Merlin Unwin Books

"Merlin Unwin Books are lively, innovative countryside book publishers.

Their well-produced range of rural, wildlife, fieldsports and fishing books never fail to inform and entertain."

Philip Dunne MP
co-founder of Ottakar’s bookshops

A Countryman's Creel

The remarkable, the heart-rending, the intriguing, the almost unbelievable short stories of Conor Farrington

A guest at a Scottish country estate is not all he seems; a solicitor with an addiction to point-to-point racing encounters a run of disastrous luck – but why is his close friend so pleased? A flyfisherman meets the disoriented Lady Anstey in a downpour and is drawn into a threatened world; and keen wildfowler Hugh McParland is enjoying his sport on the Norfolk coast when he joins a stranger on a pleasure boat and is embroiled in a game of high stakes.

Here is a collection of 12 wonderful country-sports bedside stories by a talented new writer.

Recalling the spirit of the great ripping yarns of such writers as John Buchan and Rider Haggard, this book is designed to entertain all those interested in the great outdoors and in reading stirring and
entertaining short stories.

A Countryman’s Creel explores the British countryside in settings ranging from the Edwardian to the present day, exploring themes of enduring relevance for today.

Author: Conor Farrington
Illustrator: Joseph Shepherd
ISBN: 978 1 906122 35 5
Published: August 2011
Format: 216 x 138 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 224
12 black & white illustrations
Price: £14.99

A Countryman's Creel by Conor Farrington

Press reviews

Reviewed by Peter Brook of Baily's Hunting Directory in January 2012

'It's a book that rewards the reader each time they dip into it and the nature of the varied subjects in each short story means that you are bound to want to return to it again and again.'

Reviewed by Rory Knight Bruce of Country Life in October 2011

'This is a fine and entertaining stab at the stories that come out of convivial sportsmanship.'

Reviewed in Shooting and Conservation in December 2011

'If you hanker after a world where first-rate chaps enjoy gentlemanly sports with chums of a certain social standing and can spot a bounder at fifty paces, this book of short stories is for you.'

Reviewed by Paul Melton of The Countryman's Weekly in October 2011

'This book contains something for everyone.'

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