The Ribbons Are for Fearlessness: My Journey from Norway to Portugal beneath the Midnight Sun by Catrina DaviesThe Ribbons Are for Fearlessness: My Journey from Norway to Portugal beneath the Midnight Sun by Catrina Davies

The Ribbons Are for Fearlessness: My Journey from Norway to Portugal beneath the Midnight Sun

byCatrina Davies

Paperback | February 9, 2016

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“Read this book if you have ever loved and lost. . . . It will inspire you.” —Monique Roffey, author of With the Kisses of His Mouth

Fuzzy-haired, neurotic, cello-playing Catrina is devastated when her lover, Jack, leaves her to go surfing on the other side of the world. Trapped in a dead-end job and torn by his departure, Catrina dreams of running away. But how do you run away when you’re flat broke?

Luckily, her friend Andrew comes up with a plan: they’ll get an old van, turn it into a camper, and busk their way from Norway to Portugal, via the midnight sun. Andrew is one of her oldest friends and they share many of the same passions and interests, including music.

When Andrew is killed in a tragic accident, Catrina decides to go it alone, encountering one disaster after another. She sleeps in her van, gets lost, and struggles to find the confidence to play her cello in front of her growing audience, but meets complete strangers who offer her advice, encouragement, and support along the way. Her experiences on the road gradually teach her the real meaning of love, courage, and above all else, the importance of following her dreams.

This is an unforgettable story of a journey like no other—a deeply emotional and inspirational debut by a unique storyteller.
Catrina Davies is a writer, singer-songwriter, and DJ. Her story has been featured in Vogue, Red, Daily Express, Surfer’s Path, and other publications. She lives and works in a tin shed in Cornwall, England.
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Title:The Ribbons Are for Fearlessness: My Journey from Norway to Portugal beneath the Midnight SunFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:February 9, 2016Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1634502388

ISBN - 13:9781634502382

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Travelling from Norway to Portugal in a camper van is great fun! Now I have found a book about solo travel that tells it like it is. I so identified with Catrina (Not the busking I hasten to add that I really quite warmed to her early on despite her lack of awareness over many things. But you can’t fault the girl’s stamina to do what she did and I was amazed. It’s only when you travel on your own that you notice the little things, the shape of the money, the way you drift off when looking into the horizon, the need to make friends, the homesickness but that inner voice in your head telling you to carry on and gather memories. Who would have known that busking was received so differently in Europe? And that there are rules for buskers iu various towns and cities. That it doesn’t seem to pay well in France and that the journey from Norway to Sweden can make you feel like a pauper. There are many funny moments along the way but I really admire this girl for not just getting out of her comfort zone but for jumping out of it, smashing it in pieces and all the while, learning how to save herself from Norwegian wave and biting the bullet of playing live on a pier somewhere. There’s something very moreish about this book – maybe I need to get in a camper van right now, take this book with me and seize the day?
Date published: 2016-02-29

Editorial Reviews

“Read this book if you have ever loved and lost. . . . It will inspire you.” —Monique Roffey, author of With the Kisses of His Mouth"Compulsively readable, Davies' memoir is a travel saga of the best kind: engrossing, personal, filled with charm and misadventures in just the right amounts." —Dina Bennett, author of From Peking to Paris“A captivating read about the meaning of love, the transformative power of music, and the harsh and beautiful world we live in. Davies teaches us how every ending is a new beginning, and how our heartbreaks can morph into insights that lead us to a deeper understanding of ourselves, the world, and our place in it.” —Rosemary Rawlins, author of Learning by Accident