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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.


Don has this great gift for putting words on the page so beautifully that, well, i almost resent him ...

Phillip Adams, ABC Radio National

I was struck by the title of this book, quite apart from its contents. The phrase "there it is again" suggests an echo like the repeated call of a solitary bird heard across an otherwise quiet bush landscape. Much of the very best writing in this book, which brings together material published in various places over the past two decades, is devoted to the contemplation of nature. Don Watson is at ease with any subject.

Simon Caterson, The Sydney Morning Herald

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  • Trade Paperback


    November 27, 2017

    Vintage Australia

    352 pages

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    November 27, 2017

    Random House Australia

    352 pages

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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
The Wayward Tourist
Watson's Dictionary Of Weasel Words
Death Sentence
Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America: Quarterly Essay 4
Caledonia Australis


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Red Notice
The Holocaust
The LEGO® Batman Movie: Ultimate Sticker Collection
Remaking the Middle East
Only Dull People Are Brilliant At Breakfast
Feel Free: Essays
The Boy Behind the Curtain
Beyond Good And Evil
The Republic
Create Dangerously
The Rub of Time
When the Facts Change
Chronicles of a Liquid Society