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27 July 2021
RRP: $32.99
ISBN: 9781922419514
Jacketed Hardback,  224 pages
210x 135mm mm
Natural History

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Questions Raised by Quolls

by Harry Saddler

Fatherhood and Conservation in an uncertain World

‘They came at dusk, drawn to our camp site by the smell of food. We were cleaning up after dinner in the gathering dark, the pots and pans scraped empty but with traces of our meal still lingering, when we heard the noise of them: yapping calls, one to the other,
or just to themselves in their excitement.’

When Harry Saddler first encountered a quoll while camping with his father, he was struck by the beauty of the rare creature who had emerged from
the bush, sniffing for dinner. As Harry frantically snapped a photo, the fast-moving mammal disappeared back into the undergrowth.

Many years later that blurry photo remains a memory, as fleeting as the animal it captured. After two centuries of habitat destruction, quolls are now on the brink of extinction and Harry, contemplating fatherhood, aches for the absence of all the species lost to children born today.

Questions Raised by Quolls is an eloquent examination of extinction and conservation set against the backdrop of global climate change. From his own family lineage, Harry reveals how humanity’s ever-accelerating modern way of life runs parallel with the destruction of the natural world. Evocative and challenging, this eulogy to lost species will force you to question your place in the vast interconnected web of life.

Praise for Questions Raised by Quolls

‘This is a thoroughly engaging and readable book, moving fluidly from topic to topic and in the end, leaving us with optimism despite the angst of many in the millennial generation.’ The Canberra Bookshelf

About the Author

Harry Sadler is a Melbourne-based writer. His writing about the interactions between people, animals and the environment has been published in The Lifted Brow, Meanjin and The Guardian, among others.

His book The Eastern Curlew was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards in 2019.

Photo credit: Manda Ford