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Title: The Road to Tralfamadore is Bathed in River Water
Author: Blaise van Hecke
Price: $25.00
Publication Date: 8 August 2018
Format: Hardback (216x140mm – top)
Format: Paperback (216x140mm – bottom)
Paperback: 978-1-925830-10-1
Hardback: 978-1-925830-04-0
Ebook: 978-1-925830-03-3
Category: Nonfiction
Availability: Busybird Publishing


Take a journey into the past.
Into a way of living you’ve never encountered before.

In the early 1970s, a single mother and her four children find themselves alone on the east coast of New South Wales. They join the ‘Back to the Earth Movement’ at the idyllic land known as ‘Tralfamadore’.

Lyn and her children choose a spot on a hill bound by a river and creek, building a home using river stones and found objects. They sustain themselves on homegrown produce and fresh air.

For Blaise and her siblings, as well as children from the other homes scattered in the bush amongst nine dwellings, life is unrestrained and full of adventure.

Eventually, many of the Tralfamadorians leave to become sannyassins as part of the Rajneesh Movement in India, wearing orange and changing their names, but not before they’ve brought a little Indian culture to the bush.

The Road to Tralfamadore is Bathed in River Water is a memoir that depicts a childhood full of both naïvety and wisdom during an era of radical social change.

‘A beautifully rendered portrait of a place and time, a family and a community. Nostalgic, tender – and yet clear-eyed.’
Inga Simpson, Understory: a life with trees

‘I love this book. It is at once magical and real, both earthed and enchanting. It captures the innocence and spontaneity of a child’s view of the world, tempered by the child’s wry, sharp, affectionate observations on the antics of the wayward, loving, flawed, yet wise adults that weave in and out of her life. It was a joy to read.’
Arnold Zable. Writer, novelist and storyteller.

‘A dreamy excursion into an amazing way of life that captivates and mesmerises, and will challenge everything
you know.’
Lazaros Zigomanis, Pride

The Road to Tralfamadore is Bathed in River Water (P&H inc.)

Title: Healthy Mind
Series: The HealthConscious Project
Price: $25.00
Publication Date: 23 October 2015
Format: Paperback (210x135mm, 182 pages)
ISBN: 978 1 925260 78 8
Category: Nonfiction
Availability: Selected bookstores, Busybird Publishing, and online.

Title: Healthy Body
Series: The HealthConscious Project
Price: $25.00
Publication Date: 22 July 2017
Format: Paperback (210x135mm, 208 pages)
ISBN: 978-1-925585-57-5
Category: Nonfiction
Availability: Selected bookstores, Busybird Publishing, and online.

Ten diverse professionals explore the concept of a healthy mind, and a healthy body, through the filter of their modality. The foreword for Healthy Mind is written by actor and comedian Tim Ferguson, who recently disclosed he has MS; and the foreword for Healthy Body written by paralympian gold-medallist Carol Cooke.

Simple, interesting, and compelling, Healthy Mind has something for everybody, and is sure to become an invaluable guide.

The Health Conscious Series (Includes P&H)

Title: Self Made
Subtitle: Real Australian Business Stories
Price: $15.00
Publication Date: 14 February 2014
Format: Paperback (111x181mm, 143 pages)
ISBN: 978 0 9924874 3 0
Category: Nonfiction

Self-Made: Real Australian Business Stories contains eight biopics from business owners who’ve been there and done that.

If you’re looking to get into business, or own a business and need hints and tips about how to streamline operations, kickstart productivity, or just find a way to do things better, you can’t go past Self-Made: Real Australian Business Stories.

Don’t delay! Join the ranks of those who are self-made!

Self-Made: Real Australian Business Stories

Title: The Book Book
Subtitle: 12 steps to successful publishing
Price: $19.95
Publication Date: 7 February 2014
Format: Paperback (181x111mm, 148 pages)
ISBN: 9780992432508
Category: Nonfiction

Everyone has a book in them. We all have a story we want to share with the world. But where do we start?

The Book Book will help break the process into small, manageable steps, providing invaluable tips, insider knowledge into the publishing industry, as well as the inspiration to get started and to keep writing to the end.

The Book Book: 12 steps to successful publishing

Title: Who is a Cheeky Monkey?
Price: $10.00
Publication Date: 3 March 2012
Format: Paperback (231x210mm, 29 pages)
ISBN: 978 0 987 1538 6 9
Category: Children’s fiction.

Cheeky Monkey thinks he’s not worthwhile. School’s too hard and he wants to give up. But with encouragement and perseverance knows he can make it!

Who is a Cheeky Monkey is a fun and educational adventure for kids, and teaches us lessons in life about believing in ourselves.

Also, you can buy Who is a Cheeky Monkey and the Cheeky Monkey puppet at our special discounted price!

Who is a Cheeky Monkey was written by award-winning writer Blaise van Hecke and illustrator Kev Howlett.

Who is a Cheeky Monkey?