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James Russell
“Taking in the mesmerising vision before me, I raised my arms towards the ocean like an idiot king acknowledging his subjects. My own surfing realm. Every single wave that broke on this reef was mine.” Twenty-six-year-old Jimmy Brennan’s life has taken a turn for the worse, and he’s desperate to numb the pain. When his mother dies and his girlfriend betrays him, it’s the final straw; he boards a plane bound for Bali. But Jimmy’s demons chase him. Sickened by the tourists and the crowded surf spots, he escapes north up the archipelago, driven by a desire for solitude and possessed by a reckless, self-destructive urge. When he’s offered the opportunity to visit and surf the forbidden island of North Sentinel, home of a forgotten tribe which has violently rejected outside contact for centuries, Jimmy takes it. He finds his perfect wave, but it’s a decision that will have deadly consequences. James Russell is a best-selling author of children's books. This is his first novel for adults.