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Animals Make Us Human
About the book
  • Published: 3 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760899813
  • Imprint: Penguin Life
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $29.99

Animals Make Us Human




A fundraiser for our wildlife - from land, sea and sky - affected by Australian bushfires. Proceeds go to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and Australian Marine Conservation Society.

Words, reflections, poems and photographs of Australian animals affected and pushed to the edge of extinction by the 2019/20 bushfire season.

Featuring: Robbie Arnott, James Bradley, Geraldine Brooks, Anne Buist, Melanie Cheng, Claire G. Coleman, Ceridwen Dovey, Chris Flynn, Nayuka Gorrie, Dan Harley, Ashley Hay, Toni Jordan, Leah Kaminsky, Paul Kelly, Tom Keneally, Meg Keneally, Cate Kennedy, David Lindenmayer, Ella Loeffler, Maia Loeffler, Angela Meyer, Sonia Orchard, Favel Parrett, Marissa Parrott, Jack Pascoe, Sue Pillans, Holly Ringland, Euan Ritchie, Graeme Simsion, Shaun Tan, Lucy Treloar, Karen Viggers, Emma Viskic, John Woinarski, Clare Wright, Mark Brandi, Barbara Allen, Kirli Saunders, Jenny Martin, Nick Porch, Tracy Sorensen, Antoinette Roe.

And photographers: Richard Pillans, David Smith, William Terry, Rohan Bilney, Georgina Steytler, Gary Bell, Amy Coetsee, Kristian Bell, Jayne Jenkins, Wayne Suffield, Patrick Tomkins, Matt Clancy, Caleb McElrea, Colin Southwell, Belinda Wilson, Vivien Jones, Tim Bawden, Andrew Buckle, Angus Emmott, Matt Wright, Nicholas Monahan, Gillian Rayment, Linda Rogan, Heather Sutton.

Through these stories and pictures, Australian artists have responded to the prompt Animals Make Us Human and given us exquisite moments of beauty watching a wild platypus at play, moments of being dumbstruck by the inexplicable leap of a threshing shark, a gentle cup of tea with birds in our backyard, powerful warnings that the world must change, contemplation of the generations of extinction that have gone before through watching an echidna dawdle across a path and images of such beauty, there are no words.

Uplifting and life-affirming, this collection is a also a powerful reminder and rebuke that we are but animals and have one world in which to co-exist, survive and thrive. The words of Australia's favourite writers are accompanied by poignant images taken by renowned conservation and wildlife photographers, highlighting the beauty and fragility of our unique fauna.

A response to the recent devastating bushfires, Animals Make Us Human calls readers to reflect upon and celebrate their own relationship with Australia’s wildlife.

All contributors have donated their work with proceeds going to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

  • Pub date: 3 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760899813
  • Imprint: Penguin Life
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Authors

Leah Kaminsky

Leah Kaminsky is a physician and award-winning writer. Her debut novel, The Waiting Room, won the prestigious Voss Literary Prize. She conceived and edited Writer MD, a collection of prominent physician-writers, which starred on Booklist and is co-author of Cracking the Code, with the Damiani family. She holds an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. (www.leahkaminsky.com)

Meg Keneally

Meg Keneally started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and freelance features writer.

On returning to Australia, she joined the Daily Telegraph as a general news reporter, covering everything from courts to crime to animals’ birthday parties at the zoo. She then joined Radio 2UE as a talkback radio producer.

In 1997 Meg co-founded a financial service public relations company, which she sold after having her first child.

For more than ten years, Margaret has worked in corporate affairs for listed financial services companies, and doubles as a part-time SCUBA diving instructor.

She lives in Sydney with her husband Craig and children Rory and Alex.


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