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Lake Eyre : A Journey to the Heart of the Continent - Paul Lockyer

Lake Eyre

A Journey to the Heart of the Continent

Hardcover

Published: 1st April 2012
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Lake Eyre occupies a vast mythological and real landscape - its basin makes up one sixth of the Australian continent and it is the ‘inland sea’ so many early explorers died trying to discover. But for most of the time the lake is empty, a vast salty desert plain. Only once in a generation when the great rains sweep in from Queensland, does the lake fill up. When this happens an astonishing transformation occurs; overnight the lake changes, the desert blooms, great flocks of birds, brumbies, dingoes and other wildlife find their way to the water’s shores. And for the people who live there, the deluge changes everything.

In this stunning book, reporter Paul Lockyer tells the story of the great lake - from its ancient beginnings to its present day - and the tales of all those it affects, from intrepid early explorers like Burke and Wills and pioneers like Birdsville mailman Tom Kruse to characters like racing car driver Donald Campbell, showmen like Fred Brophy, artists like John Olsen and cattle kings like Sir Sydney Kidman. Along with environmental scientist Professor Richard Kingsford, Paul explores one of the world’s great wonders and reveals why it holds such resonance for so many Australians.

About the Author

In a television career spanning over 40 years, Paul Lockyer covered foreign coups, political dramas, the Australian Olympics and rural issues for the ABC and Channel Nine. In Lake Eyre, he discovered one of the biggest stories of his career, a tale which he believed defined Australia, with its mysterious and dramatic cycles of change, its ancient history and its ability to captivate all who see it.

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  • Informative (3)

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    5.0

    Wonderful book, great price.

    By LM

    from Perth

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Informative
    • Well Written

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      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Travel Reading

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      This was a gift, the recipient loved it.

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      5.0

      Excellent read and beautiful photos

      By KT

      from Adelaide

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      • Broad Appeal
      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Informative
      • Stunning Photos
      • Well Written

      Cons

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        • All Australians
        • Gift
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        Comments about Lake Eyre:

        This is an excellent book, beautifully presented, full of interesting material and stunning photos. It would make a lovely gift for anyone interested in the Australian outback. A great coffee table book and a good read.

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        4.0

        Good coffee table book

        By Eyve

        from Victoria Australia

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        • Beautiful photography
        • Broad Appeal
        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Understand
        • Informative

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers
          • Travel Reading

          Comments about Lake Eyre:

          This book was bought as a gift but I dipped into it before I handed it over. Recipient loved it.

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          ISBN: 9780733330643
          ISBN-10: 0733330649
          Audience: General
          Format: Hardcover
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 240
          Published: 1st April 2012
          Publisher: ABC Books
          Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 31.3  x 2.8
          Weight (kg): 1.53