The Salmon: The Extraordinary Story of the King of Fish Hardcover – 10 Oct 2013
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‘Mr Wigan is a skilled researcher and evocative writer’ Wall Street Journal
‘The Salmon is less a scholarly tome and more of a call to arms on behalf of the salmon.’ Chicago Tribune
‘If you think you have read it all before, let me assure you that you haven't. The Salmon is quite the best book I've read on the subject, skilfully told with wit and a wry turn of phrase […] This is a fishing book, scientific analysis, tragedy, love story, history and story of hope rolled into one.’ Classic Angling
‘Although there are occasional passages about the passionate experience of angling, this is no mere sport fisherman’s celebration – it is a forensic, and often caustic, analysis of the historical interaction between humans and 'the silver wanderer’ Country Life
‘It's an absolute must read for anyone even remotely interested in the conservation of wild Atlantic salmon’ Atlantic Salmon Journal
‘Extremely well-informed’ Literary Review
‘Michael Wigan gives us passionate advocacy on behalf of the wild Atlantic salmon. Above all he recognises the salmon as environmental indicator – “the hydrographer’s fish” – as well as cultural icon and economic driver.’ Tony Andrews, director of the Atlantic Salmon Trust
‘The life cycle of the salmon comes alive in Wigan’s passionate book … a highly readable account of the king of fish.’ Shooting Times
About the Author
Michael Wigan is a father of five, journalist and writer, living with his wife in the north Scottish Highlands. One-time film critic, art critic and travel writer, he has reported and commented on countryside and field sports issues in assorted newspapers and magazines for 35 years, which has allowed him to cover his favourite interests: fly-fishing, deer stalking, oil paintings and literature. His previous books include The Last of the Hunter Gatherers: Fisheries Crisis at Sea (1998) and Grimersta: The Story of A Great Fishery (2000). He is presently the manager of the fishery board on Sutherland’s River Helmsdale.
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Written by an angler, there lurks never too far from the surface, an obvious passion for his sporting quarry, but this book does not allow itself the luxury of digression into whimsical fishing anecdotes, rather it is ruthlessly focused on its central purpose - the chronicling of the inexorable drive to extinction of an iconic species.
The research is wide-ranging and lays bare the crass political case for exploitation in all its facets.
Ultimately though, the book sheds an optimistic light on how this magnificent creature can be protected and ultimately thrive.
A call to arms for all who value the legacy we bequeath to future generations.
The breadth of information and depth of knowledge the author shows for his subject, its overall water environment and our human effects on it is put across in a completely uncondescending way with a warmth and vitality which keeps you turning the pages eager to read more.
This deserves to be widely read by all people with an interest in our environment, the creatures in it and our effect on it, and even better who like a good read!
If you buy yourself one book to read this Christmas or you want to give (or indeed receive) let it be The Salmon by Michael Wigan. Read it for its beautiful writing its wealth of factual knowledge, the obvious passion of the author for his subject not to mention the in-depth discussion and explanation of everything that currently afflicts the game fisher's greatest prize. This is an homage to the salmon no doubt and anglers and the general reader will enjoy it for that. But it's also much more than this it examines current economic and developmental imperatives as well as environmental issues that threaten one of our most iconic creatures. It beautifully recalls the `culture' of the salmon for native Americans and its 10,000 year history in these islands and northern Europe. It also explains the impact that industrialisation over recent centuries has had on the salmon's range and the various attempts at restoration. It is the most current publication that I know of that tackles head on the threat to salmon survival posed by salmon farming off our coasts.
This book is much more than this feeble review can say - buy it and enjoy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven;t read it as it was a present for my daughter. i think she was pleased to receive it, especdially as we know the author.Published on 6 Feb. 2014 by Cameron
Every salmon fisher who cares passionately about his sport should read this.Mr Salmond opened the salmon fishing on the Tay two
days ago. He should read it too.
This was a requested book and as my husband is a book addict he will love it but has not read it yetPublished on 8 Jan. 2014 by Joan Whittle