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The first social, cultural and environmental history of this World Heritage-listed site, The Reef is an effortlessly readable work by a born storyteller.

There has never been a more critical time for the Great Barrier Reef. Our greatest natural landmark is now in danger of being lost forever.

In The Reef, Iain McCalman delivers the first social, cultural and environmental history of this fragile global treasure. Describing twelve key encounters between people, places, ideas and biosystems, McCalman argues that the Reef was created by human minds as well as coral polyps, by imaginations as well as natural processes.

Brilliantly readable and constantly surprising, The Reef enshrines the stories behind the formation of this unique phenomenon and chronicles our shifting perceptions of it.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143783350

    November 14, 2016

    Penguin

    416 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781742537894

    October 23, 2013

    Penguin eBooks

    360 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Colin Roderick Award
    2013
    Shortlisted
    Best Book
  • FAW Award
    2013
    Commended
    Non-Fiction
  • 2014
    Winner
    Best Book
  • CHASS Australia Prize
    2014
    Winner
    Best Book
  • 2014
    Longlisted
    Best Book
  • John Button Prize
    2014
    Longlisted
    Best Book
  • Queensland Literary Awards
    2014
    Shortlisted
    Non-Fiction
  • Waverley Library Award for Literature
    2014
    Shortlisted
    Best Book
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    2015
    Shortlisted
    Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction

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