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A book about a scientist and a continent, a work of travel and natural history, of contemporary culture and the patterns of history. The author encounters ancient Aboriginal cultures, examines Europeans trying to understand this singular environment, and conducts an enquiry into the evolution of the kangaroo.

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ISBN 9781920885762
Author

Flannery T

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Binding

Paperback

Weight 0.202 kg
Dimensions 1.8 × 12.9 × 20 cm

Description

Country is about the unique nature of Australia and about Flannery’s own journey toward understanding it. Travelling thousands of kilometres, he encounters Aboriginal cultures and examines Europeans trying to understand this land. He begins to understand how Australia’s deserts and rainforests have shaped human responses to the continent, and how kangaroos have evolved to handle the intricate challenges of the island. Flannery’s remarkable enquiry into the evolution of the kangaroo is the centrepiece of the book.Spanning several decades of Flannery’s life, the book recounts his early discovery of palaeontology, and how he comes to find his home in the world of the museum. Reading Country it’s impossible not to feel the excitement of a passionate researcher. Funny, easy to read and full of interesting information, this is a remarkable book by a wonderful writer.

About the author
Tim Flannery has written over a dozen books, including Here on Earth; the award-winning bestsellers The Future Eaters, The Eternal Frontier and The Weather Makers; and his accounts of adventures in Papua New Guinea and Australia, Throwim Way Leg, Country and Among the Islands. Tim was the 2007 Australian of the Year and the Head of the Australian Climate Commission from 2011-13.

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