We made the trek up to Glenbrook last night for Vicky McAuley's launch of her much-awaited book, Solo, the story of Andrew McAuley's inspiring, but ultimately tragic attempt to paddle alone from Australia to NZ.
It was a terrific evening, with young Finlay McAuley introducing proceedings, and reminding us prior to showing a video that his Dad 'was the one with the messy hair'. Vicki has much to be proud of in her little boy.
There was a glowing endorsement from Simon Baulderstone of the Australian Himalayan Foundation, who described the honest & passionate book as the best in it's genre he has ever read. Some praise considering the breadth of exploration writing and Simon's library of climbing & adventure books.
Vicky McAuley has clearly been through a terrible time in her life, and clearly she has emerged a stronger & better person. This book is a warts & all examination of the amazing journey Andrew undertook, the planning & preparation, and the tragedy that unfolded in the heat of public glare, which wasn't always sympathetic. Whether you're a paddler or not, this one is a must read.
We have the book & the harrowing documentary 'Solo' for sale through our online store. All proceeds of book & DVD sales through EK will go directly to Vicki & Finlay (international orders are welcome).