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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen | [Paul Torday]

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Written as a "report into the circumstances surrounding the decision to introduce salmon into the Yemen", this is a novel that is made up of e-mails, letters, diary extracts, records of the prime minister's Question Time, interviews, and chapters from the memoirs of a fantastically weasely Peter Mandelson-type figure.
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Written as a "report into the circumstances surrounding the decision to introduce salmon into the Yemen", this is a novel that is made up of e-mails, letters, diary extracts, records of the prime minister's Question Time, interviews, and chapters from the memoirs of a fantastically weasely Peter Mandelson-type figure.

The "Yes Minister" comparisons are justified (and there is some brilliant, hilarious political and bureaucratic satire here), but at its heart, this is the story of a hen-pecked, slightly pompous, middle-aged scientist who finds himself caught up in what seems like an impossible project, and of how this project changes his life. In the process, he becomes an unlikely and rather loveable hero, discovers true love for himself, finds himself both a pawn and then a victim of political spin, leaves his brilliantly horrible wife, and learns to believe in the impossible. And he takes the listener with him in the process.

©2007 Paul Torday; (P)2007 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

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  • Chris
    FROME, United Kingdom
    7/1/12
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    "A jolly good listen !"

    I really am enjoying listening to Salmon Fishing in the Yemen , I love the story and I love the way it is read and clearly I like the way it is written with a mixture of notes to diary,emails etc.It is not depressing at all in fact I think uplifting is the word I would use . All you need is a bit of faith.....Enjoy , I certainly did.

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  • Pauline
    Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland
    6/10/12
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    "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"

    A fast moving tale with intrigue to keep one reading, good story, plausible up to the end when one knows something dire is about to happen and it does. Highly recommend this for a summer read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    London, United Kingdom
    5/3/12
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    "Truly awful English whimsy"

    A trite, slight, Guardian Reader of a book. English whimsy at its worst. If it were possible to get my money back I'd request it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • carolyn
    ipswich, United Kingdom
    8/7/12
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    "Brilliant"

    So very english and just perfect. Humour, romance,politics, religion. really enjoyed the format of diary extracts, reports, interviews, memos etc

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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