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"In The River, Chris Hammer takes us on a journey through Australia's heartland, following the rivers of the Murray-Darling Basin, recounting his experiences, his impressions, and, above all, stories of the people he meets along the way. It's a journey punctuated with laughter, sadness and reflection. The River looks past the daily news reports and their sterile statistics, revealing the true impact of our rivers' decline on the people who live along their shores, and on the country as a whole. It's a tale that leaves the reader with a lingering sense of nostalgia for an Australia that may be fading away forever."

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"Skillfully weaving together issues, history, anecdote and personal experience, this book is poignant, urgent environmental writing at its best." --"Better Homes and Gardens"
"Looks past the daily news reports and their sterile statistics, revealing the true impact of our rivers decline on the people who live along their shores and on the country as a whole." --"Campus Review"
"Timely and revealing . . . an immensely readable travelogue, reveling in the rich heritage and character of the Australian bush." --"The Australian Bookseller & Publisher"
"A moving and sadly accurate description of Australia's greatest river system." --"Age"
"Timely and revealing, "The River" is . . . an immensely readable travelogue, reveling in the rich heritage and character of the Australian bush." --Richard Bilkey, "Bookseller + Publisher"

Highly informative

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Style of writing cleverly mixed river research with local characters along the LONG stretch of the Murray Basin. True Aussie land people without the influence of politicians added to the authenticity of Hammer's writings

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A tribute to the fallen

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The book was written at the end of the last record drought (the Millenium Drought), only 6 years ago; now we are deep into another record drought. It is a tribute to the fallen, to Australia's rivers and the towns and farmers they used to support. The author travelled along the Darling, Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers from the start of each to the end of the river in South Australia; the river has not met the sea in years. He talks to the people he meets, and gets their stories of back when the rivers ran deep and wide, and now are reduced to trickles and less. The author shows the long term effects of water overuse and climate change, brought back to the individuals that live through it.

Sydney

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Chris Hammer's compelling river journey

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A good read for adults of any age. Having lived by the Murray in South Australia's Riverland for many years (school years at Loxton, bank at Renmark, minister at Mannum) and married someone born at Yarrawonga and with family connections in Swan Hill, Albury, Mitta Mitta, etc. I found much to interest me. I loved the blend of personal narrative, river characters, travelogue and geographical and historical detail. I was disappointed that many familiar places were not addressed or even mentioned, but recognise that was inevitable given the scope of Chris's journey and subject. It was good to see the author at the recent Bendigo Writers Festival.

Bendigo

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The River

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Map of the Murray-Darling Basinp. vi
Diagram of the Murray River Systemp. vii
Introduction to New Editionp. ix
Prologuep. xv
Headwatersp. 1
Bourkep. 30
The Last Wild Riverp. 55
An Ancient Landp. 83
The Inland Seap. 106
The Forestp. 135
Wakoolp. 166
To the Riverlandp. 196
Journey's Endp. 231
Epiloguep. 263
Referencesp. 269
Acknowledgementsp. 271
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780522861167
ISBN-10: 0522861164
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st October 2011
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1