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  • Published: 28 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742746128
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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Back on the Wool Track




An intimate and eye-opening account of Michelle Grattan’s travels through ‘the wool track’ of western New South Wales

An intimate and eye-opening account of Michelle Grattan’s travels through ‘the wool track’ of western New South Wales

In Back On The Wool Track, Michelle Grattan traces the footsteps of pre- eminent journalist and war historian C.E.W Bean. In 1909, Bean was commissioned by the Sydney Morning Herald to write a series of articles on the wool industry in western New South Wales. The articles were later compiled into a book and published as On The Wool Track which went on to become an Australian classic. (Continually in print until 1966.)

Now, almost 100 years later, Michelle Grattan traces Bean’s footsteps and paints a fascinating picture of the Far West in 21st century Australia. Like Bean, whose descriptions brought to life the characters who inhabited this harsh, arid region, Back on the Wool Track is about people. Grattan visits the wool country and tracks down descendants of people Bean met during his travels and she observes the modern shearers, doing an old job in a new world.

As Bean brought the outback to his city readers in 1909, Grattan interprets the Western Division for contemporary Australians. Back On The Wool Track is a vivid and sensitive portrayal of ‘this delicate country that responds like a piano to whatever touches it’.

  • Published: 28 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742746128
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
Categories:

About the author

Michelle Grattan

Michelle Grattan has been a member of the press gallery for over forty years. She is a professorial fellow at the University of Canberra and is Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation. Michelle was a former editor of The Canberra Times, The Age’s Political Editor and worked for The Australian Financial Review and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Praise for Back on the Wool Track

“Back on the Wool Track is a worthy update of an Australian classic, a fine record of Grattan's personal odyssey. It may have another, double value in luring Australia's coastal majority into the outback. We city folk would correct our ignorance of the bush while our holiday dollars would provide real ammunition for the Far West's never-ending battle against economic stagnation.” IAN HICKS, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

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