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on 22 April 2011
This book is mostly a history of Gloucester, Massachusetts as a fishing port. By way of this, it describes how fish stocks in the Atlantic have declined, and compares Gloucester with Newlyn in the UK, as port with a similar history.

The blurb on the back of the book says it "explores the fate of our oceans and the decline of our most ancient coastal enterprise. The Last Fish Tale sends up a timely distress flare but one which brilliantly illuminates a colourful, exuberant and poignant landscape, from Newlyn in Cornwall to Gloucester in Massachusetts ".

This is basically a lie. 70% of the book is about directly Gloucester, Mass, USA. Where the book explores the history and current state of commercial fishing it does so from a mainly Gloucester/New England standpoint with a bit of Cornwall thrown in.
The book is actually quite interesting in parts, seems well researched and is written in an engaging and entertaining style.

I think the publisher is to blame here for selling it as something it isnt which knocks at least one star off for me. Had this been sold as a history of fishing in New England or something similar I might have given it 3 or 4 stars as it is not actually a bad book.
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