To My Country (Hardcover)

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By Ben Lawson, Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)
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Ben Lawson was preparing for another Christmas away from home when the Black Summer bushfires began to burn their way across Australia's eastern coast. As the bushfires continued to rage into the new year on an unprecedented scale, Ben, feeling angry, helpless, and broken-hearted as he watched the devastation from across the ocean, sat down and put his feelings into words. To My Country is an ode to the endurance of the Australian spirit and Australians' shared love of their country.

About the Author

Ben Lawson grew up in Brisbane, one of five boys. He studied acting at NIDA and worked in theatre throughout Sydney and Melbourne. He has been based in Los Angeles since 2008, where he has acted extensively in television shows such as Firefly Lane, Modern Family, The Good Place, Billions, Thirteen Reasons Why, and Designated Survivor, and films including Bombshell and No Strings Attached. Ben misses being in the ocean at Noosa, eating chicken burgers in North Bondi, and watching live music on balmy St Kilda nights, as well as a million other things he used to take for granted. Bruce Whatley took the plunge into picture books in 1992. Over 90 books later, he is a much-loved and much-awarded illustrator with beloved characters such as Wombat, a Very Ugly Dog, and the Little Refugee seen on bookshelves across the world.

Praise For…

'Ben Lawson's love of his homeland inspires us all to think of our own roots... and the need to protect them.' —Dolly Parton

'An impassioned cry from the big, kind heart of a big, kind man.' —Tim Minchin

'Ben Lawson's book is a heartfelt reminder of how desperately we need to think about our future as a country. His sincerity is moving. I dare you not to cry.' —Julia Stone

'A delightful love letter to a homeland: the kind only an Australian could write. Full of humour, charm and deeply felt belonging. And to think of all the orphaned koalas who will benefit from you buying and enjoying this wonderful little book ...' —Stephen Fry

 'Ben Lawson writes in the tradition of his namesake Henry Lawson; an eloquent bush ballad that mourns the tragic fate of one billion bushfire victims.' —Barry Humphries
Product Details
ISBN: 9781760878719
ISBN-10: 1760878715
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publication Date: January 26th, 2021
Pages: 96
Language: English