No 4 in The Angler's Bookshelf series in December Trout & Salmon magazine - Alfred Courtney Williams.
Coch-y-Bonddu Books Autumn Newsletter
Paul is just putting the finishing touches to our annual catalogue before heading off to the Irish Fly Fair in Galway on 10/11th November. By the time he gets home you should be seeing the catalogue popping through the letterbox. In the meantime here are a few of the great books that have been turning up in the last few weeks.
Tales of the Big Game Hunters
Incidents from an Elephant Hunter's Diary
by W.D.M. Bell
A brand new compilation of Karamojo Bell's short stories, all previously unpublished. Once again the legendary Karamojo Bell marches through the wilds of Africa - traversing a land virtually untouched by modern civilization in search of adventure and ivory.
Mint new hardback in dust-wrapper. £35.00
£35.00 £35.00 £35.00 £50.00
Hunting, Shooting and Fishing on Five Continents
by Peter Hathaway Capstick
A good selection of Capstick's otherwise unobtainable magazine articles. From adventures with Cape Buffalo and lions to bow-fishing in Brazil. An excellent book now available at a great price.
Mint new hardback in dust-wrapper. Previous price £19.95.
Now only £9.95!
Now only £9.95!
Now only £19.95!
Now only £19.95!
Now only £25.00!
UK Game Shooting, working dogs and other field sports The Pigeon Shooter's Diary
by Tom Payne
Tom Payne commences his Pigeon Shooter's Diary commences descriptions of the quarry species, equipment and accessories followed by an in-depth guide to fieldcraft, reconnaissance and shooting instruction. The Diary runs through the calendar year detailing the different techniques and skills needed for the changing conditions, all topped off with personal observations and special days in the field.
Mint new hardback in dust-wrapper. Previous price £20.00.
Now only £7.95!
Pest and Predator Control
This comprehensive and practical book provides a basic guide to all aspects of control. There is detailed guidance on shooting, snaring, trapping, the use of dogs and humane dispatch. The law governing pest species is covered in detail, particularly with regard to the general licences which are frequently misunderstood. Detailed instructions are provided on the effective and legal use of snares and traps with photographic sequences to show how they should be sited and set. An invaluable guide for all those involved in pest and predator control.
Mint new hardback. Previous price £16.95.
Now only £7.95!
Now only £9.95!
Now only £9.95!
Now only £9.95!
Now only £9.95!
New stock is coming in almost every day at the moment. Pictured below are a few recently published titles such as George Daniel's latest book, Nymph Fishing, and the superb (and huge!) four volume falconry set, Raptor and Human. If you wish to keep up to date on all of the latest books as soon as they beome available then keep an eye on the Newest Listings section of our website - updated daily.
£19.95 £14.99 £35.00 £150.00 And finally, coming soon...
Several new books are due from the printers in the next month. They are not available yet, but will be in plenty of time for Christmas! These include a new Coch-y-Bonddu Books edition of Colin Willock's classic wildfowling book, Kenzie: The Wild-Goose Man. An excellent new book on the history of punt-gunning and wildfowling titled Saltwater, Webbed Feet and Blackpowder by John Richards and Julian Novorol; and, due to popular demand, a revised new edition of Colin Innes' already sought-after and collectible book on Dee salmon flies, The Lost Salmon Flies of Balmoral.
£19.95 £40.00 £20.00
Paul is writing a monthly fishing book price-guide for Trout and Salmon Magazine. It's pretty basic, but a good opportunity to pass on some information about books. Here are the first three. Click on the image for greater detail.
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We are being very selective about the shows we attend this summer - basically we are only going to those shows where the food and fishing are excellent. So, next on our itinerary is the famous SIM Fly Festival at Castel di Sangro in Italy on 24/25th June. We are having to fly to Italy so will not be carrying a very large stock, so if there are particular books that you would like us to bring please let us know as soon as possible. While Paul and Ceri are in Italy, Luke and Alyona will be enjoying the delights of the Northern Ireland Game Fair at Shanes Castle. With Peter Gott of Sillfield Farm and chef Emmett McCourt there they won't go hungry - and Paul is a little jealous of Luke's chance at the dollaghan.
The following weekend Paul will be in the new fishing pavilion at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace. He won't have a huge stand and will take mostly flyfishing books, so again, if you want him to bring any specific titles let him know in plenty of time.
The Game Fair this year is at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. We will be going in force as usual. Our stand number is G1088 and we are right at the heart of the site - as, for the first time, is the fishing area.
Over forty years ago Geoff Worrall offered me a job as his assistant at Tideline Books. Nothing came of it - he wouldn't pay my fare from Orkney, and I couldn't afford it. Over the years our paths crossed, buying and selling books to each other - Geoff died in 1997, but his business continued under other owners up until today. This week I bought the remaining stock and assets of Tideline Books, bringing together the two leading British field sports publishers. Tideline Books have been publishing books on wildfowling, deer-stalking, sporting dogs and guns since 1969, and many of their classic titles remain in print. It is going to be great fun finding a home for all those books (probably another forty-foot shipping container) and incorporating a lot of new titles into the Coch-y-Bonddu list. Watch this space - there will be lots of new books listed here over the next couple of weeks - many of them at bargain prices!
My real loves of wildfowling, rough shooting, duck and pigeon flighting, hunting snipe and woodcock, rabbiting are all getting harder to find - and harder to make time for. If it were not for the pre-arranged days of the local syndicate (and, in the summer, pre-booked fishing trips) then I would hardly escape the clutches of work, and particularly publishing. The publishing does, of course, have great rewards. It is a privilege to be able to channel the creativity of others (and to a lesser extent, of myself) and to produce something of lasting value. Much of the past couple of months has been spent on three authoritative works on classic salmon flies, all destined to meet their public at the BFFI early in February. The largest of these is Martin Lanigan O'Keefe's monumental catalogue of Farlows Salmon Flies, which will surely become the standard reference book for collectors of antique flies.
Colin Innes is carving a niche for himself as the historian of Scottish fishing tackle dealers, and particularly of the salmon flies of the north-east. His first volume in the Angling Monographs series, The Lost Salmon Flies of Balmoral, sold out in a few months. Two further monographs are both due to be launched at the BFFI - The Salmon Flies of James Harper, and another on the salmon flies and fishing methods of influential salmon angler, Ernest Crosfield.
Two of the three books are at the printer, and the third is now out of my hands, so perhaps I can now apply myself to sport. Unlike last year, almost all of our shooting days have been fine and dry. Birds are plentiful thanks to the hard work of our gamekeepers, and I have managed to keep the larder full. Rico managed to split a pad, hunting woodcock in clear-fell, a couple of weeks ago. These things always happen as we approach the end of the season and would really like to be out every day. Anyway, I rested him for a week, and then bandaged him up to go out last Saturday. That was successful so we are on course for a day's picking up on Friday and another day in Llanbrynmair on Saturday. And Duncan keeps reminding me that the rivers are in good order for grayling fishing - tomorrow?
The grayling weekend went well and our new book, Steve Skuce's Grayling Flies, was very well received. On Sunday I fished the Wilton Water on the Wylie, and caught some nice grayling, and on Monday I had a short session in tropical sunshine with our friend Jan Grimstone on the Test, catching some small grayling and having fun spotting some big trout and carp (!) in the clear water.
By Tuesday the temperature had dropped ten degrees. I spent two hours up to my waist in Cardigan Bay - by the time I waded ashore I was numb with cold. Came home with two mackerel (my first, I think, in November) and a bagful of parasol mushrooms.
Today we will be busy numbering and mailing the latest two volumes in our Angling Monographs series, Salmon and Science by Dr Derek Mills and Understanding Fish Vision by Prof Lawrence Threadgold.
Tomorrow I will take my very fat labrador, Rico, out of hibernation when we go for our first day at the pheasants!
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.
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.
"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.
Our new series of Angling Monographs are selling well. For anyone thinking about purchasing one of the quarter-leather editions of The Lost Salmon Flies of Balmoral by Colin Innes we would recommend doing so sooner rather than later - only two copies remain!
UPDATE 26/02/2016 - The de luxe edition of The Lost Salmon Flies of Balmoral has now sold out. Paperback copies still available.
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We launched five books at the BFFI last weekend (four monographs and Philip White's Observation), and were joined by four of the authors. All went amazingly smoothly and we got all of the limited edition books signed and numbered. The monographs have turned out very well indeed - everyone was pleased with them, thank goodness! Saturday was pretty manic with all four authors signing books on the stand, but Sunday was steadier, and overall it was a great success.
It occurs to me that I ought to make it known that all of these books were wholly produced in Wales - originated and published by ourselves in Machynlleth, designed by Pete Mackenzie in Gladestry (just about in Wales!), and printed in Welshpool and Llandysul!