Yates takes you as ever,into his world.He strides fourth from his cottage one summers evening just as dusk approaches and sets off through woods,meadows,up hill and down dale to experience,the thrill of being out alone in the English countryside at night.
I read this book on the daily commute to and from work,it's not a hard read or a long book encompassing just 214 pages spread over 26 chapters.On the way we the reader are drawn in as Yates tells us of birdsong,nocturnal noises,various animals that he stumbles across and just his love seemingly, for being a little dotty to be out in the dark,at night without any kind of artificial light.My favorite chapter was when he was eye to eye with a Hare,I really felt like those eyes were staring at me too.
Would I recommend it?Well yes if you are a dreamer like me.I think Yates is the consummate story teller and by having a non angling book published it will hopefully bring him a much wider audience and with a publisher like Collins he should achieve that.But I would love to think he has a few more angling tomes in him yet.The book itself in my opinion is written in a similar style of How to Fish.
Now to a quick plug for a fire sale.I have plenty of these on offer at present..............
I've been sent these from my good friends at the Barbel Society,as from this coming season night fishing is no longer allowed on the Bransford stretch of the Teme.Still you chaps who travel some distance to fish this venue,sleep in the car as some wag on the committee suggested.You know it makes sense.
Wembley for me tomorrow and I cant wait,it's been a while.I know one lad who has flown over from Perth in Australia for the game.Breakfast in Witherspoons at London Victoria around 0900,then onto a pub in Finchley,then onto the game.Win or loose I'll enjoy the day out and I wont sleep tonight,no honest.
But this is my West Ham,from my formative years.It cant really be 37 years since my Dad took me to my first game.No wonder I'm F******g bald following this lot.Every key note stirs a memory,looking around a ghostly ground I can see where we stood and laughed and maybe lamented.Some will be all together tomorrow,others who were taken before there time will not.
Enjoy your weekend,I'll be at Marsh Farm in the week for some Crucians as all my chores are done so I can now get back to some fishing.Oh and I've got my Kennet syndicate ticket back and I cannot wait to get back on here.