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Sweeney's Island

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A disparate group of Londoners are brought together by Sweeney, a mysteriously charismatic man of wealth, for a luxury cruise in the South Pacific – they know not why. Sailing far from the normal shipping routes, the ship weighs anchor just off an uninhabited tropical island. Whilst its passengers are ashore exploring, the ship catches fire and sinks beneath the waves.

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218 pages
Published 1964 by Simon and Schuster
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Quentin Wallace
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This is my second book from John Christopher, the first being The Death of Grass. Both books seem to have been heavily influenced by Lord of the Flies, especially this one. Christopher doesn't seem to have the highest hopes for humanity if civilization were to falter.

In this one a millionaire takes a group of ne'er do wells out on a yacht and then proceeds to shipwreck them on a deserted island. His reasons are really never made clear, but it's hinted that he was doing it as an experiment to see
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Men become utterly gruesome and greedy when it comes to surviving desperately. Their actions brought by desperation will only be recognized as savage and demoralizing, and all the accepted norms and way of living are long forgotten.
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I read this book as Cloud on Silver, recently published by The Syle Press.

I hadn't read the back, so I had no idea what it was about, but I was gripped from page one.

A fascinating book about the frailties of humanity.
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Sam Youd was born in Lancashire in April 1922, during an unseasonable snowstorm.

As a boy, he was devoted to the newly emergent genre of science-fiction: ‘In the early thirties,’ he later wrote, ‘we knew just enough about the solar system for its possibilities to be a magnet to the imagination.’

Over the following decades, his imagination flowed from science-fiction into general novels, cricket nove
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