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“Their adventures together are funny, poignant and life-changing.”

The Sunday Age

Greg Foyster quits his job in advertising and decides to live more simply. Looking for inspiration, he and his partner Sophie cycle from Melbourne to Far North Queensland (via Tasmania, naturally) scouting out ideas.

Preposterously under-prepared, they are propelled by the inspiring and eccentric characters they meet along the way – from a forest activist living up a tree to an 18th-century woodsman and a monk walking barefoot through Queensland.

Featuring eye-opening encounters with DIY downshifters and leading figures in sustainability, Changing Gears is a jaunty adventure that explores an important question for the future: can we be happier with less?


“Their adventures together are funny, poignant and life-changing.”

The Sunday Age

“Inviting his readers into their adventure, Foyster often addresses us directly. This, with observations and reflections about our world offered with self-deprecating humour, makes this book an utter treat. Verdict: possibly life-changing.”

The Courier Mail

“Narrating their journey in a lighthearted way, the reams of information Greg relays are nicely balanced by the eccentric characters the couple meet…an informative text that’s an accessible read – the stories throughout the journey are inspiring, and never overwhelming…”

Readings Monthly

“This engaging memoir explores green initiatives including the concept of “voluntary simplicity”; communal housing and local and seasonal produce.”

The Sydney Morning Herald

“This book achieves the challenging task of being eminently readable and ethically deep.”

Dr Samuel Alexander, The Simplicity Institute

“He’s not exactly Bear Grylls, which is what makes his tale so fascinating and funny.” Smith Journal

“From advertising to dumpster diving. A fascinating account of one couple’s journey to live by their principles.”

Craig Reucassel, The Chaser and The Checkout

“A compelling ride to the future we are all creating.”

Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia

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