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It starts about five minutes into the introduction of my book, Ticket for One, by author Liliane Grace. She talks about what makes the book ‘work’ from a readers perspective and why it ticks all the ‘best writing/entertaining’ boxes. We then dive into a Q & A about why I wrote the book, how I handled the tricky themes of vulnerability and bravery, as well as the struggle about keeping the ‘voice’ of the young woman I was when I took the journey. There are a couple of readings from the book, which while not giving anything away, give a flavour of what there is to enjoy about the book. And then we launch it! The whole thing takes about 45 minutes so sit down with a glass of wine and a Greek salad, some Turkish mezze or Italian antipasto and enjoy the show!
Ticket for One has now reached no. 16 on the Amazon global best sellers list for Italian travel but is not only about Italy. Here’s what Amazon reviewers are saying:
“A great read of an adventurous young women as she finds her place in the world”. UK reviewer
“Bronté Jackson is a gifted storyteller with a talent for evoking the colours and sensations of the places she visits”. Italian reviewer
“A beautifully descriptive and emotional account of backpacking adventures in far away places while reconsidering the direction of one’s life”. Australian reviewer
I say the book is about three things:
- How you can be on the brink of things, with everything falling apart around you, and come back from that to a whole new version of yourself.
- Travel. The wonder, the hardship, the joy of travel; travel as a journey to learn about yourself and others, getting the widest possible input into your world view, understanding ‘the other’, realizing that we are all much more like each other than we are not; friendship, those made on and off the road, and sustained.
- The beauty of the Mediterranean. The power of that beauty to heal and restore, to reach right down into your soul and find you, the power of history, of past civilisations and their human experiences that teach and help us in our struggles today.
And apparently you will laugh a lot, and need to eat Greek, Turkish and/or Italian food!
To launch the book I asked Helen Palmer, facilitation artist, team shaper and founder of Self unlimited, Melbourne, and Liliane Grace speaker, author of many books, and writing coach/teacher. Liliane and I attended high school together and shared a passion for writing even back then. We reconnected at a school reunion about twenty years later, and have been firm friends ever since, as well as co-encouragers and advisors in our writing and creative ventures. Liliane also launched my first book ‘Roman Daze – La dolce vita for all seasons.’ Helen and I have worked together, served on a global board together, co-created as professionals and spend time regularly in a peer support/review group for experienced Organizational Development and change practitioners.
Thirty eight people zoomed in from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, NSW Central coast, north coast of Victoria, and Rome to attend the Australian based launch. You will not be able to see all the participants as the recording done on zoom only catches the first screen of people. You will also not be able to see the slideshow so I have inserted it below. You will have to play the soundtrack yourselves of the songs that went with it and captured the moment and moods of summer 1993………..
(Madonna, Like a Prayer; REM, Loosing my religion; Pet shop boys, Its a sin, Go West; Black, It’s a wonderful life; D:Ream, Things can only get better; U2, In the name of love)
The northern hemisphere book launch will be posted soon, along with a podcast of this one. Thanks a million to all who attended both launches and have supported me in this book. Please keep spreading the word in your networks and leaving me reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. Word of mouth and reviews are the best way to publicise a book. Both books are available in e-book from Amazon, and in paperback from Amazon and Beaumaris Books, Melbourne.