Books

Want to read more of my writing? You've come to the right place.

Adventures on Earth (2014) is a multi-touch ebook (as opposed to a text-only ebook), a collection of my best-ever travel stories about low-impact adventures in dream destinations around the world, illustrated by more than 300 images and a few video clips for good measure.

There's trekking in Mongolia, Madagascar and Nepal's forgotten kingdom of Mustang; sea kayaking in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and the Arctic; expedition cruises to Kamchatka, Antarctica and the Galapagos; even trips by train and road through Tibet and Bhutan and close-to-home adventures in NZ and Australia.

Here's an excerpt: 20 must-do Adventures on Earth - new ebook goes live.

The interactive format, designed to be viewed on an iPad, lets you scroll through image galleries, follow hyperlinks and watch video clips, including this 30-second preview which is also on YouTube.

Adventures on Earth is available on iTunes and the iBooks Store.

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Surf's Up: The Girl's Guide to Surfing (2008) was the world's very first surfing guide for girls when it was first published in 2003.

This is the second Australian edition, fully updated in 2008 and re-published as an ebook in 2014. It covers everything any budding surfer, female or male, needs to know about learning to surf, from getting over your fear of sharks to choosing your first surfboard, finding the right waves, paddling out and standing up.

There's advice about surfing etiquette and an inspirational history of women in surfing (women have always been surfing, for the record). This edition also includes new sections on yoga for surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, surfing and motherhood and how to be sustainable surfer.

Surf's Up is available on amazon.com.au as an ebook for Kindle; the print version is available on Createspace and amazon.co.uk and other Amazon sites in Europe. There's also a (2005) US print edition, on amazon.com.

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Japan: A working holiday guide (2001) was my first book, written after I lived and worked in Japan for two years.

I updated everything for a second edition in 2001 and while the practical advice and contacts are a little out of date now, there's still plenty of useful cultural and hands-on information about what it's really like to live in one of the world's most misunderstood countries.

I can recommend a working holiday there to the under 30s; the time I spent in Miyazaki, on the island of Kyushu, was one of the happiest in my life.

Japan: A working holiday guide is available on Amazon and other online booksellers via Booko.

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