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02 December 2006

From Kent in the east to Bath in the west, from London down to Southampton Jane Austen could scarcely be considered a globe trotter.  But Sandi Toksvig meets Caroline Sanderson a modern traveller who wanted to see the places Jane Austen lived in and wrote about, and compiled them in a new book entitled ‘A Rambling Fancy’.

Sandi travels the banks of rivers and lakes with seasoned anglers Jeremy Wade and Chris Yates.  They share their experiences of fishing trips at home and abroad, journeys that have taken them to Finland and the Himalayas.

Presented by Sandi Toksvig

A fly fisherman wades through the still water of Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Photo: A fly fisherman wades through the still water of Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

This week's guests: 

Caroline Sanderson is a writer and reviewer for the Bookseller and Mslexia and has written a travel book for children Pick Your Brains About Greece.  Caroline is a devotee of Jane Austen and has made many trips visiting the locations of various periods in Austen’s life and the possible basis of the places in her novels.  Caroline’s journey in search of Jane Austen is recounted in her latest book A Rambling Fancy.

A Rambling Fancy – in the footsteps of Jane Austen
Publisher: Cadogan Guides
ISBN: 1860113281

Jeremy Wade is a writer specialising in travel and natural history.  Jeremy started fishing on the Suffolk Stour and later went on to fish stillwaters for carp and catfish.  In 1992 he co-authored with Paul Boote and published Somewhere DownThe Crazy River which tells the rediscovery of the Indian mahseer and the goliath tigerfish of the Congo.

In 1994, scientists were mystified by an animal he photographed in an Amazon lake.  Jeremy was sent out by the BBC Natural History Unit the following year and succeeded in filming it after a five-week stake-out.  Since then he has pursued another Amazon myth, the giant arapaima - the subject of his 2002 television series, 'Jungle Hooks'.   His 2006 series, 'Jungle Hooks: India', broadcast on Discovery channel, also features an underwater creature not seen before on TV.

Somewhere Down The Crazy River
By Paul Boote and Jeremy Wade
Publisher: Teach Yourself
ISBN: 0340603216

Jungle Hooks: India
repeats (twice) on Monday 4 December on Discovery Real Time Extra UK (afternoon & evening) 

Jungle Hooks (Amazon)

Chris Yates is a photographer, author, former co-editor of Waterlog magazine, but foremost a fisherman.  Chris is a former presenter of BBC 2's "A Passion for Angling" and was the record holder for catching the biggest fish, a 51 pound carp.  Chris favourite fishing waters are in Norway, reputed to have a lake for each person in the country.   Chris also goes to France, Poland, Ireland and other parts of Scandinavia.  He has just published his new book How to Fish.

How to Fish
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
ISBN: 0241143306

The Secret Carp
Chris Yates
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 0811700453

A Passion for Angling
Chris Yates, Rodger McPhail
Publisher: BBC Books
ISBN: 0563367415

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