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.
Complete and unabridged edition read by a full cast including John Sessions, Samantha Bond, Andrew Sachs, Andrew Marr and many more.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 132 x 134 x 26mm | 258.55g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 0752888692
  • 9780752888699
  • 845,841

About Paul Torday

Paul Torday is married with two sons by a previous marriage and has two stepsons. He has spent most of his life in industry, but in the last three years has found the time to write. This is a full-cast recording featuring John Sessions, Samantha Bond, Andrew Marr and many more!
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Arguably the best medium to experience Paul Torday's outstandingly funny satire on civil service shenanigans. -- Christina Hardyment THE TIMES SATURDAY REVIEW 20120609 The political bite of Torday's novel is more savage than the 'feel good' film. The narrative is crisp and clever, its denouement explosive. THE OLDIE
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4 38% (4,150)
3 35% (3,870)
2 10% (1,101)
1 3% (291)
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