My books

The Memory Code   Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies

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-front-covSpiders: 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.

I become more obsessed every day as I watch my personal spiders around the house and in the garden. They never fail to do new and even more interesting things. It is all free – the only price is that I have to neglect the housework. I blog their lives at The Spiderblogger.

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:

Grounded: Indigenous Knowing in a Concrete Reality, Rounded Globe, 2016.

Crocodile: evolution’s greatest survivorAllen & 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

Multimedia CD-ROM:
Exploring Chaos and Fractals
 (co-author), Informit, 1994

iteration   prac-computing  lasers   nuke-tech mathswiz  soundandlight  wordsimages  motion

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9 Responses to My books

  1. Mark McGurgan says:

    I only recently discovered The Memory Code. I’ll share my ideas based on this book as they evolve. Theres a lot of work I have to do first. I just want to know when the book comes out that explains a practical application of The Memory Code.

    • lynne says:

      Hi Mark,

      I look forward to your response to ‘The Memory Code’. The new book expanding on the practical application will be published early in 2019. Sorry it is so long, but there is a lot of new material and I need to thoroughly test every method I talk about, not only the ones I talk about in ‘The Memory Code’.



      • Mark McGurgan says:

        Hi Lynne
        Thanks for replying. 2019 is great! it means i can read as much as possible on orality and internalize it. I teach music mostly to little people and I’d like to apply these techniques in my teaching as well as in my eveyday life. The Memory Code has been a trigger to another pathway through, making me a better teacher and helping me know a whole heap of stuff. I fugure thats what we’re here for
        Kind Regards

        • lynne says:

          Hi Mark,

          I am absolutely convinced that teaching these methods to school children is an essential application of my ideas. Indigenous people have been doing ti for tens of thousands of years for every good reasons!

          Let me know how it goes.



  2. Hedley Finger says:

    I went to Amazon where the ‘Spider woman’ book is listed but not available. How do I get it?


  3. Graham Old says:

    Hi Lynne,

    I’ve seen you over at the mnemotechnics forum.

    I wonder if there is a place where you’ve listed your 52 ‘ancestors’ for playing cards? I love the idea of my 52 characters being useful memorable items themselves – and possible pegs for further info.



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