David Long has retold the real-life stories of remarkable ‘Survivors‘ in this deservedly award-winning title. While some stories, like that of Aron Ralston, may be familiar from film, or because they occurred more recently,  the majority of the survival tales are entirely unfamiliar.

From the story of the 17-year old school girl, a sole survivor of an Amazon plane crash, to the yachtswoman left to survive and chart the Pacific alone after an horrific accident, these are gripping, brave, real, horrifying and very readable.

Survivors‘ may inspire you to climb a sheer icy northern mountain face, venture into volcanoes, or take up caving. This reader would rather read the stories than experience them.

We recommend ‘Survivors‘ to confident readers aged from 10 or so. It is a splendidly researched and written title, ideal for home and school.

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Extraordinary Tales from the Wild and Beyond

David Long, illustrated by Kerry Hyndman

(Faber & Faber)

Hold onto your chair legs and stay away from that volcano! ‘Survivors‘ contains the remarkable true stories of adventurers, heroes and ‘people in the wrong place at the wrong time’ who overcame the odds. It is gripping, seat of your pants, reading, and may make you never want to venture outside again! (Who knew maggots were resistant to kerosene?)

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award


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