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Road to Andamooka

Hardback edition published by Robert Hale, London, 1965 (also available in Travel Book Club edition)

The cover blurb:
With only 20 in his pocket, John Summers set out to see the world. This is the record of his journey, and of the many people he met on the way exotic, fascinating, some dangerous, some exciting. From the scarred underworld of Toronto to a rusty tramp steamer in the Indian Ocean and the dusty outback of Northern Australia, the reader is taken on a whirlwind tour of 30,000 miles.
The characters are as varied as the setting: Fighting George, Din Khan the Camel-Man, Big Mac and Geordie the Bosun are only a few of the unforgettable people you will meet between the covers of this book. Laughter, excitement, terror, crowd fast upon one another against the backdrop of a truly romantic and colourful world canvas.

Further reading:
Extract from Chapter 1: Leaving Britain
Extract from Chapter 11: Opal mining in Australia
Sunday Telegraph article about the book

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