Where The Serpent Lives Paperback – 3 Mar 2011
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'I didn't want to stop reading the book once I'd started, mainly because of Padel's fiercely brilliant way of noticing. She has a great sense of myth and an exquisite way of telling a story' --Andrew O'Hagan
'Intensely readable parable of love and fear' --Daily Mail
'A novel you will not lightly forget. Only Emily Brontë has embraced Padel's radical and sympathetic inclusiveness of creaturely life' --Guardian
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Top Customer Reviews
Had I known beforehand that the author was a poet I would have avoided the book, expecting lengthy descriptive prose, but I found myself totally absorbed in the wildlife passages. This was especially true where tension also played a part; such as where we watch king cobras larger than a man, fight territorial battles and then slither towards the watching characters. The observations on an urban fox family were similarly beautiful.
The story behind all this wildlife is that of Rosamund, her husband Tyler and their son, Russel. Ros is the daughter of a world renowned snake expert and had started a biology degree when she fell for the charismatic, though seriously flawed, Tyler. Her father may have had an amazing empathy with snakes but his ability to interact with people is less well developed and Ros is estranged from him when we meet her. Tyler is a philandering smooth talker, while Russel is a sullen teenager. All is not well in Ros's life.
Everything comes to a thrilling climax as London faces the bombings of its underground and bus services in 2005.
It was not a quick read but the effort was worthwhile as we unravel Ros's life and simultaneously follow the natural world beyond the characters.
If you love nature and have strong views on conservation then you'll love this book.
Bryony Doran. Writer
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's grim up North London. A highly enjoyable Joanna Trollope, beautifully written with the sharp eye of a poet and naturalist.Published on 11 May 2010 by SK/CF
Having heard Ms Padel reading from this novel, I was eager to read it myself. I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on 14 April 2010 by T. Hale