The Reef: A Passionate History

The Reef: A Passionate History

By  Iain McCalman

The first social, cultural and environmental history of this World Heritage-listed site, The Reef is an effortlessly readable work by a born storyteller.

There has never been a more critical time for the Great Barrier Reef. Our greatest natural landmark is now in danger of being lost forever.

In The Reef, Iain McCalman delivers the first social, cultural and environmental history of this fragile global treasure. Describing twelve key encounters between people, places, ideas and biosystems, McCalman argues that the Reef was created by human minds as well as coral polyps, by imaginations as well as natural processes.

Brilliantly readable and constantly surprising, The Reef enshrines the stories behind the formation of this unique phenomenon and chronicles our shifting perceptions of it.

Format & Editions

Paperback

9780143783350

November 14, 2016

Penguin (AU Adult)

RRP $24.99

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Paperback

9780143572053

June 25, 2014

Penguin (AU Adult)

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EBook

9781742537894

October 23, 2013

Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

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Awards & Recognition

2015

NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Shortlisted

2014

CHASS Australia Prize

Winner

2014

John Button Prize

Longlisted

2014

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Winner

2014

Waverley Library Award for Literature

Shortlisted

2014

Queensland Literary Awards

Shortlisted

2013

Colin Roderick Award

Shortlisted

2013

FAW Award

Commended