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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

What does it take to make us believe in the impossible?

For Dr. Alfred Jones, life is a quiet mixture of civil service at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence and marriage to Mary;an ambitious, no-nonsense financier. But a strange turn of fate from an unexpected direction forces Jones to upend his existence and spend all of his time in pursuit of another mans ludicrous dream. Can there be salmon in the Yemen? Science says no. But if resources are limitless and the visionary is inspired, maybe salmon fishing in the Yemen isn't impossible. Then again, maybe nothing is.

Review:

"Every so often a novel comes along that is quite original; think of Yann Martel's enchanting "Life of Pi"... [A] commentary on the value of belief to mankind. [T]hought-provoking and memorable." — The Economist

Review:

"[At] its heart is Jones's journey from skepticism to belief. — The New York Times

Review:

"Torday's clear talent is striking such a variety of notes, from soulful to satirical, and making them work as one bracing, bittersweet whole. — Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

Review:

"Paul Torday's debut novel is about an impossibility. It is also about belief in the impossible, and belief itself. And the remarkable thing is that a book about so deeply serious a matter can make you laugh... Salmon Fishing is extraordinary indeed, and a triumph. — The Guardian

Synopsis:

With a wickedly wonderful cast of characters, 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.

Synopsis:

A haunting, dazzling novel of obsession and addiction, loyalty and betrayal—and, of course, fine wine Late one summer evening,Wilberforce—young, rich, work-obsessed, and self-contained—makes an unexpected detour on the way home from work and unwittingly takes the first step on a journey that will change his life.

His uncharacteristically impulsive act leads him to the home of Francis Black, an eccentric and enigmatic wine merchant.

Wine and hospitality flow freely in Francis Blacks cellar, andWilberforce finds himself drawn into a life he never could have imagined. Infatuated by his newfound taste for fine wines, his new friends, and the woman whom he will eventually marry, he believes he has finally found happiness.

ButWilberforce will learn that the cellar holds some unpalatable secrets and that passion comes at a price. Chronicling the vintage years ofWilberforces life, Bordeaux is a haunting story of obsession and addiction, loyalty and betrayal.

Synopsis:

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. Joness 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.

Table of Contents

Contents

EXTRACTS

 1. The origins of the Yemen Salmon Project 1

 2. Extracts from the diary of Dr Alfred Jones: his wedding anniversary 12

 3. Feasibility of introducing salmon into the Yemen 34

 4. Extracts from the diary of Dr Jones: his meeting with Sheikh Muhammad 43

 5. Extracts from the diary of Dr Jones: marital issues may have clouded his judgement 63

 6. Correspondence between Captain Robert Matthews and Ms Harriet Chetwode-Talbot 74

 7. Press comment 87

 8. Intercepts of al-Qaeda e-mail traffic 95

 9. Interview with Peter Maxwell, director of communications, prime ministers office 99

 10. Transcript of Interview with the prime minister, the Rt Hon. Jay Vent MP, on BBC1 The Politics Show 106

 11. Continuation of interview with Peter Maxwell 111

 12. E-mail correspondence between David Sugden, NCFE, and Mr Tom Price-Williams, head of fisheries, Environment Agency 119

 13. Extract from the diary of Dr Jones: his return to Glen Tulloch 123

 14. Interview with Dr Alfred Jones: his meeting with Mr Peter Maxwell and Sheikh Muhammad 133

 15. Peter Maxwell is interviewed for the “Time Off” column of the Sunday Telegraph, 4 September 150

 16. Interview with Ms Harriet Chetwode-Talbot 156

 17. Extract from Hansard 169

 18. The termination of the employment contract of Dr Jones 176

 19. Correspondence between Captain Robert Matthews and Ms Harriet Chetwode-Talbot 190

 20. Intercepts of al-Qaeda email traffic 203

 21. Extract from Hansard 207

 22. Extracts from the diary of Dr Jones: he visits the Yemen 209

 23. Extract from Hansard 232

 24. Correspondence between Ms Chetwode-Talbot and herself 234

 25. Extract from Peter Maxwells unpublished autobiography, A Helmsman at the Ship of State 239

 26. Script of TV pilot for Prizes for the People 249

 27. Extract from Peter Maxwells unpublished autobiography 256

 28. Evidence of a marital crisis between Dr and Mrs Jones 262

 29. Interview with Dr Alfred Jones: dinner at the Ritz 273

 30. Dr Jones fails to find a date in his diary to meet Mrs Jones 293

 31. Extract from Peter Maxwells unpublished autobiography 297

 32. Dr Joness testimony of events that occurred

at the launch of the Yemen salmon project 313

 33. Conclusions of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee  326

GLOSSARY OF TERMS USED IN THE EXTRACTS 329

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156034562
Author:
Torday, Paul
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Yemen Salmon Project<BR>&#160;<BR>David<BR>Can we talk about this? Ill pop round to your office after the departmental meeting.<BR>&#160;<BR>Alfred<BR>&#160;<BR>-----<BR>FROM: &lt;Fred.Jones@ncfe.gov.uk&gt;<BR>DATE: 4 June<BR>TO: &lt;Mary.Jones@interfinan
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Subject:
Job<BR>&#160;<BR>DarlingI am being put under unreasonable pressure by David Sugden to put my name to some totally insane project dreamed up by the FCO to do with salmon being introduced into the Yemen. There have been memos flying around on this for days
Subject:
Financial realities<BR>&#160;<BR>Fred<BR>My annual salary is &amp;pound;75,000 gross and yours is &amp;pound;45,561. Our combined net of taxed monthly income is &amp;pound;7,333 out of which our mortgage takes &amp;pound;3,111, rates, food and other house
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.71 lb

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Product details 352 pages Mariner Books - English 9780156034562 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Every so often a novel comes along that is quite original; think of Yann Martel's enchanting "Life of Pi"... [A] commentary on the value of belief to mankind. [T]hought-provoking and memorable." —
"Review" by , "[At] its heart is Jones's journey from skepticism to belief. —
"Review" by , "Torday's clear talent is striking such a variety of notes, from soulful to satirical, and making them work as one bracing, bittersweet whole. — Michael Upchurch,
"Review" by , "Paul Torday's debut novel is about an impossibility. It is also about belief in the impossible, and belief itself. And the remarkable thing is that a book about so deeply serious a matter can make you laugh... Salmon Fishing is extraordinary indeed, and a triumph. —
"Synopsis" by , With a wickedly wonderful cast of characters, 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
A haunting, dazzling novel of obsession and addiction, loyalty and betrayal—and, of course, fine wine Late one summer evening,Wilberforce—young, rich, work-obsessed, and self-contained—makes an unexpected detour on the way home from work and unwittingly takes the first step on a journey that will change his life.

His uncharacteristically impulsive act leads him to the home of Francis Black, an eccentric and enigmatic wine merchant.

Wine and hospitality flow freely in Francis Blacks cellar, andWilberforce finds himself drawn into a life he never could have imagined. Infatuated by his newfound taste for fine wines, his new friends, and the woman whom he will eventually marry, he believes he has finally found happiness.

ButWilberforce will learn that the cellar holds some unpalatable secrets and that passion comes at a price. Chronicling the vintage years ofWilberforces life, Bordeaux is a haunting story of obsession and addiction, loyalty and betrayal.

"Synopsis" by ,
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 fianc&eacute;e, and Dr. Joness 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.
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