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Ever dream of running away to a desert island?

That’s what I did…

It is possible to break free and find happiness – and love – in the most unlikely places. 

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Hi, I’m Emma Bamford

And I really did run away to a desert island. Strictly speaking, at first I ran away to the jungle of deepest, darkest Borneo, after answering an advert on the internet. What’s more, I ran away to a sailing boat anchored in the deepest, darkest jungle of Borneo owned by a man I’d never met to live on it with him (and his cat) after answering a ‘crew wanted’ advert on the internet. But after the jungle there were definitely lots of palm-studded, white sand islands surrounded by warm, turquoise waters.

Casting Off  is my first book, and explains what happened to me after I left behind my career as a journalist in London and booked a one-way flight to start my adventure. Along the way, mixed up with new friends, pygmy elephants, lost tribes, pirates and superyachts, I learned a few lessons about the importance of letting go and how it is possible to break free and find happiness – and love – on your own terms.

Untie the Lines is the sequel, and follows my travels through Malaysia, Texas and the Caribbean. In it I also all open up about what it’s like to suffer from anxiety, panic attacks and to go through a nervous breakdown.

On this site you can also read my original blog from my time travelling, along with news and updates on the publication of Casting Off.

Fair winds – and happy reading,

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