Autobiographical Novels


the first autobiographical novel in the Anchors in An Open Sea trilogy.

Leap-frogging life to encounter  the mystical  …


Sailing is the protagonist of the story – thrashing sails, extravagant wind, confused sea, sea sickness.  Join Alice, her daughter Emily, father Roger and lover Cornelius on a adventure through the Pacific. 

This story captures the detail, the beauty and poignant conflicts that disorientate Alice. She is searching but she doesn’t understand what she is searching for, so she questions it all,  and frustrates everyone around her. 

Her determination to find meaning on an ocean wave, turns into an adventure that is both illuminating and disturbing. She rides the inner and outer storms of each new experience – sailing, cycling, backpacking – and falls into an encounter with life that is mystical and rugged.

Meet Alice on this journey through the wind and land and wide seascapes, where the lens of fantasy and intense desire builds to a climax of courageous confusion.

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the second autobiographical novel in the Anchors in An Open Sea trilogy.

Digging deeper when life falls apart 

When Alice, Roger and Cornelius set sail from Fiji for Vanuatu and New Caledonia the adventure continues. Lessons are learned and wisdoms shared.

The pain in Cornelius’s leg speaks to an extreme discomfort with life.  Alice explores Buddhist teachings when she goes cycling around Vanuatu, and reflects on her early life as she hitch-hikes around New Caledonia. She starts to see why she is the way she is. When some of the family visit from New Zealand the pressure builds to explosive and she falls apart.

We also see Alice as an older woman, softer and wiser. She is with her children, now almost the age she was when she went sailing and she bring a deeper insight to their lives. Somehow she has succeeded in bringing  the mystical and the mundane together. We don’t know how she did it, or exactly what that means, but we do see that she is different, and that she has something to share.

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the third autobiographical novel in the Anchors in An Open Sea trilogy.

Accepting life fully as it is  …

Alice and Cornelius embark on the adventure of a lifetime – from Fiji through Vanuatu, and the Solomon archipelago into the pristine islands of Papua New Guinea.

The crystal clear water abound with tropical fish and coral,  gardens and lush jungle flourish on the volcanic islands. Alice is transformed on this journey. Nourished by the good heart of the local people and supported by the land and sea, she finally makes peace with the nightmares living inside her. 

The old, wiser Alice is now teaching Buddha Dharma. Her daughter Charlotte, dispirited about what humans do to themselves and others, comes to study with her. Alice introduces her to the Foundation Teaching of Buddhism and to  Tantra, so that Charlotte too may accept this human life and work for the benefit of all beings.

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The Yoga of Sailing 240 pages
ISBN: 978-0-473-37386-3

Buddha and a Boat 264 pages
ISBN: 978-0-473-37391-7

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All books are printed in New Zealand and not Print-on-Demand.

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Dyana’s trilogy of spiritual autobiography novels are based on her sailing adventures through the Pacific Ocean, and over 30 years of involvement in Tibetan Buddha Dharma. This has included  many long retreats and more recently her own teaching. Names of people have been changed to protect identities, and while some of the episodes are fictional, they remain true to themes and threads of Dyana’s life. 

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