game fairs

  • Back from the Game Fair with new signed books

    Back from the Game Fair, and just about recovered, we have a few signed copies left of the two new sporting books that were launched on our stand over the weekend.

    Stalking FallowStalking Fallow by John Thornley with illustrations by Ian MacGillivrary
    by John Thornley

    "Fallow deer are acknowledged as being one of the most difficult of our six species of deer in the UK to manage effectively. Stalking Fallow is an extensive guide to the management and techniques of stalking fallow deer from the perspective of not only the deer stalker but also the deer manager and the land owner. It provides a unique insight into stalking both woodland and open ground and the techniques in the use of high seats. Covering all aspects of fallow deer management and their natural history, it includes how to organise and manage collaborative team culls, recognise and prevent crop damage, and take into account any health and safety issues, and disease identification. Stalking fallow is beautifully illustrated throughout by renowned wildlife artist, Ian MacGillivrary and is an essential definitive guide for all associated with the management of fallow deer."

    At the Game Fair both the author, John Thornley, and the illustrator, Ian MacGillivrary, signed some copies for us. We have a few of these left for just £25.00 each.

    Mint new hardback in dust-wrapper. Signed by both author and illustrator.
    £25.00


    Between the CovertsBetween the Coverts: The shooter's bedside book by Charles Smith-Jones with illustrations by Will Garfit
    The Shooter's Bedside Book
    by Charles Smith-Jones

    "A delightful compendium that every shooting person will relish full of fascinating facts, tips and advice, A-Z of game species and a mixture of classic shooting stories, both true and fictional. A glance at the A to Z section of quarry species gives a very good idea of the scope of the book, which ranges from the commonplace to the unusual. Of course, there are entries for pheasant and partridge (both grey and redleg), but also for black grouse, ptarmigan and golden plover, plus the various species of goose and duck. The author describes them in detail - their appearance, their habitats and their habits. He does not ignore the four-legged quarry either, as hare, squirrel and rabbit, for example are all included too. So whatever your chosen quarry, you will find an accurate description, as well as an unusual fact, a tip for improving your equipment or your technique, or a useful titbit of information that will not only stand you in good stead for your shooting day but also increase your enjoyment.In other sections, the author's sound advice covers all sorts of topics, from choosing your gun and cartridges, how best to look after your equipment, basic etiquette if you are a guest, hints for safe shooting and an invaluable list of 'keeper's tips', plus ideas about storing game. Interspersed throughout the text are anecdotes, shooting quotations and snippets of fascinating information; and, of course, there is a welcome reappearance of the characters from the fictional Glen Garron estate. We are also introduced to a previously unknown regiment, the Glamorgan Fusiliers, whose exploits and eccentricities will strike a chord for any reader with a military background. The author's ability to provide a carefully researched historical perspective to the sport of game shooting - the development of firearms and shooting techniques over the centuries - can only add to the keen shot's understanding of his or her sport. Facts are explained and myths exploded against a background of great experience and deep knowledge, but always with huge enthusiasm and a liberal dose of wit and humour. You are bound to find something within this very readable book's pages that you didn't know before: and whether you are an experienced shot or a novice, you will find plenty to inform, entertain and amuse. Should you be looking for a present to take to the host of your shooting day, look no further!"

    Mint new hardback in dust-wrapper. Signed by the author.
    £20.00

  • On the road again

    Paul is currently on the road making his way to Denmark. The van is packed full of just about as many flyfishing and flytying books as it will take but he managed to find enough space to take along his sea trout tackle too!

    Meanwhile, back at the shop, new books are arriving with us every day. Flyfisher's Chronicle by Neil Patterson is selling fast. Our first few copies all have a signed and inscribed bookplate on the front end-paper. We don't have too many of these left now so if you are after a signed copy I would recommend placing your order sooner rather than later! Another excellent book that has just arrived in stock is the long-awaited new paperback edition of Understanding the Bird of Prey by Nick Fox. It is probably the most comprehensive gathering of data on birds of prey ever assembled. The book covers the biology of birds of prey, their captive management, breeding, training and rehabilitation. Essential reading if you are even slightly serious about birds of prey, for any purpose whatsoever.

    While Paul's away Luke and Matthew will continue adding new books to the website everyday. Keep an eye on the Newest Listings section of the website to keep yourself informed of the latest additions of new and second-hand books to our stock.

  • The North Country Fly launched at the BFFI

     

    Pat Stevens, Rob Smith and Peter Hayes British Fly Fair International 2015

    Pat Stevens talks to Peter Hayes and Rob Smith at the launch of Rob's book - The North Country Fly: Yorkshire's Soft Hackle Tradition at the BFFI last weekend.
    We had a very enjoyable and successful show - meeting lots of old (and new) friends, and we had a terrific response to the new soft-hackle book.
    We were also joined by Neil Patterson who was signing our copies of his classic book, Chalkstream Chronicle. It was great to meet him after having known of him for many years. Neil has a new book, Flyfisher's Chronicle, coming out next week. Although we didn't receive the books in time for the show, Neil is signing some book-plates so that we can send personalised copies out to our customers next week.

  • Book launch this weekend at the BFFI

    The North Country Fly
    Yorkshire's soft hackle tradition
    by Robert L. Smith

    Standard hardback edition. £25.00
    Two volume de luxe leather-bound edition with flies. Limited to 25 sets only. £795.00

    Due for publication this Saturday at the BFFI. Signed hardback copies will be available for mail order from the start of next week. We have very few of the two volume de luxe edition copies left so please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to reserve a copy.
    The North Country Fly by Robert L. Smith

  • Burton Fly Fair

    This weekend we're off to Burton on Trent Fly Fair. We hope to see a few of you there.

  • Back from the Midland - with signed books!

    Back from the Midland Game Fair where several authors were kind enough to sign a few copies of their books for us. We only have a small number of signed copies of each of these so if you are after a copy get your order in quickly! Details below:

    Stalking Muntjac
    A complete guide
    By Graham Downing

    Mint in dust-wrapper. Signed by the author.
    Only £25.00 - click here.

    The spread of muntjac across southern England has made deer stalking available to more sportsmen than ever before."In this book, Graham Downing outlines their origin and spread, explains in detail their natural history and gives his experiences of muntjac stalking. He covers the pursuit of muntjac on foot, the use of high seats and calls, and even the rare opportunity to stalk barking muntjac by sound alone. For the stalker who is interested in trophies there is advice on the preparation and measuring of heads, while nobody who enjoys local food, fresh from the countryside can fail to be enthused by his notes on muntjac cookery."

    Chapters include:-

    The story of muntjac in Britain;
    Natural history;
    Muntjac and man;
    Stalking practicalities;
    A muntjac stalking philosophy;
    View from a high seat;
    Both feet on the ground;
    Calling all muntjac;
    A feast of muntjac;
    Trophies.

    Gamekeeping
    An illustrated history
    By David S.D. Jones

    Mint in dust-wrapper. Signed by the author.
    Only £25.00 - click here.

    "David Jones has written a fascinating and comprehensive book on the history of gamekeeping since the inception of the profession in the late seventeenth century until the present time. He writes about all aspects of gamekeeping with chapters on training, pay, cottages, gamekeepers in wartime, loaders and loading, lady gamekeepers, gamekeeping throughout the UK and Ireland and also overseas, especially in the days of the British empire. There is an interesting section on the moorland gamekeeper which includes the memories of George Grass of Ramsgill. Gamekeeping not only contains a but also draws on oral and written testimonies from gamekeepers, contemporary newspaper cuttings and extracts from historic documents. With its comprehensive coverage and wealth of stunning illustrations, this book provides a unique insight into gamekeeping and gives an accurate record of gamekeeping in times past, something often neglected by other authors who have painted a much rosier picture of the gamekeepers life in bygone days, rather than a truthful one based on hard facts."

    Chapters include:-

    The gamekeeper;
    The gamekeeping hierarchy;
    Gamekeepers' pay and perks;
    Gamekeeper training;
    The gamekeeper and his caste;
    Game preservation;
    Poaching; Pest control;
    Game shooting;
    Gamekeepers' cottages;
    The gamekeeper abroad;
    Gamekeeping in Scotland;
    Gamekeeping in Ireland;
    A country gentleman's country gentleman;
    Gamekeeping professional bodies;
    The moorland gamekeeper - memories of George Grass of Ramsgill;
    The park keeper;
    The lady gamekeeper - a rare bird;
    Gamekeepers in wartime;
    Loaders and loading;
    Beaters past and present;
    Game records.

    Think Like A Pheasant
    Brian Mitchell and the rise of the Exmoor high bird
    By Brian Mitchell and Stephen Manning

    Mint in dust-wrapper. Signed by both authors.
    Only £25.00 - click here.

    "A fascinating and comprehensive book on the life of Brian Mitchell and his philosophy towards gamekeeping and countryside management - his once controversial views on pheasant rearing and cover crops are now accepted worldwide. The book covers his early working life from under keeper on the Sherborne Estate through to the great Exmoor shoot of Miltons where Brian saw the potential of the shoot to produce the now renowned Exmoor high bird. It discusses his move to Castle Hill, the many challenges he faced there and the development of the shoot over 25 years. Mishaps and successes are chronicled and each chapter is littered full of anecdotes - many of them humorous - and laced with the names of characters from the world of shooting." With a preface by Prince Eric Sturdza and an introduction by David Clark, head gamekeeper on The Sandringham Estate.

    Chapters include:-

    The morning after the season before;
    An early love of the country;
    Mapperton - a new life and a new challenge;
    Miltons and the goal of the Exmoor high bird;
    Castle Hill - a new beginning;
    'Prevention better than cure...';
    'Not always the most popular guy...';
    The future of the Exmoor high bird;
    Legacy and the future.

  • The Midland Game Fair, 20th & 21st of September

     

    Coch-y-Bonddu
    Books at the Midland Game Fair, 20th & 21st September
    It feels like Autumn - must be time for
    the Midland Game Fair! We are already busy loading up the van and trailers
    with lots of bargains. As usual we will have the largest display of fishing,
    sporting and countryside books available - new and second-hand and some very
    special offers. Scroll down for our FREE BOOKS OFFER along with
    details of a few recently published titles. Quite a number of authors will
    be on our stand at various times throughout the weekend so come along to
    have a chat and pick up your signed copies. See you there!
    Pick
    up your FREE books at the Midland Game Fair

    ***FREE BOOKS***

    Come along to our stand at the Midland
    Game Fair to claim your free gift! Spend over £10 and receive a free copy of
    The Countryside Cartoon Joke Book or spend over £20 to receive a free copy of
    Mike Robinson's Countrywise
    Country Cookbook
    . Just ask us at the show.


    The Countryside Cartoon Joke Book
    By Roger PenwillPenwill's delightful
    cartoon-take on life in the British countryside today will raise a laugh
    with all farmers, rural post-mistresses, public transport users and village
    pub landlords. Packed with hilarious cartoons about life outside the city,
    from small-holders, to ramblers, to Aga-owners and others, this topical
    little book is a wry comment on the state of rural life today. With a cover
    price of £5.99, you can now pick this book up from us at just £2.95 or FREE
    when you spend over £10 at the Midland Game Fair.


    Countrywise
    Country Cookbook
    By Mike RobinsonA good game cookery book packed full of recipes for
    the country kitchen. This large hardback book, with a cover price of
    £20.00, is now available at the very special price of just £3.95 or FREE
    when you spend over £20 at the Midland Game Fair. A fine
    companion for the same author's book on game preparation, Fit
    For Table
    .


    To be launched
    at the Midland Game Fair
    This year at Weston Park we will be launching
    several new books. A few of the authors, including Graham
    Downing
    , David
    Jones
    and
    Brian Mitchell, will be attending so do come along to pick
    up your copies and get them signed. If you can't make it to the the show
    this year, but would like a signed copy, then simply place your order
    through our website or over the telephone and we can get a copy signed at
    the show on your behalf. Just call or email us with your request.

    Stalking
    Muntjac

    By Graham Downing

    To the deer stalker the arrival of the muntjac
    presents a new sporting opportunity, for though they may be the smallest
    of our deer species, muntjac are nonetheless a challenging and absorbing
    quarry to hunt. In this book, Graham Downing outlines their origin and
    spread, explains in detail their natural history and gives his experiences
    of muntjac stalking.

    Mint new hardback. £25.00

    Signed copies available from 22nd of September - contact us to reserve a
    copy.

     


    Downing's book should make a fine companion to what
    many have already said has become the definitive book on muntjac
    management in Britain,

    Muntjac: Managing an Alien Species
    by Charles Smith-Jones.
    Mint new hardback. £19.95De luxe leather-bound edition in slipcase limited to only 20 signed and
    numbered copies. £150




    Gamekeeping:

    An Illustrated History

    By David S.D. Jones

    David Jones has written a fascinating and
    comprehensive book on the history of gamekeeping since the inception of
    the profession in the late seventeenth century until the present time.
    With its comprehensive coverage and wealth of stunning illustrations, this
    book provides a unique insight into gamekeeping and gives an accurate
    record of gamekeeping in times past, something often neglected by other
    authors who have painted a much rosier picture of the gamekeepers life in
    bygone days, rather than a truthful one based on hard facts.

    Mint new hardback. £25.00

    Signed copies available from 22nd of September - contact us to reserve a
    copy.



    Think Like a Pheasant

    By Brian Mitchell & Stephen Manning

    A fascinating and comprehensive book on the life of
    Brian Mitchell and his philosophies towards gamekeeping and countryside
    management - his once controversial views on pheasant rearing and cover
    crops are now accepted worldwide. The book covers his early working life
    from under keeper on the Sherborne Estate through to the great Exmoor
    shoot of Miltons where Brian saw the potential of the shoot to produce the
    now renowned Exmoor High Bird. It discusses his move to Castle Hill, the
    many challenges he has faced there and the development of the shoot over
    25 years. Mishaps and successes are chronicled and each chapter is
    littered full of anecdotes - many of them humorous - and laced with the
    names of characters from the world of shooting.

    Mint new hardback. £25.00

    Signed copies available from 22nd of September - contact us to reserve a
    copy.



    An excellent new
    book on freshwater fishing with lures

    Lure
    Fishing:

    Presentation & Strategy

    By Dave Pugh

    Dave Pugh's success as a fishing guide is totally
    dependent on his customers catching fish. No fish means no customers. This
    book is an accumulation of twenty-five years of trial and error, and the
    defining and honing of a few basic methods on thousands of fish. Reading
    this book and putting into practice its no-nonsense advice will certainly
    improve your lure fishing skills and help you catch more fish, more
    consistently.

    Due to be launched at the Pike Anglers' Club
    Convention, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, 27th of September.



    This great new book will be published in
    the following two formats:
    Standard
    edition
    - A high quality hardback. The first 250 copies will be signed
    and numbered by the author. Price just £19.95!
    De
    luxe edition
    - Quarter-bound in emerald green scale-effect leather and
    presented in a royal blue cloth-bound slipcase. This handsome edition will
    be limited to only 30 signed and numbered copies and will be available at
    a very affordable price of just £95! First come, first served.



    One for the
    falconers

    The
    Passage Merlin

    By Jeremy Bradshaw

    Years of experience flying merlins led to the
    writing of this instructional book. From trapping to training to setting
    up a slip, The Passage Merlin gives falconers a foundation of knowledge
    about merlins they can build upon with their own experiences.

    "This original contribution will bring merlin
    falconry to ever higher standards through a deep, personal understanding
    of the wild caught merlin's psyche and its predictable responses to
    training protocol. This is the most comprehensive and finest example of
    merlin falconry methodology, alternative methods, and options in
    existence. No other volume comes close; it is cutting edge, state of the
    art, truly an organization of teaching and learning in a class by
    itself." (Mike McDermott in his foreword).

    Hardback in dust-wrapper. Signed by the author.
    £60.00


    Beautiful large
    format shooting books
    These two large format sporting book
    continue to sell well - even better, we can now offer Shooting: A Season
    of Discovery by the Duchess of Rutland at the superb price of only £9.95!
    We also have some signed copies of Lord Percy's
    book, Fields of Dreams. Available only while stocks last.


    Was £30.00Now only £7.95! Signed copies availableOnly £30.00!
    Some newly reduced-price books
    We are continuing to fill the warehouse with bargain
    books (must be almost full by now). Below is a small selection of the most
    recent titles but keep an eye on the
    newest listings
    and bargain books
    sections of the website for the full range.









    Was £16.99Now only £5.95! Was £14.99Now only £7.95! Was £17.99Now only £9.95! Was £14.99Now only £7.95!





    Was £9.95Now only £4.95! Was £15.95Now only £7.95! Was £18.95Now only £7.95! Was £60.00Now only £30.00!
    And finally, too
    many big game books to fit in the newsletter!
    Due for publication at the end of the month is the
    new edition Kevin Robertson's,
    The Perfect Shot
    . If you can't wait that
    long then we still have one or two copies left of the previous edition - click
    here
    for details. We have also just taken delivery of several new
    books from Safari Press together with new stock of much of their range of
    African and Asian hunting titles. Below are a few examples but you can
    also keep an eye on our newest listings section for further details.
    As well as the new books mentioned above we have
    also been cataloguing quite a number of second-hand, out-of-print and
    antiquarian big game books. We now have over 1,000 listed on our website! Click
    here
    to browse through the site and if there is anything you are after
    in particular but can not find then do contact us as we may have a copy
    sitting in the corner of the warehouse.








     

  • Falconry Fair 2014 - this weekend

    The British Falconry Fair 2014

    This bank holiday weekend Coch-y-Bonddu Books will be at the British Falconry Fair 2014. We'll have the widest range of new, second-hand and antiquarian falconry books available along with a selection of other sporting and countryside books. Come along and see us. If you can't make it this weekend then the next best thing may be a browse through the falconry section on our website, over 900 books available - click here.

    "The 2014 British Falconry & Raptor Fair - that organisers call the UK's Premier Falconry and Hawking Event - is being held at a new venue this year- Chetwynd Park, Newport, Shropshire on the Bank Holiday Weekend of Sunday 4th May and Monday 5th May. The event is being held in beautiful Shropshire countryside, and promises to be a fantastic two-day family-fun weekend which will showcase some great entertainment.

    Latham's Falconry - limited edition setSponsored by Kiezebrink, this year’s Falconry Fair celebrates its’ 25th anniversary, and will be host to specialist exhibitors from across the UK; Europe and North America. Visitors can find out everything they need to know about falconry, from the art of flying; rearing, breeding, management, conservation, art, equipment, telemetry and of course see some premier falcons and raptors. They will also be able to take part in some hands-on falconry workshops. In addition to a superb static display of trained hawks and falcons there will also be several trained hunting eagles on static display.

    An eagle display titled ‘The World of Eagles’ will be co-ordinated by the British Falconers Club giving visitors the opportunity to experience the majesty of the eagle close-up. There will also be an extensive programme of stunning flying demonstrations and displays by the best falconers, including the internationally-renowned Jemima Parry Jones, MBE, and famous falconer Bob Dalton. Informative exhibitions by the Hawk Board, Raptor Rescue and the Campaign for Falconry, and major national countryside organisations will add to the ingredients for a fantastic weekend... all part of the world’s premier falconry event for 2014.

    Falconry's Falconer by Richard Fitzgerald

     

    The Harris's Hawk Revolution by Jennifer and Tim Coulson

  • BFFI 2014

    Salmon Flies: Past and Present
    by Henk Van Bork

    This weekend Paul, Luke and Marion are off to the BFFI in Stafford. The main event will be the launch of our new salmon fly book Salmon Flies: Past and Present by Henk van Bork. Henk will be with us all weekend so come along to get your copy signed and discuss the art of the salmon fly.

    Peter Hayes, author of Fly Fishing Outside the Box, was due to be with us too but after some recent surgery  his doctor has advised him not to travel so he will unfortunately not be able to attend. We will however have plenty of copies of his book and they will all be signed.

    Yet more signed books! Tony Hayter, author of the superb new biography of G.E.M. Skues, is also unfortunately unable to attend however we have got hold of a few signed copies of his book and will be bringing them along to the show. The author has signed very few of these so make sure to come along and secure your copy!

    Along with the signed books above we'll be bringing along a wide selection of all the latest flyfishing and fly-tying books plus plenty of out-of-print titles, a few of our fine de luxe editions and a huge number of reduced-price books. We hope to see you there!

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