I took seven years over this work, spent all I had, my time, money and energy.
Part of the journey was a green riot and part a deathly bleakness.
I got ill, I got well. I went to the freedom fighters of West Papua and sang my head off in their highlands.
I met cannibals infinitely kinder and more trustworthy than the murderous missionaries who evangelize them.
I anchored a boat to an iceberg where polar bears slept; ate witchetty grubs and visited sea gypsies.
I found a paradox of wildness in the glinting softness of its charisma, for what is savage is in the deepest sense gentle and what is wild is kind.
In the end - a strangely sweet result - I came back to a wild home...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/05/2008
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780141006444