Eating The Wind

It’s 1992 and English magazine journalist Nigel Simmonds escapes corporate life to move to Bali, the Island of The Gods. His first port of call is Ubud, below sacred Mount Agung, where he sets up home among a collection of characters for whom life in the West – known as The Machine – has become untenable.

It’s among these crystal believers that he finds his place as the observer of a late century hedonism which ultimately proves destructive for anyone who enters. Drawn to their unfettered ways he approaches an edge that offers both hope and peril – can he find redemption?

“Part memoir, part novel, this account of escaping the rat-race to live the island dream is as close as you will get to understanding what drives anyone’s search for freedom”

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“Just finished reading Nigel Simmonds new book Eating the Wind #eatingthewind. Whether you’ve been on Bali for 30 years, or 30 months, or only 30 days there’s something about this island that is undeniable and Nigel captures it beautifully in this story… in his story. And for those of you who have never been here but have always wanted to escape, dive into this book for I can tell you, as much as things have changed here, they’ve still remained exactly the same… Thank you Nigel!”

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“Highly recommended…tells the story of our past Campuan – Sayan neighborhood ….very witty…”

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“Thank you for intimately opening the doors into your life, life in Ubud and Bali… Blown away…”

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“Scene by scene Bali life came alive… So much so I could practically smell the Sandat or incense or durian (Jakarta)…“

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“Captivating, raw and eloquent…What a fabulous read…”

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“Was a great read. This place has given us all so much. An elegant NEVER dull always challenging ride through this life. I hope Bali holds us all with love and care till The End. A great accomplishment Nigel Chapeaux to you. So many unbelievable stories get played out here … Really astonishing material.”

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“Loved your book. Walking around the Isle (Meno) on Christmas day I ate a lot of air! Forgot how good it was. Thanks.”

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“Nigel, your book is a delight. Not only are your a master story teller of (non) fiction, sometimes you even become the poet…. but above all you look as if through a loving lens at Bali and what it can do to ignorant Bules as we all have been and most of us still are…”

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‘It was so good I read it twice.”

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“Was a great read / can resonate as can anyone who’s lived a bit of life here in Bali / how lucky we’ve been / passed it on.”

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“This book is the only account I have read that captures the vibrancy and serenity, adventure and escape, tranquility and chaos that is life on this island.”

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“If you have the chance to buy it, buy it because it’s excellent.”

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“I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed it – a good read.”

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“Thoroughly enjoyed the book; wish it had been longer as I didn’t want to finish it! Hope you write another one as I enjoyed the style as well as the content. I was lucky to have six years in Bali and loved your account. Best wishes to you.

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“I didn’t want it to end and it made me recall so many moments not only from my own account but I knew some of the people in it so I felt a direct connection.”

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“Talk about memory lane, and oh so well observed and magically recreated in my mind. I can hear everyone’s voice, can see the body language … it’s hard to put down.”