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Stepping Off: Rewilding and belonging in the South-West

Written by Thomas M. Wilson


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As I grew up, it became apparent to me that I didn’t really understand the natural environment of the place where I was born. I found myself wishing that my parents had given me a book that revealed to me my homeland beyond the suburbs and the city.

Stepping Off is a book for locals and travellers alike. It is the story of the south-western corner of Western Australia: an environmental history, a social history, an invitation to reconnect with the land — and in doing so, to reconnect with ourselves.

'The scope of this is ambitious – in turn flying high over four billion years of Australia’s South-West environmental history, then swooping low to examine a flower growing in a suburban Perth garden – but in knowing when to provide detail and when to summarise, Stepping Off leaves the reader more grounded, more curious, and more aware.' Limina Journal

'... Stepping Off is a combination of memoir and nature lovers’ guide to the South-West, exploring the area’s environmental and social history ...' The Hills Gazette

'... a masterly description of the south‐west of Western Australia ...' Queensland Reviewers Collective

'... a very entertaining read. Stepping Off helps the reader to gain a new-found appreciation for the south-west and provides a reminder that our existence is just a blip on the radar of this ancient and exceptional area.' Landscope Magazine

ISBN 9781925164329 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Great Big Book Read Books
Current Affairs, Culture & Social History
Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
Gardening & Nature
Father's Day 2021
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2017
Pages 292
Rights World
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    Thomas M. Wilson

    Thomas M. Wilson has spent his life writing about the human relationship with our home: the natural world. He has a PhD in Literature and the Environment, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. As well as being the author of The Recurrent Green Universe of John Fowles (Rodopi, 2006), WIlson has made numerous contributions to environmental journalism. Read more