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e mails from the edge... Sixteen years ago, Ken Haley was working at a local newspaper in Bahrain when his own world caved in... he survived, even though the cost of jumping out a window was that he is now a paraplegic.

EMAILS FROM THE EDGE
A Journey Through
Troubled Times
PUBLISHER: TRANSIT LOUNGE
DISTRIBUTOR:
DENNIS JONES & ASSOCIATES
WHERE AVAILABLE:
All good bookshops in Australia
& New Zealand
RRP: $A32.95; NZ$39.95
ISBN: 0-9750228-3-0
Travel/Memoir
One March, Australian journalist  was sub-editing on The Times foreign desk in London: within six months he was admitted to a Middle East asylum: six months after that he took his own life ... right to the edge.

Twelve years after these events, another epic journey began ~ one as arduous physically as the other had been mentally. Haley set out to cross the world's largest continent, travelling overland from the Arabian Sea to the Arctic.

This, too, was a journey into the unknown: he would be expelled from Syria as a terrorist; encounter the world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, in the thin disguise of a Persian carpet salesman; secure a guided tour of al Jazeera; and be led away in handcuffs from the Hungarian Parliament. This is a postmodern adventure story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

A practicing journalist since 1975; I never thought that my own life would prove to be the toughest assignment of all. But my book endeavors to show that, after my life was turned upside down, my powers of observation as a correspondent remained undimmed: And my relish for travel, with all its vexations, emerged as keen as ever.

DAY 547 (DECEMBER 22): ODESSA
'Taking breakfast here is like going on wartime rations ... two slices of Russian black bread and a cup of scalding tea straight from the samovar. After much pleading I also received a single hard-boiled egg ... Today is the shortest day of the year. Mercy be.'

THE COUNSEL OF DESPAIR
'Going mad isn't easy to describe ... Whatever I say, no one can ever know what's happened to me, and even someone who did understand it all couldn't repair whatever has broken down within.'

Kens Web Site: http://www.emailsfromtheedge.com

Audio: Author Ken Haley reads a chapter from his book (7mins42secs) mms://media01.news.com.au/hwt/Books/haley.mp3