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Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia's Changing Seasons by [Entwisle, Timothy]
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About the Author

Professor Tim Entwisle is Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Australia. A highly respected scientist and scientific communicator with a broad interest in plants, science and gardens, he was Director of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust for eight years, and spent two years at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew before returning to Australia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2708 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1486302033
  • Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING (1 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N3J0XHU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,359,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Stewart M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is an interesting, if slight misleadingly titled, book.

The basic idea behind the book is that the use of seasons based on the division of the year into four equally long seasons, all of which are named for the equivalent season in the Northern Hemisphere, is inappropriate for Australia (and many other parts of the world as well).

This seems to make sense from the very start of the book, and the author suggests a system of six seasons, with two new seasons - the Sprinter and Sprummer of the title - and amended dates for the other four. Generally, these new seasons as identified by the activity of plants, rather than the date on the calendar or the location of the earth on its journey around the Sun. Again, this seems to make sense - if you base the seasons on what is happening around you then the classification of the seasons may help you understand the world around you. (The converse of this is that using an externally imposed system of seasons does not help us really understand what is going on.)

Strangely, the author often uses introduced plants as part of his markers of seasonal change - which seems to be a step away from being in tune with the natural environment. Having said that, in some parts of Australia - heavily urbanised areas for example there may be little other vegetation to look at!

The book also has a slightly strange "feel" - the use of frequent sub-headings makes the book read a little like a textbook, but the relaxed and informal use of language in the text is not textbook-like at all. Equally, the lack of captions on the images in the book is a little strange. These are not "deal breakers" by any means, but I did find these aspects a little strange.
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