I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!
These words never date as far as I’m concerned (for non-Aussies, it’s an extract from Dorothea Mackellar’s poem, My Country). I particularly love the bits about jewel-seas and far horizons (to prove it, see my last post). And of course, my professional life has been dominated by ‘droughts and flooding rains’ (I worked in catchment management and hydrology for more than a decade).
So when it came to putting together this post for the 2014 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop, hosted by Shelleyrae at Book’d Out, my immediate thoughts turned to books that really told a story about the Australian landscape. Here are my five favourites:
In honour of our ‘sunburnt country’ I’m giving one reader their choice of one of the books I’ve mentioned above. Each of the books makes mention of the Australian landscape in a unique and memorable way.
To go into the running to win one of the books, simply leave a comment below, including the name of the book you’d like to win (I’ll use one of those clever randomisers to select the winner and then I’ll contact the winner for their address details). And because I’m lovely (!), this competition is open to anyone, wherever they live.
Of course, feel free to tweet and Facebook the hell out of this page (even though that means more entries… And less chance of you winning… But do it anyway, in the spirit of Australia Day, mateship and all that).
Entries close Monday 27th Jan at midnight. I’ll post the winner on Tuesday 28th January.
For more chances to win great Aussie stories check out the list of blogs over at Book’d Out. So many fabulous books are up for grabs.
COMP is now CLOSED. Winner is Sally Howes.