Coming from a long line of adventurers, Liz and Patrick’s middle daughter Kate was far from conventional.
Willfully independent she had travelled extensively before finally settling in Bali, calling her family in England every week and regaling them with letters and photographs of her continuing adventures. But for three weeks there was nothing: it was as if Kate has vanished off the face of the earth. Dissatisfied with the investigation by local police her parents, supported by two British police detectives, went to Indonesia to search for answers.
Whilst their story is every parent’s nightmare it also stands as testament to Kate as we learn of her affinity for the vulnerable in society. It was her belief that there is good in everyone, and her non-judgemental nature, that would ultimately lead her into a world of increasing risk and danger.
Told by Kate’s mother, it is a story of hope and tragedy, love and inspiration as two desperate parents enter an alien world of extreme backpackers, corrupt officials and violent criminals in a real life version of ‘The Beach’.
A talented writer, the book contains some of the many letters Kate wrote home whilst she travelled the world, revealing her intense interest in people of every culture, her joy of life, her compassion and her courage in being true to herself.
Sometimes you come across a book you cannot put down … it’s a story which is at once compelling, tragic, true and celebratory. It is also beautifully written ….” Bishop John Richardson, Bewcastle
About the author
Elizabeth Osborne lives with her husband Patrick at the foot of the Pennines in north Cumbria. She is passionate about education, gardening, books and art, but above all, family; Kate’s two sisters Christian and Ruth, who live nearby, and her four grandchildren. She has strong feelings about politics, social welfare and good manners, and has a keen sense of humour.
31st May 2018 |paperback|£15.00|Hayloft Publishing