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A Hostile Beauty
A Hostile Beauty

A Hostile Beauty

Life on Macquarie Island


240 Pages, 8.5 x 11.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $62.00 (US $62.00) (CA $68.95)

Publication Date: November 2011

ISBN 9780522855043

Rights: US & CA

Melbourne University Press (Nov 2011)

Price: $62.00


With stunning landscape photographs and informative essays, this pictorial explores Australia’s Macquarie Island, a sliver of unexpected rock in the vast Southern Ocean. Touching upon the island’s unique history—including shipwrecks, seal slaughters, and a damaged ecosystem resulting from human interference—this record with an ecological theme is a tribute to one of the world’s great wildlife refuges.

Author Biography

Alistair Dermer is in natural resource management and worked on Macquarie Island with the Australian Antarctic Division, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Greencorp, and, most recently, to Bush Heritage Australia. Danielle Wood is a creative writing teacher at the University of Tasmania in Australia. She is a former journalist, producer with ABC Radio, and media officer for Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service.