Richard Starks and Miriam Murcutt - authors

Non-fiction books by Richard Starks
and Miriam Murcutt

Lost in Tibet is a true story of high adventure, cultural conflict and political intrigue - set against the mystical background of pre-Chinese Tibet.
“An amazing story, and an entertaining and well-written book.” – National Geographic Adventure
“A superb recounting of a truly unique high adventure – could not put it down. Outstanding!” – RebeccasReads, giving the book its ‘best in history’ award.


Along the River that Flows Uphill – from the Orinoco to the Amazon is a travel book that weaves the story of the authors’ journey with math, science and reason to explore the risks that are inherent in all adventure travel.
“Five out of five stars. An unforgettably vivid travelogue.” – Midwest Book Review.
“It is creative non-fiction. It is literature, history, geography, adventure. And it is cracking good fun.” - January magazine, awarding the book its ‘best of 2009 non-fiction’.
A Room with a Pew gives an account of a journey the authors took through Spain, staying only in ancient monasteries.
"The authors' use of immersion journalism provides a unique insight into the inner sanctum of the monasteries..." - Kirkus Reviews.
"If you have any inclination to try an offbeat way of seeing Spain, this book will give you options." - Book Pleasures.
"A book that is great fun to read - unreligious, but not sacrilegious... an entertaining book that sheds a lot of light on an important element of Spain, and gives very practical information about the way you might go about sleeping with nuns." - A Traveler's Library.


Greenland for $1.99 is a short ebook - illustrated by more than twenty photographs - that gives an account of the authors' journey inside the Arctic Circle.
"I recommend this book to any armchair traveler, and I'll be reading the authors' other books too!” - Shannon, Goodreads reviewer.
"The authors’ sense of adventure and straight-forward writing style left me with a desire to pack my bags and make the trek to Greenland.” - Megan Barker Bowen, Amazon reviewer

Fiction - by Richard Starks
A fast-paced crime thriller about money and the two emotions - fear and greed - that so often surround it.
"This is a fast paced thriller with an ingenious plot." - Michael, Amazon reviewer.

Greenland for $1.99

Icebergs near Ilulissat, Greenland
Last summer, authors Richard Starks and Miriam Murcutt were seeking a different travel experience in a place that had not yet been ‘discovered’. So they decided to head for Greenland. They were not planning to write a book about their journey, but they found Greenland so intriguing they felt compelled to capture some of what the country has to offer.

Greenland is an easy country to explore on your own. There’s no need to join a group. In fact, you’re better off without one, because only then can you experience the haunting isolation of Greenland’s painted towns as well as its empty tundra, fjords, icebergs and crenelated glaciers.

This short e-book – illustrated by more than twenty photographs – is the story of the authors’ journey inside the Arctic Circle. As a reader, you can walk with them over the Greenland ice cap, touch the world’s biggest and fastest-moving glacier, hike along the Arctic Circle Trail, hear sled-dogs yowl and watch whales surface near drifting icebergs, as well as listen to the Inuit talk about the future of their country.

All for just $1.99 - either on your Kindle, or on a tablet or other device that has a free (from Amazon) Kindle app.

Early reviews of Greenland for $1.99


More icebergs in Disko Bay
“A thoughtful and detailed description of a journey into fairly unchartered territory… The authors’ sense of adventure and straight-forward writing style left me with a desire to pack my bags and make the trek to Greenland.” - Megan Barker Bowen, amazon.com reviewer

“Starks and Murcutt spend around month in Greenland all up. Their journey commenced with them flying into Nuuk, and spending time there before travelling to Kangerlussuaq, Sisimiut, and Ilulissat. Their travels included hiking sections of the Arctic Circle Trail…. The book contains some photographs which I enjoyed seeing and which complemented the narrative well. I particularly enjoyed the images of colourful, picture perfect villages…. I found the book intriguing and it has opened a desire in me to know more. But, after all, isn't that what all good books do?” - Jodie, amazon.com reviewer

Sisimiut, Greenland's second largest town
“I've never been to Greenland, nor am I likely to go there, so I really enjoyed this travelers' account. Starting with the basics (size, population, climate) and stitching in more facts as the author begins the journey there by air draws the reader into the subject. Then comes the account of the Arctic Circle Trail, illustrated with photos and maps, and the trip to the stunning Kangia fjord (a UNESCO World Heritage site). The background to this book is global warming but the foreground is the travelers' experience.” - Michael, amazon.com reviewer

“The authors told the story of their travels to Greenland, imparting geographical and historical facts of the country and the people, and figures regarding populations (amazingly small), the sizes of things such as glaciers (amazingly gigantic) and the icecap, and observations on global warming in a relaxed but well-written way that made for very easy and interesting reading. The authors' descriptions are such that I could "feel" the cold and "see" what is certainly awesome scenery….. I recommend this book to any armchair traveller, and I'll be reading the authors' other books too!” - Shannon, Goodreads reviewer

You can hear an author interview about Greenland for $1.99 on TravelTalkMedia, an online and national broadcast news and entertainment program.