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If the prospect of the mayfly or the sight of a darting trout under your local bridge is making you reach for your fishing rod, you might like to refresh your casting skills and learn some techniques in the easy-to-follow, visual guide Flycasting Skills for beginner and expert. Whether you want to know how to cast to the far side of an awkward rock, how to Spey Cast, how to avoid drag or simply how to do an elegant straight-forward overhead cast – then let qualified instructor and international demonstrator John Symonds show you how, in just a few hours’ reading.
Invasive Spanish bluebells (below right) threaten our darker blue, more arching native bluebell (below left). Theo Pike in his eco book The Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, explains how to give the native bluebell as chance against it’s more showy cousin by digging up and drying the bulbs of Spanish bluebells when they've finished flowering (wild growing native bluebells are protected by law!)
Travel is temporarily more difficult than ever to Ascension Island, this extinct British-owned former volcano 800 miles from its nearest neighbour St Helena. The Airbus A330 Voyager aircraft used on the normal route between RAF Brize Norton, Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands is too heavy to land at Ascension Island en route to the Falklands. Travellers are having to get to Ascension via the Royal Mail Ship St Helena. But meanwhile you can at least read about this island once described as ‘one of the strangest places on the Face of the earth’. Duff Hart-Davis’ excellent account Ascension, the story of a South Atlantic Island is the only book to cover the island from its earliest history to today.
The book normally retails at £16.99 but throughout May you can buy it through out website for just £12 plus p&p!
Shropshire as a place of beauty and its rich literary background are celebrated tonight as we reissue our photographic hardback Nearest Earthly Place to Paradise at Moor Park School, Ludlow. The reissue has been supported by Shropshire Estate Agents Nock Deighton. TV historian and author of many biographies Matthew Dennison will read extracts included in the book from A E Housman and John Betjeman tonight at a party to mark the occasion, together with pupils from Moor Park School who will also read poetry and prose from lovers of Shropshire Wilfred Owen, Phil Rickman, Mary Webb, Tom Sharpe and Pete Postlethwaite.
Great piece by Theo Pike on tackling invasive species in the May issue of Trout & Salmon Magazine. We're offering Theo's The Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing (£7.99) as a buy-one-get-one free to Trout & Salmon readers and we're delighted to extend that offer to our Merlin Unwin Books customers. Just call us on 01584 877456 to take advantage of the offer.
Nymphing – the New Way (£20) sold out in its first printing in no time and the reprint has just hit the book- and tackle shops. So if you are making a new resolution this season to CATCH MORE TROUT – then perhaps it's time to try this technique which has won the French national team 7 gold medals in the World Championships. There is no better method for flyfishing in clear, stony-bottomed steams.
We are sorry to hear of the death of Ray Collier at the age of 79, Guardian countryside columnist and regular reviewer of our wildlife books. A great character and a genuine lover of the rural life.
The Swan. A stunning natural history of the Mute swan, in full colour, by professional wildlife photographer and biologist Malcolm Schuyl. The book normally retails at £20 but throughout April you can buy it through out website for just £10 plus p&p!
The Ride of My Life by Michael Clayton has been reviewed in the Spring issue of Covertside - the magazine for the Master of Fox Hounds Association in the USA. The reviewer says: 'Clayton’s wit and charm are laced into every story he recounts. This story of his hunting life criss-crosses his many careers: television and radio reporter, wa correspondent, into his other life… foxhunting. A good read about a remarkable man.' You can read the review in full here:
GT - A Flyfisher's Guide to Giant Trevally by Peter McLeod has been reviewed in the March issue of The Complete Fly Fisherman (South Africa). The reviewer says: 'GTs have come of age as a prized fly fishing trophy, and rightfully so. They are now a coveted trophy, and anglers travel from far and wide to do battle with this ferocious animal, with the big GTs getting the better of their human adversaries on a regular basis. Stunning photographs. Down-to-the-point advice that will stand you in good stead if one day you find yourself on a GT flat. …get the book before you spend one further penny. You’ll be glad you did.' You can read the review in full here:
Learn all there is to know about French Nymphing from Jonathan White (author of Nymphing – the new way) on the highly popular US radio chat show Askaboutflyfishing.com – the interview is available to 'listen again' now!
Hammer Guns by Diggory Hadoke has been reviewed in the March/April issue of Shooting Sportsman - the American magazine of Wingshooting and Fine Guns. The reviewer said: 'A stimulating new book .... both informative and enjoyable. The book is terrific value… not only a provocative pleasure to read but it also is a convincing argument that hammer guns are the best guns ever made’. You can read the review in full here:
A cluster of newly hatched tadpoles in the Merlin Unwin Books pond.