You readers who frequent here, I need your help. My friend and her husband are immigrants and they are raising their Australian-born children here. My friend is open-hearted but after almost a decade of living here she has reached a point where she is now finding Australia rather impenetrable. You know, Australia can be somewhat aloof, difficult to pin down?
She has lots of Australian friends, she knows her city well and she loves the outdoors, although she has mostly experienced the outdoors in an urban way so far. My friend comes from the Northern Hemisphere and is used to living in rural areas; she misses those seasons and landscapes. She is feeling homesick. She understands that there is a way of connecting to natural Australian landscapes without European seasons and flora to guide her and she wants to know how; how to relate to this country and how to develop her own sense of place here with her Australian children…
So having explained all that, which books best capture the substance of particular natural Australian landscapes for you?
(Novels are particularly good but non-fiction suggestions are also welcome if you have a stand-out. And although English is not my friend’s native language her comprehension is excellent so feel free to suggest whatever books).