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About 'Life as an Australian Horseman' & 'A Million Acre Masterpiece'
'Life as an Australian Horseman' & 'A Million Acre Masterpiece' are unique coffee-table style books featuring Australian outback cattle stations, the largest cattle stations in the world. You simply will not find anything else like them, anywhere, because nothing similar has ever been published.
Apart from the fact that these books feature nearly 500 photos of life on the world's largest cattle stations, what makes these books different to other Australian landscape photography books?
- The unusually large number of photos included and the quality and diversity of the photos. Many aspects of cattle station life have been rarely photographed by others - eg stockcamps, bronco branding and mustering in country inaccessible to vehicles. Many of these outback photos have been taken from horseback and helicopters, giving a perspective rarely seen.
- The huge spread of Australian outback landscape included - right across northern Australia from coast to coast (Qld, NT, WA); roughly 3,500 km from north to south and 3,000 km from east to west.
- The unusually long period of time covered in the books - the first photos date back to 1984.
- The image captions have been written by the person who took the photos. This is very rare. Fiona Lake lived in the bush for years and has specialised in cattle station photography for more than two decades, so the captions accompanying the photos are accurate and full of fascinating information.
- All the cattle stations included are impressively large however amongst those that are already well known are others that are equally interesting but not well known.
- These Australian landscape photos are real. The scenes are completely genuine not set-ups and the colours are authentic not digitally altered. So when you are looking at these photos, it is easy to image yourself actually there in the heat and dust, amongst the action.
Who are these books ideal for?:
- People who are hard to buy for.
- People who are interested in the Australian bush and/or who passionately love the country, and Western movie lovers.
- Horse lovers, beef producers and anyone else involved in agriculture.
- Anyone who has dreamed of visiting or working on an outback cattle station or who is about to head off to work on one.
- Business people dealing with rural residents and agribusinesses.
- Lovers of Australian landscape photography, who want to view parts of Australia they have never seen before, rather than more photos of the reef, rock and rainforest.
Refer to Testimonials to read messages written by people of all ages, in all walks of life, from all over Australia and other countries.
The 'A Million Acre Masterpiece' and 'Life as an Australian Horseman' books are also ideal for:
- Helping family and friends understand your way of life on a cattle station.
- Bringing back memories of living in the bush (reminiscing).
- Inspiring younger generations to visit or work in the bush, even if just during a gap year.
- Making expat Aussies feel homesick or motivating visitors (if you want a visit from a family member or friend overseas, send them these books to get them booking their plane ticket - especially when it is cold and bleak where they are living).
- Unique, memorable Australian corporate gifts - easy and cost effective to mail anywhere in the world.
The cattle stations included in the books are located across northern Australia, where most of the largest properties are located:
- Queensland's remote Cape York Peninsula, Gulf Country and arid but productive Channel Country
- The Northern Territory's vast grasslands of the Barkly Tableland, sandy red country of the northern Alice Springs region, swampy Marine Plains and historic stations of the Victoria River District
- Western Australia's beautifully rugged East and West Kimberley regions, an area that is approximately the same size of Victoria
Photos range from vast aerial views of outback landscapes, dusty horseback mustering action and contemplative evening stockcamp scenes - to homesteads and gardens, windmills & artesian bores, roadtrains and mustering choppers, bush racing and rodeos. Many photos have been taken from horseback and mustering choppers. Horses are still essential for mustering stock on these huge cattle stations so stock horses - working and resting - are included in the majority of photos.
What is the difference between the 'A Million Acre Masterpiece' book & 'Life as an Australian Horseman'?
'A Million Acre Masterpiece' (ISBN 9780975812907)*:
First published in late 2005, the original print run of this book sold out, and so was the 2008 reprint. Due to popular demand it was reprinted again so it is still available. 'A Million Acre Masterpiece' contains more than 200 cattle station photos dating back to 1984 - when cattle still had full sets of horns and horseriders wore felt hats not helmets - and it was common rather than unusual for stockyards to be made of timber and windmills to be fully functional. 'A Million Acre Masterpiece' also includes a substantial glossary explaining the meaning of many quirky words and expressions used almost exclusively on these remote properties and used in many of the photo captions. These words and expressions illustrate the typically dry humour of Australian regional residents. 'A Million Acre Masterpiece' has 149 numbered pages arranged into 13 chapters, plus 10 extra pages.
*The ISBN of the first edition of "A Million Acre Masterpiece" was 0975812907. The ISBN system changed to 13 digits prior to the third reprint, hence the different ISBN on the current book.
'Life as an Australian Horseman' (ISBN 9780975812914):
Published in late 2009, 'Life as an Australian Horseman' is a larger book than 'A Million Acre Masterpiece' as it runs to 209 numbered pages arranged into 15 chapters, plus 5 extra pages. Amongst the 282 photos there is a special chapter on broncoing containing many unique images taken on two of the cattle stations still bronco branding as part of their everyday work routine (a rarity). Plus extra photos of Australian stockwhips and cattle dogs at work. There is no glossary in 'Life as an Australian Horseman' because this book has been designed to complement the earlier book, 'A Million Acre Masterpiece'. So there is no repetition in the second book - different cattle stations and locations feature in each.
Both of these Australian landscape photography books are in a similar style:
- Quality hardcover. The hardcover of the first edition of 'A Million Acre Masterpiece' had a matt finish, the second and third editions have a gloss finish, as does 'Life as an Australian Horseman'.
- Gloss-laminated dust jackets
- 305 x 200mm (approximately A4 sized) landscape format - a perfect mailing size.
Answers to many frequently asked questions such as postage costs, delivery times, overseas ordering information and bulk discounts can be found in the Book Information pages accessible from the main page. But in summary;
Price & Book Discounts:
These coffee-table style books contain an unusually large number of good quality colour photos so are excellent value at only $63.00 plus $6.30 GST for orders sent to Australian addresses (total per book is $69.30). Extremely generous discounts apply to orders of 2 or more books. For example, the total cost of 2 books sent to an Australian address is $105.60 as the discount received is $33.00; i.e. the cost of each book is just $52.80, and you also receive a free calico carrybag and sometimes other items for free too!
The size of the discount increases greatly as the order size increases. Discounts are automatically calculated by the online ordering system but are also listed on the Book Discounts & Postage page. Don't hesitate to email me if you have any queries, or would like a personal quote for more than 10 books, which sometimes includes additional items for free.
Postage is free for books sent to Australian addresses. Postage is charged for books mailed overseas however it is much less than the standard rate charged by Australia Post for Overseas Airmail (and if you order a book to be mailed direct to an overseas address, you are not charged GST either).
A free calico carrybag screen-printed with cattle station images is included in all Australian orders for two books, and all overseas-mailed orders for single books (while stock is available). Free outback greeting cards or other items are sometimes sent out with orders, also. These special offers are usually detailed on the blog.
Buying gifts & having them sent direct to the recipient:
I can save you time and money by mailing gifts of books direct for you, to anywhere in the world. For further details please refer to Book & Card F.A.Q.
Books personally signed by the author:
Books can be personally signed by the author, just tick the relevant section on the order form. And if you'd like the recipient's name written in as well, simply add their name and a note to the 'comments' section of the online ordering page.
If you are dissatisfied with the books for any reason you can return them for a refund within 5 days*, providing they are returned in pristine condition (*except for books signed with a specifically personal message, because these cannot be resold). For more information refer to Refunds & Returns. To date, thousands of books have been sold and none have ever been returned for a refund.
What do other people think of the 'A Million Acre Masterpiece' & 'Life as an Australian Horseman' books?
Hundreds of people of all ages, in all walks of life and locations around Australia and overseas have sent me comments, explaining what they think of these outback books. You can read some of these comments from Australian and overseas buyers on the Testimonials page. You might see a comment by someone you know. If you have a book, please don't forget to let me know what you think too.
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