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Book of the Week: The Reef: A Passionate History

Acclaimed historian Iain McCalman brings us the first book of its kind; The Reef which charts the shifting status of The Great Barrier Reef from labyrinth of terror to global treasure, in twelve extraordinary tales.

The Reef: A Passionate History
Iain McCalman

Iain McCalman’s brilliant history of the Great Barrier Reef, told in twelve extraordinary tales, charts the reef’s shifting status from labyrinth of terror to global treasure.

Acclaimed historian and gifted storyteller, McCalman brings to life the people who’ve shaped our knowledge and perception of this World Heritage-listed site.

McCalman argues that the Barrier Reef is a product of human as much as natural history, created by minds as well as corals. He describes encounters between peoples and places, ideas and environments, over the past two centuries.

The first social, cultural and environmental history to be written of the Great Barrier Reef, The Reef is an effortlessly readable and often moving story of one of the seven natural wonders of the world.