Keeper: A Life Amongst Fishes and Those Who Catch Them

Keeper: A Life Amongst Fishes and Those Who Catch Them

by Martin Donovan, Bob White
     
 

With equal measures of passion, irreverence, and hilarity, Martin Donovan salts a traditional fly-fishing setting with an oddball cast of characters, props, and predicaments.

At age fifteen, Donovan graduated from Testwood School in Southampton, England and set out on a ten-year odyssey of traveling the world, working odd jobs, and pining for an eventual… See more details below

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With equal measures of passion, irreverence, and hilarity, Martin Donovan salts a traditional fly-fishing setting with an oddball cast of characters, props, and predicaments.

At age fifteen, Donovan graduated from Testwood School in Southampton, England and set out on a ten-year odyssey of traveling the world, working odd jobs, and pining for an eventual means of returning home to the chalkstreams where he fished and explored as a child.

Through connections and persistence he eventually worked his way into the exclusive niche of riverkeeping and landed a job working the Nursling beats on the famed River Test.

Keeper, is Donovan’s rollicking account of his antics abroad, and two decades of tending rivers, coddling fish, and guiding anglers. His stories are exceptional, but what ultimately sets them apart is his wry voice and his bracing departure from the stereotypical English fly-fishing memoir. He introduces us to gentried English dry-fly purists and mobs of bait soaking carp-catchers. He writes about prominent London attorneys, cantankerous skinheads, redneck clock peddlers, and booze-swilling farmers. While fly-fishing for trout and salmon are Donovan’s beloved diversions, he also has an eclectic fixation with derelict motorbikes, chainsaw carpentry, hitchhiking, canned beer, and curry houses.

While some angling traditionalists may lament that all of the great stories have long-since been written about the English chalkstreams, we are proud to present an engaging addendum and a fresh new voice from the birthplace of fly fishing.

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Editorial Reviews

Alex Cerveniak
Martin Donovan has the courage to follow his convictions and an uncanny ability to deliver eye-watering humor that the reader won’t see coming. Perhaps the title is a self-fulfilling prophecy, as Keeper is a book you’ll want to hold onto.
Geoff Mueller
In addition to scooping fish into the net, all the while eschewing wealth and liver health, the best guides we know are great storytellers. Stodgy Brits in too much tweed this is not. Donovan’s memoir of life on the River Test gives us a new appreciation for ghillies, Guinness, Marmite sandwiches, and valuable translations to keep the toffs and tossers at bay.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983385707
Publisher:
Departure Publishing LLC
Publication date:
05/15/2011
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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