Fully illustrated in colour and most informative, this is a personal story about spiders and arachnophobia. With more than a touch of humour, deep curiosity and an artist’s eye the author examines her phobia and the object of her fear. What is a spider? What makes these eight-legged creatures so scary? To understand her own reactions to spiders better, she describes her many past and present encounters with them. The story takes her back to her childhood in Norway, to the USA, to holidays in Spain and Portugal, and to travels around Australia. She focuses on fine examples of these astonishing creatures from many places.
Hildegunn Hodne, originally from Norway, is an international traveller who now calls Australia home. She is a freelance illustrator, writer and portrait artist in Northern Tasmania, and to ensure she continues to encounter lots of spiders and local wildlife she also works as a gardener. Spider Stories is her first book.