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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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a b Langdon, Julia (19 December 2013). "Paul Torday obituary". The Guardian. London . Retrieved 23 December 2014. The impossibly high profit margins in the oil business have made the Gulf countries a tad careless about money – so they think up projects left and right, and employ consultants to consider the feasibility. For the said consultants – mostly from the West – this is manna from heaven, because you get paid whatever happens. So dozens of projects are mooted, and consultants scurry like busy ants conceptualising, designing and implementing them. Money flows like water; there is plenty of employment; economy booms everywhere – and it’s happy days all over. (At least, this was the situation until the bottom of the oil barrel came tumbling down. Now it’s hard times.) That way no one river would lose a significant proportion of its total catch, and I am sure most of the angling community would be delighted to contribute to such an innovative and groundbreaking project. Sheikh Muhammad ibn Zaidi bani Tihama is a wealthy Yemeni who owns an estate in Scotland and has decided what Yemen really needs is some local salmon fishing. Born in 1946 in Croxdale, County Durham, [3] and educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle and Pembroke College, Oxford, Torday turned to fiction writing only later in life, and his first novel was published at the age of 59. Prior to that he was a successful businessman living in Northumberland. The inspiration for the novel stemmed from Torday's interest in both fly fishing and the Middle East. From these two strands, he weaves a political satire that centres on the world of political spin management.

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Final Note: The book is published by Phoenix, who are (and I quote) ‘An Hachette Livre UK Company’ The fact that a publisher thinks it’s correct to put ‘an’ before a word beginning with ‘H’ tells you everything there is to know about what’s wrong with the publishing industry today! Please consider this correspondence at this stage as informal and off the record, but we are preparing a request for the agency to supply us with ten thousand live Atlantic salmon, for shipment to the Yemen some time next year (dates to be agreed). BBC Films, Lionsgate UK and the UK Film Council present a Kudos Pictures Production in association with Davis Films Productions A Lasse Hallström Film Certificate: He has faith (in all senses of the word) and his calm and belief have a positive effect on Jones; despite the disruption the project causes to both his professional and domestic life, Jones clearly grows during this period.

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Torday’s characters believe it’s really biblical to offer water to strangers while you don’t have so much water yourself. Is this really true in a Western country like Britain? The writer must know something. He’s been to the Middle East many times. He can surely make comparisons but is that a fair comparison? Did humanity really die in the West? Is that so simple? Or is the writer being naïve and does he just glorify the East out of proportion? This is an unusual novel. It starts out as a hilarious satire but the tone becomes more pensive towards the middle. It’s written in epistolary format, which is a brilliant touch from the author: it allows him to introduce so many unreliable narrators, and sketch a character through his/ her authorial voice. And he has done an excellent job of characterisation. I liked Alfred Jones and Harriet Talbot; disliked Mary, Jones’s wife; despised Peter Maxwell, the PM’s Director of Communications (though he is funny!); and absolutely loved the eccentric sheikh, who succeeded in making the crazy idea of introducing salmon to Yemen almost spiritual. The low-key love affair between Dr. Jones and Harriet is also superbly handled - I had thought such subtlety had died out in literature. They're meant to show the human sides of the characters -- and, of course, Fred and Harriet begin to eye each other -- but there's not enough to make it very convincing.

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Just as Torday uses so many different forms in presenting the story -- from diary entries to a TV script -- so too he seems uncertain of what he means the book to be. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is modestly enjoyable, with a few decently drawn characters (Fred, the Sheikh, the gillie, Colin McPherson), but far too much of it falls short of what could be done with the material. In the book, Sheikh has already accepted that the project might fail, but he did it anyway. According to him, even if it failed, they are getting something out of it. And yet, there is more than mere farce in the developing faith our fisheries expert has in the doomed project, and in his blossoming love for his “estate agent” colleague. I listened to the 2007 Orion production of the audiobook supported by a full cast including Downton Abbey star Samantha Bond (you’ll recognize her voice immediately) along with John Sessions, Andrew Sachs, Andrew Marr and many more. The audiobook is a brilliant success as each character is enunciated by actors with great skills. This audiobook production ranks among the best I have heard in recent years and is well worth seeking out. This article is about the film. For the novel, see Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (novel). For the industry itself, see Fishing in Yemen.She is engaged, but her fiancé has been sent to fight in Iraq, and his fate there weighs heavily on her.

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