One week on from the official launch of Trout in Dirty Places at Grangers in South Kensington, and the slightly scary sense that I haven’t so much dropped a pebble into the margins of a quiet pool as heaved a bloody great boulder into a cast-iron bathtub…
… is slowly starting to subside.
Still, it’s been a busy few days out there on the airwaves and blogosphere, so I reckon the best and fastest sort of summary is the ever-reliable in-no-particular-order link haze:
- “Why town dwellers can get hooked on urban fishing”… fly-fishing the Wandle with Evan Davis on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme
- Fantastic book launch pics from Kavita Kapoor
- A chat with Keith Arthur on Easter Saturday’s Fisherman’s Blues (0700 – 0730, 19:24 onwards)
- “Ever tried trout fishing at Manchester Airport?” 5 top urban fishing spots reported by Yahoo news
- “Trout in Dirty Places – Smashing!” … Alistair Stewart’s review on The Urban Fly Fisher
- “Interesting and inspiring, with the capacity to lead readers down new paths of discovery” … Raif Killips’ review on Fly Fishers’ Republic
- “BUY THIS BOOK” … forthright advice from Manchester Fishing Fiend‘s Mike Duddy
- “If you have an interest in the decline of industry in the UK, and the efforts and selfless actions of small conservation groups and local fishing clubs… then you need to buy Trout in Dirty Places”… Ian Gould’s view from One More Cast
- “Lo and behold, the shopping trolley that features on my cover shot for Theo’s new book is still exactly where it was before!”… my urban fishing partner-in-grime Dominic Garnett returns to Tiverton’s River Lowman
- Fly Forums discussions here, here, here and here
- On Caught by the River, the full text of Charles Rangeley-Wilson’s foreword for Trout in Dirty Places
- And last (but certainly not least) typically deft summation tinged with national psychoanalysis from Tom Chandler’s Trout Underground …
If overwhelming isn’t quite the word I’m looking for, it’ll probably do for now. And I’m immensely grateful to everyone who’s read and enjoyed Trout in Dirty Places so far: big, big thanks to you all.
Update: My interview with Bryan Crump has now been broadcast on his Nights show on Radio New Zealand, covering a wide range of subjects from sewage in the Thames to parallels between urban and back-country fly-fishing: click on the player below to listen!