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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At the very least he would have been a lot more interesting. A weaker storyteller would stretch out the last ten pages to encompass a third of the book, but Neale crafts it as a fitting epilogue to his time on Suvarov and a valuable prologue for the twilight of his remaining existence.

I didn’t understand what would make a person pick up and leave all aspects of civilization until I read An Island to Oneself. 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. They lived with him for a while, looked an island, rubbed ointment his spin and exchanged experiences.

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

The predominant reason [to leave voluntarily] was a very simple one. Instead, he obsessively delineates his narrow diet and his many labors, and he doesn’t seem to enjoy his surroundings except for the hardships they impose. Contact the seller – opens in a new window or tab and request a shipping method to your location. Refresh and try again.

He practiced ‘batch’ living which essentially meant he depended on no one for what he needed. October June Several times, cut his foot on the coral, very sick a fever. He ended up doing two stints on the same island, with a six-year period between the first period, roughly a year and a half long, a when he injured his back; the second period lasted three and a half years.


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According to Wikipedia, Tom Neale did actually go back for a third stay that ended inand a number of nale people lived in his cabin there between his second and third stays. One day on the island flew a military helicopter, and then suffered a shipwreck near the island’s family with a young daughter.

However, according to biographers A. Contents Wanderlust in the Sun. Trivia About An Island to Ones Interestingly, when he was trying to get back to the island for his second stay, the government did throw up some blocks Published September 25th by To, Bow Press first published Sell now – Have one to sell? Get the item you ordered or get your money back.

He traveled there willingly and enthusiastically, determined to live a simple, solitary existence on an island he could call his own. Well worth the read.

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I can not overstate how much I loved this book. Shipping cost cannot be calculated. He survived a major hurricane that struck the island. Our new kids’ book is on sale!

We were unable to find this edition in any bookshop we are able to search. Home This editionEnglish, Book edition: I won’t be running off to maroon myself on a desert island anytime soon—but I’ve had this on my to-read list for ages and ages, and I’m thrilled to have finally scrounged a copy.

It is told in first person format about how Tom Neale went to live on an uninhabited island in the Suvorov Atoll. His autobiography An Island to Oneself recounts his life through his second stay on the atoll. Over time, Tom has adapted to life in the wild and became a real Robinson Crusoe. While in content this is rather akin to Castawayin feel it is more like Adrift: What happen when Neale went the first vacation.

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 South Pacific. Tom lived there until January Maybe he would have been more likable if Jon Krakauer had written this story. Learn more – opens in a new window or tab. Feb 16, Phobos rated it really liked it Shelves: Other offers may also be available.


At a meeting with him the people were usually very surprised to see this Robinson Crusoe in this wilderness. The problem with his back occurred a couple of months after he went back to Suwarrow in Offer available only in the U. You don’t have to be a sailor to love this book because it isn’t really about sailing.

AN ISLAND TO ONESELF~ Tom Neale ~ 1st UK Edn~SUVAROV~SUWARROW~ Cook Islands | eBay

It’s about being comfortable being completely alone, and surviving without a grocery store a doctor or a dentist for hundreds enale miles. Despite his long stretches of solitary living, Neale claimed he never felt lonely.

As long as I could bring a large enough library with me. Thanks to two postscripts at the end of the book, a little more light is shed on the story. Life is stranger than fiction. Add a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition.

Tom fed on fish, crabs islanc clams, chicken eggs, coconuts, breadfruit, bananas, wild-grown vegetables and occasionally chopped cocks. Neale on his island on the cover and a photo on the rear panel. Other editions – View all An Island to Oneself: After treatment by Milan Brychhe died eight months later. Then he was offered a job a storekeeper in the Cook Islands, working in small shops on the islands.