“Faraway!” Lucy Irvine’s “Castaway” Sequel! More Amazing Island Escapes!

“The sun is spread, hot and arched, above the reef like a woman in abandon, sky shimmering like glistening skin…”


Yes, it is paradise: this picture of a resort in the Solomon Islands…a gorgeous escape, the adventure of a lifetime…but getting to paradise is another matter….

solomon islands

“Only two hours ago I’d been living through some of the worst moments I’d ever experienced, during which an understanding of the precariousness of life had been borne in me with frightening force.”

Time For Another Amazing Island Adventure!

Both of the quotes above are from an amazing book that continues the adventures of one of my favorite Authors!

faraway book

First of all, what a beautiful cover for a book. Welcome to Pigeon Island, surrounded by many other, smaller islands like the one on the cover. I have posted before about the exotic adventures of Lucy Irvine, who began the adventure of a lifetime when she answered this want ad:

Castaway newspaper ad

She not only answered the ad, her bestselling book “Castaway” documented her year on a deserted island with the man who placed the want ad, and the book was also made into a film! After all of the acclaim, Irvine returned to a “regular” life, until the Author found herself with a unique opportunity for a sequel!

map of pigeon island

In 1999, Lucy Irvine took her three children to the farthest corner of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific to live for a year on remote Pigeon Island…look at the center of the map above and notice the tiny mark for Pigeon island next to Reef Islands…

Salomon Island vacations

Irvine’s invitation to live in this isolated paradise came from an intrepid 80-year-old Pigeon Island resident, Diana Hepworth, who set sail from England years earlier with her family in their own search for a faraway paradise.

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“Faraway” is not only Irvine’s story, it is the story of the Hepworth family and their amazing adventure years earlier…the two stories are intertwined, and both are fascinating…


“Faraway” tells the story of Irvine’s latest adventure – and what it was like to take her three boys with her, settling into a completely different life in the middle of the south seas…

south seas islands

“Faraway” also is the story of the Hepworths – an adventurous young couple who raised a family in a faraway land – and “Faraway” beautifully captures what life on a south seas island is like…because few islands are more isolated than this one…

lucy irvine faraway book

Lucy Irvine is a beautiful writer, expertly capturing life in this secluded paradise, without forgetting all of the hardships and dangers that south seas life entails…

“Only two hours ago I’d been living through some of the worst moments I’d ever experienced, during which an understanding of the precariousness of life had been borne in me with frightening force.”

pigeon island escape

Irvine is a perceptive writer as well, capturing the joys and hardships of “roughing it” on an isolated island with her three sons, as well as learning the local culture and customs…and this book offers an insider’s look at life in the south pacific…

lucy irvine faraway bookk

If you’ve ever wanted to escape to a tropical island, Irvine shows you what it is really like…


And of course, this terrific memoir follows Irvine’s previous masterwork:

The Brilliant “Castaway!”


I first got hooked on Irvine’s writing when I came across her memoir in a used bookstore.

Lucy Irvine Castaway

Irvine answered a want ad, and spent a year on a deserted island! To read all about the book, as well as the british film that was made about it, click on the entire story here:


The Author just recently added a Facebook page in anticipation of her newest work, so go and support her!


Castaway on a deserted island

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14 replies

  1. What an amazing story and one that is new to me. Sometimes we wonder how, (after all our years on earth) does a story like this pass you by. Thank you John an extraordinary tale/ book/ film.

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  2. Reblogged this on johnrieber and commented:

    For those of you with wanderlust, here is one of the best travel adventures I’ve ever read, and wanted to share it again…



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