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The Enchantment of the Long-haired Rat

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

Tim Bonyhady

The fascinating story of a much-maligned and little-understood native Australian rodent.

The long-haired rat breeds and spreads prodigiously after big rains. Its irruptions were plagues to European colonists, whofeared and loathed all rats, but times of feasting for Aboriginal people.

Tim Bonyhady explores the place of the long-haired rat in Aboriginal culture. He recounts how settler Australians responded to it, learned about it and, occasionally, came to recognise the wonder of it. And he reconstructs its changing,shrinking landscape—once filled with bilbies, letter-winged kites and inland taipans, but now increasingly the domain of feral cats.

An astonishing history, The Enchantment of the Long-haired Rat illuminates a species, a continent, its climate and its people like never before.

Tim Bonyhady
About the Author

Professor Tim Bonyhady is one of Australia’s foremost environmental 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 award winningThe Colonial Earth.

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Extent:
304pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
6 August 2019
ISBN:
9781925773934
AU Price:
$32.99
NZ Price:
$38.00
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Praise for Tim Bonyhady
andThe Enchantment of the Long-haired Rat

‘A book of surprises, with one yarn after another about an amazing Australian mammal.’

‘A marvellous story about one of the world’s most enigmatic creatures.’

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    ISBN: 9781925774689
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