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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Jared Diamond
Island Home: A landscape memoir - Tim Winton

Short and sweet. Winton presents his deeply thought out insights about how it is that the Australian landscape shapes our identity. The argument is made of anecdotes from Winston's own family interacting with the bush. I suspect that, for many Australians, these anecdotes will feel like family holidays.


If you've felt the homely glow of being on country you will agree with Winton that Australia should be weaving culture into the threads of the landscape, fostering that indigenous, familial connection to country that has, at long last, finally been hammered into the last couple of generations of white Australians. Winton does not indulge to suggest any returns necessary to encourage that sort of thinking.