Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0753829061
  • 9780753829066
  • 13,993

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Utterly, utterly brilliant. -- Stephen Lewis * York Press *show more

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Dr Alfred Jones has many reasons to be content with his life. His latest paper 'Effects of Increased Water Acidity on the Caddis Fly Larva' looks set to cause a stir on the pages of "Trout & Salmon," his job as a fisheries scientist is satisfactory, and he and his wife, Mary, have just celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary - for which she gave him a replacement electric toothbrush. So why does he feel as though something is missing? When he is asked to become involved in a project to create a salmon river in the Highlands of the Yemen, Fred rejects the idea as absurd. But the proposal catches the eye of several senior British politicians, who feel it might distract the media's attention from the less welcome stories coming out of the Middle East. It's not long before the wheels of government start spinning, and the publicity-savvy Prime Minister is talking about the project on television. Fred finds himself forced to set aside his research and instead figure out how to fly ten thousand salmon to a desert country ... and persuade them to swim there. The project is the brainchild of a Yemeni sheikh: a devout and wealthy man, whose love of salmon fishing and whose fervent, unwavering conviction that the impossible can be made possible, eventually, and astonishingly, inspires Fred, overpowering all his rational objections - and infuriating his wife. When Fred meets Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, the sheikh's elegant and beautiful land agent, the cracks that have begun to form in his carefully managed existence grow even wider, and as they both embark on an extraordinary journey of faith - and fishing - the diffident Dr Jones will discover a sense of belief, and a capacity for love, and for heroism, that surprises himself, and all who know more

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"Every so often a novel comes along that is quite original; think of Yann Martel's enchanting "Life of Pi..". [A] commentary on the value of belief to mankind. [T]hought-provoking and memorable." -The Economist What does it take to make us believe in the impossible?For Dr. Alfred Jones, life is a quiet mixture of civil service at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence and marriage to Mary--an ambitious, no-nonsense financier. But a strange turn of fate from an unexpected direction forces Jones to upend his existence and pursue another man's ludicrous dream. Is salmon fishing in the Yemen impossible? Maybe nothing is. "[A] journey from skepticism to belief."--The New York Times"The remarkable thing is that a book about so deeply serious a matter can make you laugh, all the way to a last twist.... [A] parable about the mystery of belief and its transforming power... Salmon Fishing is extraordinary indeed, and a triumph." -The Guardian "Torday's clear talent is in striking...a variety of notes, from soulful to satirical, and making them work as one bracing, bittersweet whole. -- Seattle Timesshow more

About Paul Torday

Paul Torday burst on to the literary scene in 2007 with his first novel, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, an immediate international bestseller that has been translated into 28 languages and has been made into a film starring Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas and Emily Blunt. His subsequent novels, THE IRRESISTIBLE INHERITANCE OF WILBERFORCE, THE GIRL ON THE LANDING, THE HOPELESS LIFE OF CHARLIE SUMMERS, MORE THAN YOU CAN SAY, THE LEGACY OF HARTLEPOOL HALL and LIGHT SHINING IN THE FOREST, were all published to great critical acclaim. He was married with two sons by a previous marriage, had two stepsons, and lived close to the River North Tyne. He died at home in December more

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"Utterly, utterly brilliant." (Stephen Lewis York Press 20120420)show more

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