Eric Hansen, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, has travelled extensively in Asia and the Middle East. He has worked as a fisherman, a wild dog hunter, and a barber in Mother Teresa's centre in Calcutta. He was once shipwrecked for two weeks on an uninhabited Red Sea island and has been imprisoned in Israel, the Yemen and Afghanistan for travelling without permission. He now lives in San Francisco.
'A wonderful book. I was up all night reading it, laughing and crying out in horror and clucking at the vivid images of bureaucracy with the bit in its teeth...ORCHID FEVER is a bitterly funny, lubricious, lunatic journey in the unsettling company of the orchid world's most outrageous screwballs, some so bizarre and irrational they seem to have fallen among us from a flying saucer.' - Annie Proulx, author of THE SHIPPING NEWS