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**Winner of The Guardian London's Self-published Book of the Month Award**
"What sort of idiot takes a job after a five minute phone interview, in a country he knows nothing much about and on the other side of the world, in a school he's never heard of?"
Newbie is on the run. From England. From the past. From memories of his dead girlfriend, Laura. Indonesia is as good a place as any to reinvent himself—cheap beer, exotic landscapes, a beautiful Indonesian girlfriend, and a bunch of misfit mate all masquerading as English teachers.
Jalan Jalan. "Just walking. Out for a stroll." It's a local phrase that sums up Newbie's quest for emotional detachment, to block out the pain of the past. But Laura won't leave him alone—her ghost haunts him, her voice fills his head, her gaze follows him everywhere. It will take a breakdown and an exorcism at the hands of an Indonesian shaman to make Newbie realize that the events of the past might not always be what they seem…
Mike Stoner lives in the UK, but has spent time in Asia and Eastern Europe. He graduated with distinction from the University of Kent with a MA in Creative Writing. He loves writing and intends to do an awful lot more before he keels over. He is married with two kids and currently lives in the United Kingdom.