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Description - The Bush by Don Watson

Most Australians live in cities and cling to the coastal fringe, yet our sense of what an Australian is - or should be - is drawn from the vast and varied inland called the bush. But what do we mean by 'the bush', and how has it shaped us? Starting with his forebears' battle to drive back nature and eke a living from the land, Don Watson explores the bush as it was and as it now is: the triumphs and the ruination, the commonplace and the bizarre, the stories we like to tell about ourselves and the national character, and those we don't. Via mountain ash and mallee, the birds and the beasts, slaughter, fire, flood and drought, swagmen, sheep and their shepherds, the strange and the familiar, the tragedies and the follies, the crimes and the myths and the hope - here is a journey that only our leading writer of non-fiction could take us on. At once magisterial in scope and alive with telling, wry detail, The Bush lets us see our landscape and its inhabitants afresh, examining what we have made, what we have destroyed, and what we have become in the process. No one who reads it will look at this country the same way again. 'The grand Australian bush - the nurse and tutor of eccentric minds, the home of the weird, and of much that is different from things in other lands.' - Henry Lawson

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781926428215
ISBN-10: 1926428218
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 160mm x 46mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Publish Date: 24-Sep-2014
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Don Watson

Don Watson Don Watson is one of Australia's most distinguished writers. His bestselling account of his time as Paul Keating's speechwriter, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart, won several awards, as did his 2008 release American Journeys. Don also wrote Bendable Learnings (2009), a successor to Death Sentence and Weasel Words.

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