Delighted today to welcome Ian Irvine to my blog, to talk about his favourite book of 2019.
Dark Emu (2nd Ed, 2019) by Bruce Pascoe. The most enlightening book I’ve read in 2019 – a revelation about the massive extent and scope of Aboriginal agriculture, their construction of dams and vast fish traps, land management, building (including permanent houses and towns of a thousand people and more) and so on. Much of the information comes from the journals of the early explorers, in direct quotations of their observations. A must read. I can see why it’s had 31 printings in five years.
Ian Irvine, an Australian marine scientist, has also written 34 novels, an anthology of shorter stories, and various other short stories for children and adults.