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A novel in the exciting new “Cli-Fi” or climate fiction genre.

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THE DAY THE EARTH SHOOK

A story of climate crisis survival

 

This is a story of two men, both fighting climate change in their own way. Jack Halliday is a disillusioned journalist who drops out to his own private paradise, determined to lower his carbon footprint and live a self-sustainable life.

The other, his long lost son, is a student activist who organises radical demonstrations against fossil fuels, power generators, chemical companies and large supermarkets. He eventually is labelled a terrorist and finds himself on the run from government forces and the police. The two men are thrown together after a cataclysm, caused by global warming, which isolates a rural region in Australia from the rest of the country and a devastated world.

This novel falls into the new “Cli-Fi” or climate fiction  genre. There are no zombies, walking dead or super-natural forces from outer space in this story. Also, there are no gun- toting, righteous citizens stockpiling enough arms and ammunition, in order to eliminate all their neighbours when the time comes. The story examines the “what if” scenario that would face a region that was suddenly totally isolated, without fuel, medicines, imports or exports.

The story examines the strategies necessary for the survival of the region when faced with violence from criminal groups attempting to profit from the chaos, and from external anti-democratic forces.

Woven through this drama is a realistic examination of the actions and traditional skills necessary to make the region self-sufficient and sustainable, creating a form of a future Utopia.

How the region re-organises itself politically, socially and financially in the face of a sudden emergency provides the background to a human story on the lives and loves of the two main characters.

This book will appeal to everybody who is concerned about the future of the planet.

 

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HIT THE ROAD

 Backpacking begins

By Lee Pearce

Synopsis

In 1954, when backpacks were called rucksacks, Lee Pearce, a fourteen year old boy from  country Australia, hit the road, initially alone, and then with a few friends.

.         Fuelled  by the writings of the Australian adventurer Peter Pinney, and the American beatnik Jack Kerouac’s book “ On The Road”, they hitch hiked with a few possessions on their backs and became the new swaggies, the traditional Australian hobos, traveling in a general direction but with no particular destination, and no timetable, pre-dating the world-wide backpacking trend by a couple of decades.

Between his travels, he returned to Sydney where he frequented the beatnik bars of the fifties, and hung out with his artist friends and at the age of seventeen, became Australia’s youngest, freelance magazine photographer.

In 1959, with a bankroll of twenty-five pounds, he set out to see the world, and for the next four years he froze and starved on the streets of London, photographed riots, sold black market cigarettes in Italy, drank too much ouzo in   Greece, spent an eventful year on a kibbutz in Israel, and travelled through the Negev Desert as an armed guard.

In 1963, he and his young American wife traveled rough through Europe, Greece, Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan to India. This was to become the well-traveled Hippie backpack trail of the seventies, but in the sixties it was wild country, not frequented by Westerners. The hardships, adventures and dangers of this trip ended with a serene and enlightening sojourn in an Indian village, which was a Hindu holy place. The author’s habit of casting his fate to the winds,becomes a voyage of discovery as he learns the ways of the world.

This light hearted account of his colourful travels, is reminiscent of Bill Bryson’s book “ Neither Here Nor There”.

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