River Monsters Paperback – 18 Oct 2012
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The fishing fanatic's Downton Abbey... a terrific book (THE LADY)
A serious angler with a genuinely pioneering streak, his written accompaniment to the series, now in paperback, is well crafted and, although the species are exotic, the tales of chasing elusive specimins will resonate with all anglers. (ANGLING TIMES)
A reflective character with a hint of angst about him, he has a travel writer's eye and a philosopher's mind to go with his scientific background. (TROUT FISHERMAN)
A tale of obsession and very big fish from Jeremy Wade, the presenter of ITV's RIVER MONSTERS.See all Product Description
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This book is not a simple retelling of the episodes - not even close. It is more of an account of how he arrived at each place in time - all the fascinating back stories that give each episode a very unique, more meaningful context.
I have grown fascinated by the subject matter and yet I have never held a fishing rod in my hands. You do not need to be an expert angler, or an angler at all, to enjoy every bit of this book. You need only possess the slightest curiosity about the world around you - a desire to understand what lies beneath the surface.
I have never really been into angling much but when I happened to see an episode of River Monsters on the television, I was (pardon the pun) hooked.
Jeremy Wade is a self-effacing chap who really knows his stuff. In the book he narrates how he came to be in whichever country he was at the time and also questions the local people about the myths and legends attached to whatever fish he is trying to hook. It seems that he has fished all over the world with great success and is always informative about his catches and his enthusiasm is infectious.
He also tries to release everything he catches which is what I like so much about him. There are some great illustrations in the book and boy are some of the fish ugly and dangerous! The one on the front cover is enough to give you the heebie jeebies.
This book complements the TV series well and even if you don't like fishing it's still worth buying as it's like a tourist guide too.
It's as much a travel book as a narrative about fish; if you like Bruce Chatwin's work, you will enjoy this immensely.
If you enjoyed the River Monsters tv series, this book gives far more background and depth to the subject, and is a great accompaniment.
Jeremy Wade writes a rather charming book which is easy reading for anyone (like myself!) who has little to no knowledge of fishing of any kind. There are a few bits and bobs of fishing jargon to be found though don't let put you off because its a very interesting and informative read.
Of course the fish he looks to catch are for the most part very, very dangerous. Through the chapters in which he travels the world, we learn of his trips in his youth through India, Thailand and Africa etc which helped fuel his desires to solve various mysteries. There are a few fisherman's tales and anecdotes within the book so to anyone who is a fan of the show, this book is a must. Coming in at just over 300 pages I only wish it had been longer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I actually thought it was a DVD rather then a book! never had time to read it oh well!Published 4 months ago by James
If you loved the TV series, this won't disappoint.
Well written with great humour!
Be aware that the printed material is really minute. I had to request return as it was so hard to read. Sure the book contents are great as really enjoy the tv seriesPublished 16 months ago by B. Gilbert