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Dingo Bold

The Life and Death of K'gari Dingoes

Rowena Lennox

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Sydney University Press
01 January 2021
Series: Animal Publics
Dingo Bold is a thought-provoking exploration of the relationship between people and dingoes. At its heart is Rowena Lennox's encounter with a dingo on the beach on K'gari (Fraser Island), a young male she nicknames Bold. Struck by this experience, and by the intense, often polarised opinions expressed in public conversations about dingo conservation and control, she sets out to understand the complex relationship between humans and dingoes.

Weaving together ecological data, interviews with people connected personally and professionally with K'gari's dingoes, and Lennox's expansive reading of literary, historical and scientific accounts, Dingo Bold considers what we know about the history of relations between dingoes and humans, and what preconceptions shape our attitudes today. Do we see dingoes as native wildlife or feral dogs? Wild or domesticated animals? A tourist attraction or a threat?

And how do our answers to these questions shape our interactions with them?

Dingo Bold is both a moving memoir of love and loss through Lennox's observations of the natural world and an important contribution to wider conversations about conservation and animal welfare.

'In Dingo Bold, Rowena Lennox wrestles with the emotionally laden subject of the human-wild divide through the lens of the policies managing the dingoes on K'gari (Fraser Island). Along the way she breathes life into stories of the dingoes she meets and learns about, including the eponymous Bold...

Dingo Bold is a thoroughly engaging and deeply personal book that examines dingo life and the humans charged with their survival.' - Books+Publishing
By:   Rowena Lennox
Imprint:   Sydney University Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 148mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   350g
ISBN:   9781743327319
ISBN 10:   1743327315
Series:   Animal Publics
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   01 January 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Map of K'gari Prelude Wildlife Strange familiar country Coolooloi Eurong Let's dance Sister Girl Brothers What they're capable of Traces Meeting at Pialba Wongari Over and over With their whole gaze Sore feet, tears and seeds In the realm of science Coda References Acknowledgments Index

Rowena Lennox has published essays, fiction, memoir and poems in Hecate, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, New Statesman, Seizure, Social Alternatives and Southerly, among others. Her book Fighting Spirit of East Timor (Pluto/Zed, 2000) won a NSW Premier's History Award in 2001.

Reviews for Dingo Bold: The Life and Death of K'gari Dingoes

'Dingo Bold is a thoroughly engaging and deeply personal book that examines dingo life and the humans charged with their survival.' -- Warren Bonett * Books+Publishing *


  • Nominated for NSW Premier's History Awards 2021 (Australia)
  • Nominated for Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance 2021 (Australia)
  • Nominated for Queensland Premier's Non-Fiction Book Award 2021 (Australia)
  • Nominated for Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales Whitley Award 2021 (Australia)

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