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Fishing with Father by Bruce I. Cawthra

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Reviewed by Terry Lawton

This is one of those books which, when asked to read and review it, I am not sure quite how to approach. This book is a personal memoire of times gone by and will have greatest appeal to those who have fished the rivers and lochs that Bruce Cawthra writes about. These include the Eden, Lune and Esk, Lochs Stack and More and other local lochs when staying at the Scourie Hotel.

His father was a very competitive angler and got quite upset if he had a blank day or his son or fellow anglers fared better than he did. Bruce Cawthra wrote near the end of his father's life: 'On the whole, I reflected, my father's competitive approach to fishing had caused him to miss much of the pleasure of fishing.' Although he caught salmon in the rivers that he fished, he never achieved his ambition of catching one in a Scottish loch during his 70 years of fishing. He died a month before his 80th birthday, in 1982 the only year when he did not even put his rod together to go fishing.

Although the book is no great work of literature, it is well written and easy to read. It is illustrated with some attractive line drawings by Caroline Metcalfe-Gibson which add to its appeal.

Fishing with Father by Bruce I Cawthra, is published in hardback by Melrose Books at £12.99. 141 pages with black and white photographs, and line illustrations by Caroline Metcalfe-Gibson.

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