Review:In the Company of Rivers: An Angler’s Stories & Recollections

I love getting sent books by authors; it gives me a warm fuzzy glow inside that someone actually might value what I say about their writings. Writers sending bloggers books to review is quite a new thing and I have got to admit it is a perk I quite like. However I have been dreading the day I am sent a book that is absolute mince and wonder about what I will say. On the other hand even when the book is good I am still stuck about what to write about – I would not want to give you a blow by blow account of what is in the book as it will spoil some of the surprises but then I have to give an indication of what the book is “about”

So, I was sent this book a fair while ago now by Ed Quigley and I must say it falls into the second category – it’s great. I suppose I could leave the review there but to give the author a bit of value for money I must write more I suppose. The title of the book is “In the Company of Rivers: An Angler’s Stories & Recollections” and it pretty much sums up what the book is about – Ed’s adventures fishing around the world. It is pretty entertaining stuff as he has met some interesting people on his travels. I smiled wryly about when came fishing to Scotland; I have fished the rivers he mentioned and he summed it up pretty well what kind of time can be had drinking whiskey with the locals. I see he has acquired a taste for 10 year old Macallan whiskey something I started enjoying on a recent trip up north.

I like the way Ed writes, short sharp paragraphs (a bit like a poem) – every one has something to say and there is no filler material.

My one regret with this book is that I did not get it to read during the close season – it is a perfect book for those winter nights when you feel a thousand miles away from fishing. I am one of these people who read fishing story books again and again. Saying that though, I am pretty sure it will be added to my reading list again for this coming winter as it is a book you can dip in and out of as the mood takes you.

It will have a permanent spot on my bedside table.

Available from Amazon US


  1. Davy · September 25, 2007

    I suppose a Macallon whiskey would be much the same thing as a Macallan whisky, eh ?

  2. Alistair · September 25, 2007


    Thanks for that Davy !!!

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