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'"I WILL WALK OFF YOUR SINS
Pilgrim seeks sinners for mutually beneficial arrangement.
Seven Deadlies a speciality."

'With those words Ailsa Piper sought sponsors for a 1300km solo walk across Spain. She worried people would think she'd joined a cult. She worried her knees would give out—and not from praying! She worried that 30kms a day for six weeks, with a swag of sins for company, would send her mad. But she went.

'She began at Easter, a time of sin and reflection—but not hot cross buns, as she discovered. She hiked olive groves, searched for lodgings in refuges and sports centres, and "did the crying" for those who'd sponsored her.

'As a child, Ailsa's plea was "Don't cry. Don't cry. Let me do the crying!" Her walk took that to new extremes! Like medieval believers who paid others to carry their sins to holy places, and so buy forgiveness, Ailsa's donors confessed to anger and envy, pride and lust, sloth and selfishness, among others. Along the way, their sins became hers. She was tempted and she battled. On one occasion, she was saved by a fellow pilgrim's snoring, proving sharing a room with forty belching, grunting blokes can be a blessing!

'Miracles also found her. Matrons stuffed homemade sausages into her pack. Angels in name and nature eased her path. And she fell in love: with kindness, strangers, and Spain.

'She came home changed—as were many of her sinners. Their stories made her believe in the power of confession—acknowledging we're all sinners. All saints.

'Sinning Across Spain celebrates the blessing of bathtubs, the benediction of bunions, and the simple act of setting down one foot after the other.' (From the publisher's website.)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Victory Books , 2012 .
      Extent: x, 292p.p.
      Description: map
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      • Publication date: April 2012.
      ISBN: 9780522861396 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Armchair Journey Bruce Elder , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 29 September 2012; (p. 5) The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 September 2012; (p. 5)

— Review of Sinning across Spain : A Walker's Journey from Granada to Galicia Ailsa Piper 2012 single work autobiography
Sun and Shadow Ailsa Piper , 2012 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Sunday Life , 14 October 2012; (p. 21)
Armchair Journey Bruce Elder , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 29 September 2012; (p. 5) The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 September 2012; (p. 5)

— Review of Sinning across Spain : A Walker's Journey from Granada to Galicia Ailsa Piper 2012 single work autobiography
Sun and Shadow Ailsa Piper , 2012 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Sunday Life , 14 October 2012; (p. 21)
Last amended 2 Oct 2012 14:59:39
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    Spain,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 2010s
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