Snake Bite

From conversations to books; how a theme of late transmogrified into a request from a major publishing house.

It’s interesting to be talking to a good friend about snake bites, and then be approached by Allen & Unwin to review a book of the same title.

A good mate of mine has been keen on pythons for a long time. She has sent me photos of pythons she’s keen on. Beautiful, all of them.. And this week was going to suss a few snakes and their breeders. The first one to bite her, she claimed, was the one she was going to buy.

I hadn’t heard from her for a few days, so I sent her a text message. Simply:

‘Did you get bit?’

She did get bitten. A few times. And now her little python is getting used to her new surroundings. I have to wait a little while for pictures. It’s killing me, I tell you. I love snakes. As soon as I can do it, I intend to buy one myself.

Good things come to those who wait, right?

Then, casually looking through my emails today (I’m off sick, raging headache, lying in bed with my lappy like a true addict), I saw one with a subject line, Snake Bite.

It turned out it was someone from Allen & Unwin who was dead keen on me reviewing this forthcoming title here. I went and had a look at the teaser and decided yes I will.

So you can look forward to a solid review of some Aussie writing here for a change.  I’m also going to be giving away copies of the book, too, if I can. Stay tuned – it’s enormously exciting.

In the interim, here’s the teaser for you to enjoy.

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