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Can we know what it feels like to be a toad? Or a lizard? Join Richard Kerridge on the hunt for Britain's reptiles and amphibians and realise the potential of puddles and ditches everywhere

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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.


Cold Blood shows us how much is to be gained from studying nature. A book that persuades anyone to try sampling life at first-hand rather than at second is much to be welcomed' -- Steve Jones * Sunday Telegraph *
In prose as effortless as a snake's progress, Richard Kerridge has written a wry, wise and refreshingly understated memoir -- Patrick Barkham * Guardian *
Cold Blood casts an unexpected but beautiful love-light across ordinary England, and its uncaring reptiles and amphibians -- Tim Dee * Observer *
Subtle and meditative, lyrical and passionate * Gavin Francis *
Simply wonderful...the natural history book I have been waiting for * Brett Westwood *
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 *
[A] perceptive memoir...Cold Blood is proof that an early infatuation with the natural world can lead to a lifetime of wonder -- Barbara Kiser * nature *
Perceptive and original... Kerridge writes vividly of the natural world -- Gerard Henderson * Daily Express *
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 *
[A] perceptive memoir... Cold Blood is proof that an early infatuation with the natural world can lead to a lifetime of wonder -- Pete Dommett * BBC Wildlife *

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