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The Upside of Down:
A Memoir
Susan Biggar
ISBN: 9781921924699
Trade PB 234x153mm
320pp $29.95
Release date: 1 September 2014
Rights Available: World excluding ANZ

Susan Biggar fell in love with a New Zealander. Maybe as an American, she saw Darryl as a ticket to an exhilarating, global life. When her first son arrived, he came with fierce blue eyes, a curly toe and cystic fibrosis. The doctors said he would be lucky to reach the age of thirty.
A job offer in Paris snatched the family from New Zealand, depositing them in the city of lights, romance, and a whole new medical world. When Susan’s second baby was also born with cystic fibrosis , the insignificant worries of her old life slipped away, shifting her from ‘normal mum’ to ‘gotta-figure-out-how-to-keep-the-kids-alive-mum.’
This, and all that followed, was not what she expected.
Set across the globe, in California, New Zealand, France and Australia, The Upside of Down is a story of belief, of learning that sometimes joy is a decision.

 

‘A rare combination of laugh-out-loud humour and an intensely honest exploration of
difficult issues. It's like Eat, Pray, Love but with children, a husband and health issues along for the ride! Anyone who has ever experienced illness in their family or considered an expatriate life will want to read this book.’ Andrea J. Miller, Shares in Life Foundation, NZ

Susan Biggar was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but lived in Europe and New Zealand for a decade before settling in Melbourne, Australia. She holds degrees in Politics and International Policy from Duke and Stanford universities (BA/MA).She has written for many publications, including The Age, Good Weekend and The Big Issue. She now works in consumer health, encouraging a more patient centred health system with a greater role for those who rely on it. 

 

Chasing El Dorado:
A South American Adventure
Aaron Smith
ISBN: 9781921924767
Trade PB 234x153mm
304pp $29.95
Release date: 1 October 2014

Get ready for a risk-taking rollercoaster ride through the favelas of Rio Di Janeiro and the wayside towns and jungles of South America in search of the secrets of shamans and ayahuasca, the vine of the soul.
Aaron Smith’s often hilarious chronicle of love, danger and enlightenment, set in the one of most vibrant places on earth, is a true delight. Whether Aaron is being held at gunpoint in Rio; stranded on the Amazon River; interviewing musician Peter Gabriel for The Iquitos Times; dancing the samba at Carnival with the 60 Minutes team; undergoing initiation as a Matses warrior; tripping the light fantastic; or falling in love with his beautiful Brazilian wife-to-be, you are bound to ‘experience’, along with him, more than a glimmer of gold.
Like William Burroughs before him, Smith is on a journey to save his soul, but instead falls headfirst into the rich kaleidoscope of South American culture and ultimately discovers the truth that lies deep in the jungle or, sometimes, even closer to home.

 

Aaron Smith was born in 1969 near London. He grew up in Hobart, Tasmania and has grown older in various locations around the planet. He has worked as a freelance journalist for various publications, including inflight magazines, newspapers, adventure sports magazines and literary journals. He has previously written plays performed in various arts and comedy festivals in Australia which have been produced by various companies including Melbourne’s La Mama. Before writing Aaron was an actor, musician, truck driver and many other things in between. He is currently the editor of the Torres News, a weekly tabloid newspaper in the remote Torres Strait in far north Queensland, where he lives with his wife and daughter. More at: www.jetsetvagabond.com; www.goingstrait.com

 

 

Navigatio
Patrick Holland
Illustrations by Junko Azukawa
ISBN: 9781921924774
Hardback with jacket 205mm x135mm
224pp $29.95
Release date: 1 November 2014

Navigatio tells the story of Saint Brendan of Clonfert, a sixth century monk and adventurer, and his legendary quest for the Isle of the Blessed via a gauntlet of monsters, devils, angels, prophets and beautiful maidens. Brendan's battles with the sea and the cosmos bear out what William Faulkner once called ‘the human heart in conflict with itself’. This haunting parable of darkness and light, of temptation and belief, of voice and silence, is told with the utmost economy of words, making it a small masterpiece of compassionate perception.

'This is the spirit under sail. A beautiful mediation on losing one way and finding another. It is sensual and soulful. A rich and mellow book, one to take time over and savour in its many moods.' Michael McGirr, author of Things You Get For Free and Bypass

 

 


Patrick Holland is the award-winning author of The Source of the Sound, The Mary Smokes Boys, Riding the Trains in Japan and The Darkest Little Room. He lives in Brisbane, Australia. More at: www.patrickholland.com.au


Junko Azukawa has trained in traditional Japanese calligraphy, known as Shodo, since the age of five under her teacher in Toyama, Japan. Today she lives in Melbourne, Australia, sharing the beauty of human nature through her brush. www.junkoazukawa.com


 


 


 
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