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Wavewalker: Breaking Free


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Suzanne Heywood was born in the UK but for most of her childhood sailed around the world with her family, with limited access to formal education. She came back to the UK aged 17 and won a place to study at Oxford University. After her PhD at Cambridge University, she joined McKinsey and Company where she became a senior partner. She is now a managing director of Exor and chair of CNH Industrial. She married Jeremy in 1997 and they have three children.


PRAISE FOR WAVEWALKER ‘Suzanne's memoir exposes, scene by scene, the bare reality behind the romantic notion of sailing round the world . . . You can't read her story without a growing sense of fury at her plight — a minor, thousands of miles from home, trapped with her parents and totally misunderstood by them . . . beautifully written’ ‘Daily Mail ‘Beautifully written . . . nuanced and honest . . . stormy in every sense’ Tortoise Media ‘A jaw-dropping and thrilling real-life adventure on the high seas’ SARAH BROWN ‘An extraordinary story of adventure and self-discovery. Suzanne Heywood’s determination to get an education despite all the obstacles she faced leads her on a path of true freedom’ Minouche Shafik, Director of the LSE ‘Even for an experienced sailor, a ten-year voyage across some of the world’s most dangerous oceans would give pause for thought. That Suzanne survived this and made her way back to dry land and a successful future is remarkable. Her book is stunningly good’ Ranulph Fiennes, World's Greatest Living Explorer ‘This personal and powerful book is so great. What a journey – a hardcore one at times. I’m glad the compass has found its way home’ Bear Grylls ‘In the most difficult circumstances, trapped at sea on a boat, surviving violent storms, Suzanne has demonstrated how education can transform a life’ Tony Blair ‘Her fight for an education will astonish all who read it’ Anthony Seldon ‘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’ Sir Michael Barber, author of Accomplishment: How Ambitious and Challenging Things Get Done

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