From the winner of the ACT Book of the year Award for his first
book, The River, comes this celebration of the Australian seascape,
from its natural grandeur to the quirky individualism of those who
live beside it. It is also the heartfelt and pertinent story of the
issues facing our coast today and the resilience of communities at
a turning point. Chris Hammer travels the length of the east coast
of Australia on a journey of discovery and reflection, from the
Torres Strait to Tasmania; from an island whose beach has been lost
forever to the humbling optimism of the survivors of Cyclone yasi;
from the showy beaches of Sydney to a beautiful village that
endures despite the loss of its fishing fleet. This is a relevant,
satisfying and highly readable book, imbued with a sense of
optimism and humour. Even as new economic imperatives emerge and
the shift in our climate becomes apparent, we can revel in the
heritage and character of our shores, reminding us why the coast is
so important to all of us.
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