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The Well at the World's End (1st Edition) by A.J. Mackinnon (2010)

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When A.J. Mackinnon quits his job in Australia, he knows only that he longs to travel to the Well at the World's End, a mysterious pool on a remote Scottish island whose waters, legend has it, hold the secret to eternal youth.

Determined not to fly ('It would feel like cheating'), he sets out with a rucksack, some fireworks and a map of the world and trusts chance to take care of the rest. By land and by sea, by train, truck, horse and yacht, he makes his way across the globe - and through a series of hilarious adventures. He survives a bus crash in Australia, marries a princess in Laos, is attacked by Komodo dragons and does time in a Chinese jail. The next lift - or the next near-miss - is always just a happy accident away.

This is the astonishing true story of a remarkable voyage, an old-fashioned quest by a modern-day adventurer.

A.J. Mackinnon is the author of The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow. He was born in Australia in 1963 and he spent his childhood between England and Australia, traveling as a small boy with his family on the last P&O liners to sail between the two countries. His interests include painting, philosophy, writing, conjuring and home-made fireworks. He is currently a teacher at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar.

'A great travel writer and more importantly a great traveller' - The Sydney Morning Herald

'Not just an adventurer, but an artist, philosopher and keen observer of the world around him' - The Canberra Times

Product Overview
Product NoCMS0023427
Weight (g)387 g
AuthorA.J. Mackinnon
PublisherBlack Inc. Books
Edition1st Edition
Edition DateJul-10
Pages368
Size234 x 153 x 25mm
FormatPaperback
ISBN9781863954761
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When A.J. Mackinnon quits his job in Australia, he knows only that he longs to travel to the Well at the World's End, a mysterious pool on a remote Scottish island whose waters, legend has it, hold the secret to eternal youth.

Determined not to fly ('It would feel like cheating'), he sets out with a rucksack, some fireworks and a map of the world and trusts chance to take care of the rest. By land and by sea, by train, truck, horse and yacht, he makes his way across the globe - and through a series of hilarious adventures. He survives a bus crash in Australia, marries a princess in Laos, is attacked by Komodo dragons and does time in a Chinese jail. The next lift - or the next near-miss - is always just a happy accident away.

This is the astonishing true story of a remarkable voyage, an old-fashioned quest by a modern-day adventurer.

A.J. Mackinnon is the author of The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow. He was born in Australia in 1963 and he spent his childhood between England and Australia, traveling as a small boy with his family on the last P&O liners to sail between the two countries. His interests include painting, philosophy, writing, conjuring and home-made fireworks. He is currently a teacher at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar.

'A great travel writer and more importantly a great traveller' - The Sydney Morning Herald

'Not just an adventurer, but an artist, philosopher and keen observer of the world around him' - The Canberra Times

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