Wounded Country: The Murray–Darling Basin – a contested history by Quentin Beresford
Living with the Anthropocene: Love, loss and hope in the face of the environmental crisis edited by Cameron Muir, Kirsten Wehner, and Jenny Newell
Keeping the Wild: Against the domestication of earth edited by George Wuerthner, Eileen Crist, and Tom Butler
Once, when it was the beginning of the dry but no one could have known it yet, Dad drove us west – out past ‘Jesus Saves’ signs nailed to box trees, past unmarked massacre sites and slumping woolsheds, past meatworks and red-bricked citrus factories with smashed windows, and past one-servo towns with faded ads for soft drinks no one makes anymore – until we reached a cotton farm.
We stood on the old floodplain listening to the manager in his American cap, a battery of pumps and pipes behind him, boasting how much water these engines could lift once the river reached a certain height. To the left, an open channel cut through laser-levelled fields to the horizon.... (read more)