Love and the Platypus

Love and the Platypus

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Which is the greater mystery- the breeding habits of the platypus or the workings of the human heart?

In 1883 young British naturalist William Caldwell arrives in Australia with a mission- to determine for the scientific record whether platypuses really are egg-laying mammals. But first he must travel overland to the Burnett River in Queensland, where he intends to set up camp. On his journey he is by turns hindered and assisted by a cast of characters, including a drunken bullocky and an inscrutable, poetical bushman. Once there, William commences his investigations and encounters the local Aboriginal people, enlisting their help and ultimately learning their tragic history. He also meets a young blind woman with many closely held secrets of her own.

Love and the Platypus is a delightful, captivating novel that examines the obsessive nature of scientific enquiry and its environmental consequences, and the wonders of nature and of romantic love.

Publisher: Scribe,
ISBN: 9781921215209
Branch Call Number: AF DRAY

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LoganLib_JennyI Jun 01, 2017

A gem of of book based on the true story of a Scottish zoologist who comes to Queensland in 1883 to find out whether the platypus lays eggs. It combines some of my favourite subjects in fiction: science, Australian history, race relations, love and a couple of who-dun-it subplots. Drayson does a ... Read More »


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LoganLib_JennyI Jun 01, 2017

A gem of of book based on the true story of a Scottish zoologist who comes to Queensland in 1883 to find out whether the platypus lays eggs. It combines some of my favourite subjects in fiction: science, Australian history, race relations, love and a couple of who-dun-it subplots. Drayson does a great job of explaining alot of science content in layman terms through the eyes of the curious William and Ettie. Young Donald and Mary were wonderful characters too. A splendid book which brings forth a rainbow of emotions.

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