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What's worse than finding a maggot in your apple? Which smells worse: a rotten egg, or a rotten leg? What are sick and poo made of? Glenn Murphy, author of Why is Snot Green?, answers these and a lot of other revolting questions in this hilarious, fascinating and informative book. Packed with illustrations, photographs, information and jokes about all sorts of disgusting things, from bugs, bacteria and sweaty armpits to exploding bodies and creepy-crawly creatures, this book contains absolutely no boring bits!
About the Author
Glenn Murphy wrote his first book, Why Is Snot Green?, while working at the Science Museum, London. Since then he has written around twenty popular science titles aimed at kids and teens, including the bestselling How Loud Can You Burp? and Space: The Whole Whizz-Bang Story. His books are read by brainy children, parents and teachers worldwide, and have been translated into Dutch, German, Spanish, Turkish, Finnish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indonesian. Which is kind of awesome. In 2007 he moved to the United States and began writing full-time, which explains why he now says things like 'kind of awesome'. These days he lives in sunny, leafy North Carolina - with his wife Heather, his son Sean, and two unfeasibly large felines.
'YOUR LIFE will end on the twentieth of March next year. I cannot tell you how or where. But I can tell you that it will end.'
So begins an extraordinary journey for Abraham Rosen, middle-aged photographer, who travels in the shadow of this prediction to India, Sri Lanka and England to gradually unravel the secrets which haunt him. His journey is also documented in 40 colour photos which appear at the end of the book.
Peter Davis was a writer/photographer and a senior lecturer in professional writing at Deakin University where he also coordinated N:ITT Network, Image, Text & Technology, a research area dedicated to the examination of images, texts and their combinations. He was the co-author of Aliya: Stories of the Elephants of Sri Lanka (1996) and a media consultant to AusAID development projects in the Asia/Pacific. He died last year.
'Abraham's Pictures' will have general appeal to anyone seeking a strong literary story that deals with issues of time, relationships and contradictions of photography. It will also have a particular appeal to anyone who has ever dabbled in photography (especially photojournalism) and/or predictions for the future. Given the profound issues that the novel deals with, there will also be strong interest amongst teachers and academics.
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