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......