The Blue Plateau: An Australian Pastoral

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5.9 X 8.56 X 0.7 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author
Mark Tredinnick is an essayist, poet, and writing teacher. He is the author of The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir and the editor of A Place on Earth: An Anthology of Nature Writing from Australia and North America. His essays and journalism have appeared in Island, ISLE, Orion, Resurgence, the Bulletin, and the Sydney Morning Herald. Winner of the 2005 Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize, Tredinnick lives in the highlands southwest of Sydney, Australia.
"One of the wisest, most gifted and ingenious writers you could hope to find."
--Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma

"Blue escarpment, floods in the bottoms, a "red steer" wild fire, logging, pasturing, sod walled homes, generations evolving and perishing--Australian writer Mark Tredinnick tells us a vivid weave of stories which add up to a story of homeland, his for some years, and along the way he illustrates the complex ways we come to a sense of place, rural or downtown. The Blue Plateau is a gift; a guide to understanding all of us, everywhere; one of those books you read slowly, so it will last, and this one will. This one will be around."
--Bill Kittredge, author of The Willow Field and The Next Rodeo

"Absorbed slowly, as a pastoral "landscape of loss" and "experiment in seeing and listening," the book richly rewards that patience." -- Publishers Weekly (Oct.)

"In this exquisite meshing of landscape and language, Tredinnick gives voice to the spirit of a place where longing and change are writ large." --Donna Seaman, Booklist

"The Blue Plateau conveys a deep sense, rooted in the very syntax of a lush prose about an austere land, that there can be no meaningful division between nature and culture, between humans and all the other life that interdepends with us, not in the backcountry of southeastern Australia, nor anywhere else."