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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AA Publishing; 1st edition (2 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749572728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749572723
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'Possibly the most gung-ho man on television" --Daily Telegraph

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Tough guy Monty Halls started his career in the Marines before leaving to study marine biology. He is a well-respected diver and has been the expedition leader for a number of adventurers and scientists. He has made three Great Escape series for BBC 2 and is the author of two tie-in books, Great Escape Beachcomber Cottage and Great Irish Escape.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 April 2012
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This hefty hardback volume, a good inch thick, is a most welcome accompaniment to, and result of, the totally terrific BBC TWO series first broadcast in Spring 2012.

I wish I could award it ten stars as it goes far beyond any expectation; the equal text to image, generously full pages of colourful, artistic photography are quite gorgeous, each one picture postcard worthy. Best of all, Monty Halls writes first class descriptive prose, quite beautiful passages, peppered with outstanding natural good humour, much kindness and genuine modesty. He has a wonderfully well-developed ability to see the funny side. Irrepressible chuckles could overcome you as you read, and you'll likely laugh out loud frequently too.

Good-natured Monty joins the folk of Cadgwith, `The Defiant Outpost', with a humble attitude, bravely intending to earn his place. `The Fisherman's Apprentice' book fleshes out the series mainly by inviting the reader into his thoughts through the seasons he spends there. Confidently capturing, now on paper, the character of the Cove, coming across as in 3D, the landscape and seascape, weather, local history and geology. The group of men he gets to know, and their eight boats, often have frightening difficulties to be courageously faced; for them all we would wish there should ever be the warm reward of safe harbour, beach, home, pub, the Stick, the loft. Descriptions of the definite need for the Cove fishermen to get along, looking out for each other, the pleasures of their comfortable companionship, an ability to laugh at themselves, are all tempered with the robust resilience and inborn sheer stubbornness required from these hardy souls who just won't give up.

Writing in reflective mood, Monty takes time out to ponder on past events.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Swift on 22 May 2012
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The Book of the TV series is a wonderful addition to my bookshelf; but in reality the book paints the picture of just what is occuring to our fishing industry. In 2011 Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall along with Jamie Oliver and others showed us the problem that Britain's Fishermen were having with Fish Quotas and the Discard or throw back into the sea of Dead fish was doing to the Industry...fishermen when the cast their nets or even cast lines have no real idea what they might catch and when the quota for one type of fish had been used up...they had no choice but to throw overboard the majority at time what they had caught...DEAD!
Monty Halls in this book and the subsequent TV programmes lived it through the whole period. He saw what occurred on different type of fishing boats (from the smallest to the largest) and captured on film and from the pages of this book the distress the fisherman have through this discard proceedure.
Our fishing industry has been in the doledrums for some time...by going to the Eastern Side of the United States, Monty-the apprentice and Nigel-the master-fisherman find a new way that might help out by selling directly to the public via a buyers type club.
Monty's stint with them points things out that are wrong by the EU Fisheries Policy, Monty admits that he doesn't know what fishing industry we'll have over the coming decades...seems the fight is on and let's hope we still have a fishing industry to obtain commonsense in this situation. Got this book on my shelf and on my Kindle. Recommend.
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By varks on 12 Aug. 2012
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One of the most sensitive, honest and informative books I have read for some time, plenty of humour too. Monty's subject is one everyone should be concerned about indeed so good is the writing that it should be a set work for, say, environmental studies, if not English literature with a difference! But it badly needs to be published in paperback form to bring the price down. Publisher please note and deliver.
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By Mickey on 1 Feb. 2013
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I particularly enjoyed it because my husband is in it though it is well written with some fantastic pictures making for easy reading and giving a real flavour of the sea. However, it is also rather bias, Monty clearly having issues with the bigger fishing boats without actually spending very much time on them or getting to know the guys the way he did those in Cadgewith!
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By Petapops on 17 Jan. 2013
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This is in a village that I used to spend a lot of my childhood as my grandparents lived in Cadgwith and the fisherman that Monty was with is a distant cousin of mine, so it was great to read.
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This is a book had me laughing out loud as well as making me stop and think as I learned about the trials and tribulations of our fishermen. A very charming read - which I read whilst sat in a little cottage in Cadgwith - I would recommend you go for the book version as the pictures really add to the story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cosworth on 3 May 2012
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My review is abit short and sweet but I totally agree with all the previous reviewer's comprehensive comments and there is little I can add really. Irrespective of whether or not you watched the BB2 series in April 2012, this a truly excellant book both for the narrative and the many excellant colour photographs included in it's 250+ pages. Amazing value for a hardback of this quality even at the full RRP. If you enjoyed the TV series or love West Cornwall - buy it - you won't be disappointed!
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By Linnie on 24 Sept. 2012
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Sent this to my Dad for birthday. He's really enjoying it - and it arrived in good time. The photographs are great and it is well written apparently. Great gift for a fisherman.
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