The six years John Burbidge spent in India as a community development worker changed him in many ways, but one stands out from all the rest. It led him to confront a deeply personal secret – his attraction to his own sex. After taking the plunge with masseurs on a Bombay beach, he found himself on a rollercoaster ride of sexual adventuring. A complicating factor in his journey of self-discovery was the tightly knit community in which he lived and worked, with its highly regimented schedule and minimal privacy that forced him to live a double life.
Written with passion, integrity and humour, The Boatman is packed with incident, anecdote, adventure and above all, real and memorable people. Burbidge takes hold of India as few have done before, deftly interweaving the search for selfhood with an intimate exploration of Indian life and society. His story shows us how, when we dare to immerse ourselves in a culture radically different from our own, we may discover parts of ourselves we never knew existed.
‘A tender story of naked lust and obsessive craving as intoxicating as India itself. It made me want to return there.’ Benjamin Law
‘An engrossing, often disturbing, story, grippingly told. It is both every gay man’s story and unlike any you’ve ever read.’ Robert Dessaix
Author: Australian-born John Burbidge has lived and worked in Belgium, Canada, India and the United States. For many years, he was communications director for an international NGO engaged in community and organisational development, before becoming an independent writer/editor. His articles on a variety of subjects have appeared in magazines, newspapers, periodicals and books in several countries. He has edited volumes on civil society, rural development and memoirs, and is the author of a biography of Australian writer Gerald Glaskin. He lives with his husband in Washington State. More at: http://www.theboatmanamemoir.com/
The Boatman will be available from:
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To celebrate the March 2015 release of John Burbidge’s memoir The Boatman, Transit Lounge is offering a paperback copy for giveaway:
- open to those with Australian/New Zealand mailing addresses
- extra entries for spreading the word via Twitter [+2] and Facebook/Google+/Webpage [+4]
- extra entries for registered participants of the Aussie Author Challenge 2015 [+1 for challenge commitment and +1 for each review link submitted to date as part of the challenge] – there’s still plenty of time to sign-up!
- entries close midnight 21 March 2015
- the winner will be randomly selected and must respond to my email requesting their mailing address within 5 days otherwise their prize will be forfeited and another winner selected
Sorry, entries now closed – winner announce HERE