The Ribbons are for Fearlessness

A Journey

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Price: £8.99
  • Publication date: 3 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781849534475

About the book

‘Fearlessness has got nothing to do with being unafraid. It’s about doing things anyway, getting on with it, living, whether you’re afraid or not… Courage is about being who you are with your whole heart.’

Fuzzy-haired, neurotic, cello-playing Catrina is devastated when lover, Jack, leaves her to go surfing on the other side of the world. Trapped in a dead-end job and torn by his departure, Catrina dreams of running away. But how do you run away when you’re flat broke? Luckily, her friend Andrew comes up with a plan: they’ll get an old van, turn it into a camper and busk their way from Norway to Portugal, via the midnight sun. When Andrew is killed in a tragic accident Catrina decides to go it alone, with disastrous consequences. Until her experiences on the road gradually teach her the real meaning of love, courage and above all else, the importance of following her dreams.

About the author

Catrina Davies is the author of Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed, which was longlisted for the 2019 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. She has also released two records. Her essays have been published in The Stinging Fly, The Dark Mountain Project and The Lonely Crowd. She has received bursaries from the Society of Authors and the Royal Literary Fund. In 2005 she busked across Europe in a yellow Iveco. She currently lives in Cornwall.


'A memoir about a woman struggling to make sense of death and in the process transmuting grief into meaning. It is also a tale of female courage and discovery. Read this book if you have ever loved and lost a person you loved. It will inspire you to find a path through loss and come out the other end. Catrina Davies writes with a curious and open heart.'

Monique Roffey, author of With the Kisses of his Mouth