04 October 2018, The Tablet

Five fish that helped to make Britain

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Five fish that helped to make Britain

The Revd John Fellows hands out free bowls of jellied eels in London in 1973
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If you’re going to read this book then make sure you’ve got your wellies, waders, sou’westers and seasickness pills, because it will take you through every ditch, beck, river and sea in and around the British Isles.

Starting with the premise that “On these rain-swept islands in the North Atlantic man and fish go back a long way”, acclaimed author Charles Rangeley-Wilson proceeds to examine our national relationship with five key species: cod, carp, eels, salmon and herring.

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