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’).