A Maverick Traveller
At twenty, Mary Jane left New Zealand for five years. A Maverick Traveller begins with an epic voyage on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, and then goes on to describe her later adventures worldwide.
Mary Jane travels with no real plans and decides where to go and what to see next when she gets there. She likes to explore the culture and history of places that are off the beaten track as well as places that are well known, and to talk to the local people.
Whether she was eating dog unintentionally in Indonesia, meeting the rapper 50 Cent before he was famous at a back-packers, seeing Putin in Red Square, being followed around as a suspicious character by intelligence services and police in Russia, Turkey and the USA, or kicking a U.S. nuclear submarine in New Zealand, she shares her unique stories and experiences.
By the time she sat down to write her books Mary Jane had travelled the world, from the Arctic Circle to working as a park ranger on an uninhabited island administered by New Zealand's Department of Conservation. She spent two years (mostly naked) on La Dame de Canton; drank hallucinogenic tea in the Amazon rainforest; and got so lost she ended up at Robin Hood's hiding-place.
A Maverick Traveller is Mary Jane's first book, and it introduces the other books in her series. This is the first time that Chinese readers get to experience the charm of this renowned traveller.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 152 x 229 x 16mm | 408g
- 30 Jun 2020
- Solid Software Pty Ltd
"A Maverick Traveller is a straightforward, high-spirited account of the author's adventures traveling around the world, as she does everything from sail across the Pacific in a Chinese junk to go mountain climbing in the Alps. In between, and perhaps even more fascinatingly, it chronicles her involvement in New Zealand's politics as both an activist and a politician. Mary jane Walker's adventures are numerous, and the reader has to admire her willingness to throw herself into exciting situation after exciting situation and try all different kinds of travel adventures. The writing is simple and clear; this is basically an account of what she's done with her life instead of working an 'ordinary' job. There are also snippets of historical and geographical background, and the author's opinions on various domestic and world affairs. In fact, as an American reader what i found most interesting was Mary Jane's view on the U.S. American readers don't often get outsider opinions on our country, and so it was fascinating to see her view of America as a militaristic nuclear superpower -- and how charming she found the U.S. once she arrived and started traveling around it. A Maverick Traveller is a light, quick read that many an armchair traveller will probably enjoy..." E.P. Clark, Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, January 27, 2018.
"In the tradition of Gertrude Bell, Freya Stark, Isabella Bird and other adventurous women, Mary Jane Walker's relationship with the world is one of insatiable curiosity. She is driven to immerse herself in experience. I was happy to walk with Walker around the world, and was pulled in by her prose. Bucking opinions of what a woman should and shouldn't do, this Native New Zealander, whom one mountaineer referred to as 'a fit kiwi tramping chick', sets out to 'tramp', or 'hike', to wherever her heart calls her. The result is edifying, fun, a whirlwind of images and experiences, and hard-won advice. Applause for a courageous woman who is open about her fears and vulnerabilities! Some of the dips into Asia on guided tours -- which were mostly misguided -- were too brief and left me wanting more. What was most powerful for me was when this world-wanderer explored her home turf, especially as a volunteer hut warden in New Zealand's wilds with the country's Department of Conservation. Here the descriptions of nature were most intimate, and her respect and knowledge of the indigenous Maori and their language really shone. Mountains seem to suit her more than civilisation; they seem to be in her blood. I recommend joining Walker on the ups and downs of topography and her life." Brooklyn Stooptalk, Amazon review, April 20, 2018.