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Hugh Falkus: A Life on the Edge Hardcover – 10 Dec 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Medlar Press; 1st edition (10 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899600736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899600731
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugh Falkus was a gifted and passionate writer, a compelling broadcaster and a mesmerising storyteller, as well as an inspiration to generations of anglers. His seminal work, Sea Trout Fishing - A Guide to Success, still in print after nearly half a century, firmly established him as the father of modern sea trout fishing. Falkus' achievements were many and varied. He was a daring and highly competitive yachtsman, an outstanding sportsman and a talented actor, playwright and producer. In the 1960s his pioneering work in wildlife broadcasting earned him two of the greatest honours in the film-making business, The Prix Italia and the Blue Ribbon. A Life on the Edge tells Hugh Falkus' story for the first time, exploring his life, his works and his legacy and examining what made Falkus the man he was. 'Falkus's personal life was worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster . . . it is, by far, the best biography ever published about the life of a pioneering fly fisher. Every one of you will enjoy reading it . . .' - Malcolm Greenhalgh. '. . . gripping. . . well-researched, well-written, horrifyingly compelling . . . I took it with me everywhere until I finished it' - John Humphreys, Shooting Times. 'An enthralling biography of this Olympian angling figure' - David Beazley, Gamefisher.


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Whilst growing up the seventies and fishing the River Wear for sea trout, Hugh Falkus became one of my heroes. I loved his films "A Self-Portrait of a Happy Man" and "Salmo the Leaper". Anyone who has seen the latter can't fail to remember the scene when - aged sixty - he throws himself into a frozen river and demonstrates how to swim in waders. Arguably that lesson has saved my life on at least a couple of occasions.

As - I suspect- along with many of his admirers - much of what I felt about Falkus was tainted by a jealousy of what I envisaged as a near perfect existence. How little did I really know! Falkus led an incredible life wsharing many parallels with Hemingway - writing, fishing, shooting wartime adventures, tragedies, egocentrism, four marriages and philandering to name but a few. I can only conclude that Falkus was a flawed genius and probably a few selfish man.

This is a wonderful book which has moved me more than any biography I've read in recent years. The final chapter was particularly poignant and left me raising a glass to the great man's life. It's an expensive book but the price is justified by Chris Newton's extensive research. I thoroughly recommend this book - it's an excellent read.
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I've read this book twice now.After speaking to the author about the book I really didn't know what to expect from it.Although we always think of Falkus as an angler,writer and naturalist he obviously excelled in many different roles.A perfectionist in the very extreme.Its a surprising almost shocking insight into his life, public and personal.People who read this book will be somewhat surprised to discover a Hugh Falkus they knew absolutley nothing about.Although,irrespective of his ways and sometimes intolerant attitudes,he will always be a hero in my eyes.A real mans man!!!...An excellent,wonderfully written book that sits beautifully with the Hugh Falkus collection!!!
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Hugh Falkus....Hugh Falkus....yes that name still conjures up the same old magic after all these years. When we were not on the riverbank ourselves as youngsters we were taken there by the magic of Hugh Falkus through his films and books. Any angler who has read his classic books on sea trout and salmon fishing has undoubtedly been influenced by Falkus to a greater or lesser degree and for so complex a man to be able to express his ideas in so plain and understandable a manner was a great gift indeed. Not for Falkus this modern nonsense of using 6lb line for salmon fishing which combined with an ultra light rod makes even playing the smallest fish a protracted affair. Falkus would have seen this for the folly it is.tormenting the fish and sapping it's valuable reserves of energy which it can't replace when it's put back in the river. Every river where the sea trout and salmon run has it's own perhaps minor version of Hugh Falkus. I was lucky enough to be taken under the wing of our local master angler many years ago and together we fished the summer nights away at a time when the sea trout were plentiful and fat, the salmon kept their appointments, the browns were all rascals and the drink was cheap. My old friend had his faults and so have you and I and so had Falkus, Falkus fought for his country, was shot down over Dunkirk and spent four years as a P.O.W. He would have been executed except for the intervention of a kindly German Officer. Shortly after the war while making a film about shark fishing in Ireland, the boat being used sank and Falkus's yound wife together with three other men were drowned. Falkus was the only survivor. He has been I believe wrongly described as a sexual predator.Read more ›
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For those interested in a man famous for his fishing achievements but who want to know about his private life as well and the kind of man he really was. This book will make rivetting and sometimes disturbing reading. Difficult to put down once started.

The delivery service through Amazon was excellent.

D.E.J
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Wonderfully written book that guts Falkus and lays him bare. Not quite the hero your are expecting!
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