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An enthralling journey, showcasing Watson's trademark literary gift and sardonic wit, through the Australian landscape and character.

While most Australians live in cities clinging to the coastal fringe, our sense of what an Australian is, or should be, is drawn from the vast and varied inland called the bush. But what do we mean by 'the bush', and how has it shaped us?

Starting with his forebears' battle to drive back nature and eke a living from the land, Don Watson explores the bush as it was and as it now is: the triumphs and the ruination, the commonplace and the bizarre, the stories we like to tell about ourselves and the national character, and those we don't. A milestone work of memoir, travel writing and history, The Bush takes us on a profoundly revelatory and entertaining journey through the Australian landscape and character.

©2014 Don Watson (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Rodney Fielding
  • 12-04-17

Great stories and very interesting details

I have always admired Don Watson's writing, but he has excelled himself in this book, The Bush. It is a mixture of stories, both from his own family and from many other sources, and details about many issues, from prickly pear to aboriginal practices and dingoes. I found it all quite engrossing, and believe this will be an important reference book for many years - not all reference books are as entertaining to read as this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-17-18

A must read for all Australians.

This is our history without embellishments. Don is a great observer, writer and story teller.

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  • 🦋 Percyville 🦋
  • 06-10-18

'A Must Read Book'

I enjoyed the journey from the early days to current bush practices. The farmers and their stories with a few interesting moments in between.
Well written & narrated.
Brilliant!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-21-18

Australia's prose laureate

Every Australian who thinks they care about the bush (and that's lots of us) must read this book. But not only is it important comma it's also incredibly entertaining and jam packed full of "wow I didn't know that" moments.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-18

Wonderful book!

So well written and researched, this book has made me understand so much more about Australia, it’s land, native and introduced animals, pioneers, farmers, indigenous peoples, government and more. Yet written in a way that is also personal, about real people and their stories. Thank you Don Watson

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  • greg quinn
  • 03-03-18

Wonderful

A thoughtful, wonderful journey, rich in detail and insights to help us know our bush.