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Paul Torday, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

This must be the thinking person’s light summer reading for 2008. I took a copy on holiday and found another already there in the place we were staying!

I was entertained by this and found the ending suddenly rather poignant, although earlier on the serious parts had been weaker than the funny bits and Mary Jones had come over as something of a caricature. Possibly it worked best as a satire on political spin. I thought the best joke was al-Qa’ida’s attempt to understand the significance of tartans!

It was spoilt a bit by some factual errors: e.g. ‘Lake Evian’ and Boris Johnson misquoting a famous Latin tag.

  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (14 Jun 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0753821788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753821787
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