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This is the story of Dr Alfred Jones, a fisheries scientist - for whom diary notable events include the acquisition of a new electric toothbrush and getting his article on caddis fly larvae published in 'Trout and Salmon' - who finds himself reluctantly involved in a project to bring salmon fishing to the Highlands of the Yemen ¿ a project that will change his life, and the course of British political history forever.
With a wickedly wonderful cast of characters - including a visionary Sheikh, a weasely spin doctor, Fred's devilish wife and a few thousand transplanted salmon - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a novel about hypocrisy and bureaucracy, dreams and deniability, and the transforming power of faith and love.
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It's hilarious and so well observed (Sir Christopher Meyer)
'A most diverting debut - ingenious, witty and moving, Yes Minister meets Monarch of the Glen.' (David Profumo)
'A wonderful book - a cry for humanity in our target-driven spin-riddled world.' Marina Lewycka (Marina Lewycka author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian)
I really loved this book. (Bill Nighy)
It is light, but succeeds in an ambitious project: making a book about fishing readable, even touching. Fish may not be your bag, but it is the capacity for commitment and belief that makes for good reading. (Nadia Saint NEW STATESMAN (22.1.07))
[a] wickedly comic first novel about the power of money and the miracle of faith. (SAGA (February))
This is a wonderful, enjoyable read...Written in a highly accessible pastiche of memos, letters, interview excerpts, journal entries and emails, Fishing, encompasses everything from the science of salmon spawning to the war in Iraq. But all these elements merely give structure to the story: a lovely musing on how risking it all - however much it may be perceived as foolish or ridiculous, can bring hope and faith and love to the most bleak of outlooks... (Daneet Steffens SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY (28.1.07))
[Salmon Fishing...] captivates the grumpiest reader within moments...if you imagine The Office crossed with Yes, Minister, you may get some inkling of how very funny it is...the intelligence, inventiveness and humanity of this novel in comparison to the usual run of literary fiction is as wild salmon to the farmed. (Amanda Craig TELEGRAPH (27.1.07))
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has elements that were once familiar in numerous comic novels: a hapless innocent caught up in political machinations; an exotic setting; an upper-class girl for the romantic interest. But the political machinations here have a contemporary flavour. (Nicholas Clee TLS (2.2.07))
Entertaining storytelling with great characters and laugh-out-loud plot. (Fanny Blake WOMAN & HOME (March 2007))
An extraordinary, beguiling tale of fly-fishing and political spinning, of unexpected heroism and late-blooming love - and of an attempt to prove the impossible, possible.
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Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione: Very Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Fine. First Edition - First Printing. First UK edition, first printing with a full number line starting with a 1. A very fine and unread copy in a very fine dust jacket in a clear removable protective cover. Basis for a very nice film starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, and Kristin Scott Thomas. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Not inscribed, price clipped, or otherwise marked. Signed by Author(s). Codice articolo 011300
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione: New. Never used!. Codice articolo P110297851586
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007. Condizione: New. book. Codice articolo M0297851586
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Hardcover. Condizione: New. 0297851586 New Condition. Codice articolo NEW7.1008764
Descrizione libro Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2007. Hard Cover. Condizione: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First Edition. A fine unread 1st impression in a fine dustwrapper, Signed by the Author on the title page. Signed by Author. Codice articolo 007542