A surprising and absorbing new work of scientific, historical and environmental investigation, featuring one of Australia's most misunderstood native animals, the long-haired rat.
Professor Tim Bonyhady is one of Australia's foremost environmental lawyers and cultural historians. His many books include Images in Opposition- Australian Landscape Painting 1801-1890, Burke and Wills- From Melbourne to Myth, Places Worth Keeping- Conservationists, Politics and Law and The Colonial Earth.
'A book of surprises, with one yarn after another about an amazing
Australian mammal.' * Tim Low *
'A marvellous story about one of the world's most enigmatic creatures.' * Tim Flannery *
'Part history, part field guide and part folktale, the more you read the more you realise that this bewitching creature is an allegory for Australia itself.' * Guardian *
'[A]s Bonyhady's highly engaging new book eloquently demonstrates, the rat and its history offer a fascinating lens through which to examine the history of the Australian environment and the catastrophic human and environmental impact of European invasion...[a] fascinating and often profound book.' * Sydney Morning Herald *
'Bonyhady crafts his history through a forensic analysis of detailed sources' * ABR *
'[A] delightful exploration of the teeming lives and dramatic deaths of members of a generally overlooked Australian species...[A]n important book for our times.' * Inside Story *
'This story of a precious Australian mammal is a fascinating journey into Australian natural history.' * Good Reading *