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Long Road to Boston

Ross Burns

An Autobiography of No One You’d Know –

Ross Burns’ second book, Long Road to Boston, takes us on his personal and heartfelt journey to fulfill a long-held dream to one day run the Boston Marathon.

After delving briefly into his early childhood years growing up on the northern beaches of Sydney and working for over thirty years as a lawyer in Canberra, much of the book spans Ross’ life between 2008 and 2017. In 2008, he ‘retires’ to live the ‘good life’ in the pristine South Gippsland seaside town of Venus Bay, becomes a reluctant ‘chef’ in a seafood café, then ‘accidentally’ re-locates to Perth as a senior commercial lawyer in a Perth law firm before, eventually, moving to beautiful Margaret River and undergoing yet another personal ‘reinvention’. This time, working as a FIFO contractor on remote mine and rail construction sites in the spectacular Pilbara desert region of Western Australia.

Interspersed with humour and personal drama, Long Road to Boston is the story of an everyday man, his deep love of running, his quest, in his own small way, to help repair the trauma of the shocking Boston Marathon terrorist bombings in 2013, and ‘run Boston’.


About the Author

Ross Burns

Ross was born in Temora in country New South Wales, before re-locating to Sydney where he spent most of his growing up years in and around the northern beach-side suburb of Manly. He studied law at the University of Sydney and, later, completed post-graduate law degrees at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Ross worked as a lawyer in Canberra for over 30 years, both in the federal government and in private legal practice, specialising in commercial, property and business law.

In 2011, Ross moved to Margaret River, Western Australia, where he currently lives with his wife, Diana.




Long Road to Boston by Ross Burns
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ISBN: 978-1-922788-60-3
Format: Paperback C 229mm x 152mm
Extent: 272 pages
RRP: $25.95
Publisher: Vivid Publishing
Category: Non-fiction -- Memoir
Distribution: Contact Vivid