Tuesday, 26th May 2020

This Month's Magazine
The Book Review - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

The Book Review - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Orion 20th anniversary edition by Paul Torday

Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2007

An unusual and delightful debut that all lovers of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian will adore.

Normally I find novels written in emails, memos, diary entries and the like, such as this is, irritating but this succeeds on all levels. The different strains of the madcap story, reported in different voices, works a treat and as the characters are developed and the plot unfolds, so your interest is held.

Part political satire, part scientific experiment, part spiritual enlightenment and part love story, it is highly accomplished, lightly amusing, unexpectedly touching and very rewarding. 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.


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