by Diana Souhami
Editor: Quercus Publishing
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Alexander Selkirk was abandoned on the uninhabited island of Juan Fernandez, in 1704, after a line with the captain of his shipHe had been on a treasure hunt for adventure at the South SeaHis abandonment to say that he was alone for four years and four months, depending for his survival on what the island offeredWhen he was rescued, he was dressed in goatskins and had forgotten how to talk.His story inspired Daniel Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe, the first English novelIn this original setting of the book, which is as much a biography of the island as man, the award-winning author Diana Souhami draws on contemporary memoirs, letters and documents, as well as her own experience of the island to evoke a man and his struggle with loneliness, fate and his environment
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