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This book is about one woman's solo trek across 1,700 miles of Australian Outback. A camel-trek from the heart of Australia, across 17,000 miles of hostile desert, to the sea - with only a dog and four camels for company. Robyn's story beats a track across bush, rock, sand and dust, across magnificent landscapes and through ancient sacred land, through frustrations, triumphs, joy and despair. And as she treks further and further away from civilisation, and ever closer to the burning heart of the world, she realises that this desert will either make her, or break her.
Publisher: 1980. ,
London : 2012
ISBN: 9781408834862
Branch Call Number: ANF 919.4046 DAVI
Characteristics: 261 pages, [8] pages of plates : colour illustrations, maps ; 20 cm


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Oct 13, 2017

Reading this story encouraged me to get back to writing my own novel about my life experiences, because the narrative was real: there were digressions and sudden switches from humor to more intense moments - reading this novel was like catching up with a friend after months apart.

Aug 06, 2016

Wonderful book, one of the best travel books I`ve read since Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson!

Jul 18, 2016

I read this after enjoying the movie on Netflix of the same name. Of course, books are always better! This woman was brutally honest and she told a great story. I loved the descriptions of her relationships with the camels and her dog.

Jul 18, 2016

I love the rough and tumble spirit of this woman's story of her trek across the Outback, but was most charmed by the author's love and descriptions of her camels and her dog, Diggity.

May 05, 2016

This is a refreshingly honest description of the author’s feelings and emotions as events unfolded. Most of us would not (or could not) sacrifice as much as she did to achieve her goal which at one point seemed totally out of reach.
Its a story of determination and adaptation to change, if not acceptance of that change. While necessarily sad at times, it is a motivating journey that makes you want to question your stagnant routine and break-out to seek a more adventurous path to follow.

Nov 22, 2015

Fabulous, inspiring, honest, gripping, sad. I loved this book.

Aug 03, 2015

What a terrific read! It combines so many of the elements that I find so engaging: A personal adventure or life story; a journey of self-realization; unique insights gained by traveling to a place few have experienced (a travelogue with no tiresome "touristy" stuff).
And to cap it all off, some of the most hilarious accounts of situations and characters that I've encountered in a long time!
Gritty, honest, insightful, passonate. Highly recommended!

Jun 26, 2015

an amazing story of courage and perseverance. sometimes a bit too much emotional detail, but overall definately worth reading

May 07, 2015

May 1, 2015, I had watched the movie in Nov, and had the book on my 'to read' list for some time.....all of a sudden, there is a whole bunch of holds on it, and I had to speed read it. This was an easy read though, and I enjoyed it even more than the movie. (well of course!) I hope to check out some more of Robyn Davidson's books in the future. She is different!

tracythelibrarian Jun 17, 2014

Recently adapted into a movie. The story of a woman who rode camels across the Australian outback in 1977. Originally published in 1980, you can tell this book was banged out on a typewriter but its rawness and imperfection mirrors the messy gutsiness of the journey.

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