a magnificent writer – Frank Morehouse

one of Australia’s most skilled, unusual and versatile writers – Peter Pierce, Sydney Morning Herald

the most eccentric writer in Oceania – Davide Brollo, Pangea

master of the short lyric poem – Judith Beveridge, Southerly

with Brooks to guide me, I might be ready for anything – Jane Sullivan, Australian Book Review

Nobody writes about animals the way David Brooks does – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson


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Over the last few decades, it has fallen increasingly to novelists, like J.M. Coetzee, and poets, like David Brooks – artists whose language has slipped the leash of ‘pure reason’ – to awaken us to the possibility of moral encounter with non-human animals. Brooks’s Turin meditations are truly a startling achievement. They startle us from an impoverished slumber, leaving us wondering how we could have been so blind to the gentle presence, the insistent voices, the sly wisdom, the subtle reproach, the offers of friendship held out by our non-human companions. The world cannot help but look different once Brooks rips away the veil of our all-too-human conceit. – Scott Stephens


Animal Dreams, Sydney UP 2021

Seventeen essays in contemporary literature, thought and policy

Beautifully written, emotionally and intellectually enthralling. … They make you angry, they make you weep; they make you determined to rethink and to act. – Helen Tiffin, The Empire Writes Back, The Wild Man from Borneo

The Grass Library, Brandl & Schlesinger (AU) and Ashland Creek Press (USA & Canada).

‘A philosophical and poetic journey recounting the author’s relationship with his four sheep and other animals in his home in the Blue Mountains. Both memoir and eloquent testament to animal rights.’

One of the most beautifully written books about animals I have ever read. I know of nothing else like it published in this or any other country. Deep, sensitive, charming, instructive and above all, humble. I cannot imagine anyone reading it without coming away in some profound sense altered.  

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

a beautiful meditation on animality … a very special and important book.

Geordie Williamson

a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the minds of non-human animals.

Christine Townend, founder of Animal Liberation

Like Agamben and Derrida before him, Brooks chips away at the self-serving denials and falsehoods with which we think and write animals out of, rather than into, being.

Ben Brooker, Australian Book Review

You might also wish to view

Wild Lives and Broken Promises‘, written with Danielle Celermajer, ABC Religion & Ethics page

The Grieving Kangaroo Photograph Revisited‘, Animal Studies Journal 9.1