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White Beech The Rainforest Years by Germaine Greer
  

White Beech The Rainforest Years

Biography / Autobiography   

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Returning to Australia, Germaine Greer has long been concerned at the degradation of the land. Then, in 2001, a run-down dairy farm was up put for sale. This was her chance to restore a 60 hectare patch of Queensland, her book a record of the land and its gradual reclamation.

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White Beech The Rainforest Years by Germaine Greer

For years I had wandered Australia with an aching heart. Everywhere I had ever travelled across the vast expanse of the fabulous country where I was born I had seen devastation, denuded hills, eroded slopes, weeds from all over the world, feral animals, open-cut mines as big as cities, salt rivers, salt earth, abandoned townships, whole beaches made of beer cans...One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in south-east Queensland that, after a century of logging, clearing and downright devastation, had been abandoned to their fate. She didn't think for a minute that by restoring the land she was saving the world. She was in search of heart's ease. Beyond the acres of exotic pasture grass and soft weed and the impenetrable curtains of tangled Lantana canes there were Macadamias dangling their strings of unripe nuts, and Black Beans with red and yellow pea flowers growing on their branches ...and the few remaining White Beeches, stupendous trees up to forty metres in height, logged out within forty years of the arrival of the first white settlers. To have turned down even a faint chance of bringing them back to their old haunts would have been to succumb to despair. Once the process of rehabilitation had begun, the chance proved to be a dead certainty. When the first replanting shot up to make a forest and rare caterpillars turned up to feed on the leaves of the new young trees, she knew beyond doubt that at least here biodepletion could be reversed. Greer describes herself as an old dog who succeeded in learning a load of new tricks, inspired and rejuvenated by her passionate love of Australia and of Earth, most exuberant of small planets.

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'In 2001, the 62-year-old Greer took on the irresistible challenge of rehabilitating 60 hectares of a dairy farm in south-east Queensland, which after a century of logging, clearing and downright devastation had been abandoned to its fate. Seduced in particular by the few remaining white beech trees, this is her memoir both of this extraordinary project, and of her love affair with the forest and her native Australia' - Bookseller

About the Author

Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer is a major cultural figure – a writer, an English critic, a literary and media star, and a feminist.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Germaine Greer

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Hardback

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Biography / Autobiography


ISBN

9781408846711

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