A Way to Go
Published Jan 2017
203 x 133mm (138 pages)
Initially entranced by my newfound status as a Sydneysider, as predicted, it didn’t take long for the gloss to wear off. Sure, I wasn’t far from a street lined with trendy eating establishments and several of the world’s leading landmarks, but I’d bought a 100-year-old deceased estate. I was now paying for the privilege of living in a termite, flea, cockroach and mouse-infested dump with salt damp, no hot running water, heating or adequate ventilation, hardly any natural light, and an outside loo.
Culturally dumped in the deep end, she struggles valiantly to survive – first, the turbulent trials of high school, then the somewhat bizarre challenges of living away from home in order to qualify for her rightful place at university. Following a life-threatening accident, her struggles continue as she takes on her new role as single parent on a mission to show her daughter the world.
From ridiculous road trips to roughing it in the Australian bush, DIY house-building, flash floods, ferocious fires, running away from the USA, and elastic band-snapping budget trips around the world, A Way to Go is a heartwarming account of the powerful relationship between a mother and daughter and their adventures together.