Reviews

  • A beautifully written book – informative and entertaining

    Piers Paul Read, Spectator
  • Fascinating… Snake Dance is nothing less than the biography of nuclear power, the most awesome force humanity has yet unleashed upon the planet

    Peter Whittakar, New Internationalist
  • [Patrick Marnham’s] mastery of a vast trove of material makes him an erudite travel companion…perennially eager to poke about in radiation zones armed only with a wonky Geiger counter and a paper mask

    Matthew Green, Literary Review
  • The travel writing is first class… [A] thrillingly ominous account

    Spectator
  • A superb book on the genesis and use of the atomic bomb

    Scotsman
  • This is a humane and intelligent book, and one in which Marnham has clearly been deeply engaged

    Melanie McGrath, Sunday Telegraph
  • The great strength of Snake Dance is to create an atmosphere in which the advent of atomic energy is not just outrageous but tragic

    Observer
  • Snake Dance is a hybrid of a film tie-in, travelogue, biography and history. It’s a blend that gels through Marnham’s unwavering verve as he follows the trail of a lethal cargo

    Christian House, Independent
  • Impeccably researched and written

    Giles Milton, Mail on Sunday
  • From colonial slavery to the blind potential of scientific exploration to enslave us in turn, he makes a circular journey: the nuclear snake eats its own tail

    The Times

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