Pat Cahill


Pat Cahill traveled extensively in her twenties, leading to many extraordinary experiences. As an armchair traveler these days, she often writes about her offbeat adventures. She grew up in California, but now lives in rural Western Australia. Pat has published various short stories and poems, and is currently studying at Edith Cowan University in Perth. Twice she won a Highly Commended award for her short stories in the Talus Prize competition. Pat also did her Arts Practicum (work experience) with the University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP), which is a division of The University of Western Australia.


Drowning on the Inca Trail
Price: Free! Words: 2,840. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Hikes & walks
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Pat and Scott are two intrepid backpackers who attempt to hike the Inca Trail that leads to the hidden Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. They struggle against inclement weather, hazardous crossings and extreme elevations. It is a test of their courage, endurance and loyalty to one another. Will they make it or does their determination give out?

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Smashwords book reviews by Pat Cahill

  • River of Whispers on May 31, 2014
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    I think this is a beautifully written short story that captures the flavor of growing up in Western Australia. The characters are both likeable and believable.The author, Cindy Addison, has used some wonderful descriptions and written a thoughtful story that captures something of the innocence of youth, with a glimpse into the more complicated adult world. Reviewer: Pat Cahill
  • Betrayed on May 31, 2014
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    This is a beautifully written, sensitive story about a young woman's journey from innocence to the darker side of family life. The author, Dianne Zanetti, has done a skillful job of writing about the prejudices in a small town and the consequences they can have on the innocent. Her insights into family life and relationships are both astute and subtle. This story is easy to read and engaging. I highly recommend it. Reviewer: Pat Cahill
  • Three of Spades on June 01, 2014
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    This story effortlessly slips in and out of time, taking the reader on a mysterious journey to find a missing brother and some precious jewels. The sensual descriptions bring the characters alive and adds to the richness of the story. The subtle nature of the writing leaves it up to the readers' imagination to interpret the events. I found it to be a very enjoyable read. Reviewer: Pat Cahill
  • Lessons in Eating Soup on June 02, 2014
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    The evocative writing took me into the story straight away. I was immediately drawn into the problems, dilemmas, warmth, friendship and fears of a family under harsh communist rule. The friendship between the two children is endearing as Ania warns Michal of the difficulties of migration to Australia. This story takes the reader on a journey through the fears and hopes that all migrants face when considering a new life in a foreign country. Pat Cahill