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Woman in the Wilderness : A Story of Survival, Love and Self-Discovery in New Zealand - Miriam Lancewood

Woman in the Wilderness

A Story of Survival, Love and Self-Discovery in New Zealand

Paperback Published: 28th March 2018
ISBN: 9781760633523
Number Of Pages: 336

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An inspirational story of adventure and bravery, from a young woman living a primitive, nomadic life in the wilds of the South Island of New Zealand.

This book tells how one woman learned to dig deep and push the boundaries in order to discover what really matters in life.

Miriam is a young Dutch woman living in the heart of the mountains with her New Zealand husband. She lives simply in a tent or hut, and survives by hunting wild animals and foraging edible plants, relying on only minimal supplies. For more than six years she has lived this way, through all seasons, often cold, hungry and isolated in the bush. She loves her life and feels free, connected to the land, and happy.

There's a lot of drama out there in the wild, and Miriam knows how to spin a good yarn. This is a gripping and engaging read reminiscent of both adventure writing like Wild and nature writing like H is for Hawk, and is perfect for anyone exploring the idea of living a more authentic, real life.

About the Author

Miriam Lancewood was born in 1983 and grew up in the Netherlands. She was a competitive pole-vaulter and studied Physical Education before travelling in Africa and India. There she met her New Zealand husband, and together they travelled for many years through Asia and Papua New Guinea before arriving in New Zealand. They have been living in the most primitive manner, in the remotest parts of the country: the wilderness of the Southern Alps.

an enjoyable read, a extrodinary life


I enjoyed this book. Sometimes she skipped through the telling of her story too quickly I wished at times for more detail and fleshing out of events. There are also jumps in the narrative. However it is a story worth reading from such an unusual life.

blue mountains



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ISBN: 9781760633523
ISBN-10: 1760633526
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 28th March 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: NZ
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8