Not every Vagabond is a Castaway…
Maya Galen’s oldest son, Jamie, left home eight years ago after a massive row with his parents and now Joe, her youngest child and apple of her eye, has cut off all contact with them too.
Called to Australia to identify the body of a young man, Maya is given her son’s journal. After a sleepless night she decides that the only thing she can do is follow in Joe’s footsteps and try to discover her most basic human self. Eschewing a monetary lifestyle, from now on she must rely on her physical and emotional strength to survive.
Following Joe’s hand-drawn maps and journal entries, she travels from Australia to Denmark and beyond, meeting many other travellers along the way and learning valuable lessons.
Eventually a crisis forces her to return home and confront the end of her marriage, but also a new understanding of what family, in the widest sense, really means.
Thank you, Tracey Scott-Townsend and Love Books Group Tours.
About the author
Hello! I’m Tracey Scott-Townsend, author, poet and artist. My novels are Sea Babies (Wild Pressed Books 2019) Another Rebecca (Wild Pressed Books 2018) The Eliza Doll (Wild Pressed Books 2016) Of His Bones (Inspired Quill Publishing 2017) and The Last Time We Saw Marion (Inspired Quill 2014). My first poetry book So Fast was published by Wild Pressed Books in January 2018.
I spend some days in my shed-in-the-house writing, others in the Wild Pressed Books office, editing the work of our eight authors, yet more days no-dig-gardening on my allotment, and many more on the road in the bus-with-a-wood-stove with Phil and our dogs, Luna and Pixie.
I’m mother to four grown children, three boys and a girl. Three of my children now live in London: one works in the City, one works in sound and lighting, and my daughter is undertaking a BA in Drawing at Camberwell School of Arts. My youngest son lives in Stuttgart with his German wife, both of them working hard to save towards our future plans of the two of them — together with my husband, Phil and I — moving into the off-grid property with land that we’ve recently bought in Portugal. My son and his wife intend to plant a permaculture forest. I expect to be looking after the kitchen garden, currently practising for this on my allotment in Hull. I expect that idyllic Portuguese location to be where Phil and I will grow old together… (one day!)
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