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A Tale of Ignoring Life Advice While Backpacking Around South America


288 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: May 2018

ISBN 9781849539968

Rights: US & CA

Summersdale Publishers Ltd. (May 2018)

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Part memoir and part inspirational traveler's tale, a funny and frank account of a young woman exercising her independence

"Watch out for men with too much wooden jewellery, Amy. I know what you're like . . .  you'll let them sucker you in with their yoga chat but essentially, they're unwashed . . . and you don't want to put your face anywhere near an unwashed penis, let me tell you." —Carol, receptionistHaving announced her plans to quit her job and backpack around South America, humorist and gonzo journalist Amy Baker found herself on the receiving end of a whole bunch of over-the-top and seemingly unnecessary advice. Amy shrugged it all off of course—that is, until she ran into trouble. After falling into a crevasse, swimming in crocodile-infested waters, dodging cocaine con artists, and encountering handsome soothsayers, Amy soon starts to wonder if her mother, her boss, and Carol from reception really were onto something. Weighing up their advice against that of known "Clever People" like Tina Fey, Salvador Dalí, and Mother Teresa, Amy finally establishes once and for all who it might actually pay to listen to.


"The book is scattered with genuine laugh out loud moments . . . If you like books written by Tony Hawks, then this is right up your street." —Nudge Book Blog

"For laugh-out-loud relatable anecdotes, journalist Amy Baker's account of travelling around South America is an easy winner." —Suitcase Magazine

"Readers looking for a side-splitting travelog…will enjoy this light read." —Cheryl Yanek, Library Journal

Author Biography

Amy Baker is a travel writer and has written for The Huffington Post, STA Travel, Easyjet Traveller, and TNT Magazine.