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 naivety 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 Ð 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