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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - Paul Torday

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - Paul Torday
 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - Paul TordaySalmon Fishing in the Yemen - Paul Torday 

This is № 52 of an exclusive edition of just 250 copies

Title: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Author:  Paul Torday

ISBN:  9780297851585

Weight:  827g

Numbered, dated and signed first edition, first printing with slipcase



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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

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.

An extraordinary, beguiling bestselling tale of fly-fishing and political spinning, of unexpected heroism and late-blooming love…

Peer & Press Reviews

This highly original novel blends satire with gentle humanity in a tale of what happens when idealism meets self-serving politics and bungling bureaucracy…  A stunning debut.

Clare Colvin, Daily Mail

[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

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

Bibliographic Info

Title:Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Edition background:

This numbered edition of just 250 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a tipped-in authentication page, directly before the half title page, that confirms the book’s number.  This page also gives the book’s title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher, and the month and year of publication.

Book number:52 of 250
Edition feature:On the front of the jacket is a 40mm diam. ‘AS READ ON BBC RADIO 4’  sticker (see image).  We don’t advise removing this as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition:Very fine / Fine / Very fine - there is some minor rubbing to the leading edges of the dust jacket from contact with the slipcase (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed:On the title page
Dated:8th Feb 2007 [publication day]
Book Stats
Publisher:Orion Publishing Group
Imprint:Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Awards and prizes:

Waverton Good Read Award 2008 – winner

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2007 – winner

Media adaptation:BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime – ten 15min episodes broadcast Mon - Fri at 10:45pm from 12 Feb 2007
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9780297851585
ISBN 10:0297851586
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket & slipcase
Size (h x w x d):214 x 147 x 37mm [slipcase]
Design Credits
Author photograph:Jerry Bauer
Design:D.R. ink

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