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The Wasp and The Orchid : Remarkable Life of Australian Naturalist Edith Coleman - Danielle Clode

The Wasp and The Orchid

Remarkable Life of Australian Naturalist Edith Coleman

Paperback Published: 26th February 2019
ISBN: 9781760784300
Number Of Pages: 432

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Have you met Mrs Edith Coleman? If not you must - I am sure you will like her - she's just A1 and a splendid naturalist.

In 1922, a 48-year-old housewife from Blackburn delivered her first paper, on native Australian orchids, to the Field Naturalist's Club of Victoria.

An avid gardener, self-taught former schoolteacher Edith Coleman went on to become the foremost female naturalist and nature writer of her generation. She kept echidnas at the breakfast table, and arachnids in the bedroom. She travelled across Australia in pursuit of its flora and fauna and even corrected Charles Darwin. Yet today she is almost entirely forgotten, save by a handful of scientists and naturalists.

In a twenty-year quest, award-winning writer and zoologist Danielle Clode set out to uncover Edith's story, bringing her celebration of Australian nature and landscape back into the light where it belongs.

Long-listed for NiB Waverley Award for Literature 2018.

About the Author

Danielle Clode is a zoologist and award-winning author. She has worked as a zookeeper and scientific interpreter, in exhibition design and academia, and spent many years as a technical editor and writing teacher. She has written seven books, including Voyages to the South Seas, which won the 2007 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Nonfiction.

Industry Reviews

'[A] brilliant biography'
Australian Women's Weekly

'Danielle Clode breathes life into the story of Edith Coleman... an approachable blend of biography, science, nature writing and social history.'
Adelaide Advertiser

'Undoubtedly a remarkable woman'
Weekend Australian

ISBN: 9781760784300
ISBN-10: 1760784303
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 26th February 2019
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.5  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.57

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