In 1803 the convict William Buckley, a former soldier, escaped from the first official settlement in Victoria, near Sorrento on Port Phillip Bay. For three decades the 'wild white man' lived with Aborigines around the bay, before giving himself up in 1835. First published in 1852, The Life and Adventures William Buckley is the ultimate survival story of early Australia and provides an extraordinary insight into pre-contact indigenous society.
Tim Flannery has published over thirty books, including the award-winning The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers and Here on Earth and the novel The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year and in 2007 Australian of the Year. In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council. In 2011 he became Australia's Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded the Australian Climate Council.