Robyn Davidson is the author of Tracks, Ancestors, Desert Places, and the Picador Book of Journeys. She lives in London, Australia, and India.

Self-Portrait with Imaginary Mother

A Reluctant Memoir When I was eleven years old, my mother gave me a pair of gold sandals. These were for best, and not at all suitable for school. In all my life so far—that dreamy undifferentiated time of childhood—I . . .
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