When Mark Heyward first went to Indonesia, to teach at a small school in East Kalimantan, little did he realise how life changing his decision would prove to be. Within three years his Australian life would be behind him and he would be travelling, with fellow adventurers, across remote Indonesian Borneo. The story of that remarkable expedition − a true travel adventure – coalesces with the author’s longer journey into the complex heart of Indonesia. It is a journey that spans two decades, that takes the reader from a treasured childhood in Tasmania to a new life in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Along the way the author travels from one end of the archipelago to the other, from the jungles of Kalimantan to the riots and political turmoil of Jakarta. When he meets and falls in love with Sopan, he must make another life changing decision.
About the Author
Born in Tasmania, Australia, in 1957, Mark Heyward has spent the last twenty years living, travelling and working in Indonesia. He currently lives in Lombok with his wife and two children, and divides his time between consulting in education, writing, and the Studio, a family guest house located on the Hill, an eco-friendly housing development in the hills above Senggigi.
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The author, a long-time Indonesian resident, recounts a challenging trip across Indonesia's Kalimantan provinces, with observations on local cultures, the decimation of forests for oil palm and impact on orang-utans. While travelling he muses on his extensive experiences elsewhere in Indonesia, including marriage to a Javanese, and travels on Bugis sailing boats. At a time when Indonesia is again in the news for all the wrong reasons, this book highlights how Australians' understanding of our neighbour is less than ideal. Mark Heyward is an educationalist not a 'professional author', but has done a great job with this yarn.
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st September 2013
Publisher: Transit Lounge Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.3