Dingo Bold (paperback)

The Life and Death of K’gari Dingoes

Rowena Lennox

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Format: paperback
Other formats: Hardback $80.00
292 pages
ISBN: 9781743327319
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.30722/sup.9781743327319
Publication: 01 Jan 2021
Series: Animal Politics
Publisher: Sydney University Press

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Dingo Bold is a thought-provoking exploration of the relationship between people and dingoes. At its heart is Rowena Lennox's encounter with a dingo on the beach on K’gari (Fraser Island), a young male she nicknames Bold. Struck by this experience, and by the intense, often polarised opinions expressed in public conversations about dingo conservation and control, she sets out to understand the complex relationship between humans and dingoes.

Weaving together ecological data, interviews with people connected personally and professionally with K’gari’s dingoes, and Lennox's expansive reading of literary, historical and scientific accounts, Dingo Bold considers what we know about the history of relations between dingoes and humans, and what preconceptions shape our attitudes today. Do we see dingoes as native wildlife or feral dogs? Wild or domesticated animals? A tourist attraction or a threat? And how do our answers to these questions shape our interactions with them?

Dingo Bold is both a moving memoir of love and loss through Lennox's observations of the natural world and an important contribution to wider conversations about conservation and animal welfare.

"Combining natural history, Indigenous culture, memoir, and environmental politics, this is an elegantly written and affectionate tribute to Australia's most maligned and least understood native animal." Jacqueline Kent

"Fuelled by empathy, curiosity and passion, and informed by research, data and observation, this moving and compelling book speaks to the heart and to the head. Rowena Lennox poses questions about our relationship with dingoes — and our role in the natural world — that are as bold and lively as her subject." Debra Adelaide

Rowena Lennox has worked as a book editor for many years and now teaches creative writing. She has published essays, fiction, memoir and poems in Hecate, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, New Statesman, Seizure, Social Alternatives and Southerly, among others. Her first book, Fighting Spirit of East Timor, won a New South Wales Premier’s History Award.

Map of K'gari

  1. Wildlife
  2. Strange familiar country
  3. Coolooloi
  4. Eurong
  5. Let's dance
  6. Sister Girl
  7. Brothers
  8. What they're capable of
  9. Traces
  10. Meeting at Pialba
  11. Wongari
  12. Over and over
  13. With their whole gaze
  14. Sore feet, tears and seeds
  15. In the realm of science


'[The book] brings into focus the complex entanglements at play between humans and other species, effectively promoting consideration and the importance and agency of non-human animals in an interconnected world ... Dingo Bold ultimately offers hope for the future of dingoes and dingo-human relations.'
Simone Lyons   Text: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses

' ... a profound meditation on the relationship between humans and dingoes, between tourism and the wild, and between science and culture.'
Chris Lee   Manning Community News

'Dingo Bold is a thoroughly engaging and deeply personal book that examines dingo life and the humans charged with their survival.'
Warren Bonett   Books+Publishing

Format: paperback
Size: 210 × 148 × 15 mm
292 pages
22 b&w ill.
Copyright: © 2021
ISBN: 9781743327319
Publication: 01 Jan 2021
Series: Animal Politics