Reading is my absolute passion. I have shelves full of books, and request them as gifts for Christmas and birthdays. My favourites are biographies and true stories, I saw Salvador Alvarenga’s story on the news when it was reported, and remember hoping at the time his story would be told, and now it has been.
On 17 November 2012 Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine and he was dragged deep out to sea. Alvarenga would not touch solid ground again for 14 month, and when he was washed ashore on January 30 2014, he had drifted over 9000 miles.
Alvarenga considered suicide on multiple occasions, but developed a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long enough for the Pacific Ocean to spit him up onto a remote palm-studded island.
To add to the drama, Alvarenga was the subject of much media speculation surrounding the truth of his story, as well as allegations of cannibalism.
Written by Jonathon Franklin, you can purchase this book online now through Pan Macmillan RRP $32.99 by clicking here.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia I have a copy of this book to give away – perfect reading for the holidays or a gift.
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