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11 OCTOBER 2008

John McCarthy
reviews four decades of colourful travel to some extraordinary places and hears about some quite different fishing experiences in the UK and further afield.

JOURNEY TO REMOTE PLACES
Patrick Richardson
shares his sensory memories of forty years of travel to some of the world’s most remote places compiled in his new book Reports from Beyond.

ANGLING
Jeremy Wade,
ex-biology teacher and angling explorer, and Annalisa Barbieri, former Fishing correspondent for the Independent and keen angler, discuss amateur and professional fishing from the bucolic River Stour to the majesty and fury of the Congo.


Presented by John McCarthy

Upper Irfon (courtesy of the The Wye and Usk Foundation)


Photo: Upper Irfon (courtesy of the The Wye and Usk Foundation ©)

This week’s guests:

Patrick Richardson describes himself as “a traveller who writes and a writer who travels”.  Patrick has been visiting some of the most impenetrable places around the world for over forty years.  He’s encompassed his experiences in a book called Reports from Beyond. Patrick explains the importance of savouring the sensory pleasures of travel, the smell, feel, sights and sounds of the countries he visits.  He also talks about his interest in travelling soon to Benin or Togo in Africa.

Reports from Beyond - A journey through life to remote places
Publisher: Ultima Thule Press
ISBN: 9780955844805

Jeremy Wade is often considered one of the greatest angling explorers of his generation and has made a number of films for Channel Five and Animal Planet.  Jeremy started fishing in the calm waters of the Suffolk Stour and later on made several expeditions to some of the remotest rivers including the Congo and the Amazon.  He experienced malaria, was arrested for spying, narrowly escaped drowning and survived a plane crash. In his latest adventure he ventured to the Kali river in Northern India in search of river monsters.

Nature Shock: Flesh Eating River Monster
Channel Five broadcast on 21 October 2008 at 8pm

Down The Crazy River
by Paul Arthur Boote (Author), Jeremy John Wade (Author)
Publisher: Teach Yourself Books
ISBN-10: 0340603216
ISBN-13: 978-0340603215

The Compleat Angler
By Izaak Walton
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Ltd; 1st Ecco Ed edition
ISBN-10: 0880014067 - ISBN-13: 978-0880014069

The Compleat Angler (BBC Radio Collection)
by Izaak Walton (Author), Richard Johnson (Reader)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (1 Sep 1997)
ISBN-10: 0563382767
ISBN-13: 978-0563382768

Annalisa Barbieri spent seven years as the fishing correspondent for the Independent newspaper.  She is now a columnist and writer for a number of national broadsheets.  Annalisa is an enthusiastic angler and prefers fishing in wild but quiet stretches of water in the West Country and Scotland.  She loves discovering new places like the beautiful upper reaches of the River Dart on Dartmoor.

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