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ALONE: The Search For Brett Archibald

AUTHOR: Brett Archibald

GENRE: South African non-fiction

RRP: R260

ISBN/EAN: 9781928230304


RELEASE DATE: April 2016 


“I was at the Epic Kayak offices in the US when I heard Brett had fallen overboard. I followed the story closely on Facebook, but after 12 hours I turned to Greg Barton [Olympic gold medalist] and said, ‘There’s no way anyone can survive longer than that in the ocean – I certainly couldn’t do it.’ This is an incredible, incredible story.”

– Oscar Chalupsky, 12-time Molokai World Champion; multiple paddling, Ironman and lifesaving champion; one of the world’s greatest watermen


In April 2013 a global breaking-news story surfaced on social media and in the world press, and rapidly gathered momentum. A South African man had fallen overboard in the night during a storm in remote Indonesian waters, without anyone else on board realising. Eight hours later a frantic search was underway.

The incident caught the world’s attention as readers were instantly transported into the terror of the moment – imagine being left alone, 100 kilometres out to sea in the middle of a storm, watching your friends sail into the distance…

Had he been dealt a fraction more bad luck, Brett would have died immediately. According to the experts, he should have died within 10 to 14 hours. But he chose not to die. Instead for 28-and-a-half hours Brett Archibald endured – the ocean, the elements, the creatures of the deep, and his own inner demons.

Alone: The Search For Brett Archibald is the incredible but true story of what it takes to defy needle-in-a-haystack odds and survive what should have been certain death. Outdoor savvy, astonishing imagination, mental toughness, a refusal to give up hope and a canny rescuer with an unbelievable background ultimately saw him through. Most of all this is a story of the power of the human spirit that defies rational explanation.

Alone was published in the UK and Australasia by Little, Brown in 2016, and in the US and Canada by St Martin’s Press in 2017. It has also been, or will be, published in Germany, France and Italy.


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