Delia Owens is an American wildlife scientist and bestselling author. In 1974 she went to live in the Central Kalahari of Botswana, where she conducted research on lions and brown hyenas which earned her a PhD from the University of California. This reserach formed the subject matter of three bestselling nonficion books which she co-authored, including Cry of the Kalahari (1984). From the Kalahari, she ventured to Zambia to set up a multi-award-winning project which continues to this day, partly funded by the Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation. Her first novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, is profoundly influenced by her research on female groups and the social life of mammals.
Delia Owens’ Cry Of The Kalahari
On Writing Where The Crawdads Sing
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Where The Crawdads Sing
Set in the 1950s and ’60s, the novel follows the adventures of the young Kya, who grew up isolated in the wild coastal marsh of North Carolina and finds herself accused of the murder of Chase Andrews, a local celebrity. Delia Owens draws from her research on female grouping in the social life of mammals to explore the character of a young girl forced to live in isolation and in search of human connections.Read more