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Book Title: The Gringo Trail: A Darkly Comic Road Trip through South America|
The author of the book: Mark Mann
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Edition: Summersdale Publishers Ltd
Date of issue: July 1st 2014
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‘… there I was in the middle of Bogotá, coked up to my eyeballs, in a hallway holding two machetes, while some drunk Colombians argued about whether or not to blow up a bar with a live hand grenade…’
Asia has the hippie trail. South America has the gringo trail. Mark Mann and his girlfriend Melissa set off to explore the ancient monuments, mountains and rainforests of South America. But for their friend Mark, South America meant only one thing: drugs. Sad, funny and shocking, The Gringo Trail is an On the Road for the Lonely Planet generation – a darkly comic road-trip and a revealing journey through South America’s turbulent history. Drama and discovery. Culture and cocaine. Fact is stranger than fiction...
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Read information about the authorHi, I’m Mark Mann, author of The Stone Gate. I live in the small town of Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast, about an hour north of Sydney, and work as a journalist for a Sydney newspaper. Woy Woy is the inspiration for Baytown in The Stone Gate, a small coastal town surrounded by beautiful national parks and forests (in Australia we call it “bush”). I spend a lot of time bushwalking in these forests. These walks were my inspiration for The Stone Gate.
I grew up in a very different place, London in England. There’s not much bush there. Before coming to Australia, I used to be a travel writer and journalist, and wrote a couple of travel books. The Gringo Trail, is the story of a trip I took through South American. Interestingly, the Gringo Trail was, I believe, the first travel book about backpacking. (I wrote it before Alex Garland's The Beach but it was published just afterwards.)
My other travel book, The Good Alternative Travel Guide, was a groundbreaking guide to tourism projects designed to benefit local communities. Some of my experiences of visiting tribal communities have informed sections of The Stone Gate. I also wrote a book called The Little Green Guide, with environmental organisation Planet Ark.