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Changing Gears : A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race - Greg Foyster

Changing Gears

A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race

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Looking for inspiration, he and his partner Sophie decide to cycle from Melbourne to Far North Queensland (via Tasmania, naturally) scouting out ways to live more simply. On the road, the couple realises how preposterously underprepared they are - Greg is a camping klutz, while Sophie proves to be the practical one. They are spurred on by the many inspiring and eccentric characters they meet - including a forest activist living up a tree, an 18th-century woodsman, and a monk who spends his life walking barefoot through Queensland. Featuring eye-opening encounters with DIY downshifters and leading figures in sustainability, Changing Gears is a high-spirited adventure that explores an important question for the future: can we be happier with less?

About the Author

Greg Foyster is a prolific journalist and fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. He presents regularly on environmental issues and at writers festivals around Australia. The Age recently featured him in their 'Top 100' inspiring and influential Melburnians.

Industry Reviews

'From advertising to dumpster diving. A fascinating account of one couple's journey to live by their principles.' - Craig Reucassel, The Chaser and The Checkout

'An utter treat.' - The Courier Mail

'Funny, poignant and life-changing.' - The Sunday Age

'A compelling ride to the future we are all creating.' - Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia

Will read more than once!


Entertaining from the first page to the last. After reading about washing the car in the rain I said "There's no way I would do that" - guess what, rain last week and there I was washing my car! This book really gets you - an absolute top read, even if you think you won't change the way you live. Give it a go - something might just rub off - like washing your car in the rain!

Adelaide, South Australia


Well worth the read


After reading this book at my sister's over the Christmas break it made me realise in an entertaining way that one can be as "green" as one can possibly can be. I have always though if you can't be 100% why bother. Now I try a to do something "green" everyday. In fact I bought mey own copy and now lending it to friends to read

Albury, NSW Australia


Fantastic book!


I picked this book up at a friend's house and after reading it ordered two copies for myself to share with friends. It is an entertaining read and also very informative and thought provoking. Would highly recommend it.


Be scared of not living!


I really enjoyed this book. Greg kept me entertained with his honesty and a good dose of the ol' self deprecating humour. Let's face it, we've all got the raised eyebrow from the Sophie's in our lives at one stage or another. I particularly enjoyed sitting down for a brew with some of our Australian anti-consumption renegades. It was great to hear about these guys that are not just questioning the way things are, they are being the change they want to see.

Brisbane, AU



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ISBN: 9781922213136
ISBN-10: 1922213136
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st September 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 13.9  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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