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A history of human, mainly European, encounters with the eucalypt. In this delightful account of gum trees and their champions, the people turn out to be as interesting as the trees. Hay uses a series of chapters about important people, such as Sir Joseph Banks and May Gibbs, to tell the story of a species.

Ashely Hay lives in Brisbane and now writes wonderful novels. Her latest is The Railwayman’s Wife (Allen & Unwin).

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