Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

But the proposal catches the eye of several senior British politicians, who feel it might distract the media s attention from the less welcome stories coming out of the Middle East.

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156034562

Category: Fiction

Page: 333

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A meek, slightly pompous, middle-aged scientist working at London's National Centre for Fisheries Excellence, Dr. Alfred Jones takes on the outlandish--and ill-fated--task of introducing the sport of salmon fishing into the Yemen River at the behest of a mysterious sheikh, in a whimsical novel of administrative bureaucracy, political spin, and government dysfunction. Reprint.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Told through letters, emails, interview transcripts, newspaper articles, and personal journal entries, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is “a triumph” that both takes aim at institutional absurdity and gives loving support to the ideas of ...

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547416253

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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An unassuming scientist takes an unbelievable adventure in the Middle East in this “extraordinary” novel—the inspiration for the major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor (The Guardian). Dr. Alfred Jones lives a quiet, predictable life. He works as a civil servant for the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence in London; his wife, Mary, is a determined, no-nonsense financier; he has simple routines and unassuming ambitions. Then he meets Muhammad bin Zaidi bani Tihama, a Yemeni sheikh with money to spend and a fantastic—and ludicrous—dream of bringing the sport of salmon fishing to his home country. Suddenly, Dr. Jones is swept up in an outrageous plot to attempt the impossible, persuaded by both the sheikh himself and power-hungry members of the British government who want nothing more than to spend the sheikh’s considerable wealth. But somewhere amid the bureaucratic spin and Yemeni tall tales, Dr. Jones finds himself thinking bigger, bolder, and more impossibly than he ever has before. Told through letters, emails, interview transcripts, newspaper articles, and personal journal entries, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is “a triumph” that both takes aim at institutional absurdity and gives loving support to the ideas of hopes, dreams, and accomplishing the impossible (The Guardian).



Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Herbert Berkshire from the FCO rang me and asked, 'What do you think of the
idea of salmon fishing? In the Yemen?' 'How's that again?' I said. I remember
reaching for the Bartholomew's School Atlas, which is never very far from my
desk in ...

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297857088

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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An extraordinary, beguiling bestselling tale of fly-fishing and political spinning, of unexpected heroism and late-blooming love... This is the story of Dr Alfred Jones, a fisheries scientist - for whom diary-notable events include the acquisition of a new electric toothbrush and getting his article on caddis fly larvae published in 'Trout and Salmon' - who finds himself reluctantly involved in a project to bring salmon fishing to the Highlands of the Yemen - a project that will change his life, and the course of British political history for ever. With a wickedly wonderful cast of characters - including a visionary Sheikh, a weasely spin doctor, Fred's devilish wife and a few thousand transplanted salmon - SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN is a novel about hypocrisy and bureaucracy, dreams and deniability, and the transforming power of faith and love.

The Death of an Owl

Will they be able to keep the crime under wraps, or will circumstances conspire against them? Paul Torday's last novel, and completed by his son Piers, this is a timely reminder that in politics, nothing is sacred.

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297867520

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Political chaos, MPs turning on each other, expediency and skulduggery at the highest echelons of government? No, not Brexit, but a brilliant political satire from the bestselling author of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN Andrew Landford, MP is driving home one night along a dark country lane when a barn owl flies into his windscreen. It is an accident, nothing more. But Andrew sits on a parliamentary committee concerned with the protection of endangered species, and the death of the owl threatens to destroy his hopes of reaching No. 10. Also in the car is Andrew's old Oxford friend and political adviser, Charles Fryerne. Will they be able to keep the crime under wraps, or will circumstances conspire against them? Paul Torday's last novel, and completed by his son Piers, this is a timely reminder that in politics, nothing is sacred... 'A pleasure to read' Daily Express 'Skeweringly accurate' Evening Standard 'A compelling blend of morality and satire' Sunday Mirror 'Witty and well-crafted - a delightful gothic fantasy' Guardian

The Hopeless Life Of Charlie Summers

A modern A TALE OF TWO CITIES by the bestselling author of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN.

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297855980

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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A modern A TALE OF TWO CITIES by the bestselling author of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN. Hector Chetwode-Talbot, Eck to his friends, has left the army and is slightly at a loss as to what to do next, when he is approached by an old army pal, Bilbo Mountwilliam. Bilbo runs an investment fund company and business is booming. Bilbo persuades Eck to join the company as a 'greeter' for moneyed clients. All Eck has to do is supply the contacts with entertainment and large G&Ts and then the fund managers will do the rest. Soon Eck is able to buy himself a luxury sports car and decadent flat. It is on a golfing trip to France that Eck first meets Charlie Summers, a fly-by-night entrepreneur whose latest scheme is to import Japanese dog food into the UK. Soon Charlie lands on Eck's doorstep with his suitcase, intent on staying and relaunching his dog food business in the area. But with the financial crash looming, Eck begins to ask himself if they are so very different...

Six Great Novels

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN - beguiling tale of fly-fishing and political spinning, of unexpected heroism and late-blooming love THE IRRESISTIBLE INHERITANCE OF WILBERFORCE - a haunting story fo obsession and addiction, of loyalty and ...

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780225865

Category: Fiction

Page: 1808

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An ebook collection of six Paul Torday novels. SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN - beguiling tale of fly-fishing and political spinning, of unexpected heroism and late-blooming love THE IRRESISTIBLE INHERITANCE OF WILBERFORCE - a haunting story fo obsession and addiction, of loyalty and obsession THE GIRL ON THE LANDING - a ghost story, a psychological thriller and a tale of love rediscovered MORE THAN YOU CAN SAY - a Buchan-esque thriller. BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL DEJA VU - Bobby seems to have no memory of the immediate past. And what has become of his wife? LEGACY OF HARTLEPOOL - Hartlepool Hall has been in Ed's family for generations - but is that about to change, and who is the mysterious Lady Alice?

Light Shining in the Forest

From the author of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, a dark tale about a failing politician and the search for two missing children.

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297867490

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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From the author of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, a dark tale about a failing politician and the search for two missing children. Includes Reading Group Notes. Norman Stokoe has just been appointed Children's Czar by the new government. He sells his flat and moves up north to take up the position. However before his first salary cheque has even hit his bank account, new priorities are set for the government department for which he works. The Children's Czar network is put on hold but it is too late to reverse the decision to employ Norman. So he is given a P.A. and a spacious office in a new business park on the banks of the Tyne. He settles down in his new leather chair behind his new desk, to wait for the green light to begin his mission. The green light never comes. What does happen is that two children go missing. As Children's Czar, surely this case should fall within his remit, but Norman has built a career on doing nothing, on stamping pieces of paper with 'send to the relevant department'. Now, faced with a campaigning journalist and a distraught mother, he is forced to become involved. The search will take him to dark places and will make him ask questions about the system he is supposed to uphold.

More Than You Can Say

But what starts as aharmless venture turns into something altogether different when Richard recklessly accepts an unusual request from a stranger . . . 'There are good reasons why Torday has found success, as this novel shows . . .

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297858262

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 577

The bestselling author of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN returns with a Buchan-esque thriller. Traumatised by a tour of duty in Iraq, Richard Gaunt returns home to his girlfriend with very little of a plan in mind. Finding it difficult to settle into civilian life, he turns to drink and gambling - and is challenged to a bet he cannot resist. All he has to do is walk from London to Oxford in under twelve hours. But what starts as a harmless venture turns into something altogether different when Richard recklessly accepts an unusual request from a stranger ...

The Girl On The Landing

'The best book of the year... truly astonishing' Sunday Express 'An exciting novel - part love story, part psychological thriller' Mail on Sunday 'Surprising and suspenseful' Observer A GHOST STORY, A PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER AND A TALE OF ...

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297855832

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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'The best book of the year... truly astonishing' Sunday Express 'An exciting novel - part love story, part psychological thriller' Mail on Sunday 'Surprising and suspenseful' Observer A GHOST STORY, A PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER AND A TALE OF LOVE REDISCOVERED, FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN Elizabeth has been married to Michael for ten years. She has adjusted to a fairly monotonous routine with her wealthy, decent but boring husband. Part of this routine involves occasional visits to Beinn Caorrun, the dank and gloomy house in a Scottish glen that Michael inherited. But then Michael begins to change. It starts when he thinks he sees, in a picture, the figure of a girl on a landing. As he changes, life becomes so much more fun and Elizabeth sees glimpses of a man she can fall in love with at last. But who - or what - is changing Michael?

The Irresistible Inheritance Of Wilberforce

Even the finest wine can leave a bitter aftertaste . . . 'Grows more and more pognant as the novel progresses . . . satisfyingly full-bodied and slips down a treat' SUNDAY TIMES 'The whole books is delightfully written . . .

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 029785612X

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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From the bestselling author of the Richard & Judy selected SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN. Late one summer evening, Wilberforce - rich, young, and work-obsessed - makes a detour on his way home to the vast undercroft of Caerlyon Hall, and the domain of Francis Black, a place where wine, hospitality and affection flow freely. Through Francis, Wilberforce is initiated into a life rich in the promise of friendship and adventure, where, through his new set of friends, the possibility of finding acceptance, and even falling in love, seems finally to be within his reach. Wilberforce becomes a willing pupil to Francis, and in the cellars of Caerlyon he nurtures a new-found passion for wine. But even the finest wine can leave a bitter aftertaste, and Wilberforce will learn the undercroft's unpalatable secrets, and that passion comes at a price ...

Breakfast at the Hotel D j vu

From the author of the bestselling SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (released as a film starring Ewan McGregor), a tale of the unexpected.

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297866877

Category: Fiction

Page: 100

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From the author of the bestselling SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (released as a film starring Ewan McGregor), a tale of the unexpected... Bobby Clarke arrives at a hotel on the Mediterranean shore. He is a former MP, unseated by the expenses scandal, who is now spending time abroad to recover from a major illness. The other purpose of his stay is to write his memoirs in order to demonstrate that he was unfairly pilloried for 'a minor accounting error', having valiantly served his country for 30 years. He settles into his new surroundings but soon it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. For a start Bobby seems to have no memory of the immediate past. Each time he sits down to continue his memoirs he finds only a blank page. Every morning as he comes downstairs the same scene replays itself in front of him: a young woman and her son pass him on the stairs. And what has become of his wife?

Theo

His wife Christine longs for them to escape the endless rounds of coffee mornings and cake sales. Then Theo, a child at her school, starts to exhibit strange marks on his hands and feet that vanish almost as soon as they have appeared.

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297869485

Category: Fiction

Page: 120

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From the bestselling author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a haunting novella that introduces one of the most memorable characters from Torday's forthcoming novel Light Shining in the Forest. John Elliott is the recently appointed vicar of St Joseph's - a dilapidated church with a congregation of sixteen and a leaky roof. Having entered the Church more by default than through any great calling, he struggles to inject some life into his ailing parish. His wife Christine longs for them to escape the endless rounds of coffee mornings and cake sales. Then Theo, a child at her school, starts to exhibit strange marks on his hands and feet that vanish almost as soon as they have appeared. What has produced these marks - is it physical violence or something stranger? And why has the previous vicar of St Joseph's ended up in a psychiatric hospital?

The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall

Hartlepool Hall has been in Ed's family for generations - but is that about to change, and who is the mysterious Lady Alice?

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297863223

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 315

Hartlepool Hall has been in Ed's family for generations - but is that about to change, and who is the mysterious Lady Alice? Ed Hartlepool has been living in self-imposed exile for five years, but with a settlement regarding his inheritance looming, he must return to his ancestral seat, Hartlepool Hall. On his return, he discovers that his father has left him, along with the house, a seven million pound tax bill, two massive overdrafts, an 80-year-old butler, and a vast country estate that is creaking at the seams. Not only that, but there is a strange woman in residence - Lady Alice - who seems to have made herself very much at home. With the debts mounting, it seems that Ed's only recourse is to turn to his friend Annabel's new boyfriend, a property developer who plans to turn Hartlepool Hall into luxury flats and a golf course. But can Ed save his inheritance without such a drastic move? And is Lady Alice really the person she claims to be?

Two Eerie Tales of Suspense

In BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL DÉJÀ VU, Bobby Clarke arrives at a hotel on the Mediterranean shore.

Author: Paul Torday

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780229259

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 214

In BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL DÉJÀ VU, Bobby Clarke arrives at a hotel on the Mediterranean shore. A former MP, unseated by the expenses scandal, he is spending time abroad to recover from a major illness. The other purpose of his stay is to write his memoirs in order to demonstrate that he was unfairly treated, having valiantly served his country for 30 years. He settles into his new surroundings but it soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems. For a start Bobby seems to have no memory of the immediate past. Each time he sits down to continue his memoirs he finds only a blank page. Every morning as he comes downstairs the same scene replays itself in front of him: a young woman and her son pass him on the stairs. And what has become of his wife? In THEO, John Elliott is the recently appointed vicar of St Joseph's - a dilapidated church with a congregation of 16 and a leaky roof. Having entered the Church more by default than through any great calling, he struggles to inject some life into his ailing parish. His wife Christine longs for them to escape the endless rounds of coffee mornings and cake sales. Then Theo, a child at her school, starts to exhibit strange marks on his hands and feet that vanish almost as soon as they have appeared. What has produced these marks - is it physical violence or something stranger? And what really did happen to the previous vicar of St Joseph's...

The Herald

Starring : Emily Blunt , Ewan McGregor , Kristin Scott Thomas , Amr Waked
Directed by Lasse Hallström [ By Mira Hashmi ] Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
officer , storms on screen , brassy and no - nonsense , and delivers a
metaphorical kick ...

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Country Life

An email arrives: I've been offered a rights deal for my novel Salmon Fishing in
the Yemen, this time in Turkey. The sum in question is not unrelated to the price
of dinner for two, but I don't care: I can dream about villagers in the Anatolian ...

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Braille Books

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen BR 17588 by Paul Torday 2 volumes When Sheikh
Muhammad ibn Zaidi offers to finance the introduction of salmon into Yemen,
British politicians eagerly enlist fisheries scientist Dr. Alfred Jones. Alfred,
working ...

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