I have had 16 books published – four popular science titles, one novel, and ten books for education. The Memory Code is the latest and the most important book I will ever write!
My academic book, Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies is published by Cambridge University Press. Based on my PhD thesis, it gives the full academic justification for my theories about indigenous memory systems and archaeology.
Spiders: learning to love them , Allen & Unwin (Aus, US), 2009, Orion (UK), 2009
Spiders was my fourteenth book, published by Allen & Unwin in Australia and the US, and by Orion in the UK. It tells of my journey from arachnophobia to obsession while introducing the reader to these extraordinary creatures. The book also shows readers how to get to know their own personal home spiders. One thing which is certain – you will all have some. Spiders are everywhere – they just tend to stay well hidden if they can.
Some of the media comments:
Kelly’s battle to overcome arachnophobia has spawned a terrific book … But Kelly’s Spiders is a book for the layman, not the scientist. It is packed with scientific facts and would be a great starting kit for amateur naturalists toying with the idea of getting to know spiders better… But, at the end of the day, this book is a love letter to the most misunderstood of animals. Nigel Adlam, Sunday Territorian
I must admit, I couldn’t put this one down, reading it at every opportunity and grateful for a three-hour train journey that let me finish reading it without the usual guilt with work needing to be done. Colleen Duncan, ArtsRush Magazine
This is the ideal gift for any arachnophobe in the family. Noel Shaw, Launceston Examiner
I confess. I am an avowed arachnophobe. Yet, somehow, that cute little hairy critter with the bug eyes on the cover persuaded me that this was a book worth reviewing…Kelly’s aim is to convince the reader that spiders are fascinating…Subtitled Learning to Love Them, it sort of succeeds. Although “learning to tolerate them” might be more accurate. Sydney Morning Herald.
It is probably more than you ever wanted to know about spiders, but Kelly is a science writer so it is all accurate, clearly written and well illustrated. In a word: enthusiastic. Malcolm Tattersall, Townsville Bulletin
Enthusiastically converted to the cause of arachnids, Kelly succeeds in conveying her passion in clear prose anchored in potent content. Prepare for arachnid cannibalism, masturbation, bondage, even soft spider porn – well, a sizzling description of courting huntsman spiders. David Wilson, South China Morning Post
Highly readable and packed with important, and totally amazing, spider facts, this book casts new light on these often misunderstood members of the animal kingdom. Doubleday Entertainment
Kelly’s primary intention here is to repeatedly insist that the humble spider is sorely misunderstood and that, as they’re absolutely everywhere and (she thinks) fascinating…we ought to just get over our fears and become pals with the hairy, venomous, multi-eyed little buggers. Meek Mouse, Rip It Up
Give this to your favourite arachnophobe. Frances Rand, South Coast Register
‘Spiders: Learning to love them’ is the perfect introduction to the creatures which share our homes and gardens. Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga
Her book is ideal for those who adore spiders or reel in horror in their presence, and reveals a web-of-intrigue – sorry – about a fascinating creepy-crawly. Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin.
Spiders was judged the “Best book in the category of Natural History” in the 2009 Whitley Awards. It was awarded a Certificate of Commendation in what are the most prestigious awards in Australia for zoological writing. The awards are presented at the Australian Museum by the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.
Arachnologist Graham Milledge, commented that, even though he has been in the field for a very long time, he still couldn’t put the book down. And, unlike other recent books on spiders for the general reader, Spiders was scientifically accurate – he couldn’t find a single mistake! That thrilled me totally – spiders are not an easy group of animals to get right – there are so many of them and they are so variable! _____________________________________________________________
Grounded: Indigenous Knowing in a Concrete Reality is an academic essay in open access e-book format on Indigenous knowledge systems and the implications for education. It is available here:
Crocodile: evolution’s greatest survivor, Allen & Unwin (Aus and US), 2006, Orion (UK), 2007
The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal, Allen & Unwin (Aus) 2004, Thunder’s Mouth / Basic Books (US) , 2005, Russian Edition, 2009
Avenging Janie, Lothian Books, 2003
Practical Computing (co-author), Jacaranda-Wiley, 1987
Nuclear Technology (co-author), STAV Publishing, 1991
Lasers, Sunshine Books, 1994
Challenging Minds (Aus), Hawker-Brownlow, 1994, (US), Prufrock Press, 1996
Mathematics by Computer: Iteration, Wizard Books, 1996
Motion Kit: Simple Concepts in Physics, Wizard Books, 1996
Sound and Light, Wizard Books, 2000
Maths Wizard, Wizard Books, 2000
Motion: Simple Concepts in Physics, Wizard Books, 2001
Words and Images (co-author), Wizard Books, 2002
Exploring Chaos and Fractals (co-author), Informit, 1994