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- 17/06/2012

As publishers, FISHING BOOK SENDER are in my opinion the best in the business. There customer service is first class, the information on products available/forthcoming on the web site is constantly updated, and the quality of the books is outstanding !! Other publishers need to take note and learn!!!!


- 17/06/2012

Des has opened the readers eyes that fishing is not just about catching a fish, but more so the whole experience of being outdoors,with wildlife and countryside all around you,and the lifelong friendships made, it lets you into the whole picture, and not just the thrill of the catch.Des's first book but surly not the last..... And yet again another beautiful leatherbound from David and F.B.S.

Bloody brilliant

- 17/06/2012

Here is the honest review taken from

I suppose when you review any book it is important to divulge any impartiality at the outset otherwise thereís always a lingering suspicion that it might not be a totally fair and honest review. After all, most folk will do a favour for a mate if they get a chance, wonít they?

Well, letís set the record straight. Iíve known Des for two decades or more and fished with him on many occasions. Iíve stayed with his family, gone to parties and weíve shared holiday accommodation with our wives. However, weíre both strong willed and have crossed swords over trivialities, most recently when I suggested his column in Angling Times should be about fishing rather than spectating the Bewdley Hunt at some God forsaken hour on Boxing Day morning and I mention this to establish that if I thought his book was crap I would say so and he would expect nothing less.

So what did I really think about ĎGreat Daysí. Iíll tell you. It is bloody brilliant. It exceeded every expectation I had and itís better written than most of the tomes Iíve ploughed through in the past year. Whatís more it is about his passion for catching fish, not ferreting for rabbits, basket weaving nor Morris dancing. This is the kid from the council estate made good. But what sets it apart is he doesnít catch a fish and say how clever he was, that it was down to pure skill or that he used a Fred Bloggs hook or Gelignite Bait. Luck plays a big part.

Anyone whoís travelled a bit and likes to brag heís caught a load of big fish because of his brilliance is not only conning the reader, heís deluding himself. You canít catch what isnít there, timing and dedication do matter more than tackle and itís the skill of guides that catches you fish in foreign climes more often than not. Any fool can catch a big shark or marlin providing theyíre fit enough to hang on for long enough but youíll only get a chance to hook it if you can afford to get there and the guide puts in the right amount of effort. Mostly you just have to sit on a boat and be patient and Des is open and honest about this, so on that score he deserves great credit for telling it like it is.

But not every capture is quite so easy and not all are made in exotic places. Thereís enough space devoted to perch, pike, grayling, roach, chub, barbel, eels, tench and carp to nicely balance out the adventure trips but each and every one of the chapters should provide the reader with enough inspiration to have a go for at least one of the rarer species, even if itís a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Des has enjoyed some truly memorable fishing trips in his life. This is your chance to share them

Pure Inspiration in a book

- 13/06/2012

Hi There

I have just finished reading "Great Days" by Des Taylor, and must admit it is THE most inspiring book , I have read in ages, in fact I'm off fishing now! None of the sometimes controversial DES I was expecting, well done again to all involved.

All the best

another wonderful book!

- 13/06/2012

Hi David Des Taylor Leather arrived this morning and I have to say you have produced another wonderful book.
I just wish other publishers would give us collectors who cannot make it to the book signings the same superb service
as you do it is very much appreciated.

Thank you.


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