In conjuction with Watermeadow Books we are delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of a fascinating new book about arguably the most influential figure in the sport of angling during the twentieth century - Richard Walker.
Bearing the title Our Days with Dick, this is a collection of specially written reminiscences by many of the friends and acquaintances who were fortunate enough to know him and to fish with him.
Compiled by Fred J Taylor’s son-in-law, Ian Howcroft - known to many on internet angling sites as chevin - this is a work intended to honour the memory of Dick Walker.
Contributors who have written for this book, several of whom have sadly passed away since this compilation was started, include:
Fred J Taylor Chris Ball
Bob Buteux Kevin Clifford
Ken Taylor Ian (chevin) Howcroft
Fred Buller Derrick Davenport
Pat Marston Walker Ian Watson
Frank Murgett Robert Walker
Peter Thomas - in conversation with Pat Walker
Alan Brown - the transcript of a lengthy interview shortly before his death
The book extends to 191 mono pages and includes numerous photographs, many of which have not previously been published. Within this work are scans of 27 pages of letters between Dick and others. Some of these were in Dick's own hand, others typewritten. Together they give further insight into this extraordinary man.
The book is produced to the high level of quality that Watermeadow has set itself as a publisher. Printed litho on 130 gsm silk paper, the standard edition is bound in natural cloth with coloured endpapers, a ribbon marker and matching head and tail bands. Gold blocked on front and spine. The leather edition specified to a particularly high standard. It is fully bound in polished antique burgundy goatskin over bevelled boards. It has handmade marbled endpapers, head and tail bands, a matching ribbon marker, 3 raised bands to the spine, gilded all edges, gold blocked on front and spine with extra gold tooling on the insides of the covers. This edition will be presented in a black slipcase, lined with burgundy Suedel and with a curved opening to allow the book to move smoothly in and out.
Inserted into the leather edition is a signed limited edition print of Dick Walker, painted by the renowned illustrator Ted Andrews, one of the contributors to the book.
This first edition is limited to 500 copies of the cloth edition and just 50 of the leather bound.
All copies will be individually numbered by hand and the leather edition will have a bookplate signed by the compiler, Ian Howcroft mounted within.
Cloth bound copies are available at £30 plus £5.00 postage and packing.
Leather bound copies are £175.00 plus £10.00 postage and packing. SORRY Leathers SOLD OUT
A donation of £1.00 for every copy sold will be made to the ACA by Watermeadow Books. This was one of Dick’s favourite causes and we are pleased to do this in his memory.