Travels with Bertha Launch!

Dear Liberties Press friends,

We are delighted to be launching Travels with Bertha: Two Years Exploring Australia in a 1978 Ford Station Wagon by Paul Martin. Returning to the award-winning Gutter Bookshop, Travels with Bertha will be launched by the award-winning journalist Genevieve Carberry who has always travelled extensively through Australia and will hopefully recount some of her own travel adventures... with all these awards, Bertha will certainly be in good company!

Tuesday 24 April is the big day and 6.30pm the time; we look forward to seeing you all there! As always, please feel free to spread the news and tell your friends and family. If you can't wait until the book's release, check our Paul's Travels with Bertha blog!


Paul Martin

With thousands of Irish flocking to Australia, even before the recession but particularly in these troubled times, the tendency is to stay in main cities, Sydney in particular, but how much of Australia do they really see?

Travels with Bertha is the story of the real Australia. Extending a one-year working holiday visa into thirty months, Paul lived the colourful, precarious and occasionally solitary life of a ‘backpacker’ in various locations throughout Australia, travelling extensively through every State and Territory in Australia including a trip across the Bass Straits to Tasmania. In this and two other journeys across the continent, he travelled (and slept) in Bertha, encountering many fascinating characters and much of Australia’s hidden history and landscape. He also picked up fellow travellers of various nationalities: Australian, American, Canadian, Dutch, English, Finnish, Lebanese, Indonesian, German, Irish, Israeli and Swedish. 

Travels with Bertha is the perfect book for not only those planning on or dreaming about visiting Australia, but also those who have returned and want to relive their years Down Under. A light-hearted travel book with strong historical content, Travels With Bertha details Paul Martin’s two years spent travelling through Australia in a 1978 Ford Falcon station wagon. Guaranteed to give you itchy feet!

‘Martin captures the classic experience of the Irish in Australia – his adventures will chime with the many thousands of his countrymen who follow a similar route’ 
Manchán Magan, Travel Journalist