Merlin Unwin Books

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Tales and misadventures of a working life with eels

In spring 1973, Michael Brown, a young freelance travel writer, took a phone call from a friend:

‘Why don't you come down to Somerset and see these things called elvers - they migrate up river at night on the high tides and the local’s fish for them. It’s called elvering.’

And so began a lifetime’s career, full of ups and downs, as a self-
employed eel fisherman: from the enchantment of catching them by moonlight, to driving them in battered vans across Europe, to smoking mature eels, to selling them – Michael and his long-suffering wife Utta have never looked back.

A heart-warming tale of running a small business on a shoe-string; and a passion for eels which never faded.

Author: Michael Brown
ISBN: 978 1 906122 34 8
Published: September 2011
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 256
27 black & white illustrations
Price: £15.99

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Press reviews

Reviewed in Waterlog Online in September 2011

'I haven't read anything as good in a long while.'

Reviewed by Ray Collier of Highland News Group in September 2011

'The highs and lows make fascinating reading.'

Reviewed by Martin Hesp of Western Morning News in October 2011

'You end up utterly gripped, with a page-turner in your hands.'

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