In order to get more accurate results, our search has the following Google-Type search functionality:
If you use '+' in front of a word, then that word will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry +Potter will return results with the word 'Potter'.
If you use '-' in front of a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry -Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between two words, then both of those words will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry AND Potter will return results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'OR' between two words, then bth of those words may or may not be present in the search results.
ex: Harry OR Potter will return results with just 'Harry', results with just 'Potter' and results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry NOT Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
Placing '""' around words will perform a phrase search. The search results will contain those words in that order.
ex: "Harry Potter" will return any results with 'Harry Potter' in them, but not 'Potter Harry'.
Using '*' in a word will perform a wildcard search. The '*' signifies any number of characters. Searches can not start with a wildcard.
ex: Pot*er will return results with words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er'. In this case, 'Potter' will be a match.
At the heart of Australia, framed by desert, Lake Eyre, the country's biggest lake, seldom sees water. Most of the time it is a vast salt pan, eerily empty, devoid of all life. But when the rains come and the great rivers flow down to its basin, an astonishing transformation takes place: the landscape fills with colour, with bird and animal life and with the crowds who have come to witness nature's grandest performance. This was the story journalist Paul Lockyer set out to document in 2009 and then unexpectedly when the rains came back in the two years following. He met the people who choose to live in this harsh environment and traced its often dramatic history from early explorers to modern day showmen. Here, accompanied by stunning photographs, Paul tells the remarkable story of the lake which resonates in the hearts and minds of so many Australians. In a career spanning over 40 years, Paul Lockyer covered foreign coups, political dramas, the Australian Olympics and rural issues for ABC television.
In Lake Eyre, he discovered one of the biggest stories of his career, a tale which he believed defined Australia, with its mysterious and dramatic cycles of change, its ancient history and its ability to captivate all who see it. With cameraman John Bean (ACS) and helicopter pilot Gary Ticehurst, Paul returned several times to film for his best-selling ABC documentaries, Lake Eyre and Return to Lake Eyre. Paul, John and Gary lost their lives during a filming mission in August 2011. This book is a tribute to the stories they told and to the affection they felt for the people and places of Lake Eyre.