ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A readable history (with scads of lovely illustrations) of human interactions with the NSW coast. Lindy
From Eden to Byron Bay, the New South Wales coast is more than 2,000 kilometres long, with 130 estuaries and 100 coastal lakes. This is the first history of the NSW coast and traces our relationship with this stretch of land and sea, starting when Aboriginal people feasted on shellfish and perfected the art of building bark canoes, to our present obsession with the beach as a place to live or holiday. Leading us through the European fascination with marine life, attempts to establish a whaling industry, a fear of seaborne invasion which led to the creation of a navy of our own in 1911, through to the rise of our unstoppable enthusiasm for surfing and fishing, Ian Hoskins argues that our current enthralment with the coast began more recently than we might think.