“…I must have been a good boy this year, for Christmas came early for me this week with the re-release of the long out of print environmental classic Back Country: Trek through the Deua and Wadbilliga (John Blay, Canopy Press).
“First published in 1987 Back Country documents Blay’s epic trek through what are now Deua and Wadbilliga National Parks, all the way from Araluen to Bemboka. Through his sensitive observations and engaging prose Blay shines the spotlight on the region’s rare wildlife, falls, gorges, caves, gold diggings, Aboriginal sites, and even fabled yowie haunts.
“Blay’s research and travels in the region have continued over the years, resulting in this much-revised and updated exploration of the rugged parts of the south-eastern ranges.
“Those lucky enough to have read the first edition of Back Country will especially relish in Blay’s “Afterword” in which he articulates the pivotal role “Back Country” played in his maturity as an author…”