As the Australis Star cruises for nineteen days from Sydney to Honolulu the lives of five of her passengers are changed forever…
Genevieve hates cruises. All that lounging around quaffing cocktails and too much food. But Peter, her husband, bought this one for her after the worst year of her life, and she couldn’t tell him she didn’t want to go. They are both still traumatised after an unimaginable family tragedy, and each of them has gone into hiding behind small talk and silence.
A cruise is also the last place Genevieve could imagine making a friend, but in Thomas, a morbidly obese man who inhabits a patch of shade on the deck, she meets someone she can talk to. Thomas himself has an odd past. He is a refugee from the ministry of an oppressive quasi-Christian cult, an experience that poisoned the only relationship he cared about.
In their gentle friendship a kind of healing takes place, until Peter drops a bombshell. By the end of the cruise, all their lives have changed.
A story about strange and unexpected friendships, about the facades that people wear, and about what happens when they break. Most of all it is a story about how love manages to seep through the cracks.
Red Dirt Odyssey
The campervan sits in the driveway, waiting for Alice-a jaded academic- and her husband Will to retire and hit the road…any day now.
But when Will suddenly dies, Alice is lost. Unhappy at work, and with her future plans thwarted, she rises daily, putting one foot in front of the other, existing not living.
Until one day she climbs into the campervan and decides to go it alone. Escaping from her city life, she heads across the Nullabor, taking work as a shearers’ cook and meeting a colorful cast of characters who will change the way she views the world.
Red Dirt Odyssey is a reminder that life can change in a moment, but when one door closes another opens. A story of contemporary Australian life explored, loss and loneliness, friendship and renewal, risk and adventure, set against the dramatic landscapes of outback and coastal Australia.
Published by Atlas Productions in 2016