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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



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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