Books by Tim Flannery

Dr Tim Flannery is one of Australia's best-known scientists as well as being one of our best-selling writers. His views are often provocative, both intellectually and socially. Tim is the Principal Research scientist at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

EUROPE by Tim Flannery
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"An illuminating natural history and warning for the future."
A noted paleontologist traces Europe's land, flora, and fauna over 100 million years. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The detection is nominal, and the mystery takes a back seat to the comic bedlam that reigns throughout. But readers who have never before encountered sentences like 'He knew he must get his foreskin back' will cheer Archie's debut and hope for more."
This first novel from Australian science writer Flannery (Atmosphere of Hope, 2015, etc.) travels back in time to 1932-1933—and back in cultural mores a lot further—when intrigue swirls around an aboriginal mask enshrined in the Sydney Museum. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A sharp summary of energy potentialities, where the good and the bad reside in human hands, hearts, and minds."
Flannery (An Explorer's Notebook: Essays on Life, History, and Climate, 2014, etc.) argues for renewed optimism in human capabilities to reverse the destabilizing effects of climate change.Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Accessible, provocative and well worth investigating."
An eminent Australian scientist and environmentalist's collection of 33 highly readable essays and book reviews published between 1985 and 2012. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A breathtaking, informative tour of faraway lands."
From the tides of the South Pacific to the impossible peaks of jungle islands, one zoologist sets out to find the living riches of the planet. Read full book review >
HERE ON EARTH by Tim Flannery
Released: April 14, 2011

"However, once it's up and running, it's an engaging, irresistible work of multimedia pop science."
Of melting ice caps, famines and inadvertent terraforming: Australian scientist Flannery charts the effects of the "human superorganism" on Earth at a critical juncture. Read full book review >
Released: April 5, 2011

"A lyrical, informed investigation into the human as ecological agent, and a provocation to act responsibly."
Flannery (Environmental Sustainability/Macquarie Univ.; Chasing Kangaroos, 2008, etc.) scrutinizes humankind's relationship to Earth and manages to find optimism at this critical, crossroads moment. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

Arguing that climate change and global warming affect us all and that we can be part of the solution, this comprehensive look at the issue includes a clear explanation of the mechanism of the carbon cycle, the role of greenhouse gases on Earth, historical instances of climate change and their causes, descriptions of effects on a variety of habitats, future scenarios and suggestions—both personal and global—about what might be done. An adaptation for teen readers of Flannery's highly regarded and influential adult title (The Weather Makers, 2006), Walker's readable and convincing rewrite follows the original organization but tightens up the text, shortening chapters and addressing the intended readers with action suggestions between each chapter. It includes new research and four examples of institutions and groups whose actions have made a difference in greenhouse-gas emissions. Endnotes and an extensive bibliography support the argument. A copy belongs in every middle- and high-school library. (index) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2007

"Quite exhaustive, fired by a boundless exuberance that leaps off the page."
Australian scientist/conservationist/explorer Flannery (The Weather Makers, 2006, etc.) tells the remarkable story of underappreciated marsupials thriving Down Under. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2006

"A powerful and persuasive book, sure to provoke strong reaction."
An authoritative yet accessible presentation of the scientific evidence that climate change is happening; a clear delineation of what global warming has done and could do to life on our planet; and an urgent call for action. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2001

"Natural history par excellence."
A sweeping natural history of North America from its birth as a self-contained continent in the Cretaceous era to its current precarious status as an ecological superpower. Read full book review >
THE EXPLORERS by Tim Flannery
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A careful work of history, useful to students of colonization and exploration generally—and of Australian studies particularly."
Historical documents, intelligently selected, on the exploration of Australia. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

The unaffected remembrances of an 18th-century mariner, eerie in their ability to make readers feel contiguous with the events, edited by Flannery (Throwim Way Leg, 1998, etc.). This is a remarkable memoir in that its author was neither famous nor infamous but a Common Joe who happened to attract the attention of a publisher interested in the lives of adventurers, to whom Nicol told his story. He was a sailor, though not, as Flannery puts it, "of the rum, sodomy, and lash school." He was a ship's cooper and candlemaker, intimate with the below-decks world of slaves, convicts, and Chinese barbers. With a solid reputation and a widely appreciated touch for brewing spruce beer, Nicol was routinely requested to join voyages, managing to twice circumnavigate the world, engage in trade and discovery and strife, find a wife and then lose her as he fled the press gangs. Nicol had an eye and an ear for the background music of the everyday, of language (though surely tidied by Flannery for today's readers), and catches of verse and song or the work chant of West Indian slaves: "Work away, body, bo / Work aa, jollaa." Equally appealing are his responses to wild landscapes—he doesn't bother with the heroic, as in this on Greenland: "Desolation reigns around: nothing but snow, or bare rocks and ice. The cold is so intense and the weather often so thick. I feel so cheerless." And an immediacy rings in the account, pulling you in. "The natives came on board in crowds and were happy to see us. They recognized Portlock and others who had been on the island before, along with Cook." That's Hawaii and that's Captain Cook. This memoir has seen two printings in Great Britain, one in 1822 and another in 1937, and it appears here now for the first time, the lucky find of treasure hunters who discovered a gem worth far more than its weight in gold doubloons. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

Flannery (The Future Eaters, not reviewed), a mammologist at home in the field, reports on his researches in a distinctly remote patch of upcountry New Guinea, which is about as upcountry as you can get. This is natural history in the raw, where personal comfort and safety take a backseat to the thrill of trooping about in those rare blank spots on the zoological map. Flannery, who has carried out scientific work throughout Oceania, concentrates here on Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya, lands that routinely serve up new species of mammals to expeditions. In a vaguely old-fogey tone ("My first memories of Port Moresby are still vivid" and "There is one case I will never forget"), he recounts slogging and slashing his way toward Goodfellow's tree-kangaroo, which dwells in the treetops of New Guinea's oak forest, or a King of Saxony bird of paradise (Flannery may be a mammologist, but it's with birds that he finds his most evocative encounters). He casually drops comments like, "I was recovering from cerebral malaria at the time"; he carries out rude surgery in the wild; he makes the obligatory visit to an outhouse full of colossal hairy spiders. A python throws its coils around him ("I watched in amazement as my hand became miraculously attached to my knee"), and he is mortally threatened more than once by natives who resent his presence. Flannery paces his narrative well, and makes his book that much more valuable by detailing the quirks and everyday lives of the local people he works with. He ends the book with an intelligent, well-versed, and scathing critique of Indonesian malfeasance in Irian Jaya. A chronicle of fieldwork in places so untouched they feel out of time. How salutary it is to learn simply that such landscapes still exist! (16 pages color photos, not seen) (Author tour) Read full book review >