First, the latest exciting news: The Bondi to Manly Walk Guidebook will be in all good bookstores in September 2021 (and you can even pre-order it now – see below). It's written by yours truly and partly borne from the years of writing about Sydney's best walks for people just like you, here at Sydney Coast Walks.
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But like any dream-come-true story (and to be a published author was my dream), it's been a loooong time coming. Here's the behind-the-scenes story of The Bondi to Manly Walk Guidebook, plus a hint of some you'll actually read about in the book. [I'm still writing this blog post and will share more soon!]
Ten years ago: A special walk
Five years ago: An idea
Two years ago: The pitch
18 months ago: Lockdown
One year ago: Walking and writing
The Bondi to Manly Walk Guidebook is available in all good bookstores from 1 September 2021. Here's a tip: you can pre-order it any time before then. Pre-ordering means you're telling bookstores, ‘wowsers I'm so keen for this book I can barely wait!' And that makes them think, ‘gee, this book is going to be a bit special, we better get behind it'. So that would really help out.
So how to you pre-order? Literally walk into your local bookstore and ask for it. Or you can buy online from Australian-owned sites like Booktopia; here's The Bondi to Manly Walk Guidebook on Booktopia.
I also encourage you to request it from your local library. I love libraries and it's pretty easy (and often free) to ask your library to buy a book. You get it for free and so does a whole bunch of other library-goers. And, believe it or not, the author (that's me!) gets a teensy stipend if their books are stocked in Australian libraries, so you're not taking anything away from authors by borrowing instead of buying.
A Quick Word About Me (and why I wrote the guide book)
I'm Tara: a writer with a Master of Arts in Journalism. I worked as a TV and radio presenter and producer, then left the world of news to pursue a love of travel, operating an award-winning tourism business guiding walks in Sydney’s national parks with my husband (ahem, that'd be Sydney Coast Walks).
A love of storytelling brought me back to writing. The business transitioned to a blog so I now help others discover Sydney’s best natural beauty on foot through my writing.
I also freelance as a travel journo (in fact, I've written about the Bondi to Manly Walk for Great Walks magazine and for the New Zealand Herald).
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