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The Journey

By Ross Daniels - ISBN: 9781922594600

RRP: $32.95

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Raised in Rockhampton in a bygone era of innocence and, in retrospect, stunning ignorance, Ross experienced a childhood cocooned in Catholicity making the path to seminary and possible priesthood obvious, even inexorable. Ross entered with faith and left with none. Studies in social work, economics and sociology followed, with twelve years work in child protection and two years cross cultural community work in remote villages of Papua New Guinea. Thirty years of University lecturing in social work, human rights and political economy paralleled a deep commitment to human rights and social justice, senior voluntary positions with Amnesty International and frequent visits to places of despair. A constant was, and remains his love of travel, across the smells, sounds, sights and cultures of some seventy countries. An equal constant is his wonderment at the oddness of his human species, its presumptions of superiority, its obsession with eternal living, its constructions of myth and magic, its substitution of nonsense for reason. Ross has recently discovered his own Aboriginal heritage and is now a confirmed, active, inquisitive member of the Iman Nation in search of his personal and cultural history. Ross has preserved sanity by defying existing cosmological models, having Sharon as his world centre, circled by four children, their partners, and the delight of four starlight type grandchildren living just moment to moment. 

The Journey

By Ross Daniels - ISBN: 9781922594600

RRP: $32.95

The Journey encounters strength, resilience, joy, hope and humour in the very ordinariness of life in villages and towns.

Drawing on a multiplicity of travel experiences across culturally diverse and historically rich landscapes, The Journey offers a critical, quirky, humorous reflection on the strangeness of the human species, the universal weirdness of ideas, the oddness of traditions and the plight of those who remain captured by beliefs well past their use by dates.

It tells of places visited and people seen, needing no special observation post, the traveller content just to watch the realities of passing lives from the windows of trains, buses, taxis, rickshaws, and the endless opportunities given at bus stands, cafes, hotels, laneways, walks, beaches and the host of circumstances that comprise the core of travel; the ordinary, the mundane preferred to the advertised spectacular.

It encounters devastating human tragedy caused by happenstance and unending grief born from the callousness of the unaccountably powerful. 

Eccentricities are revealed without apology, without embarrassment.

From the opening meeting with an old friend, to the perplexing observations of the privileged and those scraping a living, through the tragedy of loss, delusion of false hope, the searching for the missing and the deliberately hidden, The Journey wanders with humour and disgust, finishing with the fate of the mouse.

“The delight in this book is the premise it may well be true… What a wonderful piece of writing by a new and exciting author in Australia’s growing range of talents…”  Terry, Indie Book reviewer

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About 'The Journey'

About Ross Daniels, the author

Describing 'The Journey'

About the characters in 'The Journey'

Ross Daniels: My motivation for writing 'The Journey'

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