Cheryl is so thrilled to be sharing some notable reads each week with The Australian. There’s some fabulous books in this week’s edition. See the full list here…
Peter Wohlleben, renowned German forester and author of the bestselling book The Hidden Life of Trees, returns to the forest to explore the profound interaction humans can have with nature. The Heartbeat of Trees draws on new scientific discoveries to show the hidden interactions between humans and trees and the ways we can all explore the language of the forest. Wohlleben covers a lot of (forest) ground in short, succinct chapters, including why the forest is green, the disappearing boundaries between animals and plants, tree worshipping throughout history and how to strengthen our bond with nature. Easy to read and utterly fascinating, no trip to the park will be the same afterwards.
Ingrid Horrocks has never been a great swimmer, but she’s always loved the water. The question for her isn’t so much why we swim, as where and how we swim, and with whom. Part memoir, part travel and nature writing, Where We Swim is a journey from Aotearoa New Zealand to Arizona, from the Peruvian Amazon to Western Australia and the south coast of England. Throughout this adventure, Horrocks examines our relationships and responsibilities – to other people and the planet. This is an absorbing exploration of water and self, immersing the reader in powerful currents, still waters, rivers, pools, and the ocean. An exquisitely written piece of armchair travel about swimming solo … and with others.
Million Dollar Micro-Business: How To Turn Your Expertise Into A Digital Online Course by Tina Tower
COVID-19 has changed the way we learn. It’s not just children who are studying online during the pandemic, record numbers of adults are as well. This is good news for anyone with an area of expertise and the know-how to put a course together. In Million Dollar Micro Business, entrepreneur and author Tina Tower shares how to tap into this lucrative market by packaging your expertise into online courses and content. This practical guide offers a proven framework for launching a profitable online course from scratch. Throughout, there are case studies of people who have scaled courses into seven-figure ventures. If you’re looking for an alternative career or additional income, this book might be the answer.
The Wild Boars soccer team were rescued, one by one, from Tham Luan Cave in Thailand. Australians Craig Challen and Richard Harris were involved in the rescue and afterwards wrote the bestselling book Against All Odds. Now, in Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives, John Volanthen, the British cave diver who first found the boys alive, gives his version of the events. Each chapter tells one part of the story and also imparts a life lesson that can be applied to everyday challenges. Chapters like ‘Rest and Decompress’, ‘One Breath at a Time’, and ‘Expect the Unexpected’ not only apply to impossible cave rescues, but also to daily life.
What are the protocols around using or engaging with Indigenous cultural practices? What Indigenous materials and knowledge are you using? Do you understand copyright and permissions around these materials? How do you collaborate ethically with our First Nations peoples? True Tracks answers all these questions and helps us engage respectfully with Aboriginal culture and knowledge. Written by Meriam/Wuthathi lawyer Dr. Terri Janke, it provides invaluable guidelines moving forward. Real-world cases and personal stories pave the way for respectful and ethical engagement with Indigenous cultures. Janke covers multiple industries from art and architecture to film and publishing, dance, science, and tourism. This ground-breaking work is essential reading for every Australian.
When author Marilyn Yalom was given months to live, her and her husband, acclaimed psychiatrist Irvin Yalom, decided to explore how she could die a good death, and how Irv could live on without her. The result is this exquisitely written, year-long journey that investigates universal questions of intimacy, love, and grief. Marilyn and Irv alternate accounts of their last months together and Irv’s first months alone, as they explore a lifelong love, two well lived lives, and their individual struggles around mortality, death and loss. While we bear witness to Marilyn’s cancer treatment and legally assisted suicide, A Matter of Death and Life is ultimately a love story. Profound and important.
This article was originally published in The Australian.