Thursday, May 16, 2019
Losing his fortune in the stock market crash of 1987 was the final straw for David Glasheen. After a series of catastrophes, he needed to take drastic measures to restore himself. Opting out of the rat race, he cast himself away on a deserted island off the north-eastern tip of Australia, as far off the grid as was humanly possible. He has lived there ever since.
One annual supermarket shop, a sketchy internet connection and enough ingredients for a home brew satisfy all of Dave’s material needs. He catches fish, traps rainwater and cooks on an open fire. For company he tames dingoes, meets with friends from the Lockhart River Aboriginal community 40 kilometres away, and entertains drop-ins such as Russell Crowe sailing past on his honeymoon or the chairman of McDonald’s on a game-fishing trip. Then there’s the running feud with Boxhead, an antisocial saltwater crocodile who just won’t leave him in peace.
Between heartbreak and hair-raising adventures, Dave has found happiness on Restoration Island and dreams of creating a retreat to promote the profound healing that saved his life. Dave shares his full story in his memoir The Millionaire Castaway (out August 2019 through Affirm Press). Brimming with humour, eccentricity and hard-earned wisdom, The Millionaire Castaway is the feel-good autobiography of the year.