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Friday, 03 May 2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End
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Susan Hornbeck
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University of Queensland Press

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Brought to you in conjuction with the James Cook University Alumni Association join Glen Chilton, author of The Last Place You'd Look for a Wallaby (UQP, 2013), in-conversation with ABC Radio National's Paul Barclay.

Glen Chilton, author of the rollicking Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour finalist The Curse of the Labrador Duck, returns with yet another quest, this time to seek out species ill-advisedly introduced into foreign environments.

Chilton visits Ireland to witness how rhododendrons, an ornamental plant that escaped a private garden, now threaten to choke out the last of the great oak forests of the United Kingdom. He escapes blood-thirsty midges and a murderous Hungarian architect while visiting a colony of forgotten Scottish wallabies; finds out how termites, brought in on packing crates after the Second World War, contributed to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; dives with turtles in North Queensland; and dodges crocodiles and big guns in the eucalyptus forests of Ethiopia.

Along the way, Glen Chilton never turns down the opportunity to share a few pints with eccentric locals, often finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Dr Glen Chilton is an internationally recognised ornithologist and behavioural ecologist, and the world’s leading authority on the extinct Labrador Duck. He is professor emeritus at St. Mary’s University College, Calgary, Canada, and adjunct professor at James Cook University in Townsville. His detective work for The Curse of the Labrador Duck took him around the world the equivalent of 3.3 times. Glen now lives in Australia.

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