By Tony Horwitz
"A high-spirited, comedian ramble into the savage Outback populated by means of irreverent, beer-guzzling frontiersmen." --Chicago Tribune
"A interesting perception into what we're all approximately at the highways and byways alongside the outback track." --The Telegraph (Sydney)
Swept off to dwell in Sydney through his Australian bride, American author Tony Horwitz longs to discover the unique reaches of his followed land. So sooner or later, armed simply with a backpack and fantasies of the open highway, he hitchhikes off into the striking vacancy of Australia's outback.
What follows is a hilarious, hair-raising trip into the new purple middle of a continent so desolate that civilization dwindles to a gasoline pump and a pub. whereas the outback's terrain is inhospitable, its scattered population are something yet. Horwitz entrusts himself to Aborigines, opal diggers, jackeroos, card sharks, and sunstruck wanderers who degree distance within the variety of beers fed on en path. alongside the way in which, Horwitz discovers that the outback is as treacherous because it is colourful. Bug-bitten, sunblasted, dust-choked, and bloodied by way of a near-fatal coincidence, Horwitz endures seven thousand miles of the world's so much forbidding actual property, and a few very extraordinary own encounters, as he winds his option to Queensland, Alice Springs, Perth, Darwin--and 100 bush pubs in between.
Horwitz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of 2 nationwide bestsellers, Confederates within the Attic and Baghdad with out a Map, is the suitable travel consultant for somebody who has ever dreamed of a real Australian adventure.
"Lively, fast paced and fun . . . a continually fascinating and interesting account." --Kirkus Reviews
"Ironical, perceptive and refined . . . can have readers getting out their maps and itching to stick with Horwitz's tracks. . . . the interior trip is his most interesting success; he permits the reader into his center, to move vacationing with him there, sharing his adventures of the spirit." --Sunday Times (London)