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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Writing in a straightforward and honest manner, Neale recounts his bouts of loneliness, daily routines, irritations, struggles, and fixations. Really compelling story of Tom Neale, who marooned himself on a desert island in the South Pacific and made it his home for more than six years.

Tom was always a tremendous interest in and possessed of himself.

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I live close to the Rideau Trail here in Ontario, and when I got laid off from my job, nearly four years ago, I briefly felt the urge to just throw some things in a backpack and start walking.

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Borchardt Library, Melbourne Bundoora Campus. The things that are appealing about the tropics–the sunshine, the ease of life, the glory of the sunsets, the Rounding up from 2.

I desperately wanted to stop at am island Suvorov on our way from Bora Bora to American Samoa, but unfortunately there was a dengue fever outbreak amongst the crews of the sailboats already there so we had to pass it by. But the “predominant reason was a very simple one. Now that I had had six years to re-live every moment I had spent on the island, and to reflect on the mistakes I had made, I rather ruefully came to the conclusion that I, who loved the leisurely pace of life on the islands, had failed when I reached Suvarov the first time to put into practice the lessons learned during half a lifetime in the South Pacific.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. An autobiography from a different time and place with insights on iland psychology of isolation and the joys and challenges of living alone in the South Pacific. This is my kind of story. This iwland fact is where the book ends, but it was not to be the end of the story.

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Our new kids’ book is on sale! Rolled prints are tubed and boxed for their protection. Neale did not take kindly to being back among the comforts of civilization. Tom’s old radio islajd is still there and there is also a bust of him on the trail from the beach to the park rangers’ headquarters two Cook Islanders are now always there during the cruising season.

Tom wrote the autobiographical book “An Island To Oneself”, which soon became a bestseller.

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

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Despite his long stretches of solitary living, Neale claimed he never felt lonely. Several times, cut his foot on the coral, very sick a fever. For years while storekeeping in the South Pacific, he planned, read and talked until the great day when he was landed on his little kingdom, aware of but undismayed by the fact that he would have to struggle with the full strength of body and mind to survive.

Anyone who enjoys living a solitary life. 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. An Island to Oneself: One thing I particularly liked about Neale was how doggedly he clung to his dream. In —66 Michael Swift lived alone on Suwarrow, but he was not familiar with survival techniques and had a hard time finding sufficient food.

An opportunity presented itself to perhaps have another go at Suvorov or Suwarrow as the Cook Islander now call it. These 2 locations in Victoria: The book talks about the preparation, the experiences on the island and all the trials and successes that went along with it.

Neale more or less walked around those hoops, perhaps because his adventure took place earlier fifties and sixties. At the very least he would have been a lot more interesting.

Armed with tins of food, tools, seeds, and a motley collection of paperbacks, Neale arrived on Suwarrow following six days at sea.

Tom Neale and Suwarrow Atoll

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The horrific isand make an indelible impression on the survivors and those who hear their stories. A day after he completed the project, a major storm hit the islet destroying the pier.