The author travels like Paul Theroux, with Bill Bryson’s sense of humour, but tells his own story, crafting meticulous word pictures, delightful dialogue and humorous anecdotes that will entertain to the very last page – vicarious travelling at its best.
Bruce Gall grew up in Sydney, Australia. After graduating from university in agricultural science, he worked as a park ranger in Ku-ring-gai Chase, Kosciuszko and Sturt National Parks. He then completed a master’s degree in ecology, and worked as a wildlife research officer, studying koalas and conducting fauna surveys in southern New South Wales.
Bruce then returned to park management, becoming Superintendent of Australia’s largest national park, the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. After six years at Kakadu, he relocated to Canberra as Manager of the ACT Conservation and Wildlife Unit. From here he moved to Brisbane, taking up the position of Director of the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service. He is a current member of the World Commission on Protected Areas.
Bruce now lives in Canberra. Southern Cross Safari is his first book.
In 2006, Matt Thompson travelled to Colombia in search of the life he might have led. Born to American parents, Matt's father was offered a post which would have taken the family to Bogota, but he turned it down because it was too high risk. Instead they came to Australia - low-risk, even paradisaic - and the land that nearly drove Matt to a slow death from boredom.
One day he quits his job, picks up his bag and decides to go experience life in the country that's not only the most dangerous in South America, but possibly the world. This is the story of what happened next.
Part Heart of Darkness, part Marching Powder, My Colombian Death is a wild ride to the edge and beyond.