I am still taking in the news that Eleanor Catton, beat off the competition to win this year’s Man Booker Prize. And as my thoughts are turning to an upcoming trip back to New Zealand in a few weeks time, I’ve been planning what am I going to read on my Kindle when I’m away. The Luminaries – of course!
Here is Eleanor Catton in the Guardian writing about growing up in New Zealand’s South Island, where I lived as a child. I particularly like the paragraph where she says this: ‘To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see.’ I also agree with her when she says that she doesn’t feel the same way when she looks at a city because a city has been ‘formally determined.’
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. It’s a World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful places on earth…..The size of Wales, with flowing rivers, wildlife and fabulous rock art carved centuries ago by indigenous people, yet the tourists who head for Uluru and the Sydney Opera House have likely never even heard of the place. But Kakadu hides a dirty little secret….. Perhaps not so secret? It’s one that many Australians who are anti nuke would rather forget……
Button Grass, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Cradle Mountain, a mountain of 1500 metres is in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania is in Tasmania’s north, about two hours drive from Launceston. It’s where Cara goes to recuperate after George’s death in the Southern Ocean. Cliff has bought her a bike and she decides to go and look for wildlife in the button grass, the long grass you see in one of the photographs. Wombats go mad for it and at dawn and dusk you can see them and the little rufus wallabies out there happily grazing.
There’s only one road in and out of Cradle Mountain and the road twists and turns. It’s the perfect place for a chase sequence. And here on this lonely road Cara decides to venture out on the bike. What she doesn’t know is that she’s been spotted…. And nobody else knows that she’s out there alone on that road. If she did miss a corner or have a close encounter with another vehicle there wouldn’t be any witnesses….