Books that changed me: Paul West

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Paul West, host of River Cottage Australia and author of The River Cottage Australia Cookbook Photo: James Brickwood
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Paul West, host of River Cottage Australia and author of The River Cottage Australia Cookbook Photo: James Brickwood

Paul West, host of River Cottage Australia and author of The River Cottage Australia Cookbook Photo: James Brickwood

PAUL WEST is a cook and small farmer at Central Tilba on the NSW South Coast. He presents the TV series River Cottage Australia on Foxtel’s Lifestyle Food channel (Tuesdays 8.30pm) and is the author of The River Cottage Australia Cookbook (Bloomsbury), which features his recipes and presents his philosophy of sustainable food production.

INTO THE WILD John Krakauer

A friend gave me a copy of this book to read while I was  hitch-hiking solo around Australia. I found a kindred spirit in the protagonist as I was looking for the unknown, pushing myself physically and mentally to the shady recesses of my young consciousness. The ultimate death of the hero and his final inscription of “happiness is only real if shared” had a significant impact on me. I nearly died alone in a car accident in North Queensland and that line really stuck with me. I ended my travel and returned home to my family and friends.

BREATH Tim Winton

For some unjustified reason I always had an aversion to reading Tim Winton, though one day I finally succumbed and read Breath in a day and a half. I was totally consumed by his prose and the ethereal manner in which it weaves from the harsh reality of life and landscape to the esoteric realm of emotions and dreams.

PICTORIAL HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN BUSHRANGERS Prior, Wannan and Nunn

For a “pictorial” history this book is surprisingly packed with ripping yarns and larger-than-life characters. For such a young nation I feel that our limited European history is something not necessarily to celebrate but to know and understand. Everyone “knows” about Ned Kelly, but how many people know about the Jerilderie letter? There were far better characters than old Ned out there with much more interesting stories, and this book contains a rich vein of them.

EUCALYPTUS Murray Bail

I can’t say that this book changed my life, but bloody hell it’s a good yarn. It’s another book that I found beautifully captured the essence of the Australian landscape without waxing lyrical.

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