To understand the present, you need to understand the past. To understand Australia's history, you need to look at how the land has shaped not just our past, but will continue to shape our future. From highly respected, award-winning author Jackie French comes a new and fascinating interpretation of Australian history, focusing on how the land itself, rather than social forces, shaped the major events that led to modern Australia.
Our history is mostly written by those who live, work and research in cities, but it's the land itself which has shaped our history far more powerfully and significantly than we realise. Reinterpreting the history we think we all know - from the indigenous women who shaped the land, from Terra Incognita to Eureka, from Federation to Gallipoli and beyond, Jackie French shows us that to understand our history, we need to understand our land. Taking us behind history and the accepted version of events, she also shows us that there's so much we don't understand about our history because we simply don't understand the way life was lived at the time.
Eye-opening, refreshing, completely fascinating and unforgettable, Let the Land Speak will transform the way we understand the role and influence of the land and how it has shaped our nation.
About the Author
Jackie French is a full-time writer who lives near Braidwood in the Araluen Valley, NSW. In 2000, Hitler’s Daughter was awarded the CBC Younger Readers’ Award. To the Moon and Back won the Eve Pownall Award in 2005. Macbeth and Son, and Josephine Wants to Dance were both shortlisted for the 2007 CBC Awards.
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I first read this from the library and loved it. My parents loved it. We passed it on and everyone loved it. Puts the history of Australia in perspective and debunks some myths while verifying others. One to read again and again. I think everyone would like it.
This book should be in every school and every home as it deals with Our Country and gives us a clearer understanding interspersed with Jackie's sense of humour, of what we and our ancestors have done to Australia and perhaps how we can overcome some of the long lasting problems with the land. We may yet still be able to save some of the near extinct animals, grasses and trees by reading this book. I loved it so much I bought one for each of my adult daughters, and have been recommending it to friends and the staff at our local Library to promote.
Well done Jackie, once again a winner for you - and us.
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st October 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.4 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.77