WIN a copy of Shallow Breath on the Australia Day book hop!

australiadaybloghop2014It’s the Australia Day blog hop!

Last year I wrote a piece for Random House on what Australia Day had come to mean to me. However, this year, I feel increasingly unsettled about where Australia is heading. I’m referring to the plans for coal mining/dredging/dumping around the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef, and small communities trying to fight off the fracking giants. I’m thinking about the WA government’s plans to start killing a protected species, the Great White Shark, because of the perceived threat to beachgoers; and all the battles to save pristine environments ranging from the Kimberley in the northwest reaches of WA to the Tarkine rainforest of Tasmania.

In other arenas, indigenous people are still fighting to be recognised in the Australian Constitution. Not only that, but Australia Day for some is considered Invasion Day for others. After reading Paul Daley’s excellent article in the Guardian on why it might be time to redefine Australia Day, it’s clear that some of its meanings are vastly outdated.

So this year, to win a copy of Shallow Breath (Australian residents only), please leave a comment telling me either what you love about Australia and want to protect, or what you think it’s time to change. And then please keep hopping! You’ll find the full list of participants here, and there are some great prizes to be won.

Thanks to Shelleyrae at Book’d Out for allowing me to be part of this fabulous blog hop. And thank you for dropping by!

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About Sara

Sara Foster lives in Western Australia with her husband and young daughter. She divides her time between writing, book editing and being a mum. Her passions include the natural world, photography and travel.

31 Responses to WIN a copy of Shallow Breath on the Australia Day book hop!

  1. Gloria Bale January 25, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    I love the valley I live in.
    It is a beautiful place, but at risk of being ruined by mining and greedy money grubbers.
    We will do all we can to protect it.
    I want my grandkids to enjoy healthy fresh air and water.
    Mother nature has been generous to us in Aus.
    My wish is that her children treasure it and protect it.

  2. Belle January 25, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    One of the things that I love about Australia is our freedom.
    We also have the freedom to swim in the ocean.. The SHARKS ocean! I don’t understand why the government is killing Sharks that are simply living in their own home! We enter THEIR home. If things go the way that they are going, one day we will only tell TALES of what a shark WAS.

  3. Sara January 25, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    Thanks Belle, I agree, it’s scary when you look at the stats of how quickly sharks are disappearing from the oceans worldwide. Let’s hope for more positive measures that protect AND conserve.

  4. Sara January 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Thanks Gloria, may your home remain beautiful and protected, good luck with everything.

  5. Catherine January 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    Sara, I entirely agree with you. I’ve been finding our government’s direction in all sorts of aspects of Australian life to be very distressing.

    One thing I love about Australia is the way we have, over the years, welcomed each new wave of immigrants to our shores. And each wave has brought us something we would not have had otherwise, adding immensely to the richness of our culture – and indeed our economy.

    I hope we can protect this spirit of welcome, of generosity, of appreciation of diversity. The refugee situation and the way it is being handled is heartbreaking to me, and I hope we can find a balance between compassion and practicality.

    Happy Australia Day to you, and may we keep our Australia beautiful.


  6. Sara January 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    How beautifully you write, Catherine, that’s a very moving response. Thank you, and happy Australia Day to you too.

  7. Paul Phillips January 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm #


    Although I live in a coal-mining town, I worry that our constant reliance on fossil fuels will eventually leave us both behind in the national arena and, but far more importantly, an ugly wasteland if coal companies continue to carry on as they please.

    Something has to give – and I hope it isn’t the future beauty of our great country!

  8. Sara January 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    Thanks for your comment, Paul – I really hope so too.

  9. Donna January 26, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    We are definitely the lucky ones, living in an amazing country like Australia- as a school teacher and mother I only hope we can educate our children how to care and look after what we have so many generations to come can experience our amazing environments. We often take these things for granted.

  10. Di Bates January 26, 2014 at 3:36 am #

    I love that I have the freedom to say what I think and can act as I wish (within the law). I love that Australia is not at war with anyone. I love where I live, near Mount Kembla, Wollongong NSW. What I worry about is having politicians who line their pockets instead of making wise and just decisions about the future of Australia and its people.

  11. Sara January 26, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    Thanks for your comment, Di. I think there are many of us who wish we had more confidence in politicians’ motives. All the best.

  12. Sara January 26, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Thanks Donna, I agree – my oldest girl has just started school and I hope we can all teach her to appreciate how fortunate she is to live here, and how important it is to respect and look after this beautiful country.

  13. Ann-Marie January 26, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    I love that we can travel all around our country and be treated with kindness by people we have never met before.
    Wherever you go in Australia people always are happy to help lend a hand.
    We have beautiful unique animals that are not like any other. We have the platypus the most strangest looking yet unique animal in the world.

  14. Sara January 26, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Thanks Ann-Marie, I love how friendly Australian people are too! Thanks for your comment.

  15. Wendy S January 26, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    I think it’s time to change our food industry, why can’t we buy Australian fish at Coles, why can’t we can our own fruit/vegies/chicken etc here? It’s very sad to see Australian companies closing and farmers selling up.
    If we ever had problems importing food in the future we will be in trouble if we can’t supply ourselves with food.

  16. Sara January 26, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    Great point, Wendy, sounds much healthier. Thanks for your comment.

  17. Monique from Write Note Reviews January 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    Hi Sara, Thought-provoking post. I was reading the stories about the sharks this morning. So disheartening. Are you going to see the Will Tuttle talk in Perth on Feb 2? I think you’d like it. I don’t need to go in the draw as I already have a copy of your amazing book – seeing pictures of the cove the other day reminded me of your novel and the lengths they went to. Monique

  18. Wendy Orr January 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    I agree with Wendy S! But what I love best is the natural environment, the trees and parrots I see from my window, the butterflies that flutter through the bush in the summer – and what makes me sad is that so few people are prepared to understand or care for the bush around them, so that every year I see more introduced birds, more weeds, but fewer butterflies – and almost no koalas now.

  19. Michelle V January 26, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    I love so much about Australia. My husband and I want to travel around Australia; we have been to Queensland and Alice Springs in the past couple of years and our love for the land is immeasurable. Along with our three young daughters, we want to experience more. We camp out often, and we love the fact that some beautiful family memories can be made without costing a fortune. Camping grounds, national parks and reserves are so wonderful. I could go on and on about our great land, but thank you for the opportunity to win, I would love the book.

  20. Regan January 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Similar to Wendy’s comment above, I think that it is important for us to think local, eat local. Our future food sovereignty is dependent upon it.

  21. Sara January 26, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    Hi Monique, I meant to respond and say thanks for the heads up on Will Tuttle. It looks really interesting, but family commitments will keep me away that day. Sounds like you have already seen it, you will have to tell me more. Hope you are well and have had a great start to 2014.

  22. Sara January 26, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    Thank you for your comment, Wendy, that is really sad – especially as Australia is such a unique environment. Let’s hope people start to care before too much disappears. Warmest wishes to you.

  23. Sara January 26, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    Thanks Michelle, your enthusiasm is palpable! I agree, we are spoilt for choice for great camping – I remember camping at Alice Springs a long time ago, it was fantastic. Wishing you all the best.

  24. Sara January 26, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    Thanks Regan, absolutely! Warmest wishes to you.

  25. Eleni Konstantine January 27, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    I suppose I love the freedom we have in Australia and one of those is voicing our opinion, and hopefully our opinion and actions can help make Australia even better for the next generation. I live in hope.

  26. Karen Stalker January 27, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    What a wonderful, thought provoking post Sara.
    As a born and bred Western Australian, who has seen much of the state, there are so many wonderful things to be proud of and grateful for. We have a wonderfully diverse country, taking in oceans, rainforests, and the truly amazing outback. Not to mention the wide variety of cultures thanks to the many immigrants that have been welcomed to Australia. Also, there are some truly talented people out there in this fabulous country – writers, musicians, actors, artists, designers…… the list goes on.
    I am very concerned and saddened by the disjointed government, both state and federal. It seems that they are mostly only interested in their own agenda and not what is best for our home and our people.
    And the demise of great Australian companies is devastating. I now look for Australian owned and made products when ever I can. And there are some great products out there, if only we know where to find them.
    As for food, I have a small vege patch here at home, and try to buy as much local product as I possibly can.
    Hopefully, the small measures that I take will help to ensure that my children, and the generations beyond, will have this wide open country to enjoy, the same way I could when I was younger.
    Thanks for such a great post Sara, and a very generous giveaway.

  27. Sara January 27, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    Thanks Eleni – yes it is easy to take freedom of speech for granted but it is very precious.

  28. Sara January 27, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    What a wonderful response, Karen, thank you. Just like you I feel so lucky to live in this amazing country and want to do all I can to ensure it thrives. Sending you warmest wishes and good luck in the giveaway.

  29. Jess January 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    I love the freedome to do what we want (within reason), dress the way we want, and believe in what we want. Having travelled recently I also love the way in which our roads are safe – especially compared to some countries where the drivers are just scary! I love having running water and food when I want it, and I love that I can live in a city and yet still be close to the beach and the bush at the same time.

  30. Sara January 27, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    Thanks Jess, I love being able to have the city and the beach and bush all within reach too! Thanks for your comment, and best of luck in the giveaway.

  31. Sara January 29, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    Hello everyone, and thanks again for all your wonderful comments. The winner of the giveaway was drawn randomly this morning, and is Jess! Congratulations, Jess, hope you enjoy the book. I’ll get in touch for your details.

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