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  • Published: 28 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9780670076413
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 356
  • RRP: $32.95

The Penguin Book of Australian Bush Writing


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Full of adventure and peril, joy and longing, The Penguin Book of Australian Bush Writing is so rich and evocative that you will be able to smell the foliage and feel the crunch of sticks underfoot.

A selection of our finest writing about the mystery and majesty of the Australian bush.

Since settlers and explorers first started recording their experiences of the Australian bush, is has loomed as large in our imaginations as in our landscapes.  Sometimes dark and forbidding, sometimes lush and beautiful, this terrain and the people who venture into it fascinate us and draw us in.  The exploration of our forests and outback is the source of some of our favourite stories.

In The Penguin Book of Australian Bush Writing, prolific writer and editor John Ross has collected tales about the bush from all over our wide land.  Richard Flanagan pays homage to the 'golden wood' industry of Huon pine in Tasmania, Henry Lawson journeys by train from Sydney to Bourke, A.B. Facey works the land on Western Australian frontier, and Miles Franklin describes the menace of the fauna in the countryside of her childhood.

Full of adventure and peril, joy and longing, The Penguin Book of Australian Bush Writing is so rich and evocative that you will be able to smell the foliage and feel the crunch of sticks underfoot.


  • Pub date: 28 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9780670076413
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 356
  • RRP: $32.95

About the Author

JOHN ROSS

John Ross, once a football writer for the Age, was editor-in-chief of 100 Years of AFL Football, co-editor of The Clubs and co-author of The Australian Football Catalogue. He supports the Demons through thick and thin, and has an out-of-town interest in Geelong.

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