Author(s): Heather Ellis
Timeless On The Silk Road is a travel memoir based on one woman's solo motorcycle odyssey along the fabled Silk Roads of antiquity. Faced with her mortality, this is a profoundly confronting tale of life and death. An evocative journey of courage, hardship and immense beauty of landscape and culture, Heather brings to life every character she meets along the way. She pays homage to the fallen ANZACs; crosses oil-rich Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea. In Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, she enters the ancient world of Islam, then rides over the high snow-capped mountain passes to the lush valleys of Kyrgyzstan where the nomads take her into their yurts and their hearts. She becomes lost in the vastness of the birch forests of Kazakhstan's Altai Mountains where she is rescued by Russian mountain men. And in China, she is repeatedly told there will soon be a new world order. Timeless On The Silk Road is essentially the story of one woman's last adventure; her one last search for meaning as she navigates the pendulum of denial and hope: depression and faith. But it is through this search that the narrative is infused with a deep spiritual power leaving the reader questioning their own mortality and leaving them with a deeper understanding of what it means for the millions globally living with HIV; for the newly diagnosed; and for those, without access to effective treatments, continue to die from AIDS. Timeless on the Silk Road is Heather's eagerly anticipated second book and follows Ubuntu: One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa, a travel memoir about a life-changing adventure into the soul of Africa. Published by Black Inc in April 2016 and Illuminatio in Poland in June 2017, Ubuntu has received rave reviews in Australia and internationally, and continues to be listed as a 'Bestseller' in travel on Amazon. Heather has worked as a radiation safety technician, a motorcycle courier in London, a journalist and in communications in international community development. She lives in the Yarra Valley, Australia with her three children. And she still rides motorcycles.