Lucy Irvine, Faraway, 1998.
“…two weeks after leaving my Castaway island, I stood in sunshine at a bus stop on the outskirts of London, very brown in white shorts….I still felt like Tuin Island, Torres Strait, where I’d lived for the past year. It may have been half a world away, but to me it felt close, and in some ways more real than the pavement beneath my feet in their un accustomed shoes. I carried the island’s image and memories of the life I’d led there like snapshots in a wallet, facts in recent history temporarily more comprehensible and familiar than much of what I saw back in ‘civilization’. It was exciting, but how real was it? The mood of people at the bus stop, none smiling on this pretty day when anything could happen, baffled me…”
“Seventeen years after the events described in Castaway, Lucy Irvine was travelling again. With her three sons, she went to live for a year on remote Pigeon Island in the farthest corner of the Solomons. 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 a tale of two extraordinary worlds in which tragedy, heroism, danger and pure joy combine in one remarkable story. 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.”