So many books are described as inspirational. Emails from the Edge is of a different order of magnitude altogether. Haley’s unique personal story aside, it is also an excellent travel book.
Owen Richardson, The Age.
Haley writes with engrossing insight, intellect, and wit. Few downers are this uplifting
The trick all good travel writers manage is to convince the reader that they are travelling along with them. Grumpy Paul Theroux does this superbly and Haley, needing help every step of the way and frequently frustrated, pulls it off too. He does this so well that I, as a soft traveller, breathed a sigh of relief when he leaves behind the trials (and many kindnesses) he encountered in the Middle East and makes it to Europe.
Peter Corris, The Australian.
His compelling account “of rolling around the axis of evil post 9/11” is part travelogue, part social commentary and a moving personal memoir of his bravest journey back from a suicide attempt that crippled his body, but not his spirit.
Herald Sun Sunday Magazine.
The writing is edgy and oozes honesty, and Haley’s self deprecating sense of humour left me in stitches as he cavorts into dangerous ‘no go’ zones, mistakenly gets arrested as a terrorist in Syria and meets an Osama bin Laden lookalike in a Teheran bazaar. I burnt the midnight oil reading this book. What I most admired were his guts and determination to make the most of what life has to offer – and that is a true inspiration.