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27 Days a Pilgrim available as an eBook

In October 2013, I trekked the historic 800-kilometre Spanish Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage, from St Jean Pied-de-Port in southern France, to Santiago in north-west Spain. Join me as I recount the exciting story of my epic journey.

The Way, as it is called in the movie staring Martin Sheen, is a thousand years old. St Francis of Assisi walked it. Popes have walked it. Movie stars have walked it. Prisoners have been made to walk it. I walked it, but not without some mishaps.

Meet the characters I met. Read about how, after straying off the official pilgrims' path in half-light, I sensed I was being followed by a man dressed in black, known to be the garb worn by the apostle Saint James, in whose honour the 800 km pilgrimage is dedicated. Six times I glanced back to see if the man was still following me. Three times he was there; three times he'd vanished. But there was a two-metre high cyclone fence either side, and no escape! Was it Saint James?

Then there was the night in the amazing church at Carrion de Los Condes where I was asked to sing a solo during Mass. You can get your copy as an eBook:



Sales of JACKAROO hit 8,500

According to Penguin, sales of JACKAROO have passed 8,530. One reader, Robyn, wrote: 'I passed over JACKAROO and read some other books, then finally I got to your book. Previously, I'd thought it probably was a superficial story, more suited to try-hard city folk than someone who'd grown up on a farm. Well, how far from the truth was that! From the moment I started reading the book, I was enthralled. Your gift for telling a story is amazing. Your honesty, humour and candid portrayal of each situation is wonderful. Congratulations.'

Reader Neil wrote, 'JACKAROO should be required reading for every Year 12 student'. (Think of the royalties!)

Email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to tell me what you think of it. (I can take it.)

I continue the search for a production company keen to turn the screenplay I have written into a movie or TV mini-series. My mentor on the film script, the late Malcolm Robertson, said the screenplay we polished is iconic, better, said Malcolm, than Red Dog, Priscilla and Man From Snowy River compbined.