The Blue Plateau was the first book I sat down to write. It changed a lot in the writing, and I wrote a lot of other books before I got to the end of it, but it was always going to be the book it became, once I became the man I needed to be to write it. The book is my attempt, in my accent, to do for the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, what Henry David Thoreau did in Walden, and Karen Blixen did in Out of Africa, and Annie Dillard did in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, and Jim Galvin did in The Meadow. It’s a divination of a stretch of country, the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney; it’s a memoir of a place and what it made of me and what it had to teach me about the practice of belonging, which begins with forgetfulness of self.

Words by Mark Tredennick     Image by Penguin Books Australia

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