by Jay Griffiths - £10.99 Penguin Books Ltd (2008)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780141006444 | ISBN 10: 0141006447
"I took seven years over this work, spent all I had, my time, money and energy. Part of the journey was a green riot and part a deathly bleakness. I got ill, I got well.
I went to the freedom fighters of West Papua and sang my head off in their highlands. I met cannibals infinitely kinder and more trustworthy than the murderous missionaries who evangelize them. I anchored a boat to an iceberg where polar bears slept; ate witchetty grubs and visited sea gypsies. I found a paradox of wildness in the glinting softness of its charisma, for what is savage is in the deepest sense gentle and what is wild is kind.
In the end – a strangely sweet result – I came back to a wild home..."
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