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Presumed dead, a group of undergraduate students who go missing on a deserted Pacific island emerge one year later in two groups of ragged (and naked) survivors. All but one of the surviving women have conceived, and two students, plus their professor, are said to have died. In the glare of the world's media, every survivor sticks to the same unconvincing version of events. Piece-by-piece the narrator examines the evidence and conducts interviews with the survivors, to work out exactly what happened on the island during that year. Slowly, a disturbing picture emerges of feral humans driven by rivalry and sexual tension ...a 'Lord of the Flies' scenario for adults that suspiciously seems to test the dead professor's theory that by nature people are no different from apes in the more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 281.23g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753518260
  • 9780753518267
  • 1,042,068

About Robin Baker

Dr Robin Baker was Reader in Zoology at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester before leaving academic life to concentrate on his career in writing and broadcasting. He has published over one hundred scientific papers and books. These include the international bestseller Sperm Wars which was based on his own original research on human sexuality and which has so far been translated into 23 more

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No clothes, no shelter, no hope of rescue. How did they survive the dark side of Paradise? A group of naked and ragged survivors emerges one year after going missing on a field trip to an uninhabited Pacific island. All but one of the women have conceived and three of the party, including the group leader, are missing and presumed dead. In the glare of the world's media, each survivor sticks to the same unconvincing version of events. Through one man's determined investigation the true story emerges of what happened on the island - a Lord of the Flies scenario driven by rivalry and sexual tension. But are there signs of something more monstrous at work to confirm the group leader's theory that there is no beast more savage than man?show more

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