Optimism – Reflections on a Life of Action reviewed by Barbara

In his introduction Bob describes his memoir as ‘some anecdotes from a life set for downfall that found its salvation in action,’ the downfall referring to his 20-year-old self’s despair about his life, and action to a life spent in service to conservation, being leader of a political party and a state and federal politician. Read More …

The Bush reviewed by Barbara

Part family reminiscence, part social history, part lecture, The Bush is a rambling discourse on rural Australia past and present, intertwined with quotes from selected bush poets and colonial diarists, some early-explorer history, quite a lot about Aborigines (interesting) and a plenitude of information about Australian botany and wildlife. At over 400 pages, the amount Read More …