Claire Fuller: My Top 5 Survival Stories Transcript
Hi I’m Claire Fuller and I’m the author of Our Endless Numbered Days, and I’m going to give you my top 5 extreme survival stories.
My first is Into the Wild. Which is the story of Christopher McCandless who went off to Alaska and lived in a bus, and unfortunately died in a bus. It’s the true story and it’s very very tragic. So the reason I’ve chosen that one is because when he sets out to make his way home, he tries to cross a river and the water is flowing and he’s unable to cross it. So he goes back to his bus. And it turns out that he could have crossed on a bridge a few miles down stream. And it’s about civilisation actually being so close.
My next choice is Alive, the story of the Andes survivors by Piers Paul Read. And, again it’s a true story from 1972, I remember it from when I was five. And a Uraguain rugby team crash in the Andes on a flight and there were 45 people on the plane and I think about 16 survive. They have to go through awful things to survive and you just put yourself in that situation and it’s horrendous and you wonder whether you would actually be able to do it yourself.
My third choice is Deliverance. Which could either be the book or the film I think, both of them are great. The book is written by James Dickey and he also wrote the screenplay. And it’s about four city guys who go down a river by canoe and the bad things that happen to them. Although the story of survival is actually quite short, it’s really gripping and also so is the music, the banjo-playing is amazing.
Number four is 3,096 Days by Natascha Kampusch which is a true story about an Austrian girl who was kidnapped and had to live in a cellar for eight years of her life, she managed to get out thankfully. It was a toss up between that and Emma Donoghue’s Room which is obviously a fictional account of the same kind of situation. Both of them are really, really strong and terrible stories.
And my last choice is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I just love this book. For those that don’t know, it’s the story of a father and son making a journey after an apocalypse, something has happened, something terrible has happened. And it’s the relationship of the two of them in that land, and how they managed to survive that is just so fascinating to me.
So that’s my top five, it would be great to know what yours are.