Kathryn Heyman on writing her ‘white hot’ memoir – and finding refuge on the Timor Sea

Kathryn Heyman on writing her ‘white hot’ memoir – and finding refuge on the Timor SeaMay 4, 2021

It took hitchhiking to Darwin and a job on a fishing trawler to transform the young novelist-to-be

At 21, Kathryn Heyman didn’t have the luxury of “finding herself” in India like her peers. She had no money, no safety net and had learned to never rely upon others.

Instead, she hitch-hiked to Darwin with her journals and favourite books – and notions of a Kerouac-style adventure – and blagged a job as a cook on a fishing trawler, a boat called the Ocean Thief. She was later relegated to deckhand when it was discovered she could barely boil an egg.

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