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A delightfully funny and inspiring novel about a very modern pilgrimage, and one woman's chance to rediscover what she's lost.

A delightfully funny and inspiring novel about a very modern pilgrimage, and one woman's chance to rediscover what she's lost.

'I watch the highway go by and ponder my situation. I am on the run from my husband’s divorce lawyer, my mojo is still missing in action and my demon ex-lover is lurking . . . But, all things considered, my pilgrimage is going well . . .'

Arkie used to be a trendspotter, running a successful business advising companies on ‘the next big thing’. Until she lost her marriage and her mojo along with it.

Her eccentric new friend Haruko suggests a pilgrimage in Japan. But funds are tight, so instead Arkie’s going on a very Australian trip, to all the ‘Big Things’.

With Haruko as her guide, magic is everywhere. A Buddha appears next to the Big Redback, the Big Macadamia rises from the jungle like a lost temple and inside the Big Shell she can hear a tinkling voice, reminding her of the child she never had.

As her improbable adventure unfolds, realisation dawns: could it be that, despite her celebrated foresight, Arkie’s been missing what was right before her eyes?

Reviews

Lisa Walker's charming storytelling takes the reader on a Dorothy-like journey through Oz, full of quirky characters, gentle mysteries, a little surrealism and some quiet philosophical pondering.

Sunshine Coast Daily

A funny, charming and thoughtful kind of chick-lit, full of witty one-liners.

Sydney Morning Herald

A real page-turner . . . it's a pleasure to read, and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.

Northern Rivers Echo

A quirky tale of love and loss, and the "big things" in life.

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780857984401

    February 2, 2015

    Bantam Australia

    368 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780857984418

    February 2, 2015

    Random House Australia

    368 pages

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