All Shops
We're still open for business - read our Brexit and Covid-19 statements

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £40 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Mammals  Marsupials


Popular Science
By: John Simons(Author)
208 pages, 60 colour & 40 b/w photos and illustrations
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Click to have a closer look
  • Kangaroo ISBN: 9781861899224 Paperback Jun 2012 Temporarily out of stock: order now to get this when available
Price: £12.95
About this book Customer reviews Biography Related titles
Images Additional images

About this book

Almost every animal carries a symbolic meaning for humans – in the case of the kangaroo it is that of peculiarity and strangeness, a reputation that throughout history has led to a troubled relationship between mankind and marsupial. Written in a lively and approachable style, Kangaroo relates the story of this odd, yet much-loved creature in Australian and global history, with a particular focus on how the image of the kangaroo has been used and abused.

As well as describing the physiology and lifecycle of this unique animal, John Simons outlines the kangaroo in indigenous Australian culture. He looks at the fate of the kangaroo on first contact with Europeans, and considers the wider kangaroo diaspora, including zoo animals and wild populations across Japan and the USA.

Kangaroo also explores the connections between visual representation, cultural meaning, and the current controversy in Australia surrounding kangaroo hunting and eating. Simons demonstrates how the diversity of the kangaroo has frequently been reduced to a single stereotype, and how such misrepresentations now threaten the future of the species.

Kangaroo will engage all kangaroo lovers, as well as those concerned with animal welfare and conservation, particularly in Australia.

Customer Reviews


John Simons is Executive Dean of Arts at Macquarie University, Australia, and Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. His previous books include Animal Rights and the Politics of Literary Representation (2002) and Rossetti's Wombat (2008).

Popular Science
By: John Simons(Author)
208 pages, 60 colour & 40 b/w photos and illustrations
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Current promotions
British WildlifeHarper Collins PublishersSeabirds The New Identification GuideOrder your free copy of our 2021 equipment catalogues