Country: A Continent, a Scientist & Kangaroo

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Text Publishing Company, Aug 1, 2005 - History - 272 pages
Country is a thrilling and personal book about a scientist and a continent. Tim Flannery writes a love letter to Australia, drawing on three decades of extensive travel, research and field work to reveal its unique nature.

As he describes his encounters with the land and its people, Flannery pays particular attention to the evolution of Australia's most distinctive animal, the kangaroo. He shows us how the destiny of this extraordinary creature is inseparable from the environment that created it. The kangaroo may seem as familiar to us as the eucalypt or the desert, a symbol on a road sign or the tail of a passenger plane, but readers of Country will never see our national emblem in the same way again.

'Flannery is perhaps the most gifted describer of the natural sciences writing today.' Weekend Australian

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I enjoyed this book more than I had expected to. The story of an Australian palaeontologist in the 1970s to 1990s also shows us a little seen side of Australia that has been lost in history. The ... Read full review

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This is basically a biology and ecology book, but is also part memoir. Flannery spends decades searching the Australian outback and outer islands for the fossil remains of now extinct species of ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Born in Melbourne in 1956, Tim Flannery is a writer, scientist and explorer. He has written numerous books, including the award-winning bestsellers The Future Eaters, The Eternal Frontier and The Weather Makers. The 2007 Australian of the Year, Flannery is Panasonic Professor in Environmental Sustainability at Macquarie University, and is National Geographic's representative in Australasia. From 2007 to 2010 he chaired the Copenhagen Climate Council. Flannery lives on the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales.

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