From the Edge is striking in its ability to fold together the present and the past and illuminate the way in which so much of Australia’s Indigenous and local history has remained neglected
Bookseller + Publisher
McKenna's prose is crisp and powerful, his pace brisk. The first two chapters are especially gripping – you'll want to option the film right – but his greatest achievement is more profound. McKenna manages to shake white Australia's understanding of the landscape as a place to be valued for its wild, "natural" emptiness. Contemporary Australians often seek out remote places precisely to revel in the sense of being profoundly alone, but From The Edge is a potent reminder of why this emptiness should chill us. McKenna gives glimpses of a country brimming with life and activity, permeated by cultural meaning and profound knowledge.
The Saturday Paper
This is a book that will haunt your memory and ignite your dreams of what Australia once was and might yet become.
A rediscovery of history which offers possibilities of national understanding and rebirth.