The island that saved my life
On the Island (On the Island, #1) by Tracey Garvis GravesWhen thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his familys summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.
T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Hes almost seventeen and if having cancer wasnt bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments -- instead of his friends.
Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.
Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.
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Read the latest from author and new Orkney resident Richard Clubley as he explores all aspects of island life. You may have seen Sarah Moore on the telly recently, Sarah came to Orkney, from Edinburgh, in search of a new life. She rented a small house in North Ronaldsay where she lives with her cat Tiny. Sarah has applied to be a dock worker. People traditionally need several jobs on small islands, there often not being sufficient in one to fill a wage packet. Sarah delights in her jobs, where simply changing from one uniform to another keeps her on the go. North Ronaldsay population around 50 needs people like Sarah to breathe new life.
A Scottish woman in her 20s will tell the country how moving to a remote island saved her. The Island That Saved My Life will be broadcast on BBC One next Monday, 16 July, revealing how, at the age of 23 and suffering from depression and shyness Sarah Moore moved from her family home near Edinburgh to the beautiful island of North Ronaldsay, with a population of fewer than 50 people. Like many remote communities North Ronaldsay has its fair share of challenges, from the cancellation of air services that bring vital supplies to extreme weather conditions and economic hardship. From day one, Sarah has to hold down multiple jobs to make ends meet and adapt to an entirely new way of living and thinking to survive on the island. A job as a postal worker is just one of six that Sarah has. But the move has changed Sarah. She is much happier and she says can be the person she was always meant to be here.
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