Sophie Cunningham - book author
Sophie Cunningham is the author of books: Melbourne, City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest, Geography, Warning, The Story of Cyclone Tracy, Bird, Tippy and Jellybean: the True Story of a Brave Koala Who Saved Her Baby From a Bushfire, Meanjin. Vol. 69, no. 3, Boundaries, Meanjin vol 67 no 4, Meanjin 4 2009
In these moving, thought-provoking essays Sophie Cunningham considers the meaning of trees and our love of them. She chronicles the deaths of both her fathers, and the survival of P-22, a mountain lion in Griffith Park, Los Angeles; contemplates the loneliness of Ranee, the first elephant in Australia; celebrates the iconic eucalyptus and explores its international status as an invasive species.
City of Trees is a powerful collection of nature, travel and memoir writing set in the context of global climate change. It meanders through, circles around and sometimes faces head on the most pressing issues of the day. It never loses sight of the trees.
Many years later, on a beach in Sri Lanka, Catherine and her new friend Ruby get to talking about him. 'Tell me,' Ruby says. 'I like stories.' Finally Catherine reveals all about the one who drove her crazy.
Sophie Cunningham's first novel is powerfully raw and incredibly honest. It will remind you how easy it is to cross the line, and how hard it can be to get back.
When Cyclone Tracy swept down on Darwin at Christmas 1974, the weather became not just a living thing but a killer. Tracy destroyed an entire city, left seventy-one people dead and ripped the heart out of Australia’s season of goodwill.
For the fortieth anniversary of the nation’s most iconic natural disaster, Sophie Cunningham has gone back to the eyewitness accounts of those who lived through the devastation—and those who faced the heartbreaking clean-up and the back-breaking rebuilding. From the quiet stirring of the service-station bunting that heralded the catastrophe to the wholesale slaughter of the dogs that followed it, Cunningham brings to the tale a novelist’s eye for detail and an exhilarating narrative drive. And a sober appraisal of what Tracy means to us now, as we face more—and more destructive—extreme weather with every year that passes.
Tippy and her baby Jellybean live in a beautiful eucalyptus forest.
One day, they wake up and sniff the air. It's smokey, hot and windy.
Kangaroos and wallabies are bounding.
Lizards and snakes are slithering.
Wombats are heading to their burrows.
The cockatoos take off in an enormous flock.
Tippy can't hop. Or run. Or fly.
Instead she shelters her baby in the only way she can…
This is the uplifting story of a mother koala who saved her baby from a bushfire, and the dedicated vets who look after them until they are healed and ready to go home.