The Local Wildlife by Robert Drewe
Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton
From the Blurb
Welcome to the Northern Rivers, where the 'local wildlife' can refer to more than just the exotic native fauna. After a decade spent in this picturesque corner of Australia, home of chocolate-coated women, pythons in the ceiling, online Russian brides, deadly paralysis ticks, and the mysterious Mullumbimby Monster, Robert Drewe wiped the green zinc cream from his face and set down some of his unusual wildlife experiences that the far North and New South Wales- home of the world's greatest variety of ants- had to offer.
I'd like to start this review with a little story.
A few weeks ago, I was working in the bookstore, and I'd been downstairs for something. As I came up the stairs, I noticed that a man was admiring our staff picks stand. He had his back to me, but I could tell that he was holding in his hands a copy of The Local Wildlife.
"Fantastic choice!" I said. "I'm a big Robert Drewe fan. So pleased to see he has another new book out."
The gentleman turned around, and his female companion looked amused.
"This is Robert Drewe."
As soon as he looked at me, I knew it was true. I turned a violent, beetroot red.
So. That was how I tried to sell Robert Drewe a copy of his own book! Meeting Mr Drewe was quite possibly the highlight of my year so far. Last year, whilst doing Honours, I gave a lecture on The Shark Net, and I relied on his scholarly work quite heavily in my research. I was pleased to be able to tell him how much his work meant to me, and he was kind enough to sign a copy of the new book for me!