I bet many of you have been glad to finally have a holiday perhaps to a lovely sunny beach and get away from of all this talk of Brexit, the increase in crime rate and the general state of the country. As you sit on the beach with maybe an ice cream, a glass of wine or beer listening to the sound of the sea lapping at you feet, your mind wonders to thoughts of an idyllic tropical island. White sandy beaches and palm tree swaying in the breeze. One of the most popular radio shows which has been going on forever is, ‘Desert Island Discs’. Celebrities pick a selection of their most popular discs, their favorite book and a luxury item, and discuss their life with the presenter.
Well today 300-hundred years ago on April 25th 1719, Daniel Defoe published the book Robinson Crusoe. Apparently, he got the idea from a man call Alexandra Selkirk who got marooned on the uninhabited island of Mas a Tierra, 400 miles off the coast of Chile. He fell out with the Thomas Stradling who was Captain of a ship called Cinque Ports in 1704. Selkirk complained that the ships timbers were rotten and the ship would sink, he asked to be set down on this island. However, he was hoping other ship mates would follow him, but they didn’t. After five years of fending for himself alone, he was finally rescued in 1709 by Woodes Rogers who was Captain a ship called The Duke. It was said that Defoe met Selkirk in a Bristol inn where he got his idea of writing his book Robinson Crusoe.
Robinson Crusoe was probably the first fiction novel written at the time. It has been translated into hundreds of languages and 700 editions printed. Most of you will probably remember the film called ‘Cast Away’ staring Tom Hanks. it was based on daniel Defoe’s novel from 300-hundred years ago. Anyway stop dreaming, it’s back to the humble day job and Brexit. By the way, the ship called Cinque Ports did sink due to its rotting ships timbers.
Lol Thurstan. Editor & Publisher of B26