Wavewalker by Suzanne Heywood

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The story of extraordinary upbringing on a boat in the South Pacific recounted with wit, verve and deep insight… Humanity’s innate passion for learning shines on every page and triumphs gloriously.

Published 25 April 2024

About the Book…

Aged just seven, Suzanne Heywood set sail with her parents and brother on a three-year voyage around the world. What followed turned instead into a decade-long way of life, through storms, shipwrecks, reefs and isolation, with little formal schooling. No one else knew where they were most of the time and no state showed any interest in what was happening to the children.

Suzanne fought her parents, longing to return to England and to education and stability. This memoir covers her astonishing upbringing, a survival story of a child deprived of safety, friendships, schooling and occasionally drinking water… At seventeen Suzanne earned an interview at Oxford University and returned to the UK.

From the bestselling author of What Does Jeremy Think?, Wavewalker is the incredible true story of how the adventure of a lifetime became one child’s worst nightmare – and how her determination to educate herself enabled her to escape.

About the Author…

Suzanne Elizabeth Heywood, Baroness Heywood of Whitehall, CBE, is a British executive and former civil servant. She has been the chief operating officer of the Exor Group since 2022 and the chair of CNH Industrial since 2018.




Suzanne Heywood



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25 April 2024


William Collins

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