"...a gripping parallel journey sailing across the Pacific and through
the emotional storms which cloud the writer's past"
--National Geographic Channel
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A Sea-going Hitchhiker's Journey Through Memory and Myth
by Neva Sullaway
336 pages, perfect bound
Chasing Dreamtime is the incredible true-life story of a young
traveler's journey through memory and myth. In 1975, after college and
a brief, disastrous marriage, Neva Sullaway attempts to escape her anguish
as well as the post-Vietnam confusion of her generation by sailing alone
around the world, but her plans are abruptly scuttled. A string of unlikely
events occurs and sends her boat-hopping across the vast South Pacific.
While sailing among the exquisitely beautiful Pacific atolls, Sullaway
is arrested for a visa violation, hunted by sharks, stricken with tropical
fever and held at knifepoint. Even after being entangled in a drug-smuggling
scheme and facing death several times, Sullaway continues her journey,
taking a brief respite from sailing the seas to pedal a "pushbike"
2,000 kilometers along Australia's northeastern coastline. There the odyssey
takes its sharpest turn as she ventures onto a fishing trawler in the
remotest outback regions.
While poised at the brink of her physical and emotional limits in the
stark Never-Never, Sullaway catches a glimpse of the elusive Aboriginal
concept of Dreamtime and her darkest demons unfold into wings of flight.
For Sullaway and the reader alike, reality can never be the same again.
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About the author:
As a sea-going hitchhiker, Neva Sullaway lived
the story of Chasing Dreamtime well before her twenty-fifth
birthday. After settling in Sydney, she soon became the Australian
Women's Sailboarding Champion, a title she successfully defended
for four consecutive years.
She built a career as a writer and photojournalist, covering sailboarding
events in Australia, Europe and the U.S., and wrote One with the Wind:
A Guide to Sailboarding in Australia. During this time she also created
a magazine for sailors, Freesail Australia, which became Australia's
top-selling sailboarding magazine.
Returning to the U.S., Sullaway studied filmmaking, receiving first place
for her short film, Woodcarver, at the San Francisco International
Film Festival. She wrote Sailing in San Diego: A Pictorial History
for the 1992/1995 America's Cup. She continues to write, edit and do photography
for maritime publications.
Sullaway lives with her husband and two children in San Diego, California.
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