A mix of travel, history and modern fable, with the author travelling to the USA, Africa, Australia and India to meet people living amongst the world's deadliest snakes - and attempting to overcome his personal fear in the process. He weaves a tapestry of snake tales as he confronts his phobia.
This is a captivating mystery of the best kind - the sort that really happened. While walking through a cliff-top graveyard in the village of Morwenstow on the coast of Cornwall, Jeremy Seal stumbled across a wooden figurehead which once adorned the Caledonia, a ship wrecked on the coast below in 1842. Through further investigation, he began to suspect the locals, and in particular the parson, Robert Hawker, of luring the ship to her destruction on Cornwall's jagged shore. Wrecking is known to have been widespread along several stretches of England's coast. But is that what happened in Morwenstow? Seal weaves history, travelogue and vivid imaginative reconstruction into a marvellous piece of detective work.
Santa Claus began as Nicholas, a Byzantine bishop whose anonymous acts of nighttime charity would turn him into the most popular and enduring of all saints. Jeremy Seal’s journey follows Nicholas’s all-conquering expansion west from Turkey to the Crusader ports of Bari and Venice, and thence to 16th century Amsterdam. Seal records his subject’s 20th century rebirth in the advertising boardrooms of Manhattan, and his own children’s encounter with Santa in his new Lapland home. This high adventure spans early-Christian relics and Italian chicanery to reindeer, chimneys and chocolate coins, in a riveting narrative that combines epic sweep with cameos of childhood innocence. From the nature of belief to the settling of modern America, this is an extraordinary tale, triumphantly told. 'A treat whatever the season' Traveller Magazine 'Funny, touching and absurd . . . a charming and original book' Sunday Telegraph ‘A highly original, historically engaging and enchanting book’ Geographical Magazine
Describes the author's lifelong fascination and career with snakes, including his adventures with dangerous snakes around the world and his associations with some of the world's leading herpetologists.
Investigating a suspicious snake bite death, San Diego police officer Seamus Moynihan teams up with a biblical scholar to investigate a television herpetologist and a fundamentalist sect of snake handlers.
Unraveling the Mystery of the Caledonia's Final Voyage
Author: Jeremy Seal
Pubpsher: Mariner Books
Blending elements of mystery and pirate lore, the renowned British travel writer revisits the wreck of the Caledonia--destroyed in 1842 near the Cornish town of Morwenstow--along the English coast to investigate possible foul play on the part of local townspeople who may have lured the unsuspecting ship ashore in order to loot the cargo. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Jeremy Seal set out across Turkey, in the extremes of winter, to trace the astonishing history of a cone-shaped hat. He soon saw the fez as the key by which Turkey, beset by contradiction, might be understood. ‘Almost all you could ever need to know about modern Turkey, modern Turks and their one-time headgear. Extremely well written and very funny’ Eric Newby ‘Original and beautifully observed, the book reads like Chatwin with jokes’ Independent ‘Intelligent, funny and informative travelogue . . . Not so much a book about hats as a skilled and entertaining portrait of modern Turkey’ Sunday Times ‘Armchair travellers can rarely have had such a delightfully eccentric guide as Jeremy Seal . . . weaves history, personal and illuminating observation into a sprightly seamless whole’ Scotland on Sunday
A Tale of Democracy, Despotism and Vengeance in a Divided Land
Author: Jeremy Seal
Pubpsher: Random House
The most dramatic, revealing and little-known story in Turkey's history - which illuminates the nation 'A wonderful writer' Robert Macfarlane In the spring of 2016 travel writer Jeremy Seal went to Turkey to investigate perhaps the most dramatic, revealing and little-known episode in the country’s history – the 'original' coup of 1960, that deposed the traditionalist Prime Minister Adnan Menderes. The story of the charismatic but doomed Menderes – to his adoring supporters the country’s founding democrat; to his sworn enemies its most infamous traitor – goes to the heart of the feud that continues to rage between the western and secular ambitions of a minority elite and the religious and conservative instincts of the small-town majority. A Coup in Turkey is a thrilling account of the events leading up to the coup and the trials and executions that followed, a story of political subterfuge and score-settling, courtroom drama, state execution, authoritarian intolerance and ideological division. Seal travels through President Erdogan’s Turkey, tracking down eye-witness accounts from survivors of the Menderes era in the transcontinental city of Istanbul and the new capital at Ankara. And the compelling parallels between past and present become strikingly – then shockingly – clear. He expertly guides us through this extraordinary story, with a deep sympathy and love for the people and places he writes about, and illuminates this troubled nation. By focussing on one key event – one which many Turks regard with shame - this evocative, gripping portrait of Turkey recentres our understanding of the past and makes sense of one of our most bewildering yet intriguing neighbours.