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In 1883 young British naturalist William Caldwell arrives in Australia with a mission: to determine for the scientific record whether the platypus really does lay eggs. But first he must travel overland to the Burnett River in Queensland, where he intends to set up camp. Once there, William starts his investigations and encounters the local Aboriginal people, enlisting theIn 1883 young British naturalist William Caldwell arrives in Australia with a mission: to determine for the scientific record whether the platypus really does lay eggs. But first he must travel overland to the Burnett River in Queensland, where he intends to set up camp. Once there, William starts 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 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 the natural world and of romantic love....

Title : Love And The Platypus
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ISBN : 9781921215209
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 341 Pages
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Love And The Platypus Reviews

  • Jenny
    2018-09-04 11:12

    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.

  • Karen Wischmann
    2018-08-24 07:14

    Absolutely love this book

  • Eran
    2018-08-29 10:20

    What a lovely book. The writing is fun and creates a deep atmosphere, bringing to life the historical backdrop with strong characters and a classic fiction tale. You get a good portion of some Australian setting, though I'll admit that most of the time I didn't imagine any deep accents. Here and there are strewn in some popular culture references (mostly in the form of Fuller's "conundrums") which are a nice wink to the reader (and it's always fun to read something that assumes the reader actually knows unrelated stuff, as opposed to the general media attitude that the reader/viewer is dumb and needs explanations for everything).Platypuses are amusing, not that you'd really get much of that from the book, and it was very interesting to read about the controversy they created. I've never thought before of the fact that, as with everything, some would be against and aghast at thinking they are different from what was already known.And now, it's time to put the billy on, and have some tea. :)

  • Russell
    2018-09-09 12:18

    I was pleased to find this on the library shelf, partly because I enjoyed Guide to the birds of East Africa, but mainly because it was another Humphrey Bower narration! I find I'm now choosing audiobooks by narrator rather than author, title or genre. Bower brings this book to life - I think it would be far less enjoyable to read without the Scottish brogue of Caldwell, the Irish police sergeant, the harsh outback accents of the drovers, and the affected voices of the English academics.I enjoyed the descriptions of the naturalist's discovery of Australian birds and animals, and the unraveling of the secrets of the platypus were intriguing. The story had a few twists and a little suspense to kick the narrative along, but like a few other readers, I found the denouement rather contrived. Three-and-a-half stars plus half a star for Humphrey Bower's superb performance.

  • Heather Browning
    2018-08-24 12:32

    This was really cute, nice subtle use of humour. I liked the Australian setting, and Caldwell is perfectly depicted as a bumbling scientist trying to make his way in the world. I was constantly sad at the death of the platypus specimens he was analysing, even though I understand how important it was for the science at the time. The ending was unexpectedly hard-core, and jarred a bit for it, but sweet at the same time.

  • Alex Rogers
    2018-09-01 12:07

    I really liked this for its subject matter (English naturalist early 19th century comes to Aus to investigate platypus), its gentle pace & humour, and the very clear picture it drew of early Australia. It IS a romance and as such was quite tame and a little predictable - but a good story, very enjoyable.

  • Jeanette
    2018-08-27 15:23

    Despite the slow start and almost idyllic pace, I enjoyed this book which combines fascinating naturalist vignettes of the Australian bush, Queensland history around the Bundaberg and Gayndah area (which suffered such severe flooding at the beginning of this year), with humour, mystery and romance - and a surprising ending. An enjoyable read. And I did learn a something about the Platypus.

  • Margo
    2018-08-23 13:32

    Really enjoyed it, but with a couple of reservations. I thought the description of the young, clever but naive scientist was very convincing. The search for absolute proof that the platypus laid eggs was well described. The ending felt very contrived.

  • Catherine
    2018-08-30 08:15

    I thought it ended rather abruptly for the way the author goes into such detail about seemingly trivial things. Enjoyed it anyway

  • Linda_pilko
    2018-09-03 07:23

    Fantastic book full of history and amazing facts about platypus.

  • Megan
    2018-09-18 15:13

    Absolute gem of a book! So easy to read, and a nice sweet story with a bit of 'whodunnit'.

  • Lindy
    2018-09-16 11:10

    Wonderful story, loved this book. Also loved another of the same author - The Birds of East Africa.

  • Jenny
    2018-09-10 12:18

    Very enjoyable. Probably helps to be familiar with Australian history and the bush, but a great story anyway.

  • Steven McKay
    2018-08-22 15:19

    An odd, but entertaining, book. The plot is moderately interesting, but the setting is the real star. Indigenous Australians, white settlers, and platypus.

  • Lee Belbin
    2018-09-08 11:19

    Not a bad yarn.

  • Jocelyn
    2018-09-18 07:10

    I often find it hard to choose between 'liked it' and 'really liked it', and this is one of those times. I didn't realise the hero was based on a historical character until I'd finished.

  • Bronwyn Hegarty
    2018-09-16 12:17

    Interesting and enjoyable love story with lots of nature.