Lost & Found: Louise Wareham Leonard on E. L. Grant Watson

Upon beginning The Nun & the Bandit, I recognized the exact desert I was living in. Watson had come fantastically close to Mount Magnet, with guides both white and Aboriginal. He put into words for me the desert’s stunted bushes, its dramatic bleak escarpments, its arid plain. For him, the desert aroused awe; it was wilderness, a place of silence and apartness.