Fishing can take you to the heart of a landscape in a way few other forms of travel can match. Whether in the world's most outlandish and awe-inspiring places or just at the end of your road, fishing will introduce you to crabby weather and crabbier locals, moon-phases, rip-tides, floods, droughts, remarkable tales, and of course fantastic slippery beasts.
In The Accidental Angler you'll battle titanic monsters on a tropical atoll and make-believe sharks on the mushy-peas-and-gravy Wash. You'll chase inscrutable grayling through back gardens in Provence, or phantom sea trout in downtown Southampton. And you'll dance in Brazilian carvinals and find secret rivers hidden beneath the streets.
Join Charles Rangeley-Wilson - angler, conservationist, television presenter and traveller - for the trip of a lifetime, on a journey that will make the familiar new, and the strange familiar.
Whether battling titantic monsters on a tropical atoll or chasing phantom sea-trout in Southampton, Rangeley-Wilson attains cultural and sociological insights into all manner of people and places.
Charles Rangeley-Wilson ... is fishing's high-priest. To the common passion for the pastime, he adds an exceptional ability to write well...And he has an acerbic eye
He has a good eye for river landscapes and for the otherworldly movements of fish... There's a charm in this woozy prose, which has a knack for snagging interesting turns of phrase
Thrilling, made me writhe with envy
His obsession becomes ours... Compellingly written