By Read, Piers Paul
In 1972, a Fairchild plane crashed in the Andes mountains. Those who survived were hopelessly lost in one of the most isolated places on earth. After eight days of heavy snowfall, the rescue attempt was abandoned. Even if the plane could be found, the likelihood of the forty-five... passengers and crew being discovered alive was unimaginable. Yet ten weeks later, a Chilean peasant caught sight of two emaciated men in a remote Andean valley. After finally persuading the incredulous authorities that they really were passengers from the missing plane, the two men led a rescue team to the site of the crash, the remaining fourteen survivors and a devastating tale of horrific bravery. Putting to rest the rumours and criticism the survivors suffered, Alive exposes the inescapable truth and stark courageousness of how they lived to tell their story. Weakened by starvation, extreme cold, and by the awful knowledge that the search had been called off, the survivors had to face the torturous reality of their situation: to live, they must eat the flesh of their dead companions...Read more
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Piers Paul Read, the son of poet and art critic Sir Herbert Read, is the author of 13 novels and several short stories. He has received the Thomas More medal for distinguished contribution to Catholic literature for his book Alive. Read currently lives in London with his wife and four children.
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