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.
In 2001, Germaine Greer bought sixty acres of south Queensland former dairy farm then rendered useless, land that had been pillaged by man. Germaine buys it with its few remaining glorious White Beeches and begins to plant. What follows is a heart-breaking but also, in places, hilarious account of what falling in love with nature means. The return of rare species of insects and plants is not the stuff of children’s storybook, and nature is nothing if not red in tooth and claw, particularly in the heat of Australia. Passionate and beautifully written, this book lingers long in the mind.
'An eco-love letter about saving and reviving trees on her farm in Australia' The Times
'A powerful account of Greer's attempt to reverse the calamitous environmental impact of Australian history on one patch of land ... Greer remains a winning, funny, indomitable figure throughout, and it is fascinating to follow her as she works through so much of her messy, complicated relationship with Australia' Evie Wyld, Financial Times
'A beautifully written book . Simple, effective descriptions of everything from pythons to pademelons, filled with telling detail, and no little amount of love and respect' Independent on Sunday
'We love: White Beech ... Her new book is written not by a passionate young feminist but by a woman in her seventies who has lost none of her energy to speak out for causes ... I am sure listeners will find her love of her motherland, and for her sister, both touching and revealing' Psychologies
Publication date: 29/01/2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
|Publication date:||29th January 2015|
|Author:||Dr. Germaine Greer|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Australasian & Pacific history, Biography: general,|
Germaine Greer is an Australian academic and journalist, and a major feminist voice of the mid-twentieth century. She gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1967. She is Professor Emerita of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick. Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since The Female Eunuch became an international bestseller in 1970. She is the author of many other books including Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984); The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991); Shakespeare's Wife (2007); and The Whole Woman (1999).More About Dr. Germaine Greer