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Inside Tracks: Alone Across the Outback

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Through stunning images, acclaimed photographer Rick Smolan tells the astounding story of Robyn Davidson, who crossed the desolate Australian outback accompanied only by four camels and a dog. Now, Davidson's exhilarating wilderness adventure is about to become a major motion picture, and this remarkable volume presents both Smolan's original photographs along with those f ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Against All Odds Productions
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Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although as a child I grew up with the book Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback on our bookshelf, I never really paid much attention to it. Having recently watched the movie, I've been fascinated by Robyn Davidson's journey. This coffee table style book has wonderful photographs and insights into the trip and Robyn's thoughts. Each photograph has a quote from Robyn...of time and place and how she felt. Truly a wonderful story told in photographs. The photography o ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Superb Coffee Table Book That Recounts The Original Trek and the Film Based Upon It

It's one of the most lavish coffee table photography books I have seen, and one worthy of ample praise. Even if you're not familiar with Robyn Davidson's epic solo odyssey from Alice Springs to Australia's Indian Ocean coast, you'll be impressed with the stunning images made by a young Rick Smolan as he photographed that journey nearly forty years ago for National Geographic magazine; the pictures that he took whi
Douglas Lord
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful document of a beautiful woman who trekked across beautiful Australia with four nasty camels and a loyal dog in 1977. Davidson, the trekker, eventually wrote a book about it called Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback which won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award back in the day. Thirty-five years later there’s a film based on the book (starring Mia Wasikowska, a dead ringer for Davidson). And this title, while it’s a shameless movie tie-in, admira ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stunning photography - both the originals by Rick Smolan and the pictures that were in the film.
A book I will go back to again and again.
Christine Sinclair
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stunning photographs abound in this oversized book about Robyn Davidson's incredible solo trek across Australia, and the film based on her story. Read her book, Tracks, see the movie, then read this book! ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely photos both from the film and from Davidson's own journey--- beautiful visuals. Davidson's essay for the book, though, her thirty-years-after summing-up, is rather downbeat. Nonetheless, a good accompaniment to the film and to the memoir (worth finding all on its own). ...more
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The photographs breathe life into the story. Fortunately one of the participating libraries in my district library had a copy to lend.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"A Magical Book” The Wall Street Journal

"A remarkable approach to an incredible story." -- Publishers Weekly

"INSIDE TRACKS is a stunningly good book and should be at the top of your Christmas list." -- National Press Photographers Association

"INSIDE TRACKS is an amazingly beautiful coffee-table book, high above the average holiday gift." -- The Oregonian

"A beautiful document of a beautiful woman who trekked across beautiful Australia with four nasty camels and a loyal dog." -- Library Journal
Annie Vu
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
an Australian travel classic with stunning photography. I watched the movie, read the original book by Robyn and read this book. Just like Robyn said, each version has their own stories with their own artistic authenticity. It also makes a very eye catching coffee table book, the photo of Robyn and her camel swimming in the ocean ought to catch everybody' curiosity and draw them in at the first glance, and boy does it not disappoint! ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Gorgeous photos from Rick Smolan, though probably technically dolled up. It was fun to see the photos he took when Robyn made her trip (I'll have to read "Tracks" again since I didn't even remember him:)). There are a lot of new photos from the set of the movie and some commentary from Robyn, Rick, and the director. ...more
Peggy Huey
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at Rick Smolan's photos for National Geographic of Robyn Davidson's 2700 kilometer trek across Australia's desolate outback with four camels and a dog! Even more fascinating are the photos and storyboard for the 2013 film re-enacting the journey and starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver as Robyn and Rick. ...more
Aggie D. (Agnieszka)
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this story.
This book is a beautiful interactive photo album. Half of it are photos of Robyn's trek through the outback photographed by Rick, and the second half is about making of the movie Tracks. When you point a smartphone at various photos it starts to play clips from the movie.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aus, 2014
Had high hopes for this and wanted to feel inspired. Unfortunately it felt very childish and dated - clumsy layout and cutesy borders completely ruined it all for me. Don't realise how much of an impact good design makes until it is glaringly absent. ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm currently obsessed with Robyn Davidson and her trek across the outback, so this was a great read. Photos are stunning. Insider look at the movie was a little odd, but interesting nonetheless. ...more
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Robyn Davidson was born on a cattle property in Queensland, Australia. She went to Sydney in the late sixties, then spent time studying in Brisbane before moving to Alice Springs, where the events of this book begin. Since then, she has traveled extensively, living in London, New York, and India. In the early 1990s, she migrated with and wrote about nomads in northwestern India. She is now based i ...more

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