Review: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

“Quirky” is the best word for this very British book. The premise is as daft as its title suggests, and the sometimes larger-than-life characters could only spring from someone raised in the culture that invented pantomime. I almost hissed the baddie, whilst cheering the heroes towards success and glory.

The pace is lively; the unusual presentation in the form of emails and after-the-event interviews works well for this tale of one man’s dream. Is it a metaphor for today’s clash of cultures in the Middle East? Does it say something meaningful about the power of faith in possibilities? Decide for yourselves while you enjoy a great read.

Personal read: 4 stars
Reading group read: 5 stars

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