A LITTLE FLIGHT READING
Myanmar: A Memoir of Loss and Recovery
Judyth Gregory-Smith (Lulu.com, $22.95) THIS self-published title by occasional T&I contributor Judyth Gregory-Smith chronicles her solo journey in Burma, a land she originally visited with her husband, Richard. Now a widow, her trip over several years becomes as much about self-discovery and learning as it does the physical act of travel in a largely unknown land. By working on volunteer projects she finds new purpose and feels Richard would heartily approve. As Burma opens up to mass tourism, there’s much here to ponder, and a wealth of practical advice on doing things on a budget and, importantly, supporting non-government businesses, such as family-run guesthouses, where a warm welcome is all but guaranteed. Available at amazon.com.
Great Australian Ute Stories
Edited by John Bryant (HarperCollins, $32.99) WHATis it with Aussie blokes and utes? Even my chap has had one (a now-expired Toyota HiLux) and seemed to adopt a special wardrobe of caps and different vocab in order to drive it. National icon or simply a symbol of rugged manhood? Make up your mind as you dip into this collection of 80 essays by true believers. The stories are erratic in quality, and frequently to do with drinking mates and long-suffering wives, but who could resist tales with names such as The Pride of Coochie Flats or The Bum Sweat Brothers? Editor John Bryant started Australia’s first ‘‘ute gear’’ store, Bluey’s Ute World, in 1994 and has published several utethemed collections, so clearly he’s the best man for the job.