Crying with Cockroaches was launched on the 16th of November, 2006 by the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern

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Crying with Cockroaches tells the story of an undertaking against the odds: a journey considered by many to be madness. Yet, South African born Marianne Du Toit was determined to follow her dream - adamant that with only two horses for company, she should explore the Americas, travelling from Argentina to New York City over 21 months, finishing in March 2004.

Limited equestrian experience, hardly any contacts and an unknown continent, she persevered. Despite it being a journey of heartbreak, frustration, bureaucracy, loneliness, danger, and hunger, nothing stopped her from following her heart.

But this is not only a story of struggle and pain. It is also one of great joy and personal rewards. From peasants to high society, Marianne experienced the true human spirit of generosity. Her adventures had a powerful message - you can overcome the impossible if you are determined and positive. Humour and a "taking everyday as it comes" attitude helped a great deal too.

Her story, told with simplicity and warmth, is bound to capture the readers' imagination. It is a story to be enjoyed by the young or old, fellow adventurers or those who simply prefer to explore the world from the comforts of their armchairs.

During the US stretch of her journey, Marianne featured as ABC Person of the Week with Peter Jennings and also appeared with one of her horses in a programme for the History Channel, called "The Master: Emilio Solanet".

Marianne is now a director of PEGASUS - a therapeutic riding facility in Sligo.

Crying with Cockroaches which is published by Liendi Publishing, Dublin, has 416 pages with over one hundred colour photographs, mostly from the author's collection. Click on the following "Buy Now" image to purchase your copy online (via PayPal).

Distributed by Easons Wholesalers in Ireland, it's available at all major bookstores in the Republic as well as Northern Ireland. Copies can also be obtained from

Faradawn is distributing Crying with Cockroaches in South Africa

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