LibraryThing Review. User Review – SeriousGrace – LibraryThing. I didn’t understand what would make a person pick up and leave all aspects of civilization until. An Island to Oneself: The Story of Six Years on a Desert Island Tom Neale pick up and leave all aspects of civilization until I read An Island to Oneself. Results 1 – 20 of 20 An Island to Oneself by Tom Neale and a great selection of similar Used, New and Collectible Books available now at

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Tom Neale’s decision to live for years on deserted island by himself is one of the boldest, weirdest feats I’ve ever heard of.

A hut with water tanks, some books, and a badly damaged boat remained from the habitation by the coast-watchers. After a few months back in Timaru inNeale returned to the Pacific and settled in MooreaTahitiwhere he lived untilsupporting himself with odd jobs and enjoying a private life.

He met with author Robert Dean Frisbie in Rarotongaand was entranced by his tales of the atoll of Suwarrow, where Frisbie had lived briefly.

Dec 27, Steve Van Slyke rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Although there were several words here and there that are totally foreign to the English reader, one is able to make sense of what they are reading and get the main gist of the book. Image not available Photos not available for this variation. Borchardt Library, Melbourne Bundoora Campus. Tom works with the pearl divers. A must read for any south Pacific, adventure, wild forager, farmer, and lover of travel.


However, according to biographers A. This review is an excerpt from a longer review on my blog, Around the World in Books.

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A squall hit the lagoon that night, the yacht’s anchoring cable parted, and it foundered on a reef. Tom Neale’s classic story of the 6 years he spent in the 50s and 60s living alone on Anchorage Island at Suvarov atoll in the Tlm Pacific.

Tom Neale did what we all now and then dream of doing – go and live alone on a desert island. Chronology of Tom Neale’s Life Born 6. Percival Neale returned to Rarotonga in July To me this nwale a life changing book.

They had also left wild pigs and chickens on the atoll. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

An Island to Oneself: The Story of Six Years on a Desert Island

For years he planned, read, talked – until the great day when he was landed on his little kingdom, undismayed by the fact that he would have to struggle with the full strength of body and mind to survive.

Dec 26, Lianne Burwell rated it really liked it Shelves: The book talks about the preparation, the experiences on the island and all the trials and successes that went along with it.

Read about in a review of another book. In his memoir he wrote:.

Taking four hours to make the short journey back to his shack, Neale laid down in his bed and, between bouts of unconsciousness, hoped for a miracle. Tom fed on fish, crabs and clams, chicken eggs, coconuts, breadfruit, bananas, wild-grown vegetables and occasionally chopped cocks. Jan 31, Kelly rated it liked it Shelves: It’s just as well, because it does sound like a different experience: Otherwise, the outcome could be very bad for him. We loved it – I read it out loud to my husband.


An Island To Oneself

Running away to an island is not just my dream–it’s a common one–so it seems unlikely that a really good book on the subject would remain as oneselff as An Island to Oneself. Delivery time is estimated using our proprietary method which is based on the buyer’s proximity to the item location, the shipping service selected, the seller’s shipping history, and other factors.

British author Noel Barber heard of Neale’s life on the island from a report by the United States Navy and paid him a visit. Great story and well written. He did, however, choose two non-human companions: Set up My libraries How do I set up “My libraries”?

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Mar 09, Jeff rated it it was amazing. Neale lived in his beloved island untiland died of stomach cancer. His autobiography An Island to Oneself recounts his life through his second stay on the atoll.

This is how he starts his story: Instricken with stomach cancer, he was transported back to Rarotonga, where he died at oneslf age of October June Rolled prints are tubed and boxed for their protection. Aug 02, Kay rated it really liked it Shelves: