The Dead Snail Diaries, by Jamie McGarry (paperback)


A beguiling collection of observational poems and literary parodies about snail culture, by Jamie McGarry. Fully illustrated by Emma Wright.

Paperback ISBN 978 0 9574596 9 4
Published 21st August 2014
64 pages


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One night in May 2009, Jamie McGarry stepped on a snail. Five days later, racked with guilt, he returned to the scene of the crime and was shocked to discover a chalk outline where the body had been – and off to one side, a tiny book. It seems that the recently deceased mollusc had been a keen writer, and Jamie had chanced upon its diary.

Jamie’s duty was clear: he must translate the book into English and share it with the world, that humankind might move a step closer to understanding this most mysterious of animals. Now, with this book in your hands, you too can take that step. Just be sure to look where you’re going first.

Several poems examine snailkind’s unhealthy adoration of slugs – the rebels without shells of the kitchen garden – and highlights include an epic nautical yarn (‘In Search of the Great Green Sea Snail’) and a poignant account of moving house (‘A Shell of My Former Self’).

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A Love Poem: From Snail to Slug, A Shell of My Former Self, A Snail of Two Cities, A Snail’s Advice to His Son, A Snail’s Pace, Diary of a Church Snail, Einstein’s Snail, Gandhi’s Snail, In Search of the Great Green Sea Snail, Pringleplanks: The Railway Snail, Slug’s Night Out, Snail Browner Than Ever, Snail Goes Speed Dating, Snail’s Postcard from Heaven, Snail’s Sense of Self, The Haunting of Poet by Snail, The Hollow Snails, The Snail Not Taken