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'In a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette's theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany, Himmler's dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by the Tolstoys drifts in space during the Cold War. In the siege of Sarajevo, a bear starving to death tells a fairytale; and a dolphin sent to Iraq by the US Navy writes a letter to Sylvia Plath.

'Ten animal souls tell extraordinary stories about their lives and deaths, caught up in human conflicts of the last century and its turnings. Together they form an animal's eye view of humans at both our brutal, violent worst and our creative, imaginative best. Exquisitely written, playful and poignant, Only the Animals is a remarkable literary achievement by one of our brightest young writers. It asks us to find our way back to empathy not only for animals, but for other people, and to believe again in the redemptive power of reading and writing fiction.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • A selection of interrelated short stories.
  • Epigraph:

    On one side there is luminosity, trust, faith, the beauty of the earth; on the other side, darkness, doubt, unbelief, the cruelty of the earth, the capacity of people to do evil. When I write, the first side is true; when I do not the second is. –Czeslaw Milosz, Road-Side Dog

    Each creature is key to all other creatures, A dog sitting in a patch of sun likcing itself, says he, is at one moment a dog and at the next a vessel of revelation. – J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello

  • Other formats: Also large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2014 .
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      Cover image courtesy of Penguin Books Australia.
      Extent: 264p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 23 April 2014
      ISBN: 9781926428581
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2015 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 256p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 25 February 2015
      ISBN: 9780143573012
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Atlantic Books ,
      2015 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 245p.
      Note/s:
      • Published February 5th 2015
      ISBN: 9781782397175

Works about this Work

Greener Pastures and Tangled Gums : The Rise of Australian Eco-fiction Rachel Fetherston , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , December 2016;
'The Australian environment has long been treated as an enigma by a large portion of the non-Indigenous public. For many Australians residing in cities and suburbs, the natural world exists as an entity entirely separate to the goings-on of the everyday. Rural, sweeping pastures and the ‘barren’ outback are often what come to mind for those who do not or are unable to make a conscious effort to engage with nature. A short but destructive history of mining, agriculture, logging and reef-bleaching has left little of our unique biodiversity intact, and current political trends demonstrate a disinclination to ecologically minded policy.' (Introduction)
Jo Langdon Reviews Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey Jo Langdon , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , September no. 19 2016;

— Review of Only the Animals Ceridwen Dovey 2014 selected work short story
Book Review – Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey Joanne Peulen , 2015 review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2015;

— Review of Only the Animals Ceridwen Dovey 2014 selected work short story
y Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey : Notes Khadija Caffoor , Melbourne : CAE Book Group , 2015 9282296 2015 single work criticism
Ceridwen Dovey’s ‘Only the Animals’ Megan Mayhew Bergman , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 20 September 2015; (p. 18)

— Review of Only the Animals Ceridwen Dovey 2014 selected work short story
A Camel's-Eye View of Beastly Relationships Geordie Williamson , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 April 2014; (p. 17)

— Review of Only the Animals Ceridwen Dovey 2014 selected work short story
Ceridwen Dovey, Only the Animals 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 26 April 2014;

— Review of Only the Animals Ceridwen Dovey 2014 selected work short story
[Untitled] Richard King , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , May no. 100 2014; (p. 56)

— Review of Only the Animals Ceridwen Dovey 2014 selected work short story
Modern Menagerie Sam Cadman , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 361 2014; (p. 54)

— Review of Only the Animals Ceridwen Dovey 2014 selected work short story
No Creature Comfort in a Stark View of Human Epiphanies Andrew Fuhrmann , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 May 2014; The Age , 17 May 2014; The Canberra Times , 17 May 2014;

— Review of Only the Animals Ceridwen Dovey 2014 selected work short story
A Ragged Pair of Claws Stephen Romei , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 March 2014; (p. 17)
Ceridwen Dovey Catherine Armitage , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 April 2014; (p. 30-31) The Canberra Times , 19 April 2014; (p. 19) The Age , 19 April 2014; (p. 30)
'This writer's animal narrators bear witness to humans at their worst and so inform us of our true natures.'
Liberated by an Animal Instinct Stephen Romei , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 19 May 2014; (p. 6)
Dovey Scoops New Prize for Australian Writers Jason Steger , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 29 October 2014; (p. 51)
Award for the Australian Books That Fly under the Radar Martin Shaw , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 29 October 2014;
'A Melbourne book chain has established an award for new writers. Martin Shaw explains why the award exists and the novels awarded this year'
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