pastry-cook and concierge as well as having worked with disabled people and as a clerk at the Inland Revenue. She is the author of one novel, One is One, as well as Castaway and an account of her early years, Runaway. Faraway, her latest book, is her account of her year spent on a remote island in the Solomons. She has three sons and lives in the Highlands of Scotland.

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