When Mark Heyward first went to Indonesia, to teach at a small school in East Kalimantan, little did he realise how life changing his decision would prove to be. Within three years his Australian life would be behind him and he would be travelling, with fellow adventurers, across remote
The story of that remarkable expedition — a true travel adventure — coalesces with the author’s longer journey into the complex heart of Indonesia. It is a journey that spans two decades, that takes the reader from a treasured childhood in Tasmania to a new life in the world’s most
populous Muslim nation. Along the way the author travels from one end of the archipelago to the other, from the jungles of Kalimantan
to the riots and political turmoil of Jakarta. When he meets and falls in love with Sopan, he must make another life changing decision.
Evocative and beautiful, yet often questioning, and always revealing, Crazy Little Heaven is both a love story and an unforgettable journey into Indonesian culture and geography − a hymn to this ‘sweet disappearing world’.
‘Prepare for a treat. Mark Heyward has written a most engaging travel tale, memoir and insightful exploration of Indonesian culture and recent history. His writing is up there with that doyen of travel writers, Patrick Leigh Fermor … Crazy Little Heaven is the best book on Indonesia I have ever read.’
—Tim Bowden, author, journalist and broadcaster
‘Awesome, a great yarn, an educative feast and a literary delight …the whole package is a treat.’
—Derek Pugh, author and education consultant
Born in Tasmania, Australia, in 1957, Mark Heyward has spent the last twenty years living, travelling and working in Indonesia. He now lives with his wife and two children in Lombok. Mark currently works as an international education consultant. In his spare time he writes, makes music, and takes long walks in the hills.
Crazy Little Heaven: An Indonesian Journey by Mark Heyward
Foreword by Tim Bowden
Trade PB 230mm x 153mm
272pp plus 8pp photo insert
Also available as an e-book
Release date: 1 August 2013