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The Accidental Angler Hardcover – 18 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey (18 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224078836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224078832
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.2 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 845,843 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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"Must-See TV"
-- Mail on Sunday

"engaging series" -- Observer

"terrific opening part of a series" -- Daily Telegraph

Pick of the Day.
-- Guardian Saturday.

TV Pick of the Day -- Daily Mail

`The Thames is cleaner than it has been in more than 100 years,
except for the occasional sewage overflow...' -- Evening Standard, article on how the appearance of wild trout caught by Charles Rangeley-Wilson in London rivers shows they are getting cleaner:

`a fascinating series'. -- Independent on Sunday

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The breakthrough book by one of the country's finest fishing and travel writers, accompanying a new primetime BBC2 TV series

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. W. Lendrem on 7 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
The surprise success of the television series The Accidental Angler has brought the beautifully crafted, darkly humorous writing of Charles Rangeley-Wilson to a wider audience. It continues where his previous book Somewhere Else left off - carving out a new course of direction for fishing books. This book takes you effortlessly across the world in search of trout but reveals so much more than what fly caught how many fish. His prose is clarity itself - you are right there with him seeing the world through his eyes untainted by the prejudice of others. The Accidental Angler may have been cleaned up for the BBC and lacks the irreverent language of his earlier work but this does not mean that it has totally lost some of the more colourful turns of phrase to be heard when a good fish is lost or appreciative murmurs when a fish swirls in front of the fly "I don't normally swear but those are friggin' big fish"

Chapters include:

Holy Grayling

The Breath of a River

Metal Guru

The Course of Shiva

Non, Ne Pechez Pas La!

My Kingdom Come

The Year of the Big Fish

Blame it on the Boogie

Paradise Found

Letters Home from a Brazilian TV Adventure

Suburban Sea Trout

Breakfast in Bhutan

Wash & Tope

In addition to urban trout in London and salmon fishing on the Annan his travels include mahseer fishing, grayling fishing in the UK and France, sea trout off the Norfolk coast, Icelandic trout fishing, bonefish, triggerfish, tope, fishing on the Amazon and troutfishing in Bhutan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allan H on 31 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really loved this book, I bought it for my Dad who is also a fisherman and he lent it back to me when I had a brief stint in hospital before he'd even read it. I enjoyed it so much I couldn't decide whether to read it as fast as possible or to stretch it out and read it slowly to savour it. I'm no literary critic but here's what I thought anyway to encourage you to buy it:

I thought the book was very well written: the language used was really interesting and very apt ; the stories are well structured and entice you to read onwards and the way the writer describes the action makes you will Charles and his pals on. The descriptions of the places, the sounds, the people and the fishing all help to paint a picture of the fishing, made all the more interesting by the humour about himself, his fishing colleagues, the people they meet, and the mishaps along the way.

The fishing stories vary in terms of fishing type and the location, some familiar, some exotic but I enjoyed every story in its own different way. Probably my favourites were the one about chasing the pesky ombres (grayling) though the gardens of a small French town and in total contrast the story about fishing for Bonefish, Triggerfish, Milkfish, and Trevally in the Seychelles.

Definitely one of the best books I've read, in any subject. I think fly fishermen would love this most and it could be a very much appreciated present at a price that it is a total insult to Charles Rangely Wilson - I paid £5.50 and thought that was too cheap, but these prices are ridiculously cheap.
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I really enjoy the mix of philosophy and fishing, I have read Charles' earlier book and this one did not disappoint. A thoughtful outlook on life written in a gentle style- a great book for the holidays.
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