"The essential Martin James"
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From tiddlers to tarpon, from the Avon to the Amazon, Martin James’s latest book takes the reader on an exciting angling and travel experience to vastly different destinations. Feel the heat of the Caribbean sun on your back and the sand between your toes as you accompany Martin on a bone-fishing expedition. Shiver on the bank of the River Ribble as you fish for barbel in the early morning mist. Martin James’s latest book is about more than just fishing: it is a travelogue, a country file, a biography and a lot more, and there is a section entitled ‘Miscellany’ in which a fascinating range of topics are covered.
At The Water's Edge contains 368 pages with more than 200 photographs.
The book, which is printed on high quality, semi-glossy paper, is illustrated in the text with pictures capturing events and scenes that Martin and the various contributors have written about, including black and white images from the 1960s and 70s of the mysterious Redmire Pool, where Richard Walker caught his then record 44lb carp. There are invited contributions from Gary Newman, Len Arbery, Trevor Bross, Mick Holgate, Martin Salisbury, Phil Chun, Will Carter and Scott Richmond. At the Water’s Edge with Martin James is dedicated to those two great anglers: Richard Stuart Walker and Bernard Venables.
A donation from every copy sold is being made to ABF The Soldiers' Charity.
Recommended Retail Price £25 + P&P
...This is a smashing book by a man who truly loves his fishing and the company of anglers, not to mention Miss Bahamas. It would make the perfect Christmas for any angler who still yearns for the romance of angling. A book to settle down with on long cold winter nights. I promise you it will lift your spirits.
David Hall, Total Coarse Fishing Magazine
...There are writers who quote lengths, diameters, size of hook, length of rag worm required, and other technical details; and there are writers of the calibre of Martin who, while you are sitting at the fireside with an excerpt from a bottle of single malt, takes you with him to the waterside, and you are looking over his shoulder at a lake, or on a swiftly flowing river trotting a float to a grayling, or perhaps a dace, or casting a dark olive imitation to a rising trout. I know which I prefer, and a cheque will shortly be on its way...
Phil Hyde, Torbay Herald & Express
Martin's book is a terrific read with something in it to interest everyone...
Coarse Angling Today, November 2010
Angling broadcaster and all round good egg Martin James has a fabulous book At The Water's Edge with Martin James. Priced £25, this exquisite 368-pager has some 200 photographs from Martin and a number of high profile contributors.
Anglers Mail, October 2010
...Truly inspirational ...
There are many more reviews like these, both in the angling press and online.
Martin James is a BBC angling correspondent with a lifetime of fishing experience. He had made radio and TV programmes in countries throughout the world based, largely, on his fishing experiences and contacts in many countries. When not making programmes or fishing, Martin spends much of his spare time helping youngsters to learn the art of angling and the importance of wildlife and its conservation. His untiring work for charity has earned him the respect and admiration of countless thousands of followers of his Radio Lancashire programme At The water's Edge as well as an army of admirers throughout the English-speaking world.
Martin has achieved so much in his life despite being an MS sufferer from the age of forty, and a diabetic. His first book 'Up Against It' covered his struggle to be a 'normal' angler; this new book is much more than a sequel. Martin's life has touched many people and his charity work has helped the lot of others. He has rightfully earned the recognition of his peers in the angling world. Up Against It, published by Crowood Press, 1994, was Martin's first book; now out of print, it has become a much sought after collector's item.