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Unfinished Woman


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An unforgettable memoir from the author of the sensational international bestseller Tracks: the story of a mother and daughter, of love, loss and the pursuit of freedom

About the Author

Robyn Davidson was born on a cattle property in Queensland. She moved to Sydney in the late Sixties, then returned to study in Brisbane before going to Alice Springs to prepare for her journey across the Australian desert. Davidson’s first book Tracks, her account of this crossing, was an international sensation, and was adapted for a film starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. She has travelled extensively, and has lived in London, New York and India. In the early 1990s Davidson migrated with and wrote about nomads in north-west India. She is now based in regional Victoria, but spends some time each year in India.


An astonishing, wonderful memoir of an extraordinary life
*HENRY MARSH, author of Do No Harm*

A triumph

An extraordinary memoir … An enthralling, miraculous story, clear as the brilliant constellations of the night sky

The zigzagging life of an adventurer ... A fine and observant descriptive writer

In her twenties, Davidson trekked 1,700 miles through the Australian wilderness. This led to the bestselling book Tracks and global fame. Half a century later she has written about what motivated her – including the tragic early death of her mother

Davidson captures an exciting and complex life with insight and humour ... Davidson’s life has been full of adventures, encounters, love affairs and losses. She pulls them apart, examines them and lays them before us so as to question what sort of life we are living

This is a beautiful story about finding a home wherever you go and understanding your own narrative

Immersive and profound, Robyn Davidson’s Unfinished Woman is a portal to understanding a daughter’s grief. "We take our mothers into us; that is where they live," she writes. So much of her mother’s life may remain unknown, but through memoir, Davidson completes what she considers an impossible task: crafting a moving portrait of her mother. This book will stay with me
*JEANNIE VANASCO, author of The Glass Eye*

Stunning. Robyn Davidson lives and writes with an explorer’s courage, but this book is more than an adventure story. Unfinished Woman is an unfiltered glimpse into the fierce pursuit of freedom and connection, woven with a mother-daughter bond untouchable by time
*KENDRA ATLEEWORK, author of Miracle Country*

Searching, captivating and miraculously honest. Davidson has a voice we want to travel with, and to know
*LISA BRENNAN-JOBS, New York Times bestselling author of Small Fry*

Praise for Tracks: This will rank among the best of the books of exploration and travel and, like them, is a record of self-discovery and self-proving

An unforgettably powerful book, beautiful, thrilling and ferociously brave ... Davidson’s timeless story of her astonishing journey gripped me from the first page to the last

It gets to the heart of landscape and solitude and becomes a venture to the interior of more than one dimension as its author approaches the hinterland of her own thorny psyche

An absorbing record of human endeavour and courage, a vivid picture of an extraordinary country by a perceptive and sensitive observer, and the story of an inner journey, of "shedding burdens"

As eccentric, undisciplined, flashily brilliant and pig-headed as its author ... Ms Davidson is a born writer, her book deeply moving

Vivid and vivacious ... Davidson is as natural a writer as she is an adventurer

Davidson’s has been an operatic life, punctuated by dramas of love and death, populated with colourful characters and backed by exotic scenery ... I loved reading this book.

Davidson pieces together and attempts to understand who her mother was as a person and, by extension, who she is. This is a beautiful story about finding a home wherever you go and understanding your own narrative

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