This book was recommended to me as a good overview of the Australian High country. At that time I didn’t realise its focus was on the Alpine region on the southern and western edge of Canberra and the adjacent NSW alps; my local haunt.
This book is presented in two distinct sections. The first is titled ‘My Place’ and relays the author’s, Matthew Higgins, association with this region that spans nearly 40 years. Higgins traces his experience in the alpine region and discusses his times in the alps as a bushwalker, cross-country skier, historian and oral-history interviewer.
The second section is titled ‘Their Place’ and is a series of biographical chapters that highlight the individuals and couples who have played key roles in the region. These people include the well known Lindsay Pryor who played a key role in Canberra’s horticultural history and who is still recognisable in the city today.
Overall this book provides a good historic overview of this part of the Australian Alps and even though I live in, and hike extensively around this area, I learnt a lot. This is not really surprising about a book published by Rosenberg Press which has a reputation for books with a historic bent.
On the downside, even though the first section of the book was clearly identified as ‘My Place’ I found there was an over reliance on a first person narrative which is a style I don’t mind in small doses but in this case, I found it to be a bit monotonous. I preferred the writing style in the second half of the book which moves away from the first person.
This book won’t suit everyone’s tastes but if you have a love of things historic, and in this case the Canberra region high country, then you will find this an interesting read with a lot to offer.
Part 1: My Place
Part 2: Their Place
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Bold Horizons front cover
Inside view showing example of a chapter start and images that are spread through the book
This review was done with product purchased by Australian Hiker