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Sinning Across Spain: Walking the Camino
by Ailsa Piper

Sinning Across Spain: Walking the Camino by Ailsa Piper

This book will delight publishers keen on quality travel writing with self-deprecating humour (think Eat Pray Love set on the Camino trail). Or those interested in pilgrimage travel.

It is an updated edition from Piper’s best-selling memoir Sinning Across Spain from Granada to Galicia published in 2012 by Melbourne University Publishing.


Walking has been the constant in Ailsa Piper's life. Setting down one foot after the other takes her to a transformative – and transcendent – place. Sinning Across Spain is inspired by the tradition of medieval walkers who were paid by others to carry their sins to holy places. The cargo included anger, envy, pride and lust. Ailsa hikes alone through the endless

olive groves of the Camino Mozárabe, from the legendary southern city of Granada toward the centuries-old pilgrim destination, Santiago de Compostela, in the far northwest of Spain.

In dusty pueblos and epic landscapes, miracles find her. Angels in both name and nature ease her path.

A few years later, when faced with the untimely death of her husband, Peter, her ‘true north’, Ailsa returns to the Camino trail, this time in France, to walk through her sorrow.

This second pilgrimage is a walk where the burden is her own grief, not the sins of others, and which ultimately sees her walking into life and hope.

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Published by Melbourne University Press in Australia/NZ (Oct 2017)