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Somewhere Else [Paperback]

Charles Rangeley-Wilson
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1 Sep 2005

Somewhere Else is a thousand miles away and right next-door. It's where fly-fishing takes you: a place and state of mind.

In fourteen beautifully crafted stories Charles Rangeley-Wilson takes us around the world, from Arctic Quebec to upland Croatia, from the Scottish islands to the Northern Territories, always journeying into the heart of the landscape to meet ordinary, extraordinary people. Somewhere Else is a book about escaping from what you think you know, to find out how things really are.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey; New Ed edition (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224064312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224064316
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 432,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Rangeley-Wilson was born in Lusaka and studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School, Oxford. He taught Art for a decade before switching tracks and becoming a writer and photographer.

He writes regularly for The Field and Grays Sporting Journal and has had work published in The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian and The Independent. In 2000 he won the Periodical Publishers Association 'feature writer of the year' award for his work in The Field.

Charles is the author of two books on fishing and travel, Somewhere Else 2004 and The Accidental Angler 2006. Both titles were very well received by critics and readers. In 2009 Charles wrote and presented a critically acclaimed BBC film on the Japanese cultural relationship with fish and fishing entitled Fish! A Japanese Obsession.

Recently he has been finishing a memoir and history book about the evolution of the English landscape: Silt Road - The Story of a Lost River.

Charles is a passionate conservationist. He founded the active conservation charity The Wild Trout Trust and is now its president. He works with WWF UK on their UK freshwater projects including Rivers on the Edge. Most recently he helped to establish the Norfolk Rivers Trust and authored that trust's first holistic catchment restoration plan for the River Nar.

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"It's the search for poetry and meaning that moves me the most... [This is]a nice, idiosyncratic work that gave me much enjoyment" (Thomas McGuane)

"At last, some fishing stories with wit, dialogue and characterisation in them. Deft, laconic, and thrilling in places, Charles' wide-ranging debut is a welcome antidote to the Podsnappery of much of the sport's literature: I reckon you could enjoy this book even if you had never picked up a rod" (David Profumo, author of Sea Music)

"An intense, round-the-world fly-fishing adventure which sucks you in from first page to last... A fine collection of short stories" (Scotland on Sunday)

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A beautifully crafted, darkly humorous collection of fly-fishing stories destined to become, like Thomas McGuane's The Longest Silence, a classic of the genre.

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5.0 out of 5 stars On the ro(a)d 2 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Somewhere Else represents a new direction for fishing books. Self-consciously taking cues from Kerouac (there's a quote from On The Road in the introduction), this book takes you effortlessly across the world in search of trout but reveals so much more than merely what fly caught how many fish.
Charles's prose is so disarmingly clear and concise (with elements of Hemingway and cult US trout bum John Gierach) that you're right there with him, seeing the world open up through his eyes, which could just as easily be yours so untainted by prejudice are his observations.
Fishing books, as another reviewer has noted, often suffer from a stuffy tone of voice - affluent middle-aged men are the core demographic of fly fishing, after all - but this is definitely not the case here. Granted, regular jaunts to Bhutan, Maine, Canada and beyond (all covered here) are not the preserve of the poor, but the author takes every encounter at a philosophical and aesthetic level (there are some beautiful descriptions here - perhaps the by-product of a background in fine art), with warming companionship appreciated whether it's drunken bums in back-country USA or old friends on home waters.
There's a lot of swearing, which is often hilarious and realistic when coming from the mouths of frustrated fellow anglers, but when chapters are named for example 'Sh*tloads of Refusals' you've got to wonder whether it's labouring the rebellious point a little.
That said, the dialogue is recorded exactly as it happens: a meeting with anglers and tackle shop stalwarts in deepest suburban London is as gritty as you could imagine; a punter in a South African bar gets lecherous as the beer flows; a pair of crack anglers in camo shout a tally of fish over the water. It's all real enough.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere Else 5 Oct 2004
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Finally an English author who understands that it is not necessary to put on a tweed suit to go fishing!
In places irreverant but charmingly so;" Somewhere Else" is a wonderfully observed and wry look at fishing,travel and humanity from an honest uncluttered perspective.
Mr Rangeley-Wilson has an un-erring ability to capture in a studied but un-contrived form, the emotions that all fishermen feel in moments of triumph and disaster.
In addition he describes in clear and economically structured prose, the wide-eyed joy all travellers experience on exposure to new cultures and countries.
The most humble of his subjects take on a mantle of the utmost character and depth and it's obvious that fishing was only a part of the fun in researching each adventure.
What makes the book uniquely refreshing is the lack of concern for the conventions of the genre so religiously adhered to by so many of the authors predecessors.
Nowhere in the book's pages are the starchy, predictable, stereotypical images associated with others of it's kind. Throughout, it remains a sparkling, fresh, glittering prize; much like many of the authors captures.
A zesty tang of reality pervades the text and like a counterfoil to the remote unfamiliarity of each exotic location, provides superbly conjured balance.
Every chapter is infused with carefully crafted evocative language that grips with a page turning imperative, urging the reader to stay with the story.
You don't have to be a fisherman to enjoy "Somewhere Else".This is a book to be enjoyed and savoured by anyone with a taste for incisive, well observed wit.
Make time for this book,read it carefully, don't rush it; you might miss something......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best fishing/travel writing around - brilliant 10 May 2009
Conjours up the atmosphere of places, people and fishing pefectly. Some great laugh out loud moments in there. Just superb writing. I'd put CRW up there with Yates and Geirach, and he more than holds his own.
Accidental Angler is also fantastic.
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