Hola amigos!

I’m a journalist from the Sunshine Coast of Australia. In August 2019, I published my book, You Had Me at Hola – In search of love & truth in South America.

People are saying it’s the next Eat, Pray, Love. Well, I am anyway.

You can buy it here on my website or through Amazon, Booktopia, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones and Foyles.

If you find yourself in my neck of the woods, you can grab it at Rosetta Books Maleny, TheBookshop Caloundra, Harry Hartog at Sunshine Plaza and Berkelouw Books in Eumundi and Annie’s Books on Peregian.

You’ll find more of my writing here on my blog

Read the first chapter of my book, You Had Me at Hola – FREE


You Had Me at Hola – In search of love & truth in South America is a fast-paced, colourful and sometimes shocking memoir set in South America and Mexico.

The year is 1995 – before the internet and mobile phones made everything less romantic.

A young Australian woman meets a beautiful Peruvian artisan in a market in San Telmo, Buenos Aires. Sensing a deep connection born of some other lifetime, they fall in love and begin a new life together.

Over a period of three years, they travel the continent selling handmade jewellery in the streets and squares of Latin America, dodging police and bandits, mixing with drug dealers and narrowly escaping death.

You Had Me at Hola is a love story between two very different people, with different ways of being.

It is about the search for one’s life purpose and the universal quest for belonging.

And it is about saving yourself because you finally realise you are worth saving.

Leigh Robshaw

Journalist – Feature Writer – Author

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