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Tracks - Robyn Davidson

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The international bestseller of one woman's solo trek across 1,700 miles of Australian Outback.

'I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back.'

So begins Robyn Davidson's perilous journey through some of the harshest spaces of the world. 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.

Tracks is Robyn's award-winning account of her adventure. Her 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.

About the Author

Robyn Davidson was born in 1950 in a small Queensland country town. She spent fifteen years in Brisbane before moving to Sydney and from there to Alice Springs where the events of this book began. She has travelled extensively throughout the world. Desert Places, an account of her travels with Indian nomads, was published in 1996.

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Good reading.

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    Comments about Tracks:

    I first read this book more than 20 years ago, and enjoyed it, as I love camels and travel. This time, the very personal intelligence provided by the writer before leaving was a bit 'over the fence'. I cried when "Diggety Dog" was killed, then and now, as I have lost two mates to randomly spread dog poisons in my travels, and it always hurts. And is so very cruel.

     
    4.0

    Great Australian travel read

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      Loved this book. The descriptions of the landscape. The interactions with the indigenous people and her camels! I found it very inspiring and fresh.

       
      5.0

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        Comments about Tracks:

        What an epic book, the best non music biography book i have read, Robyn's description of her surroundings is purely phenomenal and i would dearly would like to read her other books. A+++

         
        5.0

        Tracks-griping,funny,spiritual.

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          As I read this book, I felt I was in the book, One, with the author.

           
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            Heard an Interview With Robyn Davidson - saw the movie - bought the book.
            As with most movies the book is far better than the actual movie (although it was very good)
            Robyn's relating of her personal thoughts and feelings during her amazing walk were definitely deep and meaningful on one's personal life and understanding of who you are and what you yourself would like to be.

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            A strong, salty fresh book by an original and individual young woman ... This will rank among the best of the books of exploration and travel and, like them, is a record of self-discovery and self-proving Doris Lessing An absorbing record of human endeavour and courage, a vivid picture of an extraordinary country by a perceptive and sensitive observer, and the story of an inner journey, of "shedding burdens" Sydney Morning Herald It gets to the heart of landscape and solitude and becomes a venture to the interior of more than one dimension as its author approaches the hinterland of her own thorny psyche Observer As eccentric, undisciplined, flashily brilliant and pig-headed as its author ... Ms Davidson is a born writer, her book deeply moving Daily Telegraph Vivid and vivacious ... Davidson is as natural a writer as she is an adventurer New Yorker

            ISBN: 9781408834862
            ISBN-10: 1408834863
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 272
            Published: 11th April 2013
            Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
            Country of Publication: GB
            Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.8
            Weight (kg): 0.2
            Edition Number: 1