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Cold Blood Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians by Richard Kerridge
  

Cold Blood Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians

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One doesn’t imagine oneself being gripped by an account of newts and toads, but there you go, Richard Kerridge is a very persuasive author, weaving his childhood passion for reptiles into an examination of the reptiles and amphibians to be found in the UK. His memories of conflicts with his father are sad to read, a poor frustrated father wanting the best for his son who has been pressured into a “good” school away from friends and fellow reptile collectors. And then there are the creatures themselves, small, now often very rare, crushed by loss of habitat but some are still there if you are prepared to wait and look – often in your own garden.

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Cold Blood Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians by Richard Kerridge

As a boy, Richard Kerridge loved to encounter wild creatures and catch them for his back-garden zoo. In a country without many large animals, newts caught his attention first of all, as the nearest he could get to the African wildlife he watched on television. There were Smooth Newts, mottled like the fighter planes in the comics he read, and the longed-for Great Crested Newt, with its huge golden eye. The gardens of Richard and his reptile-crazed friends filled up with old bath tubs containing lizards, toads, Marsh Frogs, newts, Grass Snakes and, once, an Adder. Besides capturing them, he wanted to understand them. What might it be like to be cold blooded, to sleep through the winter, to shed your skin and taste wafting chemicals on your tongue? Richard has continued to ask these questions during a lifetime of fascinated study. Part natural-history guide to these animals, part passionate nature writing, and part personal story, Cold Blood is an original and perceptive memoir about our relationship with nature. Through close observation, it shows how even the suburbs can seem wild when we get close to these thrilling, weird and uncanny animals.


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A mix of memoir, science writing and humn to nature, this will propel Kerridge into the pantheon of great 21st-century nature writers. He tells the story of his fascination with reptiles and explains what it is to be cold blooded. -- Patrick Neale The Bookseller


About the Author

Richard Kerridge leads the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. His essays have been published in Granta and Poetry Review, and he has twice won the BBC Wildlife Award for Nature Writing.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Richard Kerridge

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Hardback

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9780701187958

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