To help preserve the history of the sport through interviews, Angling
Heritage has commissioned a series of interviews with famous anglers under the
title Recollections. These have been conducted by River Reads, the
angling bookshop in Torrington, Devon. These interviews are being produced as books
containing CD's of the interview, together with transcripts enabling the
purchaser to read the text whilst listening to the CD's. They also include many
photographs, some previously unseen, cartoons by the talented artist, Ted
Andrews whose artwork enhances the humour of the discussions, together with
biographical notes on each angler. The focus is not on the sizes of the fish
they caught but on their early lives through to adulthood; the format enables
the listener to absorb the spirit of each interviewee, together with their
social context; so important in understanding the history of angling.
The special editions form part of a series with each volume being produced in
the same format. Numbers of the books are strictly limited but to avoid any
future disappointment by potential purchasers, consideration is being given to
adding an encrypted 'Pay to listen' facility on the Angling Heritage website.
Heritage copies - are presented to the contributors of each interview,
each volume bearing their initials.
Deluxe These volumes are printed on 150
gsm paper; are fully bound in high quality leather and presented in a quarter
bound solander box. Each book is edged in antique gold, has a matching silk
marker ribbon, head and tail bands and contains the hand-numbered CDs.
Quarter-bound The volumes are
quarter-bound in high quality leather and are presented in a matching cloth
slipcase. The specification is as above.
Cloth-bound These volumes are the same
specification books as above but are bound in cloth and presented in a matching
Recollections I Fred Buller MBE and Fred J Taylor MBE
Who better could we start with than these two
iconic anglers, both awarded MBE's for services to angling. This work is a joy
to listen too, and sadly, Fred J passed away shortly after the interview which
makes one realise how important this work is.
This was strictly limited to 50 copies; 4 Heritage copies (not for sale), 14
Deluxe copies, 14 Quarter-bound copies and 18 cloth-bound copies. This has SOLD
Recollections II Barrie Rickards and Des Taylor
When we discussed the recording Barrie,
probably the most famous predator angler of his generation, said he really
wanted to be interviewed with an angler he had known over several years and for
whom he had the utmost respect. Des Taylor was the angler he invited to take
part in Recollections II. Des is nationally famous for his thought-provoking
column written for many years for the Angling Times. Sadly, when recording this,
Barrie knew he
was terminally ill and to our great sadness, he died shortly after making the
recording, once again showing how important it is to preserve the memories of
anglers from all walks of life. They are of huge significance in fishing
Recollections II - Rickards and Taylor SOLD OUT
Please note: excerpts of this recording are available on the 'Pay to Listen'
feature of the Angling Heritage website but will not be available for download.
Recollections III Len Arbery & Bob Buteux
This was recorded at Bob's house in April
2010. We are really grateful to Bob's wife Margaret who put up with us all as
the recording lasted all day. There was so much material that the editing was a mammoth task, but well worth the effort to preserve the life and times of
two major figures in the world of angling. The price structure will be the same as that detailed above.
Heritage copies Numbers I-V
The recordings for the Recollections' series are produced by River Reads who
donate ALL the nett proceeds from the sales of each work to the Trust.
Deluxe copies with an original artwork bound in £650 + P&P
Quarter-bound copies £325 + P&P SOLD OUT
Cloth copies in a slip case £125 + P&P SOLD OUT
There is a standard edition with CD's in plastic wallets inside
the book £50 + P&P
If you would like one, please order through the River Reads website who are
marketing the publication or call them on 01805 625888
Recollections IV John Goddard & Brian Clarke
This is the fourth in the series of Recollections and features two of the
iconic game angers of our time.
John Goddard was best-known for his works on fly-fishing entomology (notably Trout
Fly Recognition and Trout Flies of Still Water) and acquired an
international reputation as a designer of trout flies. He was also well-known to
coarse anglers as a designer and manufacturer of fishing tackle through his
Brian Clarke is Angling Correspondent of The Times and author,
among others, of The Pursuit of Stillwater Trout, the first complete
methodology for nymph fishing on lakes to appear in print. The two long-time
friends will forever be linked for their collaboration in The Trout and the
Fly, which Richard Walker described as “a great work…likely to prove the
most important contribution to the literature of trout fishing this (the 20th) century”.
Recollections IV charts the lives of the two men from the excitements of
their first fish as boys, through the experiences, relationships and influences
which individually shaped them, to their status as
angling giants today.
V Bob Church and Dave Steuart
instalment of the Recollections series features two household names. Bob
Church, an all rounder who featured on ATV television catching tench etc before
becoming on of the world's great stillwater
fly fisherman, developing flies and tackle whilst also being part of the GB
world champion fly fishing team.
Dave Steuart wrote hundreds of articles for
magazines, one of the earliest carp fishing books entitles "How to catch
them; Carp" and was also featured in earlier Recollections as one of the
major influences of Barrie Rickards for his work on paternostering pike baits.
The interview was conducted in Northampton by
legendary barbel angler Pete Reading. What a trio of angling greats!!!
again the format will be the same as detailed above so if you would like
to add another volume to the series, or even just hear these great figures of
fishing, please contact River Reads to reserve your copy.