New Medlar Books -  December 2016
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is delighted to announce the publication
of the following books:

John Buchan is best remembered for his spy-thriller, The Thirty-Nine Steps, and his term as Governor-General of Canada. What is less well-known is that Buchan was a very keen angler, from the age of nine, when he first cast a line into a Border stream, until his untimely death in Canada, aged sixty-four. Shortly before his death he had started writing a book about his fishing exploits, entitled Pilgrim’s Rest, only two chapters of which were written. These, together with a number of articles and poems on angling published during his lifetime, form the nucleus of this book. There are also chapters on Buchan’s life and background, his love of angling and the influence of it in his literary works. This book will appeal not just to anglers, but also to those interested in the distinguished life and works of such an important figure in the history of the twentieth century.
Grey mullet are notoriously difficult to catch, as you will know if you have ever tried. However, fishing for mullet can be a real joy once you know what you are doing and there are almost limitless opportunities for the angler to explore different tactics, rigs and techniques. Apart from float fishing, fish can be caught by ledger fishing, spinning and fly fishing. We have three species of mullet in British waters, all similar in appearance but differing widely in their behaviour. This book provides all the information you need to understand this most elusive of fish and deals clearly with the main approaches to catching them. It's written by two well respected authors, both longstanding members of the National Mullet Club. So, you have no excuses now - see if you can catch one!
At the Tail of the Weir

Patrick Chalmers

Patrick Chalmers was one of the best-loved sporting writers of the 20th century and At the Tail of the Weir, first published in 1932, is his tribute to the Thames and its fish. He had an immense knowledge of nature, ornithology and field sports but was first and foremost a fisherman. He was also a writer and a poet. Chalmers fished the Thames for many species of fish - pike, barbel, trout, bream, tench, chub, roach, eel, perch and carp - and tells some memorable stories, including one of the night he listened to barbel singing - 'a song of summer and the velvet dark' - and some strange local tales (including one about a lady's maid who imagined herself a were wolf!). Also, being mindful of the cooking pot, he supplies a number of recipes - not to be forgotten in a hurry. This new edition includes a new foreword and some wonderful illustrations of Thames fishing.
Tales of Trout
For trout anglers, and anyone interested in fish there is a fascinating new podcast covering an interview with Chris Newton about his book The Trout's Tale. The podcast with is about half an hour in length and is guaranteed to keep you absorbed. Chris is passionate about trout and even if you've read his book, you'll enjoy this.
Searching for a Rise
We were delighted to see a new review of Searching for a Rise in this month's Trout and Salmon . This is an extract from it:

'At 280 pages . . . Searching for a Rise is a delightfully long read. It's so skilfully constructed - a web of thematic overlaps - that attention never flags. The construction of the book takes you through the fishing and thinking of an extraordinary angling season that begins in Patagonia, detours through Europe and ends with the trout apparitions of the San Juan. At one moment you're intuiting with Latimer the movements of a massive Patagonian brown trout; at another you're afloat on the Corrib; at another you're fishing with intricate gentleness on the upper Itchen; and your journey continues - through the French chalkstreams, northern Spain, an autumn-burnished Vermont - until it ends in the high sierras of New Mexico. The precision of the writing is delightful - 'the balletic pas de deux of a pair of dry flies' (p81) . . . This is a lovely, thought-provoking book and I warmly recommend it.'
- Chris McCully
Fire & Ice back in stock now
Adrian Latimer's book about fishing in Iceland, Fire & Ice, has been slightly revised and updated and is now back in stock.
Forthcoming books
We've published some great books in 2016 and are looking forward to many more in 2017, including Nine Iberian Barbel by John Langridge and When the Float Comes In by Pete McParlin. Also scheduled for publication next year is the mighty Blacker trilogy and we'll be telling you more about that in another newsletter - an exceptional publication about an extraordinary man!

Waterlog heading towards 100

Waterlog subscribers who have read the editorial for Issue 96, or who have received their renewal letters, will know that Waterlog subscriptions will end on Issue 100. There will then be a book, Waterlog Room 101, which subscribers can reserve now. After that we won't guarantee a quarterly format but may produce the odd Waterlog publication. And for subscribers who crave the quarterly injection of angling sanity (or is it insanity?), we will of course still be publishing plenty of reading matter that fits the bill.

Medlar delivery and Christmas postage:
We normally aim to despatch all orders within two working days of order and in the run-up to Christmas we'll be dispatching within one working day. However, please order as early as you can to avoid any possible postal delays. Once the package leaves our mailing house it's in the hands of Royal Mail. If you are ordering for Christmas please bear in mind that earlier orders are likely to ensure both availability of the required title and arrival in good time. Last posting dates: International Airmail (excl. USA & EU) - dates range from 3rd December (Africa and Middle East) to 14th (Germany, Italy, Poland); USA & Canada - 15th; and Europe - 16th December;  2nd Class UK (our standard delivery) - 20th December; 1st class UK - 21st December. We will post Special Delivery up to the 22nd (with an additional postage charge dependent on weight).
Medlar Books  & How to Order:

You may know exactly which Medlar book you want - but just in case you need some inspiration we've sub-divided our list of well over 100 fishing titles into categories. See them clearly displayed how you want on our website:


Recently published
The Full Catalogue
Travel Books
History and Biographies
Game Fishing
Coarse Fishing
All-round Fishing
Sea Fishing
Fly Dressing
How to Catch Thems
Medlar Classics
Limited Editions
Gifts for Anglers
If you are looking for further inspiration you might like to visit the gifts page of our website or / and consider a Medlar gift voucher. And if you would like any further help in your choice of book, please don't hesitate to phone us on 01691 623225. We'll do our best to help.
Out of stock titles:
Some titles are currently out of stock, awaiting new editions. If you would like to express an interest in one of these titles, please follow the 'Email me when available' instructions.
Medlar Catalogue:
If you would like us to send you a copy of the 2016 catalogue please send us an email including your name and address. We will be producing a new catalogue in 2017 and will have an order form for it on the web when it is ready.
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