Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Review: Salmon fishing in the Yemen

Maurice McCracken has made two book recommendations to me this year. One was to read some Jasper Fforde. Which I tried and didn't really get on with - good for a short story but a bit tiresome eventually.
The second was Paul Torday's Salmon fishing in the Yemen. I never seem to read as much fiction as I intend to, so I'm sampling from a fairly short list but this is probably the best fiction book I've read this year. A great story and a very moving one.
It's the tale of a crazy project that lands in the lap of a guy whose life isn't really going anywhere. It's told in the form of letters, emails, interviews and diaries - which initially put me off but the insight into the life of Fred Jones pays dividends and draws you along as events unfold towards their conclusion. I don't really want to say any more because it's a wonderful story and it's probably better not to know where it's going. It's won the BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTION (whatever that is) and Bill Nighy (that great literary critic) says: "I really loved this book."

My copy came with a book group study guide. See also this one from Damaris - Culturewatch.


  1. 1) Jasper Fforde Rocks.

    2) It's McCracken.

    3) Love you bro. Happy Christmas.

  2. 1) Not yet he doesn't.

    2) I am so so so so sorry. Will be swiftly corrected.

    3) Likewise.