Because publishers seem to like naming their imprints after birds … we decided to be different. (The ‘duck’ is our subtle way of genuflecting to this hoary tradition.)
And because the platypus is truly a remarkable creature.
The platypus confounded the scientific community in the early nineteenth century, and almost single-web-footedly overturned the prevailing classification of animals. Its wild mix of physical traits and behaviours didn’t fit in anywhere. Charles Darwin labelled it a prime example of a “living fossil” that had managed to find an unoccupied ecological niche and live, relatively undisturbed, while other creatures crawled towards extinction.
We find this egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal fascinating. We hope our books will be fascinating too, and we hope to make an unoccupied bibliographical niche for ourselves.
On the duckbill blog we will write about our books, events and workshops; we will post some of the stories written during the workshops; we will talk of reading, children, platypuses, aliens, cabbages and kings.
We will be a hodge-podge of things, just like the duckbilled platypus. And like our namesake, we will be anomalous and independent.
But we will not lay eggs.