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John Nicholson is an award-winning author with a passion for the built and natural environment and its impact on human society and history. He originally trained as an architect and has built his own environment-friendly home in the Australian bush. He is renowned for his attractive and accurate illustration of the world around us. Many of John Nicholson's books have been shortlisted in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Four of them, A Home among the Gum Trees, The First Fleet, Fishing for Islands and Animal Architects, have won the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books. He has also won Excellence in Educational Publishing awards, the Wilderness Society's Environment Award and WA + NSW Premier's Literature awards.
'...informative and amusing reading...full of facts and figures...Nicholson's style of writing and illustrating is stimulating and imaginative.'Barbara Caruana, VIC'...a low-key imaginative non-fiction narrative...an interesting and informative book that realistically appraises specific aspects of life in the early days of European colonization. Well worth a read.'Colleen Thistleton, ACT