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Lake Eyre

by Paul Lockyer

PUBLISHED: 19th May 2014
ISBN: 9780733332760
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PUBLISHED: 19th May 2014
ISBN: 9780733332760

Publisher Description

A beautiful full-colour book that documents Lake Eyre, its landscape, characters and astonishing history - now available in paperback. At the heart of Australia, framed by desert, Lake Eyre, the country's biggest lake, seldom sees water. Most of the time it is a vast salt pan, eerily empty, devoid of all life. But when the rains come and the great rivers flow down to its basin, an astonishing transformation takes place: the landscape fills with colour, with bird and animal life and with the crowds who have come to witness nature's grandest performance. this was the story journalist Paul Lockyer set out to document in 2009 and then unexpectedly when the rains came back in the two years following. He met the people who choose to live in this harsh environment and traced its often dramatic history from early explorers to modern day showmen. Here, accompanied by stunning photographs, Paul tells the remarkable story of the lake which resonates in the hearts and minds of so many Australians. In a career spanning over 40 years, Paul Lockyer covered foreign coups, political dramas, the Australian Olympics and rural issues for ABC television. In Lake Eyre, he discovered one of the biggest stories of his career, a tale which he believed defined Australia, with its mysterious and dramatic cycles of change, its ancient history and its ability to captivate all who see it. With cameraman John Bean (ACS) and helicopter pilot Gary ticehurst, Paul returned several times to film for his best-selling ABC documentaries, Lake Eyre and Return to Lake Eyre. Paul, John and Gary lost their lives during a filming mission in August 2011. this book is a tribute to the stories they told and to the affection they felt for the people and places of Lake Eyre.

Author Biography

In a television career spanning over 40 years, the late Paul Lockyer covered foreign coups, political dramas, the Australian Olympics and rural issues for the ABC and Channel Nine. In Lake Eyre, he discovered one of the biggest stories of his career, a tale which he believed defined Australia, with its mysterious and dramatic cycles of change, its ancient history and its ability to captivate all who see it.

Product Details

Author
Paul Lockyer
Pages
240
Year
2014
ISBN-10
0733332765
ISBN-13
9780733332760
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
Australia
Subtitle
A Journey Through the Heart of the Continent
Publisher
ABC Books
Publication Date
2014-05-19
Short Title
Lake Eyre
Language
English
Photographer
John Bean, Gary Ticehurst
Audience
General/Trade
AU Release Date
2014-05-19
NZ Release Date
2014-05-19