Karen Viggers


Karen Viggers is a wildlife veterinarian who has worked with native animals in many remote parts of Australia. She is the award-winning, internationally bestselling author of The Stranding (2009), The Lightkeeper’s Wife (2012), The Grass Castle (2015) and The Orchardist’s Daughter (2019), all published by Allen & Unwin.


Mountain ashed

EssayI’M STANDING IN the shifting forest in the muted light of dusk. Above me, a tall tree with a vast tapering trunk stretches its antlered branches into the sky. Mountain ash, Eucalyptus regnans: the tallest flowering plant in the...

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