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Chasing Dreamtime: A Sea-going Hitchhiker's Journey Through Memory and Myth
June 21, 2022
Neva Sullaway
Non-fiction: Memoir
Chasing Dreamtime is the incredible true-life story of a young traveler's journey through memory and myth. In 1975, after college and a brief, disastrous marriage, Neva Sullaway attempts to escape her anguish as well as the post-Vietnam confusion of her generation by sailing alone around the world, but her plans are abruptly scuttled. A string of unlikely events occurs and sends her boat-hopping across the vast South Pacific.

While sailing among the exquisitely beautiful Pacific atolls, Sullaway is arrested for a visa violation, hunted by sharks, stricken with tropical fever and held at knifepoint. Even after being entangled in a drug-smuggling scheme and facing death several times, Sullaway continues her journey, taking a brief respite from sailing the seas to pedal a "pushbike" 2,000 kilometers along Australia's northeastern coastline. There the odyssey takes its sharpest turn as she ventures onto a fishing trawler in the remotest outback regions.

While poised at the brink of her physical and emotional limits in the stark Never-Never, Sullaway catches a glimpse of the elusive Aboriginal concept of Dreamtime and her darkest demons unfold into wings of flight. For Sullaway and the reader alike, reality can never be the same again.


* First place! Best Travel Book 2005 --
North American Travel Journalists Association awards

* Shortlisted for National Outdoor Book Award 2005

* Honorable Mention, 2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards --
Mind-Body-Spirit category

* Winner of a San Diego Book Award --
Best unpublished nonfiction narrative category.

* Honorable Mention, 2007 New York Book Festival Awards --
Biography-Autobiography category

* Honorable Mention, 2011 Hollywood Book Festival Awards --
Celebrating books that deserve greater recognition from the film, television, game and multimedia communities
Rights available:
Film, television, audio, foreign English language (including Australia and New Zealand where much of the story takes place), foreign translation
Rights sold:
U.S. trade paperback
Other Information:
As a sea-going hitchhiker, Neva Sullaway lived the story of Chasing Dreamtime well before her twenty-fifth birthday. After settling in Sydney, she soon became the Australian Women's Sailboarding Champion, a title she successfully defended for four consecutive years. She built a career as a writer and photojournalist, covering sailboarding events in Australia, Europe and the U.S., and wrote One with the Wind: A Guide to Sailboarding in Australia. During this time she also created a magazine for sailors, Freesail Australia, which became Australia's top-selling sailboarding magazine. She lives in San Diego, California.
David Drotar
Brookview Press
phone: 518-732-7093
901 Western Road, Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033
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