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By Tom Neale

Thomas Francis "Tom" Neale (November 6, 1902 - November 27, 1977)[1] was once a brand new Zealander bushcraft and survival fanatic who spent a lot of his existence within the prepare dinner Islands and sixteen years in 3 periods residing by myself at the island of Anchorage within the Suwarrow atoll, which was once the foundation of this autobiography.

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I quickened my step along the narrow path, brushing past the tangled undergrowth and creepers, the dense thickets of young coconuts, pandanus, gardenias, which had grown into a curtain, walling me in, almost blocking out the sun. Suddenly the shack was there in front of me and I must admit my heart sank. I had forgotten the amazing violence of tropical growth; forgotten, too, just how long ago it was since men had lived here. Subconsciously, I had always remembered Suvarov when the shack had been inhabited.

Only a single breadfruit tree in one corner of the wilderness gave a hint that the soil was at least fruitful. - 33 - This is my island, with 'Peb' Rockefeller's schooner to the right The low coconut palms form a natural umbrella over the beach - 34 - A daily chore -- husking coconuts in the yard by my shack - 35 - I had been so preoccupied in exploring my new home that I only became aware of how hungry I was when Tagi returned to summon me down to the meal on the beach. But later, as we sat there against a background of palms with the lagoon stretching away in front of us and the Mahurangi riding at anchor a hundred yards out, I couldn’t help watching my companions’ faces and wondering what they would be doing at this time the following day, the following week, the following month, the following year.

Then I could have mended her, hauled her through the shallows, loaded her up and pulled her back. But the boat looked impossible to repair—unless I could think of something; and I seemed to have so many other things to think about. During this time when there was no chance of ever tasting an egg, I lived almost exclusively on fish, breadfruit, paw-paw—and uto, without doubt the most nutritious of all indigenous foods on Suvarov. Uto is formed when a coconut has fallen from a tree and is left on the ground until it starts sprouting.

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