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From Snow to Ash

Solitude, soul-searching and survival on Australia's toughest hiking trail

Anthony Sharwood



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Hachette Australia
25 August 2020
At the start of the hellish, fiery Australian summer of 2019/20, Walkley Award-winning journalist and suburban dad Anthony Sharwood set off on a journey. Abandoning his post on a busy news website to clear his mind, he solo-trekked the Australian Alps Walking Track, Australia's most gruelling and breathtakingly beautiful mainland hiking trail, which traverses the entirety of the legendary High Country from Gippsland in Victoria to the outskirts of Canberra.

The journey started in a blizzard and ended in a blaze. Along the way, this lifelong lover of the mountains came to realise that nothing would ever be the same - either for him or for the imperilled Australian Alps, a landscape as fragile and sensitive to the changing climate as the Great Barrier Reef.
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Edition:   Digital original
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   380g
ISBN:   9780733645280
ISBN 10:   0733645283
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anthony Sharwood is a Walkley Award-winning journalist specialising in sports, the outdoors, weather and climate. He has spent the last 10 years as a writer and editor on leading Australian news websites, and has also presented television shows, radio programs and a podcast. A skier, hiker and lifelong lover of Australia's High Country, Ant's brain was pretty much fried after a decade of digital journalism. The Australian Alps Walking Track was a chance to escape, to cleanse, to reset. From Snow to Ash documents that trek. Ant lives with his wife and two teenagers in a Sydney suburb nobody has ever heard of.

Reviews for From Snow to Ash: Solitude, soul-searching and survival on Australia's toughest hiking trail

Feature Review - At several points Sharwood laments that even among the bushwalking fraternity, the AAWT is relatively unknown. Maybe one day it will get the attention it deserves. He needn't worry. For in penning Snow to Ash, Sharwood has almost single-handedly achieved that. * ACT [PRINT] Canberra Times [AUDIENCE: 19,268 ASR: AUD 7,455] * Review * QLD [PRINT] Courier Mail [AUDIENCE: 166,502 ASR: AUD 5,884] * Three books set the gold standard for stories about walking [...] Now we might add to that list a distinctive, charming narrative by Anthony Sharwood, about a walk which ends in our backyard. * ACT [PRINT] Canberra Times [AUDIENCE: 28,695 ASR: AUD 7,887] * Date TBC * ONLINE PS News * Date TBC * NATIONAL [PRINT] Haven Magazine * Date TBC * NATIONAL [PRINT] Highlife Magazine * Date TBC * NATIONAL [PRINT] Reader's Digest * Date TBC * NATIONAL [PRINT] RM Williams Outback Magazine * Date TBC * NATIONAL [PRINT] Great Walks Magazine * Date TBC * WA [PRINT] Play, The West Australian [AUDIENCE: 219,242 ASR: AUD 60,792] * Date TBC * NATIONAL [PRINT] Law Society Journal *

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