It’s a pleasure to come across a book so original, interesting and thoughtful. Murray is a bushwalker, confirmed bicycle rider and sometime hitchhiker who sees the world with eyes different from most people’s. His account of a nine-day bushwalk in Arnhem Land includes musings on the perils of being different in a culture that prizes uniformity, thoughts on cars as a symbol of a society too far removed from nature, and a born naturalist’s joy in the wild world around him. They are all woven into a fresh, confident narrative that is hard to put down. Murray belongs with the best of that small band of idiosyncratic writers who find their muses in solitude and wild. places.

Rick Sullivan, Adelaide Advertiser 9 May 2009

My Life in the Sea of Cars is a meditation on the beauty of nature, of being at one with it, and of protecting it. James Murray is a visionary who is bound to leave an impression on readers that lasts beyond the modest 200 pages of this eloquently written book.

Review by Kerry Hennigan, 14 April 2009

This incredibly honest story, set to the sounds, sights and smells of amazing Arnhem Land, is at first a simple tale of a hike in the bush, but soon reveals itself to be profound tale of passion, insight, ideas and new possibilities.

Get Lost Issue 21 2009

Best Books 2009 … Original , appealing narrative from a writer who finds his muse in solitude and wild places.

The Adelaide  Advertiser  19 December 2009


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