Robyn Davidson


Robyn Davidson
Robyn Davidson is a non-fiction writer. She is the author of the award-winning books Tracks and Desert Places, and the editor of The Best Australian Essays 2009 and The Picador Book of Journeys.



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Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Leaving ’Tracks’ behind

Aboriginal people

The past caves away and dissolves behind us, leaving a few clues with which we try to reconstruct it. Hopeless task. History lives in the present. It is over 30 years since I walked across half of Australia with my dear camels and dog. If I concentrate, …

A male satin bowerbird collects decorations for his bower. © Cyril Ruoso/Minden Pictures

Bird-brained

Tim Birkhead’s 'Bird Sense: What It’s Like to Be a Bird'

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Garage alchemists

Culture

A dining experience at Hobart’s Garagistes

Couch habit

Culture

‘In Treatment: Season Three’

Panchakarma, an Ayurvedic enema treatment. © Luca Tettoni/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis

Tide of improvement

Society

Health retreats

A rock mural of pecked fish, dolphins and turtles found in the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. Images throughout essay from Mike Donaldson's 'Burrup Rock Art', Freemantle Press, 2010. © Mike Donaldson

Into the beehive

Culture

The destruction of Burrup rock art

Body of work

Culture

Antony Gormley’s 'Firmament IV'

A new desert

Society

Trekking in the Simpson

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

The wanderer

Society

“‘So what of this notion of exile?’ ‘No,’ he says, ‘exile is too pretty a word. Can you reframe that?’ ‘Homelessness?’ ‘No, that's wrong - because I have a home.’ ‘Metaphorically speaking, I meant.’ ‘No. It's very …

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