If you see a snake, just kill it – don’t appoint a committee on snakes… Ross Perot


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The snakebite survivors’ club : travels among serpents  Jeremy Seal  New York : Harcourt, 1999  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 336 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-328 ) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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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.

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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. The compelling narrative is linked by a real-life murder mystery – a fundamentalist 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.

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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.

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