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Mohammed Ali  used to boast that when boxing,  he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So it is with Germiane Greer. She writes lightly, gracefully even when agitating for a cause. But the words still sting. And unsettle. Here she consciously creates a quasi-religious epic out of a part of her remarkable life when she decided to restore a small, wrecked rainforest in Australia, her homeland. The tone is apocalyptic, themes existential and critical: (wo)man not against, but ardently for wondrous, pitiless and predatory nature. She, the Lionheart, is awed, meets devastation, fears cataclysms, intuits prophecies, bears historical and biological guilt,  seeks redemption and takes stupendous, fervent  action. It really is some story.

Song of the forest: Grizedale’s musical tree

Charmed by the chimes on the wild side of Cumbria

Tales from the trees: Grizedale Forest, Lake District

Arizona town mourns deaths of 19 elite firefighters and offers comfort to 'Hotshot' unit’s sole survivor

Those killed are named as it emerges all 19 deployed last-ditch personal fire shelters to no avail

The peloton makes its way through Corsica’s rolling hills

Tour de France 2013: Geraint Thomas scrapes past pain barrier

Sky rider refuses to quit despite severe injury as Gerrans wins stage in Corsican hills

Team Sky’s Vasili Kiryienka, right, and Chris Froome, left, lead during stage two yesterday

Tour de France 2013: Froome power play masks Sky's patchy day

Bakelants takes yellow jersey as British rider shows his strength while team-mates struggle

Tour de France: Stage 2 comes to an end as Belgium's Jan Bakelants powers through

Belgium's Jan Bakelants used every last ounce of energy to push over the line and win stage two of the 100th Tour de France as the peloton frantically chased him down at the finish.

Victory: Jan Bakelants clenches his fists as he celebrates taking stage two of the 2013 Tour De France

Tour de France: Stage 2 comes to an end as Belgium's Jan Bakelants powers through

Belgium's Jan Bakelants used every last ounce of energy to push over the line and win stage two of the 100th Tour de France as the peloton frantically chased him down at the finish.

Paperback review: A Hero of Our Time, By Mikhail Lermontov (Translated by Nicolas Pasternak Slater)

Tolstoy thought it 'perfect'. And who am I to argue with Tolstoy?

Australia's new coach, Darren Lehmann, (right) addresses the media alongside his captain, Michael Clarke (left)

Stephen Brenkley: Australia's Ashes meltdown runs deeper than ineffectual Mickey Arthur

It is difficult to understand what Australia are up to. This is largely because they do not have a clue either. In a sensational act of desperation, barely a fortnight before the start of the Ashes series, they have sacked their coach, Mickey Arthur and deprived their captain, Michael Clarke, of his selection duties.

Nanga Parbat, where militants stormed a camp and killed nine foreign tourists

Gunmen storm base camp and kill nine tourists on Pakistan's Nanga Parbat mountain

Police confirmed that at least nine tourists had been killed and said that the area had been sealed off

TV review: Wild Shepherdess - Look out, chaps, there's a goat botherer about!

She makes yoghurt, she spins yarn, she looks nice in a fleece. But when will Kate Humble's gap year ever end?

Five-minute memoir: A rocky relationship sailing around the West Coast of Scotland

It was a restorative sail with a handsome captain. But then came trouble, says Alice Thompson.

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Relative danger: Michael Dunlop follows in the dangerous tyre tracks of his father and uncle on the Isle of Man

The Last Word: The Isle of Man TT, Robert Dunlop's death, and a race that defies the nanny state

Contact with a wall, a telegraph pole or a traffic sign is usually fatal

Superfan Grace Dent was prepared to break her ban on coach travel for the 10-hour tour

Grace Dent plays the Game of Thrones - superfan goes on location

Ahead of the season finale of everyone’s favourite TV epic, our writer dons her cape and tunic to take a real-life tour of where the magic happens

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

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Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable