Too much to take Just leave it all behind...
At eighteen, your closest friend commits suicide.
At twenty-nine, you're backpacking in the Australian outback when you see her. She has a husband. She has a ten-year-old son. She has a baby on the way. She claims to be someone else. But you'd recognise her anywhere.
Back in England you tell your journalist boyfriend. While he never knew her, he always knew of her - her name is Daisy Fraser and she was awaiting trial over the deaths of four people when she jumped off the Severn Bridge. He thinks: This could be the scoop of the century. He says: Happy Christmas - I'm taking you to Australia to find Daisy.
'The author of Backpack once again shows off her rare talent for maintaining a breezy, witty style and a light touch while exploring such serious concerns as drug addiction, unhappy families and self-destructive youthful rebellion... Barr has a great premise and an engaging cast' Publishers Weekly 13/1/03 - Publishers Weekly
'Mixing girly infighting with insightful travellers' observations and the joys of motherhood, Barr certainly knows how to spin a yarn' Guardian - Guardian
'Barr is a fresh new talent in literature and this novel certainly packs a punch' Glasgow Evening Times 7/9/02 - Glasgow Evening Times
Emily Barr is the well-loved and bestselling author of Backpack, the original backpacking novel, and many other highly acclaimed novels. A former journalist, she has travelled around the world and written columns and travel pieces for the Observer and the Guardian. After living in France, Emily and her husband (whom she met backpacking) have settled in Cornwall with their three children. You can learn more about Emily and her novels by visiting her website www.emilybarr.com.