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