Pan Macmillan has acquired the account of fisherman Salvador Alvarenga who survived 14 months at sea, written by journalist Jonathan Franklin.
UK and Commonwealth rights in the book, titled 438 Days: A Fisherman's True Survival at Sea, were acquired from Annabel Merullo at PFD.
The book tells how Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip on 17th November 2012, when a storm stopped his boat’s engine and the current dragged it out to sea. When he was washed ashore on 30th January 2014 he had drifted over 9,000 miles.
According to Alvarenga, several cruise ships and container vessels passed nearby without stopping. He considered suicide on multiple occasions and was surrounded by a pack of circling sharks, but he developed a method to survive until he was washed up on to a remote island, where a local couple saved him.
The book is drawn from dozens of hours of interviews with Alvarenga and his colleagues, search and rescue officials, the medical team that saved his life and the remote islanders who nursed him back to normality.
Chile-based Franklin reports the Guardian, Washington Post, National Geographic and Esquire. He also works with the ‘Retro Report’ team to produce documentaries broadcast by the New York Times. His previous books include 33 Men (Berkley Books), an account of the Chilean miners who got trapped underground trapped for nearly three months in 2010.
Pan Macmillan will publish 438 Days: A Fisherman's True Survival at Sea in hardback on 8th October 2015 at £16.99.