Arkie's Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing is Lisa Walker's third novel, following Liar Bird and Sex and Lies and Bonsai.
As an author Lisa has gained a great deal of knowledge from her work experience as a bartender, wilderness guide, igloo builder and tertiary lecturer. She now works part-time in community relations. Unable to decide whether she likes writing or science more, she has Masters degrees in both natrual resource management and creative writing.
Lisa lives in a pole house on the far north coast of New South Wales. In her spare time she reads widely, surfs, backcountry skis and bushwalks. Although she is yet to do a pilgrimage, she still has a notion that at some stage she will head out - sans husband and kids - on a spiritual journey from which she will return changed for the better.
Take a look at Lisa's five most influential books.
This book turned me into an obsessive cupboard dweller as a child. I was sure that one day I would get through the back wall to a snow-covered landscape with a lone lamp post, a faun carrying parcels and a bunch of talking animals. That feeling of wonder has stayed with me. I realise now that the Narnia books are a Christian allegory, but to me they were just a wonderful fantasy that forged a lifelong love of reading. Being able to lose yourself in a book is a magnificent gift.
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