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A Long Walk Home One Woman's Story of Kidnap, Hostage, Loss - and Survival by Judith Tebbutt
  

A Long Walk Home One Woman's Story of Kidnap, Hostage, Loss - and Survival

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On holiday in Kenya with her husband David, Judith Tebbutt was kidnapped by Somali criminals, she won’t call them pirates as she says that is to romanticise them. They kept her prisoner for nearly 6 months, oblivious at first that her husband had been killed on the day of the kidnap. She had only herself, a tiny cell and a starvation diet and eventually the knowledge that their son Ollie was fighting for her release. She was damned well going to survive and this is the incredibly moving story of how she made it through.

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A Long Walk Home One Woman's Story of Kidnap, Hostage, Loss - and Survival by Judith Tebbutt

This is the story of how, over a period of one hundred and ninety-two days, I was torn away from the life I knew and loved, and dragged down to the depths of despair; of how I endured enforced isolation and near-starvation at the hands of Somali pirates; and of how I made a choice to survive by any and all means that I could muster. In September 2011 Judith Tebbutt and her husband David set out on an adventurous holiday to Kenya. A couple for thirty-three years, they had first met in Zambia: Africa had played a major part in their life together. After a joyous week on safari in the Masai Mara, they flew on to a beach resort forty kilometres south of Somalia. And there, in the early hours of 11 September, tragedy struck them. Judith was torn away from David by a band of armed pirates, dragged over sea and land to a village in the arid heart of lawless Somalia, and there held hostage in a squalid room, a ransom on her head. There, too, she learned the terrible truth that the responsibility of securing her release now rested with her son Ollie. Powerful, moving and at times quite devastating, this is Judith Tebbutt's story in her own words.

About the Author

Judith Tebbutt was born in 1954 in Ulverston, Cumbria. She has four brothers and a sister, and her mother and siblings still live in Ulverston. Judith met her husband David in 1979 while they were both living in Zambia. They married in 1985 and had their son Ollie in 1986. Judith trained as a mental health social worker, qualifying in 1999, and worked in a community drug and alcohol team before being employed in a medium-secure psychiatric hospital, where she was the senior social worker in the women's service. Judith continues to live in the same house that she shared with David for twenty years.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd January 2014

Author

Judith Tebbutt

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World
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Memoirs
True stories of heroism, endurance & survival

ISBN

9780571303069

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