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.
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 132.08 x 195.58 x 25.4mm | 249.47g
- 01 Jan 2012
- Melbourne University Press
- Carlton, Australia
- Updated ed.
"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"
About Chris Hammer
Chris Hammer has been a journalist for over twenty-five years. He has been an international correspondent for SBS TV's flagship current affairs program Dateline, the chief political correspondent for The Bulletin and a senior political journalist for The Age.