Written so well by Simon Cooper. I lived near the River Test chalk stream in Hampshire. I have never fished in my life but wanted to know more about the life of a chalk stream. This book is so therapeutic to read (I have read it twice!) and I just drift away with the author keeping the chalk stream. Can’t imagine anyone disliking the book.
This is a beautifully descriptive and informative book about life in a chalk stream throughout the year. You do not have to fish or study nature to enjoy this book. I have already given it as presents.
It was lovely to come across a book that dealt with other aspects of the English countryside. Streams are often not covered, instead going for the usual staple - the countryside as a whole, which although entertaining, there isn't all that much that can be added to the usual British wildlife staples.
Simon Cooper mixes the right amount of natural history, personal experience and observations together to make a highly enjoyable book that details a glimpse into the life of a fly fishing stream.
I have really enjoyed reading this book, and it kept me occupied during the early winter lull after the trout season finished. A very pleasant read, and would recommend to any angler or outdoors person with any interest in riverside life.