AUTHOR. WRITER. SPEAKER..
Eli's first book, Eli's Wings was published by Penguin Books International in 2002. It became a best seller in Australia with revised editions and reprints both at home and internationally. Eli’s second book, The Year We Seized the Day co-authored with Colin Bowles was published by Allen & Unwin 2007. It gathered momentum abroad and in 2014, was listed as an Amazon.com bestseller.
Eli studied creative writing at Swinburne University, Business Management at RMIT, screen and scriptwriting at the Australian Writers Guild. Her articles have appeared in publications throughout Australia and the UK, including the Herald Sun, The Age, and The Australian.
Eli has presented to thousands of high school students and educators throughout Australian secondary schools. She has appeared as an Author in Residence, panellist and guest speaker at various literary festivals, along with national and international health and wellness events.
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"This is by far the best Camino book I have read and I have read many." - richstead
"This book moved me to tears so many times and was difficult to put down. This book will go down as a personal lifetime favorite, a book like this comes along rarely." - Maxi
THE YEAR WE SEIZED THE DAY
by Elizabeth Best & Colin Bowles
The utterly compelling and inspirational account of two very different writers journeying side-by-side along the great Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the legendary medieval pilgrimage across Spain.
After meeting briefly at a writers festival, 27 year old Elizabeth Best, pairs up with legendary historical fiction writer, Colin Bowles (aka Colin Falconer), in a last minute undertaking to complete a shared goal. The two, barely acquainted, seize the day and drop everything to retrace one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in the Western world, through the heart of Spain.
It was meant to be an exciting adventure, but under-prepared and carrying too much baggage, in every sense, the two soon discover the hidden magic of the Camino. Bound by a promise and fuelled by local vino, what starts out as a physical challenge quickly becomes an epic tale of tragedy, triumph, and fierce loyalty as the 900 kilometre trek through mystic lands give rise to far greater personal journeys.
Set amidst the olive groves, rolling hills, castles, and cathedrals of northern Spain and featuring a supporting cast of eccentrics—from mad monks to angry nuns, Lycra-clad cyclists, international soul seekers, and boisterous boy scouts—this is an inspiring, moving, and blackly funny account of two hapless pilgrims on an extraordinary journey to the end of the earth… and beyond.
"...a gripping tale of endurance laced with heartache and wry humour." - Sun-Herald
"Their courage and honesty in facing their demons makes this book a compelling read."
- Woman's Day
"...don't read it for understanding - read it because the author's courage, candour and spirit will leave you cheering."
- Verified Kindle Customer
by Elizabeth Best
When Eli’s Wings was first published by Penguin Books Australia Ltd 2002, it was embraced by readers around Australia, then around the world. Added to secondary school and book club reading lists, it started a dialogue that brought to light secrets kept by millions throughout the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, and beyond.
A decade on, the topic of eating disorders remains as poignant and as relevant as ever before. This revised edition, with new material, marks the ten-year anniversary of the original release.
Journeying from the depths of despair and to the heights of possibility, Eli’s Wings is the unique celebration of love, hope and ultimately, life.
“The raw and honest account of Elizabeth Best’s desperate struggle …will inspire all who read it.” – Sydney Morning Herald.
“…as rates of eating disorders continue to rise, so too does the need for positive examples of recovery.” - Elizabeth Best