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Journey into the outback and visit the remote stations, the farmland, the bush and the arid, never-ending landscapes. This selection of 25 non-fiction books offers memorable accounts of life in the outback — the cattlemen, the drovers, the travellers and the pioneers who have thrived in remote rural communities.
Of course there was a novel behind the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. But Q & A by Vikas Swarup, the inspiration for Danny Boyle's film, is just one example of Indian literature to make a global impact. Indian authors have been winning literary awards and impressing critics for decades. Aravind Adiga, Kiran Desai, Arundhati Roy and V.S. Naipaul all won the Man Booker Prize while Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy goes down as one of the longest novels in the history of literature. Dip into a literary tradition that began centuries ago.
Over the next half century, the human population, divided by culture and economics and armed with weapons of mass destruction, will expand to nearly 9 billion people. Abrupt climate change may throw the global system into chaos; China will emerge as a superpower; and Islamic terrorism and insurgency will threaten vital American interests. How can we understand these and other global challenges? Harm de Blij has a simple answer: by improving our understanding of the world's geography. In Why Geography Matters, de Blij demonstrates how geography's perspectives yield unique and penetrating insights into the interconnections that mark our shrinking world.
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