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SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

by: Paul Torday

The whimsical story of an unlikely hero. A mysterious sheikh approaches Dr. Jones about an outlandish plan to introduce the sport of salmon fishing into Yemen. 5.5×8 inches, 352 pgs.

0-15-603456-5
978-0-15-603456-2
Softcover
04-15-2007
Steelhead, Salmon & Sea Run

$14.95

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Dr. Alfred Jones is a henpecked, slightly pompous middle-aged scientist at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence in London when he is approached by a mysterious sheikh about an outlandish plan to introduce the sport of salmon fishing into the Yemen. Dr. Jones refuses, but the project, however scientifically absurd, catches the eye of British politicians, who pressure him to work on it. His diaries of the Yemen Salmon Project, from beginning to glorious, tragic end, form the narrative backbone of this novel; interspersed throughout are government memos, e-mails, letters, and interview transcripts that deftly capture the absurdity of bureaucratic dysfunction.

With a wickedly wonderful cast of characters—including a weasel-like spin doctor, a missing soldier and his intrepid fiancée, and Dr. Jones’s own devilish wife—Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is the whimsical story of an unlikely hero who discovers true love, finds himself first a pawn and then a victim of political spin, and learns to believe in the impossible.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
PAUL TORDAY
studied English literature at Pembroke College, Oxford, before embarking on a business career. He lives in Northumberland. This is his first book.

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ISBN: 0-15-603456-5
Publisher: HOUGHTON-MIFFLIN CO
Publish Date: 04-15-2007

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