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The Enchantment Of The Long-haired Rat: A Rodent History of Australia

Tim Bonyhady



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05 August 2019
Mathematics & Sciences; The Earth: natural history general
The Enchantment of the Long-haired Rat tells the story of a small Australian rodent known for its fast and prodigious spread after big rains- plagues for the European colonists who feared and loathed all rats; an abundance of food for the indigenous peoples who feasted with delight in these times of plenty. While the rats brought despair and hardship for the early colonist eating not only crops and supplies but clothes, boots and saddlery, their presence also offered a lifeline as a food source. The Burke and Wills story might well have had a different ending had the hapless explorers been tempted to follow the example of the Aboriginal people and make use of a nutritious and readily available meal.

Tim Bonyhady's account-from the earliest evidence of it, found in caves and overhangs, to its most recent boom triggered by the immense rains across Australia of 2010-11 and current research of its mysterious life-presents a fascinating view of Australia's history, illuminating a species, a continent, its climate and its people.
By:   Tim Bonyhady
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781925773934
ISBN 10:   1925773930
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   05 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Enchantment Of The Long-haired Rat: A Rodent History of Australia

'A marvellous story about one of the world's most enigmatic creatures.' * Tim Flannery * `A book of surprises, with one yarn after another about an amazing Australian mammal.' * Tim Low *

  • Short-listed for Douglas Stewart Prize for Nonfiction, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2020 (Australia)

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