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''I'd sleep on couches, beds, floors, kennels ... If someone was kind enough to put a roof over my head, I was game enough to go meet them. And I'd just pray they were who they said they were.'

There's nothing like a blog post to inspire angry rants from anonymous readers: it's the talkback radio of the digital age. So why is Australia's leading travel blogger Ben Groundwater setting out to put faces to his readers' made-up names?

Armed with a backpack, a laptop and a cover story in case of emergency, Ben has a plan: to travel the world, relying purely on the kindness of his sometimes frightening, but always interesting, readers. After posting a cry for help on his blog, he has a globe-circling itinerary of apparently friendly strangers who have offered him their homes - not to mention their radio shows, hallucinogenic drugs, beachside eco-resorts and daughters' weddings.

This is Ben's chance to dig deep into the realms of his digital universe: Who's out there reading his blog? Where do they live? What are their lives like? And how do you carry a goat home in Ethiopia? Over 14 weeks, 14 countries and about a thousand beers, he answers these questions and many more. Five Ways to Carry a Goat is the hilarious tale of putting virtual friendships to the test of reality.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Mum, Dad, Tim... and the Lawyer.
  • Photographs from Ben Groundwater's trip are available on the author's website: www.bengroundwater.com

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Works about this Work

Sofa Surfer Andrew Wrathall (interviewer), 2010 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , May/June vol. 89 no. 8 2010; (p. 46)
Untitled Andrew Wrathall , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , May/June vol. 89 no. 8 2010; (p. 40)

— Review of 5 Ways to Carry a Goat : A Blogger's World Tour Ben Groundwater , 2010 single work prose
Armchair Journey Bruce Elder , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 June 2010; (p. 5) The Age , 19 June 2010; (p. 5)

— Review of 5 Ways to Carry a Goat : A Blogger's World Tour Ben Groundwater , 2010 single work prose
Untitled Simon White , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 29 May 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of 5 Ways to Carry a Goat : A Blogger's World Tour Ben Groundwater , 2010 single work prose
Non-Fiction Bill Perrett , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 8 May 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of 5 Ways to Carry a Goat : A Blogger's World Tour Ben Groundwater , 2010 single work prose ; Something Rich and Strange : Sea Changes, Beaches and the Littoral in the Antipodes 2009 anthology criticism poetry
Non-Fiction Bill Perrett , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 8 May 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of 5 Ways to Carry a Goat : A Blogger's World Tour Ben Groundwater , 2010 single work prose ; Something Rich and Strange : Sea Changes, Beaches and the Littoral in the Antipodes 2009 anthology criticism poetry
Untitled Simon White , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 29 May 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of 5 Ways to Carry a Goat : A Blogger's World Tour Ben Groundwater , 2010 single work prose
Armchair Journey Bruce Elder , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 June 2010; (p. 5) The Age , 19 June 2010; (p. 5)

— Review of 5 Ways to Carry a Goat : A Blogger's World Tour Ben Groundwater , 2010 single work prose
Untitled Andrew Wrathall , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , May/June vol. 89 no. 8 2010; (p. 40)

— Review of 5 Ways to Carry a Goat : A Blogger's World Tour Ben Groundwater , 2010 single work prose
Sofa Surfer Andrew Wrathall (interviewer), 2010 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , May/June vol. 89 no. 8 2010; (p. 46)
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