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The Backpacker

The Backpacker

Author(s): John Harris

Location(s): Australia, India, South East Asia

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue

Era(s): Modern



Leaving the blinding sand for the cool shade of the trees, I walked carefully through the undergrowth to where Dave, using two twigs as chopsticks, was picking up a freshly severed human finger… John’s trip to India starts badly when he finds himself looking at the sharp end of a knife in a train station cubicle. His life is saved by the enigmatic Rick, who persuades John to abandon his mundane plans for the future for much, much more. Fast forward to the Thai island of Koh Pha-Ngan where they pose as millionaire aristocrats in a hedonistic Eden of beautiful girls, free drugs and wild beach parties. Soon pursued by Thai Mafia, they escape to Indonesia, Australia and Hong Kong, facing danger at every turn.

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The book has the feel of a novel, absolutely rivetting as he guides us through his adventures. There are insights, humour, near death experiences, this book just has it all and is a wonderful...

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