by Heywood, Suzanne | Non-fiction; Biography/Memoir
Published 25/04/2024 by HarperCollins Publishers (William Collins) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 416 pages

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By turns thrilling and truly shocking, Heywood’s account of her childhood spent on a seventy-foot yacht at the whim of her parents and her subsequent fight to live a normal life makes for inspiring and jaw-dropping reading.

Aged just seven, Suzanne Heywood set sail with her parents and brother on a three-year voyage around the world. What followed turned instead 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.

From the bestselling author of What Does Jeremy Think?, Wavewalker is the incredible true story of how the adventure of a lifetime became one child’s worst nightmare – and how her determination to educate herself enabled her to escape.