Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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Now a Major Motion Picture starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2007. Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2008. A Richard and Judy Summer Read Selection. Written as a "report into the circumstances surrounding the decision to introduce salmon into the Yemen", this is a novel that is made up of e-mails, letters, diary extracts, records of the prime minister's Question Time, interviews, and chapters from the memoirs of a fantastically weaselly Peter Mandelson-type figure. The "Yes Minister" comparisons are justified (and there is some brilliant, hilarious political and bureaucratic satire here), but at its heart, this is the story of a hen-pecked, slightly pompous, middle-aged scientist who finds himself caught up in what seems like an impossible project, and of how this project changes his life. In the process, he becomes an unlikely and rather loveable hero, discovers true love for himself, finds himself both a pawn and then a victim of political spin, leaves his brilliantly horrible wife, and learns to believe in the impossible. And he takes the listener with him in the process. Abridged edition with a full cast including John Sessions, Samantha Bond, Andrew Sachs, Andrew Marr and many more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 124 x 138 x 24mm | 199.58g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 0752885340
  • 9780752885346
  • 847,736

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'stellar cast... I'm impressed by Orion's commitment - what a cast!' -- Sue Baker PUBLISHING NEWS 'What made me keep the CDs spinning until the very end was the star quality of the production. Its multi-voiced cast includes John Sessions as the fisheries expert who finds love and new faith in the unlikely enterprise, Samantha Bond as his icy superwoman wife, Andrew Sachs as the Huttonesque interrogator and Andrew Marr as himself. Expertly directed by Nicholas Jones and Elspeth McPherson' -- Christina Hardyment THE TIMES 'Funny, sad, surprising and highly recommended.' -- Sue Arnold THE GUARDIAN 'intriguing story... witty satire... The story's emails and reports, and the multi-voiced narration (which includes Andrew Marr) make for immediacy.' -- Rachel Redford THE OLDIE "A stellar cast including John Sessions and Andrew Marr (as himself) bring this reading to life." THE GUARDIAN 40 BEST AUDIOBOOKSshow more

About Paul Torday

Paul Torday was born in 1946 and read English Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford. For the last fifteen years he has also been a keen salmon fisherman, and as he lives close to the River North Tyne, he has been able to indulge in this enthusiasm. This is a full-cast recording featuring John Sessions, Samantha Bond, Andrew Marr and many more!show more

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'stellar cast.... I'm impressed by Orion's commitment - what a cast!' Sue Baker PUBLISHING NEWSshow more

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