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To Find the Girl from Perth

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American Zen failure Chadwick this time is in a Western Australian caper. He went there, he writes in the introduction, “on a whim to visit a dear chum, meet her family, friends, and homeland, curious to explore, anticipating only the warmth of new acquaintance, the excitement of unknown flora and fauna, the joy of walking about. There was that, but then there was the unexpected as events propelled me with brazen mates into a bizarre treasure hunt for another lass, one in danger of the grave.”  Join Chadwick and his cast of curious characters in their search To Find the Girl from Perth.


Color Dreams for To Find the Girl from Perth
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with full page illustrations
by Andrew Atkeison
aside quotes from the novel

by David Chadwick

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To Find the Girl from Perth

by David Chadwick

an illustrated novel  - with songs - set in Western Australia

October, 2022 edition

1ISBN-13: 978-1-7322877-6-1

344 pages

45 illustrations

Cuke Press

$15 - ($9 at Amazon] -
Garamond Premier Pro font 12pt


at local indie bookstore - distributed by Ingram Books

on Amazon




Audiobook - released December 2022


Homemade Songs for to Find the Girl from Perth Redux to be released Dec. 30, 2022

Dedication: For my beloved sons Kelly Bernard and Clayton Randolph

Epigraph: If the only prayer you ever say in your life is “thank you,” that would suffice. - Meister Eckhart

Read the Intro to the Audiobook

Read the Introduction to the book

Listen to the intro to the audiobook and book - from the audiobook

Acknowledgments for the book - not in audiobook.

Changes and Errata from the 1st and 2nd printings

See the Illustrations

BIO Page for DC and Anrew Atkeison, artist on Color Dreams - door to all DC sites, blogs, music, social media, everything.






















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 Introduction to the Audiobook

Cuke Press presents the audiobook for To Find the Girl from Perth. Hi. I'm David Chadwick. I wrote To Find the Girl from Perth and narrated it back in 2009. The audiobook contains twenty-eight songs, many scaled down from the way they are in the album, Songs for To Find the Girl from Perth Redux, available on one of my artist pages on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Amazon. Did a good deal of cleanup on the audiobook and album and they were remastered this year 2022 by Tude Arte Sedana at his Kubuku Studio Bali here in Sanur. The print book has 45 little black and white illustrations, one of them of the Indiana Tea House. Thus that marvelous structure isn't described at all. So, to make up for that, here's a smidgen from an article titled "‘Iconic’ Indiana Teahouse added to WA heritage register" in architecture au dot com "Built in 1996 … the restaurant was based on the Centenary Pavilion which graced the site from 1929 to 1983 and was intended to be reminiscent of the early British colonial architectural style."


In addition to the print book, the Kindle, the audiobook, and the album of songs, there's Color Dreams for To Find the Girl from Perth, with full page color illustrations by Andrew Atkeison opposite selected lines from the book - one for each chapter.


I'd like to thank Paul Speir for his tireless work in originally publishing these books and recently converting them into Cuke Press books and redoing the Kindle of To Find the Girl from Perth to include the illustrations. And for doing the cover for this audiobook. 


Go to to read or listen to the fascinating acknowledgments and learn how this book came to be, to see the illustrations, access the songs, credits for the musicians - Bill Seidel on Harmonica, Ethan Okamura guest guitar on a couple of cuts, Ryan Madden on a bunch of bass, Clay Chadwick on drums, Katrinka McKay—car horn and backup vocal, Lisa Clark on violin and backup vocal, Mario Warren additional drum, background vocal, a good deal of remedial engineering and mixing, David Chadwick —guitar, vocal, and all else


Also at one can see what else I've been up to in publishing books and audiobooks, music, and a vast amount on the web.


As of this date I've done two other audiobooks. Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki and Thank You and OK!: an American Zen Failure in Japan, both Shambhala Publications.


So you can check that all out at


But now let's fall into the spell of To Find the Girl from Perth.


Introduction to the book

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To Find the Girl from Perth was originally a NaNoWriMo project

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