A recent visit to a charity shop resulted in a couple of vintage book finds, these being a copy of Gone Fishing – An Anthology of Fishing Stories by the renound actor and fisherman, Sir Michael Hordern who as played everything from Toad of Toad Hall to Lear.
Gone Fishing includes stories by Hemingway, H.E. Bates, H. Plunket Green, George Orwell, Norman Maclean, Raymond Carver , John Buchan and Arthur Ransome. Also included in the book is the poem by Rupert Brooke written in 1911, The Fish. Brooke who is recognised as the great poet of World War I was also a countryman.
Gone Fishing was first published in hardback in 1995 the year of my first-born who hasn’t taken up the art of angling unlike his younger half-brother who seems to have it in his blood.
The other book found was a copy of Thelwell’s Compleat Tangler that was first published in 1967, which is an illustrated and well observed account of the fisherman. Thelwell lived in a cottage on the River Test in Hampshire, his observation of both fluff chuckers and coarse fisherman is so true, very little if anything has changed in over four decades. So many of us fisherman will end up fighing with a tree, will pack enough kit for a days fishing that it would have challenged Scott, Shackleton, Burton and Speke for any expedition.