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The Snakebite Survivors Club

Author: Jeremy Seal
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Jeremy Seal travels to the USA, Africa, Australia and India to meet people living amongst the world's deadliest snakes - and attempts to overcome his personal fear in the process. The compelling narrative is linked by a real-life murder mystery - a fundamentalist preacher attempts to get away with the perfect murder by forcing his wife, at gunpoint, to put her hands in the boxes where he keeps his rattlesnakes . . . 'Travel books don't come much quirkier than Jeremy Seal's compelling little treasure...a thrilling read' Daily Mail 'Seal's descriptions of the creatures themselves are elegent, exotic and sensual, and he is never better than when he falls into a kind of hypnotic clarity, animating the colour, shape, movement and character of his animals' Simon Armitage, Sunday Times 'Highly entertaining...an intelligent and richly enjoyable work' Mail on Sunday 'Seal is a brilliant writer and, quite possibly, a life-saving one' Evening Standard 'Spritely...[Seal] is a deft stylist. Dialogue and dialect are adroitly handled, jokes judiciously lobbed in to leaven the mix...Jeremy Seal is a very good writer and a very interesting one' Daily Telegraph


The Wreck at Sharpnose Point

Author: Jeremy Seal
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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

Author: Jeremy Seal
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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


Snakebit

Author: Leslie Anthony
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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.


Meander

Author: Jeremy Seal
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The course of the Meander is so famously indirect that the river's name has come to signify digression - an invitation Jeremy Seal is duty-bound to accept while travelling the length of it in a one-man canoe. At every twist and turn of his journey, from the Meander's source in the uplands of Central Turkey to its mouth on the Aegean Sea, Seal illuminates his account with a wealth of cultural, historical and personal asides. It is a journey that takes him from Turkey's steppe interior - the stamping ground of such illustrious adventurers as Xerxes, Alexander the Great and the Crusader Kings - to the great port city of Miletus, home of the earliest Western philosophers. Along the way Seal unpicks the history of this remarkable region, but he also encounters a rich assortment of contemporary characters who reveal a rural Turkey on the cusp of change. Above all, this is the story of a river that first brought the cultures of East and West into contact - and conflict - with one another, its banks littered with the spoil of empires, the marks of war, and the detritus of recent industrialisation. At once epic, intimate and insightful, Meander is a brilliant evocation of a land between two worlds.


A Fez of the Heart

Author: Jeremy Seal
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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


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Treachery at Sharpnose Point

Author: Jeremy Seal
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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.


Explorers Journal

Author: Ernest Ingersoll
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Talking Book Topics

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