Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Wavewalker (April 2024)

By Suzanne Heywood

April 24, 2024

Aged just seven, Suzanne Heywood set sail with her parents and brother on a three-year voyage around the world.  What followed turned into a decade-long way of life, through storms, shipwrecks, reefs and isolation, with little formal schooling. No one else knew where they were most of the time and no state showed any interest in what was happening to the children.

 

Suzanne fought her parents, longing to return to England and to education and stability. This memoir covers her astonishing upbringing, a survival story of a child deprived of safety, friendships, schooling

and occasionally drinking water. . . At seventeen Suzanne earned an interview at Oxford University and returned to the UK.

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