eleanor oliphant debuts of the month
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

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

Biography / Autobiography   The Real World   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   

Lovereading view...

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.

Like for Like Reading

The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia, James Fergusson

A Captain's Duty, Richard Phillips

Win a signed copy by Dame Vera Lynn

Three very lucky winners will each receive a signed copy by Dame Vera Lynn and her daughter Virginia of Dame Vera Lynn's memoir - Keep Smiling Through; My Wartime Story - written with her daughter Virginia Lewis-Jones, together with a DVD of the birthday concert held in her honour to celebrate her 100th birthday earlier this year.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 15 December 2017. The winners will be notified by 15th December 2017, and you should get your prize in time for Christmas.

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 15/12/2017

Synopsis

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.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

2nd January 2014

Author

Judith Tebbutt

More books by Judith Tebbutt
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Memoirs
True stories of heroism, endurance & survival

ISBN

9780571303069

Lovereading has all the new books and also suggestions for 'similar' authors whilst waiting for your favourites new books.

Carol Peace

It gives a chance to read about new titles, invites comments from all kinds of readers and is run by such a nice bunch of book lovers.

Joy Bosworth

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

I love reading books I wouldn't normally choose before everyone else gets to read them!

Dawn Lynch

Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton

Lovereading is an amazing place to be, the website is wonderful and to me if I'm sad I'll go here and it cheers me up!

Sophia Upton

Lovereading is pitched at just the right level for all the various types of people who enjoy reading in its many forms.

Pam Woodburn

You'll always find what you never knew you were looking for and you're always spoilt for choice.

Helen Jones

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools