The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham

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October 2018, no. 405
Brenda Walker reviews 'The Year of the Farmer' by Rosalie Ham

The Year of the Farmer

by Rosalie Ham

Pan Macmillan, $32.99 pb, 336 pp, 9781760558901

The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham

Reviewed by
October 2018, no. 405

‘In time and with water, everything changes,’ according to Leonardo da Vinci, who worked with Machiavelli on a strategic and ultimately doomed attempt to channel the flow of the Arno. Large-scale water management has had some notable successes in parts of Australia, but as poor practices and climate change put river systems under near-terminal stress, we face irreversible and potentially catastrophic ecological failures. Michael Cathcart, in The Water Dreamers (2009), provides an account of this. Attempts to rectify the ecological degradation of our rivers involve expensive and possibly futile federal policies, opportunism, and the potential for suffering in farming communities. Everything may indeed change in time and with water, but changes in water practices in Australia are particularly fraught.

Brenda Walker reviews 'The Year of the Farmer' by Rosalie Ham

The Year of the Farmer

by Rosalie Ham

Pan Macmillan, $32.99 pb, 336 pp, 9781760558901

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