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The internationally acclaimed account of Robyn Davidson's epic journey across seventeen thousand miles of Australian desert and bush with four camels and a dog. 'A strong, salty fresh book by an original and individual young woman ...This will rank among the best of the books of exploration and travel and, like them, is a record of self-discovery and self-proving' Doris Lessing 'As eccentric, undisciplined, flashily brilliant and pig-headed as its author ...Ms Davidson is a born writer, her book deeply moving' Daily Telegraph 'An absorbing record of human endeavour and courage, a vivid picture of an extraordinary country by a perspective and sensitive observer, and the story of an inner journey, of "shedding burdens" ' Sydney Morning Herald 'It gets to the heart of landscape and solitude and becomes a venture to the interior of more than one dimension as its author approaches the hinterland of her own thorny psyche' Observershow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 20mm | 240g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • map
  • 0330368613
  • 9780330368612
  • 201,785

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This story of a trek across the heart of Australia with camels for company was one of the first books to put women's travel writing on the map, and is still the only book by a woman to win (15 years ago) the prestigious Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. It is unashamedly autobiographical, documenting the traveller's moods and emotions as much as the world she is travelling through. She went to Alice Springs to learn camel management, earning her living working in a bar. The lonelier of the miners would hold her hand, weep into their beer and piss up against the bar counter. Eventually, Davidson saddled up her camels and set off for the Indian Ocean, via the Red Centre - a desert trek of 1700 miles. I first read it in my early 20s, a time when everything seemed possible, and I'm a little afraid to reread it in case it makes me feel old. I just dip into it every now and then to remind me of its insights. A thoughtful book, but then it's the camels that steal the show. (Kirkus UK)show more