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'For years I had wandered Australia with an aching heart. Everywhere I had ever travelled across the vast expanse of the fabulous country where I was born I had seen devastation, denuded hills, eroded slopes, weeds from all over the world, feral animals, open-cut mines as big as cities, salt rivers, salt earth, abandoned townships, whole beaches made of beer cans...

One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in south-east Queensland that, after a century of logging, clearing and downright devastation, had been abandoned to their fate.

She didn't think for a minute that by restoring the land she was saving the world. She was in search of heart’s ease. Beyond the acres of exotic pasture grass and soft weed and the impenetrable curtains of tangled Lantana canes there were Macadamias dangling their strings of unripe nuts, and Black Beans with red and yellow pea flowers growing on their branches … and the few remaining White Beeches, stupendous trees up to forty metres in height, logged out within forty years of the arrival of the first white settlers. To have turned down even a faint chance of bringing them back to their old haunts would have been to succumb to despair.

Once the process of rehabilitation had begun, the chance proved to be a dead certainty. When the first replanting shot up to make a forest and rare caterpillars turned up to feed on the leaves of the new young trees, she knew beyond doubt that at least here biodepletion could be reversed.

Greer describes herself as an old dog who succeeded in learning a load of new tricks, inspired and rejuvenated by her passionate love of Australia and of Earth, most exuberant of small planets. ' (Publisher's blurb)

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      Bloomsbury ,
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      Extent: xii, 370 pp.
      Description: illus., map
      ISBN: 9781408846711 (hbk.)

Works about this Work

Rod Giblett Reviews White Beech by Germaine Greer Rod Giblett , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Plumwood Mountain [Online] , August 2014;

— Review of White Beech : The Rainforest Years Germaine Greer , 2013 single work autobiography
Review : White Beech Walter Mason , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , March 2014; (p. 58)

— Review of White Beech : The Rainforest Years Germaine Greer , 2013 single work autobiography
Servant of the Forest : Germain Greer's Cry for Country John Thompson , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 358 2014; (p. 25-26)

— Review of White Beech : The Rainforest Years Germaine Greer , 2013 single work autobiography
[Review] White Beech Robyn Douglass , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , vol. 7 December no. 2013; (p. 22)

— Review of White Beech : The Rainforest Years Germaine Greer , 2013 single work autobiography
Germaine Greer, from Feminist to Proselytising Botanist Cathy Alexander , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Crikey , October 2013;
'Germaine Greer spoke in Melbourne last night without mentioning female emancipation or even women. She’s now a crusading conservationist, a second-wave version of herself. Crikey was there.'
Back to Her Roots as the Forest's Fool Felicity Plunkett , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 November 2013; (p. 20-21)

— Review of White Beech : The Rainforest Years Germaine Greer , 2013 single work autobiography
The Female Botonist Hands-On Love of the Land; Greer's Labours for Australia Tim Flannery , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 November 2013; The Age , 9 November 2013; (p. 22) The Canberra Times , 9 November 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of White Beech : The Rainforest Years Germaine Greer , 2013 single work autobiography
The Female Botanist Tim Flannery , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 November 2013; (p. 30-31)

— Review of White Beech : The Rainforest Years Germaine Greer , 2013 single work autobiography
Land of Milk and Honey Amanda Lohrey , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 95 2013; (p. 46-47)

— Review of White Beech : The Rainforest Years Germaine Greer , 2013 single work autobiography
Servant of the Forest : Germain Greer's Cry for Country John Thompson , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 358 2014; (p. 25-26)

— Review of White Beech : The Rainforest Years Germaine Greer , 2013 single work autobiography
Greer Puts Her Words into Rainforest Action Amanda Ellis , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 26 November 2013; (p. 7)
Germaine Greer, from Feminist to Proselytising Botanist Cathy Alexander , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Crikey , October 2013;
'Germaine Greer spoke in Melbourne last night without mentioning female emancipation or even women. She’s now a crusading conservationist, a second-wave version of herself. Crikey was there.'
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