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Down and out in Paradise: East - West - Sex - Death

Down and out in Paradise: East - West - Sex - Death (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Williams, Luke

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Journalist Luke Williams travels to Asia to escape hard drugs, high rents and cold nights - he finds adventure, temples, and for the first time - people actually weirder than him: Westerners in Asia. Or are they? Extreme Asia is about Westerners who go to Asia for the things they... read full description below.

ISBN 9781760685843
Barcode 9781760685843
Published 3 September 2019 by Allen & Unwin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781760685843
ISBN-10 1760685844
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Imprint Echo Publishing
Publication Date 3 September 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Williams, Luke
Category Travel Writing
Australian
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 350g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 915.90454
Catalogue Code 1000996

Description of this Book

Journalist Luke Williams travels to Asia to escape hard drugs, high rents and cold nights - he finds adventure, temples, and for the first time - people actually weirder than him: Westerners in Asia. Or are they? Extreme Asia is about Westerners who go to Asia for the things they can't find at home - riches, wives, ladyboys, cheap living and even cheaper drugs, cults, spices, mountains, tropical beaches, 'self-esteem' necklaces, and ascended masters. Luke fully immerses himself in these environments, going far beyond reportage, while aspects of his own history - his dreams, disappointments, urges, and his inherited struggle with mental illness - begin to catch up with him. In this searingly honest book, Luke invites you into his headspace as he travels all over Asia. He spends a month working as a prostitute in Pattaya, eats snake heart in Vietnam, and consults an American medium in Ubud, while tracing the history of Westerners - from the Greeks to Marco Polo and the colonialists - and their extreme experiences in the east. Ultimately, Luke is confronted by what is, and what was, and his own footprint upon it all.

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Author's Bio

Luke Williams is a journalist and two-time Walkley nominee. His first book The Ice Age: A Journey into Crystal-Meth Addiction was nominated for both a Walkley and the Nib Waverley Literary Prize. His work has been published in Vice, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The I-Paper (UK), The Sun (UK), The Daily Star (UK), Good Weekend, Good Reading, The Saturday Paper, The Daily Mail, The Adelaide Advertiser, Crikey, Triple J magazine, The Weekend Australian, Mamamia and Eureka Street. In 2013 he was nominated for a Human Rights Media Award for a long-form investigative piece in The Global Mail. A series of popular travel articles he wrote for news.com.au last year has been subsequently re-published in France, India, Brazil, Romania, Vietnam, Nigeria, Ghana and the UK.

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