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Life of a Chalkstream Hardcover – 8 May 2014
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‘[Simon Cooper] is a renowned fly-fisher himself and, in this book, he writes as well as he casts […] delightful […] Mr Cooper is in love with chalkstreams and anyone who reads this splendid book will soon hold the same view.’ Country Life
‘I loved the gentle flow of this book and the insight into both a pastime and a wonderful corner of the land.’ BBC Countryfile
‘Cooper’s enthusiasm is so infectious’ Daily Mail
‘We are taken on a delightful journey overflowing with passages that capture our imagination […] It is both uplifting and therapeutic, and I cannot think of an angler who would not benefit from reading this book.’ Classic Angling
About the Author
Simon Cooper is one of the UK’s leading chalkstream conservationists. He runs a company called Fishing Breaks, hosting courses and tours from April to October at Nether Wallop Mill, in the heart of Hampshire. A beautiful thatched cabin overlooking a gin-clear trout lake beckons to budding fishermen and nature enthusiasts.
Top customer reviews
Where is that gifted person, and is there actually one out there, able to combine his love for all those creatures of a pristine chalk stream with an outstanding knowledge of nature's secrets and an exceptional understanding of the interactions in that fascinating life of a brown trout river? Would he - as a flyfisherman - be able to widen the flyfishermen's horizon and answer all those questions they ever had or even weren't aware of having them? And would this person be able to tell all this in a captivating and true language?
I can't stop reading, being so emotionally touched by the amount of knowledge, wisdom, understanding, truthfulness and love. By describing his personal experience with the restoration of a neglected chalk stream the author enthralls and fascinates me and makes me look at a trout river in an absolutely new way. In a way of understanding, seeing, caring.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, Simon !
If you fish for trout and grayling, or if you love the English countryside, then you'll also love this book which, for me, ended too soon.
My biggest surprise was in finding just how much human work it takes to keep a river looking as though it is 'untouched by man'.
In a couple of places it could have used a bit more effort or understanding from the editor but, those minor issues aside it is a 'must read'.