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Summertime: Reflections On a Vanishing Future
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Summertime: Reflections On a Vanishing Future
Written by:
Danielle Celermajer 
Read by:
Felicity Jurd 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
3 hours 44 minutes 
February 02 2021 
Available Date:
February 02 2021 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Climate; Environment & Conservation; Nature 
Bolinda/Penguin Audio Australia 
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Australian author

Written in part during, and in part immediately after the Black Summer fires of 2019-2020 in Australia, Summertime is an attempt to write both as a philosopher and from the place of direct experience.

'I went and sat alone where Jimmy has been lying. It is way down in the bush. The light is soft, the air and the earth are cool and the smell is of leaves and the river. I cannot presume to know what he is doing when he lies here, but it seems that he is taking himself back to an ecology not wrought by the terror of the fires, not fuelled by our violence on the earth. He is letting another earth heal him.' Philosopher Danielle Celermajer’s story of Jimmy the pig caught the world’s attention during the Black Summer of 2019­­-20. Gathered here is that story and others written in the shadow of the bushfires that ravaged Australia. In the midst of the death and grief of animals, humans, trees and ecologies Celermajer asks us to look around – really look around – to become present to all beings who are living and dying through the loss of our shared home. At once a howl in the forest and an elegy for a country’s soul, these reflections are lyrical, profound and heartbreaking.

'For anyone who takes comfort in the companionship of the animals, the swift grace of birds, the grandeur of tress ... Read this. Now.'
Geraldine Brooks, bestselling author