No 8 in The Angler's Bookshelf series in April Trout & Salmon magazine - W.H. Lawrie.
I leave here tomorrow morning for the BFFI - by far the best flyfishing fair in the UK. The van is full of goodies for the discerning flyfisher.
Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the Danish Fly Fair in Kolding this year. It used to be easy when there was a ferry from Harwich. The last few times I have driven all the way from Machynlleth to Kolding, but it is a heck of a long drive. And this year the fair is very early so I wouldn't even have the prospect of good fishing to look forward to.
I have not made a decision about either of the big game fairs - The Game Fair and the Midland Game Fair. I have not booked either, and have talked to the organisers of both about the difficulty and expense of taking a large stand. At this stage neither have come back to me, so I have to doubt their interest in having a high quality book stand at their events. I'd like to have a presence, but have decided that I no longer want to subsidise these people - if they want me there they have to show some flexibility.
The Scottish Game Fair is a similar problem. The organisers have absolutely no interest in having a bookseller there, so I stopped taking my own marquee several years ago. However, I enjoy going north to meet my friends and customers, so recently I have been taking space in the Flyfishing Marquee. This year we hope to be launching Stan Headley's new book - Reflections on Loch Fishing at Scone.
I WILL be at the West Country Game Fair and at both of the Irish Game Fairs. The organisers of these fairs are realistic, understanding the work and expense of carrying a bookshop around the country. They are also expert at the kind of mutual promotion, through competitions and sponsorship, that is good for all of us. And if I have to spend most of June in the west of Ireland, then so be it! And I will be back in Galway for the Irish Fly Fair in November - with another major book launch planned!
I have attended every Falconry Fair for over 25 years. Unfortunately it has now been absorbed by Countryman Fairs and last year's event was merely part of one of their country fairs, with hardly any real falconers in attendance. Charlie Heap's northern event clashes with Ireland, and Jemima doesn't seem to be doing anything this year, so it doesn't look as though I will get to a serious falconry event in 2019.
I will be at the Grayling Society Symposium as usual, and I will try to get to some of the small tackle fairs during the year - though that may depend on the organisers' enthusiasm for having a book stall.
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?