AustLit logo
image of person or book cover 1969202158587479026.jpg
This image has been sourced from online.
Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 My Voyage Around Spray : With Apologies to Captain Joshua Slocum
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'My Voyage around Spray (with apologies to Captain Joshua Slocum) is not only about the author's love of boats and sailing, it is a social commentary about the return of a native son and his re-discovery of Australia after an absence of nearly 40 years. Val Wake describes himself as an itinerant journalist. He worked in Sydney, London, Toronto and Ottawa but spent a lot of time on the frontier learning about making life tolerable in difficult circumstances. He learnt how to survive when the odds were against him.After settling in Port Macquarie, Val Wake found that he was part of a mass movement popularly known as the sea change movement. He was quoted as saying:When we first came to Port Macquarie there was one set of traffic lights. Today there are more than 10 and counting. I'm not saying that development is wrong but when it is forced on a community at the expense of the quality of life I think that something is wrong.Val Wake uses his forensic skills as a journalist to examine a small Australian coastal town. What he finds should provide some useful pointers for a better future for all Australians.' (Publisher's blurb)


  • Epigraph:

    ‘There is nothing-absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,’ he went on dreamily. ‘Messing-about-in-boats; messing…’ –Ratty in Kenneth Graham’s The Wind in the Willows

    ‘Age is a calendar conspiracy’

    -An unidentified listener calling in to ABC local radio at Port Macquarie February 2008

  • Dedication: For the happy sailor

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Glen Waverley, Ashwood - Mulgrave area, Melbourne South East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Sid Harta Publishers , 2010 .
      image of person or book cover 1969202158587479026.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: vii. 308 pp.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 9781921642609 1921642602
Last amended 2 Sep 2015 10:02:05
  • Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie area, Hastings River area, Mid North Coast, New South Wales,
    Powered by Trove