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A revised, reissued fortieth anniversary edition of this prize-winning, bestselling account of one woman's solo journey 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 across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company.

Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.

About the Author

Robyn Davidson was born on a cattle property in Queensland. She went to Sydney in the late sixties, then returned to study in Brisbane before going to Alice Springs where the events of this book began. Since then she has travelled extensively, has lived in London, New York and India. In the early 1990's she migrated with and wrote about nomads in north west India. She is now based in Melbourne, but spends several months a year in the Indian Himalayas.

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Husband is enjoying book. I am next to read it.

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    Will pass it on to others to read when finished

     
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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.

       
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      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.

         
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        Epic

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          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+++

           
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          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: 256
              Published: 1st October 2012
              Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
              Country of Publication: GB
              Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.8
              Weight (kg): 0.2
              Edition Number: 1