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From birds, to love letters, imagined apologies, mind-numbing management-speak, Oscar Wilde, Anzac Day, strange people and racehorses, in this collection of his writing Don Watson brings his distinctive voice and way of seeing to a host of deserving subjects.

Historian, essayist, speechwriter, humourist, anti-cant crusader; Don Watson has a gift for luring us to the nub of a matter, or at least to a new view of it, there to grin or grind our teeth at the spectacle.
Over the years Don Watson has written on politics and politicians in Australia and the USA, sport, nature, history, culture, crimes against speech, and military commemorations. Sometimes he writes in celebration of a moment or a creature of beauty; at other times, because something or someone gets on his goat - or up it, as young folk say these days.
At the heart of all of his work is the belief that, more than just about anything else - more even than free markets or lifestyle choices - in a civilized society words matter.

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780143787006

    November 27, 2017

    Vintage Australia

    352 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • EBook

    9780143787013

    November 27, 2017

    Random House Australia

    352 pages

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Also by Don Watson

The Bush
A Single Tree
Enemy Within: American Politics in the Time of Trump: Quarterly Essay 63
Worst Words
Reflections on Recollections of a Bleeding Heart
The Big House on the Hill
The Big House on the Hill (Storycuts)
Reflections on Recollections of a Bleeding Heart (Storycuts)
Recollections Of A Bleeding Heart 10th Anniversary Edition
Bendable Learnings
American Journeys
On Indignation
The Wayward Tourist
Watson's Dictionary Of Weasel Words
Death Sentence
Rabbit Syndrome: Australia & America: Quarterly Essay 4
Caledonia Australis

Recommendations

The Rub of Time
Depends What You Mean by Extremist
Anything Is Possible
Red Notice
The Holocaust
Unmaking a Murder
Please Explain: The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Pauline Hanson
Choosing Openness: A Lowy Institute Paper: Penguin Special
The LEGO® Batman Movie: Ultimate Sticker Collection
Blitzed
A Paris All Your Own
The Shepherd's Life
When the Facts Change
Chronicles of a Liquid Society
Winter
Animals Strike Curious Poses
The Conversation Yearbook 2017
The Meaning of Rice
Labor of Love
One Halal of a Story