A Maverick Traveller is an introduction to a series of unconventional travel books by the New Zealand author Mary Jane Walker. The story begins with an account of an epic voyage on a Chinese junk, followed by Mary Jane’s early life in New Zealand and her later adventures (and misadventures) worldwide.
A Maverick New Zealand Way is the second in a series of books of unconventional travel stories by Mary Jane Walker. With nearly 600 photos and maps, A Maverick New Zealand Way relates Mary Jane’s adventures in the striking back country of her native New Zealand, and in its cities.
A Maverick Cuban Way is the third in a series of unconventional travel books by New Zealand author Mary Jane Walker. With over 240 photos and maps, A Maverick Cuban Way relates Mary Jane’s adventures on an island in transition, just after the death of Fidel Castro.
A Maverick Pilgrim Way is the fourth in a series of unconventional travel books by New Zealand author Mary Jane Walker. With 547 images, A Maverick Pilgrim Way describes Mary Jane’s adventures on the pilgrim trails of Europe and the Mediterranean and in the surrounding cultural landscapes.
A Maverick USA Way is the fifth in a series of unconventional travel books by New Zealand author Mary Jane Walker. With 409 images, A Maverick USA Way describes Mary Jane’s adventures on the Amtrak rails, in the cities and in the wilderness.
A Maverick Himalayan Way is the sixth in a series of unconventional travel books by New Zealand author Mary Jane Walker. With 294 images, A Maverick Himalayan Way describes Mary Jane’s adventures in Nepal, Sikkim, Dharamshala, Kashmir, Chitral and the Hindu Kush, China, Japan and more southerly parts of India.
A Maverick Inuit Way and the Vikings is the seventh in a series of historically and politically-themed travel memoirs by Mary Jane Walker. It describes her travels in Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, Finland and the Orkneys, Shetlands and other formerly Norse islands of Scotland. Mary Jane reflects on the cities and wilderness regions, and on the emergence of a new Cold War on the Baltic Sea.
Iran is completely different to the cartoon-like image portrayed in the West, of a land of religious fanatics chanting Death to America. In reality it's a fabulous ancient civilisation and a country that's full of intelligent young people. This book, Iran: Make Love not War is an impression of Iran, gleaned from a three-week visit in 2018.
The Scottish Isles: Shetlands, Orkneys and Hebrides (Part 1) describes my journey through the Shetlands, which are more Viking than Scottish; the Orkneys, which are the seat of an ancient stone-age civilisation; and some of the romantic islands of the Inner Hebrides as well.
A former British possession in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is divided into Greek-dominated and Turkish-dominated regions with United Nations troops in between. A surprisingly large amount of the island remains under the Union Jack as well. Cyprus is the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love. Few countries combine so much scenery with so much history, all in one compact place!
I didn't know much about Lebanon before I went there. And am I glad I did! It's a little country with a big history, from the biblical cedar groves to bustling Beirut. Layers upon layers of civilisation have built up this country, which is also the world's second most densely populated outside Bangladesh (small city-states like Singapore excepted). Yet it also has plenty of wild nature!
In this book, Mary Jane explores the Egypt, a cradle of civilisation described by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus as the ‘gift of the Nile’. Mary Jane long put off going to Egypt for years before she finally went. She’s glad she did: there’s so much more to Egypt than the pyramids!
This is a translation of my first book 'A Maverick Traveller' into Traditional Chinese, the written language of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as well as overseas Chinese communities. It was finalised by E-Book Dynasty of Melbourne, Victoria.
This is a translation of my first book 'A Maverick Traveller' into Simplified Chinese, the written language of mainland China and Singapore, which is also commonly used in Malaysia. It was finalised by E-Book Dynasty of Melbourne, Victoria.
Most images of New Zealand tourism and travel come from the South Island. The North Island is neglected by comparison. And yet it's a subtropical Polynesian paradise in many places, and the island where most evidence of Māori culture is to be found as well. In this book, Mary Jane describes the North Island ('The Fish of Māui') in the form of eight road trips. Each chapter links to blog posts.
'The Sensational South Island' is the companion volume to 'The Neglected North Island: New Zealand's other half', judged 'Best Antipodean Cultural Travel Book 2021' by Lux Life magazine, lux-review.com. Both books expand on and update A Maverick New Zealand Way, which was a finalist in Travel at the International Book Awards, 2018.
A Nomad in Nepal describes three Himalayan treks in detail: the trek to Everest Base Camp, the Annapurna/Manaslu Circuit, and the Three Passes route. Mary Jane also spends time with the Kalash people and in the Hindu Kush mountains of Chitral, Pakistan. She stayed on a houseboat in Srinagar, travelled around Kashmir, and visited Dharamshala, Sikkim, and the steaming tiger-swamps of Chitwan
Kiwi adventurer Mary Jane Walker explored America by Amtrak Train, travelling one and a half times around the lower 48 states and stopping off in Hawai‘i as well. A Kiwi on the Amtrak Tracks is the latest book by the author of the IPPY award-winning Neglected North Island: New Zealand's other half and award finalists A Maverick New Zealand Way and Iran: Make Love Not War.
This short book, with photographs and links to blogs with more pictures, describes my adventures in Greenland, the great frozen but melting island east of Canada. Not all of Greenland is frozen, though, and some of it is green. I travel from the far southwest of the island, where conditions are fairly mild and where there used to be a Viking colony, to the frozen, Arctic, Ilulissat Icefjord.
An account of a road trip around Iceland, a precariously habitable land in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, torn apart by volcanic forces and home to the Icelanders, descendents of Viking and Celtic colonists. Most people who arrive in Iceland do not venture far from the capital, Reykjavík, but I travel right around the island (though there is still more to be seen, next time!)
In this new and lavishly illustrated book, Mary Jane picks up where her first book on the Scottish Isles left off. Mary Jane explores the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides, lands of fantastic beaches even though they are so far north. The book links to blog posts that will progressively appear on this website, starting with 'The Romantic Isle of Skye'.
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