We look forward to reading acclaimed historian Iain McCalman's The Reef - A passionate History. The first book of its kind, The Reef, charts the shifting status of the Great Barrier Reef from labyrinth of terror to global treasure, in 12 extraordinary tales".
The Reef includes the passionate battle fought in the 60's by Judith Wright, Len Webb and John Büsst from 'Ninney Rise', (Büsst's home at Bingil Bay), that culminated in the World Heritage listing of the Reef.
"The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. It can be
seen from outer space, has been selected as a World Heritage Site and is
labelled one of the seven natural wonders of the world, yet few know the social, cultural and environmental history behind it.
Today, the reef is known for its astonishing underwater beauty and diversity, however once it was notorious for shipwrecks in its treacherous waters".
"Castaways and shipwreck survivors lived for years with the Indigenous peoples of the reef who taught their traditional ways of life. Resource hunters have exploited The Reef whilst beachcombers and artists have fought to stop them.
"An eloquent and gifted storyteller, Iain McCalman brings to life the people who have shaped our knowledge and perception of the Great Barrier Reef. Arguing that it is a product of human as much as natural history, McCalman describes encounters between peoples and places and ideas and environments, over the past two centuries and more to today, when many fear for the reef’s survival".
The Reef – A Passionate History will be published by Penguin Australia on 23 October 2013. Read more about Iain McCalman and watch the video here.