What readers say (contact Kimina to add your say!):
“There’s something for everyone in this keenly observed, deeply felt and unsparingly honest book. The swift, clear prose moves at a gallop, tail high, sweeping you into the depths of an event still playing itself out.” ebar.com
“I started around 4pm on Sunday arvo, and around midnight it was done. Save for the intermittent tea breaks, I pretty much devoured it in one go. Or it devoured me,
not sure. I was intrigued, enthralled, shocked and terribly moved by your story.” Cyndi
“I had my eyeballs dragging in the mud for a week because I spent far too many nights unable to put it down and turn out the light at night! What a compelling read it is and a moving insight into your journey and the plight of the people of Thailand.” Ruth
“At the time of the tsunami I had been one of those people too-far-removed to accurately identify with it. But no more: now, I have been touched by your witness – I have been disturbed and sleepless while journeying through the trauma with you, and at the end I have washed up on the shores of hope, compassion and humility.” Denise
“It’s a rare day I find a book that I just devour. ‘Out Of The Blue’ was one such book. It gave me a far more ‘real’ feeling for the culture of thailand; the reactions of real people in the face of disaster; an inside look at the post-tsunami process; and all written with the clarity of a journalist coupled with the wonderfully warm, human, intimate style of Kimina Lyall as a person. Loved every page.” Carolyn
“I read this book in a day… I couldn’t put it down. I loved the personal perspective that the author gave and I loved the way it flowed. Many of the themes presented in this book resonated with me, particularly the ideas around heading the warning signs around us and following (or not) your instincts.” Matt
“I don’t want to say that it was a great read, because “great” is the wrong word. It was an everything read really, ranging from harrowing to informative and so very personal too, which of course is the kind of emotional turmoil I would expect. I don’t know of another book like it – thank you for writing it.” James
Warning: Take this book to high ground! The writing will send you straight to the heart of the world’s most wide-reaching natural disaster ever. Kimina Lyall, a journalist and writer living in Thailand, had built a dream of a tropical paradise on a remote Thai island in response to an intense personal trauma. Moving between bustling Bangkok and the gentleness of the small golden community, Kimina was able to recreate her sense of peace – until everything was swept into the sea on 26 December 2004. Drawing on all her journalistic skills, Kimina retells the story of the Boxing Day tsunami though the experiences of her friends and acquaintances as they struggled to survive. She recounts with an astonishing power and sense of building horror the chilling loss of life, as well as the destruction of a delicate way of life.
This is a must-read for anyone who desires to explore the meaning of strength, the fragility of resilience and the importance of human compassion. Kimina has exposed her vulnerability, fear, despair and depression in a moving account of danger, survival – and the human failure to heed warnings. This is an extraordinary story, stunningly told.