> Skip to content

Visitors to the Red Centre come looking for the real Australia, but find a place both beautiful and disturbing. There is wilderness, desire and an Aboriginal philosophy of home. But there is also the confusing countenance of the Australian frontier, a meeting place between black and white, ancient and modern.

Songlines and Fault Lines explores the Red Centre through the eyes of those who have walked it, in six remarkable stories that have shaped our nation. It follows Aboriginal Dreamtime Ancestors along a songline, trudges with John McDouall Stuart as he crosses the continent, and walks the Finke River in the footsteps of anthropologist T.G.H. Strehlow. It keeps pace with conservationist Arthur Groom as he reimagines the country’s heart as tourist playground, ponders a philosophy of walking with British travel writer Bruce Chatwin, and then strolls the grog-troubled streets of Alice Springs with Eleanor Hogan.

Retracing time-worn pathways and stories of Australia’s centre, Glenn Morrison finds fresh answers to age-old queries.


Glenn Morrison’s eyes have been in his feet for decades now, and in this remarkable book he walks his way at once into the landscapes of Central Australia and into their contested histories.

Robert Macfarlane

Retracing legendary Red Centre journeys, Glenn Morrison finds new answers to age-old queries by exploring nation-shaping walks.

Australian Geographic

Read More

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 31, 2017

    Melbourne University Press

    RRP $27.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    July 31, 2017

    Melbourne University Press Digital

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

Also by Glenn Morrison

Writing Home


Down Under
The Fatal Shore
Heroes of Hamel
The Songlines
The Bat
The Making of Martin Sparrow
Our Australian Girl: The Pearlie Stories
Are We There Yet?
The Art Of Travel
From the Edge
Far and Away
The Rise and Fall of Australia
Without Reservations
Craft For A Dry Lake
A Secret Country
Two Old Men Dying
Long Road from Jarrow
The Marches