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Ms Camel

Geoffrey Moorhouse, 4 December 1980

by Robyn Davidson.
Cape, 256 pp., £5.95, October 1980, 0 224 01861 2
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... any of these. Of her own wandering for several months across the Outback of her native Australia, Robyn Davidson says: ‘The lunatic idea was, basically, to get myself the requisite number of wild camels from the bush and train them to carry my gear, then walk into and about the central desert area.’ As if realising that this might seem a bit short on ...

Such a Fragile People

Amit Chaudhuri, 18 September 1997

Desert Places 
by Robyn Davidson.
Penguin, 280 pp., £7.99, June 1997, 9780140157628
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... In 1978, a short while before Robyn Davidson returned to England to write Tracks, her book about ‘traversing the deserts of Australia through tribal Aboriginal land’, she visited India. ‘I don’t know how or why I ended up in the medieval lanes of Pushkar, in Rajasthan, during one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar ...

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