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The Little Book of Nits: Look... Find... Remove... Rejoice... Eat Only if Really Necessary

Handbook / ManualPopular Science

By: Richard Jones and Justine Crow

128 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations

A & C Black

Hardback | May 2012 | #194954 | ISBN-13: 9781408155509
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NHBS Price: £7.99 $10/€9 approx

About this book

It's not something easily owned up to, but every family in the country will have come into contact with head lice, either through embarrassing personal experience or by grizzly tales told by friends and relations. The world is teeming with head lice. Both a manual and an entertaining read, the "Little Book of Nits" is small enough to be purchased as an impulse buy, but also serious enough for it to be a useful addition to the home reference library.

Broken down into bite-sized pieces are full details of the history and biology of head lice, advice on how to spot an infestation and the many different ways of dealing with it, natural versus chemical treatments, gadgets and combs, and other aspects of our relationship with these annoying arthropods. Inside, we'll learn that most of what you have been told or think you know is wrong. Is it any wonder we can't get rid of them? Throughout, the book is illuminated with amusing anecdotes, myths, pictures, cartoons, silly stories and interesting facts. Presented clearly and objectively, it is a quick reference tool for parents and carers, and an entertaining little guide to these most irritating of insect.

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Richard Jones is a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and past president of the British Entomological Society. He now writes about insects, nature and the environment for BBC Wildlife, The Guardian, "Gardeners' World" and "Country Living" and has regular radio appearances on programmes like "Home Planet" and "Woman's Hour". He is author of several books on insects and wildlife including, and writes an award-winning weekly blog on wildlife at

Justine Crow is a respected journalist writing on family, parenting, food and health-related issues. She also recently appeared on the hit BBC2 show, "The Madness of Modern Parenting".