A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race
by Greg Foyster
Greg Foyster quits his job in advertising and decides to live more simply. Looking for inspiration, he and his partner Sophie cycle from Melbourne to Far North Queensland (via Tasmania, naturally) scouting out ideas.
Preposterously underprepared, they are propelled by the inspiring and eccentric characters they meet along the way – from a forest activist living up a tree to an 18th-century woodsman and a monk walking barefoot through Queensland.
Featuring eye-opening encounters with DIY downshifters and leading figures in sustainability, Changing Gears is a jaunty adventure that explores an important question for the future: can we be happier with less?
Praise for Changing Gears
‘an utter treat’ – The Courier Mail
‘engaging…full of inspiring ideas’ – The Sun-Herald
‘[An] engaging memoir exploring green initiatives’ – The Sunday Age
‘life-changing’ – The Sunday Territorian
‘engaging, self-effacing, often hilarious’ – The Surf Coast Times
‘From advertising to dumpster diving. A fascinating account of one couple’s journey to live by their principles.’ Craig Reucassel, The Chaser and The Checkout
‘If your lifestyle clashes with your values, if you want to change how you live but need a push to get you there, this is a must-read book for you.’ Rhonda Hetzel, author of Down to Earth
‘Until humanity figures out what to do about climate change, we need heroes like Greg Foyster and Sophie Chishkovsky who put their lifestyles on the line to inspire us to change.’ Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man
‘This book is honest, edgy, raw and confrontational. Greg shares his truth in an uncut, heartfelt and mind-digested way. In the saddle of his pushbike we share a personal journey that’s uncovering community for what it is… A compelling ride to the future we are all creating.’ Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia
‘Greg is funny, insightful and sometimes painfully honest. But Sophie is hilarious!’ Tanya Ha, author of Greeniology 2020
‘At first, Greg Foyster and the cast of characters he meets on his journey all seem a bit mad. Oh, how we need mad bastards like these. Changing Gears opens up new approaches to the way we live our lives, without the discomfort of saddle rash that Greg had to go through.’ Sean ‘The Birdman’ Dooley, author of The Big Twitch
Greg Foyster is a widely published journalist and an alumnus of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. He presents on environmental issues and at writers festivals around Australia. The Age featured him in their ‘Top 100’ inspiring and influential Melburnians.
Sophie Chishkovsky is a classically trained cellist and a committed cyclist. This whole crazy adventure was her idea.
Changing Gears is Greg’s first book.