Cold Blood: Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians

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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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'As a memoir, Cold Blood has the feel of a minor classic. It is exquisite. As a piece of nature writing, it is also rich, subtle and shot through with quiet passion' James McConnachie, Sunday Times

As a boy, Richard Kerridge loved to encounter wild creatures. In a country without many large animals, newts caught his attention first of all: Smooth Newts, mottled like the fighter planes in the comics he read, and the longed-for Great Crested Newt, with its huge golden eye.

With his friends, he sought out lizards, toads, Marsh Frogs, newts, Grass Snakes and Adders. 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? Richard has continued to ask these questions during a lifetime of fascinated study.

Part natural-history guide, part passionate nature writing, and part personal story, Cold Blood is an utterly 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 and uncanny animals.

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As a boy, Richard Kerridge loved to encounter wild creatures and catch them for his back-garden zoo. He found Smooth Newts, mottled like the fighter planes in the comics he read, and the longed-for Great Crested Newt, with its huge golden eye. He found lizards, toads, Marsh Frogs, Grass Snakes and, once, an Adder.

Based on a lifetime of fascinated study, Cold Blood is partly a natural history guide and partly a funny and touching story of friendship, family and the love of wild 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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