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A Clear Water Stream

A Clear Water Stream

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Hardback, Macdonald & Jane's, new edition, 1975; with illustrations by Peter Cross.
Book condition: ex-library copy, with library binding (dust wrapper is sealed to the cover), withdrawal stamp on front flyleaf and library stamp on title page; fine internally, so a good reading copy.

This is the first illustrated edition of a much-loved classic of country and angling literature first published in 1958. The publisher's blurb to this edition states: 'At one period of his life, Henry Williamson lived in a secluded valley, beside a trout stream running through a deer park. The stream had its source on Exmoor, the water was faintly amber, the fish were small, and he set out with zest to improve his fishery. With help from his landlord, he put in large trout from a hatchery, feeding them by hand, and he came to know individual fish – the Clown, for example, a reformed cannibal – and had no desire to catch them; they were to be preserved as stock fish, fairly safe from otters and herons, in the deep pool below the bridge.

'The first problem was how to increase the natural food supply. Dams must be made; half-ruined fenders and pen-stocks by old stone weirs had to be opened to let up sea-trout and salmon; poachers had to be placated; weeds and the water-buttercup were introduced. When the labour and the anxiety became too much he fled to Canada and Florida for fishing holidays, but the problems sorted themselves. Henry Williamson sees it all as a comedy; and out of his years of observation of a clear trout stream has come a happy, engaging and often deeply beautiful book. First published in 1958, and out of print for many years, this new edition is illustrated by Peter Cross. As the Daily Telegraphreviewer said of the first edition: "A Clear Water Stream . . . is a brilliant performance and all who love running water will be the richer for its sharp and sunny insight."'

(For a further consideration of the book and the background to the writing of it, see Anne Williamson's A Clear Water Stream.)

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