The Snakebite Survivors' Club
Travels among Serpents
By Jeremy Seal
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151005352, 352pp.)
Publication Date: March 2000
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Snakes are Jeremy Seal's fascination-and his greatest fear. In an attempt to overcome his phobia, he undertakes a voyage to Australia, Africa, India, and America in search of the most notorious and deadly species, and to meet the people who live among them. He encounters a Kenyan snake man, whose entire life seems like a preparation for a bite from the terrible black mamba; witch doctors, who use snakes as instruments of vengeance; frightened Australian convicts; and even a preacher in the Deep South, who uses his church's rattlesnakes to try to murder his wife. Along the way Seal recounts amazing scientific snake lore, legends, and historical facts. An erudite but highly entertaining narrative in the English travel-writing tradition, and a finalist for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, The Snakebite Survivors' Club tells a funny, gruesomely fascinating account of the world of snakes and the people they repel, mesmerize, and sometimes kill.
Jeremy Seal has written for numerous English newspapers. His first book, A Fez of the Heart, was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and short-listed for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. His second book, The Snakebite Survivor's Club, was a New York Public Library Exceptional Book of the Year. He lives in Bath, England, with his wife and daughters.
"Highly entertaining . . . An ingenious narrative, full of beautiful descriptions of the tragic and the hilarious . . . An intelligent and richly enjoyable work."-The Mail on Sunday
"Seal's descriptions of the creatures are elegant, exotic and sensual."-The Sunday Times (London)
"A highly charged mix of snake snippets, travel writing, tall tales, and entertaining anecdotes . . . A white-knuckled read."-The Daily Mail