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Title:
The Forgotten Islands
Written by:
Michael Veitch 
Read by:
Michael Veitch 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
7 hours 30 minutes 
Published:
November 28 2016 
Available Date:
November 28 2016 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781489368799 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Australian 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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'A rich and enjoyable island-hopping journey.'
The Sunday Herald

'An entertaining and comprehensive tour . . . Few readers will remain unmoved.'
Sydney Morning Herald

The Forgotten Islands is an incredible, evocative read that shines a light on this little-known part of Australia and its extraordinary history.

'The more I learned, the more I realised this was an Australia I hardly knew. This was stormy weather Australia, an Australia of shipwrecks and sealers; of brutality and extermination; of folly and heroism; of wild weather and explorers in flimsy boats; of thousand-foot cliffs and amazing birds and strange vegetation; of places well-trodden and others believed never to have felt the impact of a human foot. This was a truly gothic Australia, as real and as valid as the gold and the drovers and the deserts, yet known to almost no one.' Michael Veitch has long been fascinated by the islands of Bass Strait, between mainland Australia and Tasmania – a multitude of cold, dark isles, regularly pounded by atrocious weather and hardly visited, but rich in atypical Australian history. This is the story of his personal odyssey among them (plagued at times by appalling seasickness, airsickness and stinging nettles).