Robyn Davidson has spent a good part of her life with madic cultures of various kinds (in Australia, rth-west India, Tibet and the Indian Himalayas), and she herself calls three countries 'home' - Australia, England and India. In this scholarly yet personal and passionate essay, she explores the paradoxes and strengths of madism, in both its traditional and modern forms. For Davidson, madism is t so much a political organisation or world-view as a strategy that permits access to resources. It is a resilient, rational response to circumstances. There is much to be learned from it, and Davidson shows this as well as offering a lament and an evocation for the worlds we seem to be losing.