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Danielle Clode Danielle Clode i(A119443 works by)
Born: Established: 1968 ;
Gender: Female
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Dr Danielle Clode is the author of several literary non-fiction books. After studying psychology and politics at Adelaide University and completing a doctorate in zoology at Oxford in 1993, she has worked as a freelance author, researcher, teacher and editor. She has taught writing at Melbourne University, the Victorian Writers Centre and Flinders University. Danielle has been awarded an Australia Council for Literature Award (fiction), the inaugural Dahl Trust Fellowship (Australian Book Review), the Moran Award for the History of Science (Australian Academy of Science), the Redmond Barry Fellowship (Melbourne University), Creative Scholarship (State Library of Victoria) and the Thomas Ramsay Science and Humanities Fellowship (Museum Victoria). Danielle’s writing has been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council Award and the Calibre Essay Prize and she won the Nettie Palmer Award for her narrative non-fiction Voyages to the South Seas. Her first book, Killers in Eden, was made into an award-winning ABC-TV documentary. Her book, Prehistoric Life of Australia's Inland Sea, was  published in 2015.

(Biography courtesy of author.)

Most Referenced Works


  • Danielle Clode has also written the following works, which are not individually indexed on AustLit:

    • 'This Essay Mixes Styles: Is Personal and Scholarly', New Writing: The International Journal For The Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 2014.
    • 'From Molluscs to Monkeys: Darwin and Early Australian Biology', in Jeanette Hoorn, ed. Reframing Darwin: Evolution and Art in Australia. Carlton, Vic: Miegunyah Press, 2009, pp. 62-79.
    • 'Seeing the Wood for the Trees', Australian Book Review 366 (2014), pp.40-50.
    • 'Norman Wakefield.' In John Ritchie and Diane Langmore, ed. Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2002, pp.461-461.
    • 'Oceans of Metaphor: Exploring the Many Stranded Story of Science', Australian Book Review, (2014), pp.22-23.
    • 'Tony and Vicki Anderson: Theodore Thomson Flynn: Not just Errol's Father', Historical Records of Australian Science, 25.2 (2014), pp.364-365.
    • 'Worlds from Words', Australian Book Review 358 (Feb. 2014), pp.29-29.
    • 'Clinging to Hope: Unravelling Stories of the Reef.' Australian Book Review, 359 March 2014), pp.10-11.
    • 'Noelene Bloomfield: Almost a French Australia: French-British Rivalry in the Southern Oceans'. Historical Records of Australian Science, 24 (2013), pp.161-162.
    • 'Big-cat Tales Create a Claws Celebre', The Australian, 22 June 2013, pp.25-25.
    • 'Raymond J. Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel', Transnational Literature, 6.1 (2013).
    • 'Alan Powell: Northern Voyagers: Australia's Monsoon Coast in Maritime History', Historical Records of Australian Science, 23 (2012), pp.81-82.
    • 'Linden Gillbank: From System Garden to Scientific Research: The University of Melbourne's School of Botany Under its First Two Professors (1906-1973)', Historical Records of Australian Science, 21 (2011), pp.285-286.
    • 'Stephen Jackson: Koala: Origins of an Icon. Stephen Jackson and Karl Vernes: Kangaroo: Portrait of an Extraordinary Animal Icon', Historical Records of Australian Science, 22.1 (2011), pp.186-187.
    • 'Edward Duyker: Père Receveur: Franciscan, Scientist and Voyager with Lapérouse', Historical Records of Australian Science, 22.2 (2011), pp.308-309.
    • 'Colin Dyer, The French Explorers and Sydney', Historical Records of Australian Science, 21.1 (2010), pp.110-111.
    • 'Cool Heads Will Save the Day', The Australian, 24-25 Jan. 2009, pp.12-12.
    • 'Troubled Waters: The Changing Fortunes of Whales and Dolphins', Environment and History, 13 (2007), pp.247-248.
    • 'A Left-hand Turn around the World', Laterality, 11.6 (2006), pp.508-581.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon In Search of the Woman Who Sailed the World Sydney : Picador , 2020 19895416 2020 single work biography 'A voyage of discovery, nature and untold histories - in the vein of Clare Wright, Edmund de Waal and Helen Macdonald.

'When the first woman to circumnavigate the world completed her journey in 1775, she returned home without any fanfare at all.

'Jeanne Barret, an impoverished peasant from Burgundy, disguised herself as a man and sailed on the 1766 Bougainville voyage as the naturalist's assistant. For over two centuries, the story of who this young woman was, why she left her home to undertake such a perilous journey and what happened when she returned has been shrouded in uncertainty.

'Biologist and award-winning author Danielle Clode embarks on a journey to solve the mysteries surrounding Jeanne Barret. From archives, herbariums and museums to untouched forests and open oceans, Clode's mission takes her from France and Mauritius to the Pacific Islands and New Guinea to reveal the previously untold full story of Jeanne's life as well as the achievements and challenges of her famous voyage.

'This book is an ode to the sea, to science and to one remarkable woman who, like all explorers, charted her own course for others to follow.' (Publication summary)

2022 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature South Australian Literary Awards Award for Non-Fiction
y separately published work icon The Wasp and The Orchid : The Remarkable Life of Australian Naturalist Edith Coleman Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2018 13601905 2018 single work biography

''Have you met Mrs Edith Coleman? If not you must - I am sure you will like her - she's just A1 and a splendid naturalist.'

'In 1922, a 48-year-old housewife from Blackburn delivered her first paper, on native Australian orchids, to the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria. Over the next thirty years, Edith Coleman would write over 300 articles on Australian nature for newspapers, magazines and scientific journals. She would solve the mystery of orchid pollination that had bewildered even Darwin, earn the acclaim of international scientists and, in 1949, become the first woman to be awarded the Australian Natural History Medallion. She was 'Australia's greatest orchid expert', 'foremost of our women naturalists', a woman who 'needed no introduction'.

'And yet, today, Edith Coleman has faded into obscurity. How did this remarkable woman, with no training or connections, achieve so much so late in life? And why, over the intervening years, have her achievements and her writing been forgotten?

'Zoologist and award-winning writer Danielle Clode sets out to uncover Edith's story, from her childhood in England to her unlikely success, sharing along the way Edith's lyrical and incisive writing and her uncompromising passion for Australian nature and landscape. ' (Publication summary)

2019 shortlisted National Biography Award
2018 longlisted Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature
y separately published work icon Prehistoric Giants : The Megafauna of Australia Carlton : Museum Victoria , 2009 Z1679588 2009 single work non-fiction children's
2010 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
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