Red Earth Diaries
A Migrant Couple's Backpacking Adventure in Australia
by Jason Rebello
Pub Date 08 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 21 Jun 2022
Evolving Wordsmith, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
A one-way ticket to Australia...two months of travel...and a shoestring budget.
In Red Earth Diaries we meet Jason and Ambika, a newlywed couple who migrated to Australia with the hope of a fresh start. However, unlike most migrants, they made a bold decision to postpone their settlement plans, throw caution to the wind and backpack in Australia on a shoestring budget.
Their intention was to learn about the country and its people first-hand ... a land they would someday call home.
Swimming with sharks, cuddling cute koalas, chartering private helicopters, venturing deep into ancient rainforests, and getting to know plenty of locals - the couple had incredible experiences in this stunning country.
Their travel story is interwoven with snippets of history and provides the reader with a glimpse of Australia as viewed through the eyes of newly arrived migrants.
Join Jason and Ambika on their spectacular journey of discovery.
Red Earth Diaries is founded on four primary pillars: a migrant's journal, a travelogue, a delve into Australian history, and an inspirational tale.
The central message of the book is for everyone to chase their dreams - however distant and impossible they may seem. Moving to Australia has been one seemingly impossible goal the author had set decades ago, and he likewise urges the reader to shed all reservations and to dream the wildest dreams possible.
The Preface of Red Earth Diaries is called Dreamtime, and in it, the author describes the evolution of his journey to this strange and peculiar wonderland. As a travelogue, the book harkens to all travellers as well as migrants who are already in Australia or who are thinking of making the move to this beautiful country.
The book also contains stories of local Australians the couple met along the way. In it you will meet, amongst others - Helen, a 10-Pound-pom; Rowland Mosbergen, a sprightly man in his eighties who survived the horrors of WWII in a remote jungle in Bahau; Rafael and Nadia and their three kids based in Research, Victoria; Ranjit, a practising surgeon and his wife who are based in Kew, Melbourne. The travelogue aims to deliver an essential message to all migrants in Australia - to not take this country for granted and to try to understand and embrace its culture first.
Some key personalities mentioned:
Paul Hogan, Ned Kelly, Steve Irwin, Captain Cook, Burley Griffin, Gregory Blaxland, Jorn Utzon, Eddie Mabo
Some key historical events described:
The Endeavour striking the reef, finding a passage through the Blue Mountains, the discovery of gold, the naming of Sunshine Coast, the birth of Canberra as the nation's capital, the iconic rail journeys in Australia, WWI and WWII, Early colonization, Blackbirding, construction of Opera House.
Five percent of all profits from the sale of this book in the first year of publication will be donated to the Red Cross towards the 2019-20 bushfire crisis management (www.redcross.org.au) and a further five percent will be also be given to aged care in India through Help Age India (www.helpageindia.org).
A Note From the Publisher
The book was listed under its paperback ISBN at the time of launch and has received an average rating of four stars. To read the NetGalley reviews visit - https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/244644.
Rod Morrison - Editor
ISBN 978-0-9945674-7-5 (Print - Indian subcontinent)
ISBN 978-0-9945674-6-8 (Digital - eBook)
ASIN (AMAZON): B0948GVRBM
“Jason’s power of language weaves a fascinating tale of his and Ambika’s adventures, travels, inserting interesting details about various aspects of the continent’s history, its people, its geography and so much more. None of the book is dry reading as the author’s ability to enrich each revelation has the reader yearning for more. A wonderful and informative read.”
- Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford (Reader's Favorite)
“Red Earth Diaries is an inspiring, surprisingly informative, and wonderfully colourful read, a book that I would pick up again and again, just to read select passages.”
- Reviewed By Eduardo Aduna (Reader's Favorite)
“I’m loving reading about Australia from the perspective of a delightful and adventurous couple on a quest to travel and understand their new home - a vast, strange land. I’m thrilled Jason and Ambika answered the call of the wild and are now Aussies.”
- Sarah MacDonald, Author of Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure
“Red Earth Diaries reveals that life can indeed be an adventure and taking a break from our normal routines to explore something new is a healthy practice for the soul. Jason smoothly switches between relating his experiences and interesting facts about the places he visited. The lifelike descriptions provided give as close an experience as one can get from a book. Red Earth Diaries is a must-read for anyone that wishes to experience a daring and inspiring journey.”
- Reviewed by Foluso Falaye (Reader's Favorite)
“Author Jason Rebello brings together many different genres and influences of non-fiction to provide an educational and entertaining work. In terms of a memoir, this is a truly inspiring tale of migrants coming from India with dreams of a totally different life, and this element is narrated tenderly and with great attention to detail in the prose. Overall, I would definitely recommend Red Earth Diaries to fans of travel writing and inspirational memoirs everywhere.”
- Reviewed by K.C. Finn (Reader's Favorite)
“The author's travel adventures and his discovery of the inner self, as well as the outer world, make this different from the usual travel book. Apart from discovering Australia, the author's travel adventures and stories teach readers a lot about living life to the fullest. This is one of the best travel books I have read in recent times because it is not only about discovering a place but also about discovering the self and improving for the better.”
- Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan (Reader's Favorite)
The book has received some good print/radio and social media coverage in the week of its launch - 08 Jul 21. Whilst most of the coverage was in Australia, there was a two-page article published by a leading Indian Travel Magazine and the book was also featured by BookBub in its 'Featured New Release for Less' in the 13th July 2021 Newsletter aimed at the US readers. For a short promo video visit the Homepage of the author's website (Link below).