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This is the story of Dr Alfred Jones, a fisheries scientist – for whom diary-notable events include the acquisition of a new electric toothbrush and getting his article on caddis fly larvae published in 'Trout and Salmon' – who finds himself reluctantly involved in a project to bring salmon fishing to the Highlands of the Yemen – a project that will change his life, and the course of British political history for ever.

With a wickedly wonderful cast of characters – including a visionary Sheikh, a weasely spin doctor, Fred's devilish wife and a few thousand transplanted salmon – SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN is a novel about hypocrisy and bureaucracy, dreams and deniability, and the transforming power of faith and love.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2239 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (18 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U3CCBK
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

"Without faith there is no hope …"

 on 11 March 2017
By Ralph Blumenau
Dr Andrew Jones, a scientist working at the Fisheries section of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural affairs, is told that an important and wealthy sheikh in the Yemen wants to introduce salmon fishing into the Wadi Aleyn there (which really exists), and that the Prime Minister is very keen to help him in order to strengthen British influence in that part of the world.

Not Science Fiction, but a lot of tech to keep a geek like me interested!

 on 8 July 2014
By Sally Ann Melia
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

 on 7 April 2013
By Max Markham
This book is great: funny, sad and instructive by turns. It follows the charcters’ lives through a series of letters, emails, memoranda and even quotations from Hansard. It is a wonderful send-up of the Blair Government, with its concentration on image over substance; lies over truth. It is a great relief to the reader when the “Tony Blair” character, who is the Prime Minister of the day, is drowned in the Yemen: a fate as thoroughly deserved as it is unusual. The pompous illogicality of the official mind, whether in DEFRA or the DFID, is mercilessly depicted. Most of the poltical and civil service characters are completely base or completely barmy: in other words they are realistically depicted.

Excellent read , gently taking potshots ..

 on 1 January 2014
By A. J. Sudworth
I really likes this book – just for the absurdity of the idea but treated in quite a serious way. It does take some serious pot shots at politicians . their advisors and the blame culture in the civil service – and is quite true to life from what I’ve seen over the years. You also think it will be the obvious love story but its not quite as you expect – pretty much like the whole book really.

A great catch

 on 16 July 2012
By James Brydon
A very enjoyable satire, and particularly adeptly written considering that this was Torday’s first novel

An original and intriguing story

 on 13 February 2013
By talmine
I was captivated by the title. I’m not into salmon fishing but we all know that the Yemen is a far remove from the Scottish Highlands.

Entertaining read.

 on 28 January 2015
By Scrabble addict
I enjoyed this book very much. Frustrating in parts when the non-interaction of the husband and wife was allowed to continue and I felt that I wanted to tell him to “wake up” but it was all part of the plot. Many hidden messages interwined in the story and a twist at the end.
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