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Sad to announce that we have just lost one of our best and kindest of authors, Peter O’Reilly, Ireland’s greatest ambassador for flyfishing. RIP.
Author Dennis Moss's advice for those fishing reservoirs for trout: if the fish aren't rising, finding the holding depth of the trout is the fisherman's biggest challenge. He tells you how…
Endorsements for Trout from a Boat:
'Marvel at how much Moss has managed to squeeze into this book...it will come as no surprise if this re-issue of Trout From A Boat delights as many new readers as did the original.' Trout Fisherman
'A masterly treatise… the best book I have read on boat fishing. Dennis really knows his stuff and writes with authority about every kind of boat fishing you are likely to encounter in the UK and Ireland. It bets the opposition into a corner.' Waterlog
'If a potential boat fisherman bought no other book then this one would suffice. it should be red from beginning to end once and then referred to time and time again.' Wild Trout Trust
'Beautifully illustrated with mouth-watering images of stunning fish, this book will delight, educate and enthral.' Trout & Salmon
'I was bowled over by his intelligent, logical, cool and clear advice for all situations. Trout from a Boat is a gem and a must for all game anglers. I guarantee that even the most experienced angler will benefit from reading this book.' Irish Times
The book normally retails at £16 but throughout November you can buy it through out website for just £12 plus p&p!
James' ideas on bass fishing will transform your approach to catching this iconic sporting fish!
The Scottish Wildcat, like other wildcats around the globe, is a strong swimmer and has been reported in the river Naver and Loch Brora etc. Perhaps the surprise is the domestic cat's aversion to swimming! #ScottishWildcatDay
Photo taken from outside our Merlin Unwin Books office – it could only happen in Ludlow!
Since the beginning of the year we've been hard at work getting our 2018 colour books ready. The authors and photographers are working closely with us on the final adjustments as we send the books to press.
Among the new books we will be publishing are:
Feathers – The Game Larder by Jose Souto & Steve Lee (£25) is published 2 August 2018
This modern collection of game bird recipes is brought to us by Jose Souto and 22 other game aficionado professional chefs, all lavishly illustrated with sumptuous photographs by Steve Lee. This sister volume to the successful Venison, The Game Larder, will be launched at The Game Fair, Ragley Hall, 27-29 July, where Jose will be demonstrating his famous game bird cookery skills in The Field Kitchen Theatre, and pre-publication signed copies will be available.
Horse Games: One Man’s Search for the Tribal Horse Contests of Asia and Africa
by Bob Thompson (£20) is published 6 September 2018
Author and former Horse Guards officer Bob Thompson travels to some of the world’s most remote places to fulfil his passion for seeing, while they still remain, the last vestiges of the skills of the war horse. From the buzhashi horsemen in Afghanistan and Mongolia to the dancing horses of Mali and the mounted Oromo spearmen of Ethiopia, Bob tracks down gilgit polo, visits the Ethiopian national stud, watches cirit and tent-pegging. His journey takes him to such exotic places as Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Iran and Pakistan and Mongolia.
We've added four of our fishing titles to our list of e-books and they will be available for download in April. For full details click here:
Our author of The Hare and later, The Rabbit, Jill Mason has a feature on rabbits in the April edition of BBC Countryfile magazine. The article is about the curious history of Britain's rabbits and how they have shaped our landscape and lives – much of which is taken from her book The Rabbit.
Rabbits and hares are very much a part of our countryside, not only the landscape but also our myths and legends. Boxing hares will be seen in the fields from this month onwards, as a female fights off the unwanted attentions of a buck (see photo above from The Hare).
As we approach Easter, have you ever wondered what 'Easter bunnies' have to do with Easter? In pre-Christian times, Eostre was the pagan goddess of spring and was said to lay an egg (a symbol of fertility) but before it could be reborn, the hare had to die. It was therefore hunted and sacrificed at the vernal equinox, 21 March. Christianity retained the symbolism of this festival, but made its mark by changing the ‘pagan’ hare to a rabbit and hence the often slightly confusing Easter bunny and Easter eggs of today.
Whether you live in the town or the countryside, you're never far from an ancient rabbit warren. To discover the nearest one to you and to learn everything worth knowing about rabbits, The Rabbit by Jill Mason is on special offer from now until the end of April. This beautiful full-colour, large format hardback normally retails at £20 but you can buy it through our website for just £14 plus p&p!
From A Shropshire Lad by A E Housman (£20). Photo by Gareth Thomas
The Sun at noon to higher air,
Unharnessing the silver Pair
That late before his chariot swam,
Rides on the gold wool of the Ram.
So braver notes the storm-cock sings
To start the rusted wheel of things,
And brutes in field and brutes in pen
Leap that the world goes round again.
The boys are up the woods with day
To fetch the daffodils away,
And home at noonday from the hills
They bring no dearth of daffodils.
Afield for palms the girls repair,
And sure enough the palms are there,
And each will find by hedge or pond
Her waving silver-tufted wand.
In farm and field through all the shire
The eye beholds the heart’s desire;
Ah, let not only mine be vain,
For lovers should be loved again.
Aaron Silverman, President of SCB Distributors who distribute our books in the USA, is a big fan of Jose Souto's Venison – the game larder. Aaron recently bought a venison loin and made this feast using several recipes from the book: Venison cooked in a spiced salt crust, blueberry compote, braised chicory, potatoes colcannon and a salad of shaved beets, radishes, orange slices and brussel sprouts!
While Jose Souto is putting the finishing touches to his feathered game recipes for Feathers – the Game Larder (published August 2018), here is a delicious one from his best-seller Venison, the Game Larder, to keep you going through the winter.
GT – A Flyfisher's Guide to Giant Trevally as been reviewed by Steve Collis in the February issue of The Angling Report, USA. Steve says: 'This comprehensive and very usable guide contains pretty much all the information an angler intent on catching these most intimidating of fish could want. I cannot recommend this book enough. A note of caution though: GT fishing is profoundly addictive (believe me I know). So if you buy this book, which I highly recommend you do, you are very likely to develop a lifetime habit!'
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