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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Anomalist Books; 1St Edition edition (Nov. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933665165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933665160
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4bbede0) out of 5 stars Yowie - what are they?? Jan. 30 2007
By D. W. Kneen - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a very well written book about Australia's own version of the Bigfoot. Just like in North America this large unknown creature is often described as similar in appearance to the Sasquatch but more aggressive, and has been a part of Australian folklore and Aboriginal knowledge for centuries.

The creature whatever it is, remains elusive with no good quality photos or videos being available, such as the case with Sasquatch.

Added to the mystery is the shape of this creatures foot which seems to vary from 3, 4 or 5 toed. Having said this though, the subject is well covered and with many interesting and eye opening cases listed. It is hard to believe everybody who has seen this creature could be wrong or mistaken.

The authors have done the subject a great service by not getting involved in any outlandish theories, putting together a excellent reference source for the subject, whilst leaving any conclusions open.

For those people who aren't Australian with a poor idea of Australia's size, it is important to note that Australia is of similar size to the continental lower 48 United States with just over 20 million people. Australia is also located very close to Indonesia where ancient hominids 1 million years old have been found.

Australia is a huge country with many large, wild and totally unexplored areas of wilderness. So the possibility lies open for many new discovers, who knows a real life Yowie may just one day, be one of these discoveries.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4bc7204) out of 5 stars A Milestone Work Dec 20 2006
By Craig Heinselman - Published on
Format: Paperback
In the realm of mysterious bipedal creature books, there is a tendency for writers to explain the creatures, to hypothesize about what they are, and perhaps shape the data they utilize to support that hypothesis. But, for the researcher and common reader who want to know about the historical and actual reports of events, without hard interpretation, Healy and Cropper have provided one of the best books available on the subject.

Until now, the Yowie has been strictly a section with a book, or a reference point. While this has worked well, and offered new aspects in a well done method, it has never thoroughly evaluated the phenomenon or presented the complexity of the mystery. The overshadowing of the Yowie by its North American cousin is now rectified within The Yowie. Healy and Cropper provide the reader with anecdotal, testimonial, historical, native, modern, and evidentiary connections to the Yowie, they utilize the reports gathered first hand and through the collective work of Australian researchers and worldwide researchers. They reintroduce the world to the Yowie, and to what mysteries may still reside in Australia. They also introduce the researchers to the world in a personal light, including Tim the Yowie Man, Dean Harrison, Rex Gilroy and Graham Joyner.

Healy and Cropper no strangers to the subject, and have collectively spent over 50 years researching the subject. It was not until The Yowie however that the entire research basis has been available, consisting of over 300 documented events, from the one person sightings to mass sightings, from up-close and personal glimpses, to distance sights. This is through chronicling and presentation of the original sources, including journals and newspaper accounts, to the remembered histories of Aborigines, to the modern era of the Internet and how it has changed how research works.

Beyond the content, which the reader must digest for themselves to appreciate, is the layout and presentation. The Yowie is presented in a larger format paperback with dual column pagination. This makes the read akin to a journal entry, but also alters the pace and focuses the reader to pay attention to the work, it draw you in. The flow of the work is also important; it is steady and has few distraction points. You start with the Aborigines; move towards the Colonial Era, Early Modern era and into the Modern Era. Then there are chapters on the Junjudee, or "Littlefoot", an evidentiary summarization and examination of "What are They". But, not to be outdone, a mapping system showing the generalized regions of reports, a cataloging of the accounts, full index and reference section are provided.

The Yowie is a milestone work, and ranks in importance as such books as Sasquatch, the Apes Among Us (John Green, 1978), In the Footsteps of the Russian Snowman (Dmitri Bayanov, 1996), and Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life (Ivan Sanderson, 1961). All these works break new ground in historical, regional or overall analysis of the subject manner of mystery bipedal creatures.

It is no small feat to create a classic and thorough reference book that is easily readable to the everyday person and to the hardcore researcher, but this is what Healy and Cropper have done, and they close the core of the book remaining open-minded and vigil to what still remains to be discovered.

Craig Heinselman


Peterborough, NH
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4bc727c) out of 5 stars A necessary study of a forbidden subject June 12 2007
By Albert S. Rosales - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was not disappointed after reading "The Yowie: In Search of Australia's Bigfoot, by Tony Healy and Paul Cropper. This book was more than informative and it contained more than meat and potatoes, not old rehashed stories and anecdotes. In it we find real witness, real people, reported unreal events and encounters. The compilation at the end of the book is akin to John Green's magnificent work and compilation of Bigfoot encounters worldwide or The Bord's Bigfoot encounter's database. Is a necessary book for the library of all Forteans, Cryptozoologist and also Ufologists. Even though I would like to have seen a more in depth study of the paranormal-UFO connection in relation to some Yowie encounters. But this book is still a must for the libraries of those that comprimise the 'lunatic fringe' (just joking) those of us involved with the myriad of forbidden subjects....
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4bc7024) out of 5 stars This is the best book on Yowies ever produced Nov. 9 2006
By Michael B. Williams - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved this book.!!

The authors have obviously done a tremendous amount of research and checking of all the historical reports.

The interviews with witnesses all over Australia are priceless.

As strange a phenomena as these beasties are, the authors managed to make them fascinating and believable.

I dont know what Yowies really are, but I would not like to run into one on a dark and lonely bush track.

This is even better than their previous book "Out Of The Shadows" which was a brilliant read as well.

Get a copy, read it.. and be scared.......

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4bc7744) out of 5 stars The ultimate yowie book May 14 2007
By Drosophila - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you're into cryptozoology and looking for the definitive tome on Australia's "bigfoot", the "yowie", you should look no further than this magnificent book. It is an instant classic, and easily the most exhaustive and readable book on yowies ever written. The authors write in a very accessible, occasionally humorous style which is both engrossing and entertaining. This is no dry collection of dates and sightings, this is a full-blooded exploration of the yowie legend, told with sobriety and razor-sharp attention to detail. Some of the anecdotes are positively hair-raising! I doubt I'll ever go camping in the Blue Mountains, that's for sure. The place is Yowie Central. It's a shame that the mainstream media does not take yowies more seriously. Yowie witnesses are often treated as cranks, but not by messsrs Cropper and Healy. They recognize that many yowie eyewitnesses are often upstanding members of the community, in respectable jobs. Every anecdote is given intelligent analysis by these two devoted yowie experts. I have been an avid cryptozoologist for years and have read many classics of the genre, and for me, this book is up there with the works of the great Bernard Heuvelmans. Bravo, gentlemen. I look forward to the 2nd edition. Superb work.