Jean Burnett


The idea for my trip germinated when I first saw my friend’s sports car in a field on the Isle of Wight. She was leaving for New Zealand and the car was for sale – a pale blue Fiat Bertone popsy of ancient vintage, in good condition but a little frayed at the edges. This description could also be applied to me, so I was sure we were meant for each other.

Bringing Vagabond Shoes into existence as a self-published book has been a steep learning curve. After winning a prize for the MS and getting a grant for the costs I felt I had to go ahead. If you have had similar experiences with self publising share them with others on this site.

So far Vagabond Shoes has been well received with comments such as ’absolutely riveting’, ‘funny and very entertaining’ and ‘highly enjoyable.’ You can also read a short review on Library Thing.

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Vagabond Shoes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,270. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
After a series of personal and financial catastrophes the author ran away for a year following in the footsteps of Victorian women travellers. Veering from France to Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, through India, California, Central America and Cuba, this is a wry look at life on the road from a woman who has been there, done that and usually couldn’t afford to buy the T-shirt.

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