Wild Nature: Walking Australia's South East Forests (AU Edition)

October 31, 2020
Wild Nature: Walking Australia's South East Forests (AU Edition)

An epic journey of discovery into the heart of a vast andcontested Australian wilderness.In Wild Nature John Blay laces up his walking boots andgoes bush to explore Australia's rugged southeastforests—stretching from Canberra to the coast and on to WilsonsPromontory—in a great circle from his home in Bermagui. In thiscompelling book, the bestselling author of On Track chartsthe forests' natural history, their Indigenous history and thefirst European incursions, the forest wars, the establishment ofthe South East Forests National Park, and the threats that continueto face their existence, including devastating bushfires. Along theway Blay asks the big questions. What do we really know about thesewild forests? How did the forests come to be the way they are? Whatis the importance of wild nature to our civilisation?'This is a beautiful and enchanting book. John Blay is a superbwalking companion—a naturalist, historian and philosopher whosewriting glows with wit, wisdom and wonder. I savoured every wordand relished every step. Wild Nature is a journal ofmeditation, observation and exploration, and a delicate natural andhuman history of the south east forests. What is nature, and how dowe value it today? How did we save these special places and howmight we lose them? Pick up this book and set foot in anotherworld, a wild one nested within our own.' –Tom Griffiths