Recently, Jon Doust’s final book of his trilogy One Boy's Journey to Man hit the shelves and he recently sat down with Greg Dobbs from the Good Reading Podcast to spill all the details about Return Ticket.
From socialism to apartheid and a fascination with washing dishes, Jon talks about Jack’s growth throughout the three novels and how, despite being reckless and self-centred, he is still very much the hero of the story. Jon also discusses the similarities between his own life and that of Jack’s and how, in a sense, each is a better man than the other in different ways, one being that Jon has the power over Jack by literally holding his future in his hands.
Most importantly, Jon emphasises how the story is universal: ‘It’s not just Jack’s stories; it’s a lot of other people’s stories in the book … Everybody has a story and those people who say to me, “Oh, I don’t have much of a story” – they’re the sort of people I want to spend time with and grill them, until I get every last morsel from them.’
Return Ticket can be purchased from all good bookstores and online.