Travelling With Ghosts: An intimate and inspiring Journey


In the summer of 2002 Shannon Leone Fowler was backpacking with her fiancé Sean in Thailand. They were planning to return to Melbourne after their excursion to Koh Pha Ngan, but their plans were tragically derailed when a box jellyfish wrapped around Sean’s legs, stinging and killing him in minutes. Rejecting the Thai authorities attempt to label the death ‘drunk drowning,’ Shannon ferried his body home to his stunned family – a family to which she suddenly no longer belonged. Shattered and untethered, Shannon set out on a journey to make sense of her loss. From Auschwitz in Poland to war-torn Israel, shelled-out Bosnia, poverty-stricken Romania, and finally to Barcelona, where she first met Sean years before, Shannon charts a path through sorrow towards recovery.


‘A cross between H is for Hawk and WildStylist
‘A courageous memoir of love and loss . . . compelling’ Sunday Express

‘Intimate and inspiring’ Observer
‘Rich and absorbing’ Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love
‘A brave and necessary record of love, as beautiful as it is heartbreaking’ Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth

On a warm evening on a beautiful beach in Thailand, Shannon Leone Fowler’s life was shattered when a box jellyfish – the most venomous animal in the world – wrapped itself around her fiancé Sean’s legs, stinging and killing him in minutes.

Devastated by the tragedy, Shannon, a marine biologist, could not face returning to her home by the ocean. She had travelled the world with Sean, and to honour his memory set out on a new journey – this time alone, to make sense of her loss.

From contemplating the silence of Auschwitz, to stumbling through poverty-stricken Romania and Bulgaria, to sitting shiva amid daily bombings in Israel, to finding humour and creativity in Sarajevo, a city still scarred by war, Shannon begins to chart a path through grief – learning to live with loss without letting it destroy her.

New edition includes an interview between Shannon Leone Fowler and her mother,
author of international bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club and Man Booker Prize shortlisted We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler.

Additional information

Weight 0.26 kg
Dimensions 19.9 × 13.8 × 2 cm










155.937092 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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