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Brown, Phil

Growing up in Hong Kong, Phil Brown travelled widely with his family. He has spent most of his adult life avoiding planes but over the past decade was convinced by his wife that travel and survival could be synonymous. For bookings for Phil Brown, please contact Show and Tell Promotions on Phil is an experienced journalist and presently Senior Writer for the Murdoch-owned lifestyle magazine Brisbane News. He has written for the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Book Review and numerous other publications. He is the author of two books of poetry, Plastic Parables (1991) and An Accident in the Evening (2001).
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Any Guru Will Do

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Phil Brown's life has been one long existential crisis. His path to enlightenment has been uphill - think of climbing Everest with a colonic irrigation or two along the way. After trying doggedly to discover God through poetry, Phil dips his toes into a variety of experiences, including a doomed 'holiday' at a health farm - which he runs away from - mail-order Catholicism, a ritual Egyptian dance workshop, analysis, psychic surgery and an ill-fated group-therapy session. With a cast of curious characters including the saffron-turbaned Dadaji, the poet Les Murray and the priest who stopped taking his calls - not to mention Phil himself - this hilarious book will have you doubled up with laughter. Settle yourself into the lotus position, grab a cup of peppermint tea and enjoy the ride. PRAISE FOR TRAVELS WITH MY ANGST 'It is slightly disarming to receive a travel book in a sick bag. It suggests two things. Firstly, the book might make you ill, or secondly, that perhaps you will be sick with laughter. Felicitously, the latter is the case.' CANBERRA TIMES 'Brisbane's Woody Allen.' COURIER-MAIL 'Phil Brown is set to become the poster boy for neurotic travellers everywhere.' NICK EARLS