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Dark Lands final 271Dark Lands came out in 2013 and it continues to feature in talks I’m doing. Along with other topics of course!

Dark Lands took me to Colombia, Congo DRC, Haiti, Nauru, Pakistan, Palestine-Israel, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe and as the blurb says:

Travelling along that popular Axis of Evil led to Tony Wheeler’s Bad Lands, now he’s going further into the dark corners of the world as he explores a line up of troubled nations. Along the way he worries about failing outboard motors in the Pacific, gets stoned (with the thrown variety) in Palestine, scores a speeding ticket in Zimbabwe, gets arrested for photographing a bar in the Congo, visits Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad in Pakistan and tracks down the wreckage of Pearl Harbor ‘architect’ Admiral Yamamoto’s aircraft in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.

An Innocent Abroad - 270I’ve also written one of the stories in another new Lonely Planet book: An Innocent Abroad. Or read my review.

The book features stories of life-changing trips from 35 great writers including Dave Eggers, Cheryl Strayed, Tim Cahill, Mary Karr, Richard Ford, Fiona Kidman, Simon Winchester Sloane Crosley, Kerre McIvor, David Baldacci, Pico Iyer, John Berendt, Ann Patchett, Jane Smiley, Alexander McCall Smith and Stanley Stewart.

The Australia-New Zealand Literary Festival in London and the literary festival in Turin, Italy are over so the next writers’ event for me is the Ubud Writers Festival in Bali, Indonesia in October. More details to follow.


I had a small speaking gig at the graduation ceremony for Warwick University on 17 July – I went to Warwick where I studied engineering many years ago. And I got an honorary doctorate for my troubles, click here for the university’s story on my doctorate, a picture of me in my academic robes (wow) and a podcast interview. I’m also on the panel of judges for the Warwick Prize for Writing, click here for my story on the longlist titles.