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Fishing in Utopia: Sweden and the Future That Disappeared Hardcover – 1 Jul 2008

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862079951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862079953
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.4 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 879,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A beguiling account of one man's absorption in and by a country' -- Jeremy Paxman, Guardian

'A deft writer with a real descriptive talent and a humorous touch ... this is an affectionate and insightful portrait' -- Financial Times

'A marvellously seamless fusion of personal memoir and politico-cultural survey ... This is a brilliant book' -- Independent on Sunday

'A story of modern rootlessness and the search for something to believe in'
-- Sunday Times

'An extraordinary book ... part memoir, part quest, part travelogue ... It is in every sense a fascinating journey' -- New Statesman

'Deftly weaving rhapsodies of fishing in Swedish waters with political observations, he has written an idiosyncratic and highly enjoyable memoir.'
-- Literary Review

'He writes eloquently about the Swedish countryside, the shining lakes the long summer days.' -- The Observer

'Mr Brown's prose is as clear and bewitching as the lake waters which he learns to fish.' -- The Economist

About the Author

Andrew Brown was born in 1955 in London. After writing for the Spectator from Sweden, he returned to London and joined the Independent in 1986 and for the next decade was its religious affairs correspondent, parliamentary sketch writer, and other odd jobs. In 1995 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for the best religious affairs correspondent in Europe. He now writes regularly for the Guardian and contributes to Prospect, Salon, and the New Statesman. His previous books include The Darwin Wars: The Scientific Battle for the Soul of Man (Simon and Schuster 1999) and In the Beginning Was the Worm: Finding the Secrets of Life in a Tiny Hermaphrodite (Simon & Schuster/Columbia University Press 2003). He lives in north Essex, and is married, with two children.

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