Island of the Lost

An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edge of the World
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Author(s): Joan Druett
Original Publish Date: Jun 08, 2007
Product Number: EB00008874
Released: Jun 08, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781565126510
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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<DIV>&#160;</DIV><DIV><B><I>&ldquo;Riveting.&rdquo;</I>&#160;&mdash;<I>The New&#160;York Times Book Review</I></B><DIV>&#160;</DIV><DIV><B>Hundreds of miles from&#160;civilization, two ships wreck on opposite ends of the same deserted island in&#160;this true story&#160;of human nature at its best&mdash;and at its worst.</B><BR /><BR /> It is 1864, and Captain Thomas Musgrave&rsquo;s schooner, the&#160;<I>Grafton</I>, has just wrecked on Auckland&#160;Island, a forbidding piece of land 285 miles&#160;south of New Zealand. Battered by&#160;year-round freezing rain and constant winds, it is one of the most inhospitable&#160;places on earth. To be&#160;shipwrecked there means almost certain death.<BR /><BR /> Incredibly, at the same time on the opposite end of the&#160;island, another ship runs aground during a storm. Separated&#160;by only twenty&#160;miles and the island&rsquo;s treacherous, impassable cliffs, the crews of the&#160;<I>Grafton</I>&#160;and the&#160;<I>Invercauld</I>&#160;face the same fate. And yet where the&#160;<I>Invercauld</I>&rsquo;s&#160;crew turns inward on&#160;itself, fighting, starving, and even turning to cannibalism, Musgrave&rsquo;s crew bands&#160;together to build a cabin and a forge&mdash;and eventually, to find a way to escape.&#160;<BR /><BR /> Using the survivors&rsquo; journals and historical records,&#160;award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings to life this&#160;extraordinary&#160;untold story about leadership and the fine line between order and chaos.</DIV></DIV>