Sunday, 17 November 2013

GIVEAWAY: changing gears by greg foyster

Today's giveaway is a copy of 'Changing Gears', written by Greg Foyster, published by Affirm Press.  

Changing Gears shares Greg and his girlfriend Sophie's cycling journey from Hobart to Cairns. As in, they had two bicycles and an Aldi tent. (Is anyone else feeling chaffed just thinking about it?)

Throughout the journey, Greg interviewed a range of people who live sustainably and simply, from a barefoot monk, to an 18th century woodsman, to a household that lived without any electricity for 20 years. What is most exciting for me is the idea that there isn't just one way to live sustainably and simply. I think people generally consider simple living to be limiting, when in fact, the running theme from Greg's interviews is that it is life enriching. 

Greg managed to communicate ideas that were challenging, without having those ideas feel overwhelming or out of reach. Perhaps what challenged me most was the idea of merchandising our needs. A simple example of this is the need to clean ourselves, and the products we've created to do that (shower, shower gel, shampoo, soap, exfoliant, shower caddy, flannel….). I'm re-shifting my thinking in what I 'need' to stay clean. 

I appreciated Greg's humour and honesty, and despite the fact that I struggle on anything with less than wheels (in fact, I can't even roller-skate)  found it very relatable. It helped that Greg shared the 'der' moments as well as the 'aha' ones. 

Changing Gears is one of those books that I can't wait to read again.

Click here to buy a copy for yourself (get two and give one for a friend… they're currently 20% off, at only $19.95!). 


Thanks to Greg and the team at Miss Bettina Media, I've got one copy of Changing Gears to give away to a lucky reader. All you have to do to enter the draw is comment on this post and finish this sentence: 

'The last time I rode a bicycle….. "

Competition closes Sunday 24 November 2013 at 5pm. A winner will be drawn at random on the same night. 

This giveaway is open Australia-wide. 

Update: Congratulations Effie! I'll contact you via email to organize delivery of your copy of Changing Gears! 


Greg will be at Gleebooks, Sydney for the book tour on Tuesday 19 November, 6pm. This will include a conversation with Craig Reucassel & book signing! If I lived in Sydney I'd be there in a flash! Details are: 

1 comment:

  1. The last time I rode a bicycle….. was about 17 years ago!


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