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From the Country: An Anthology/Garnett, T. R./Paper/1876473320/S050-A2
"Tommy Garnett, who wrote the essays of this collection, and John Turner, whose illustrations enrich it...were raised in England, but...became Australians to the core...So the real subject of this book is to communicate their vision - apparently instinctive, but in reality the product of centuries of cultural conditioning - that productive land use...can co-exist with a whole world of activities and natural processes... Some of these processes are challenging, all of them interesting and worth the attention of a true countryman. And that is a part of what they share with us. The other part is their deep love for, knowledge of and commitment to the non-agricultural natural environment, and here, of course, Australia still has something precious that much of Europe has lost." - George Seddon.
From the Country is an anthology of articles written by Tommy Garnett for The Age over 15 years in his weekly column "From the Country". These provocative articles went beyond basic gardening issues to question a wide range of environmental and cultural assumptions. We see Garnett at his best, revealing a truly enquiring mind and wicked sense of humour.
George Seddon's commentaries traverse a wide range of themes to illustrate how Garnett, among others, ushered in a new environmental ethos - which in turn has contributed to our better understanding today - of what it is to be an Australian.