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Addicted to Angling: A lifetime’s obsession with fish and fishing

11 September 2015 12:30


Mike Thrussell is one of the most recognisable names and faces in UK angling. Addicted To Angling is a detailed account of his lifetime’s
obsession with fish and fishing, following an ever expanding road of adventure, travel and personal growth.

Readers will recognise and relate to the moment Mike crosses the line from a man who fishes as a pastime, to an obsessive and single-minded angler - and one of a rare breed who have forged an entire career from the sport they love. It is a view of an often hidden world, but a view that will open up opportunities for others that feel they too may, or must, follow a similar path.

But Addicted to Angling is more than a personal journey. In the open and generous style that he has become famous for, Mike reveals the detailed description of the capture of some incredible and unusual fish - leaving readers with a wealth of tactics used to target not just the big fish, but also a wide number of individual species in the UK and across the globe.

‘This book is exactly what I hoped it would be; full of fishing anecdotes as well as Mike’s angling story. Mike’s seminal work will without doubt be able to bring the definition of why we fish to everyone, whether they have ever held a fishing rod or not.’
Keith Arthur, presenter, Tight Lines (Sky Sports)

‘A great read from one of the UK’s most experienced and respected sea anglers.’
Dave Barham, Editor of Boat Fishing Monthly Magazine

‘I can only marvel and admire the breadth of this book’s meaty detail. Between these pages lies a gripping confession, not so much of an
addiction but of a passion that Mike has enthusiastically pursued his entire life and which has shaped him into the man he is today.’
Nick Fisher, author of The River Cottage Book of Sea Fishing

‘Mike Thrussell is a rare bird: an angler’s angler and a writer’s writer, and in Addicted To Angling he has shown us the best of both. Addicted To Angling is a book of stories, of rigs, and of fish catching tips, delivered in Mike’s deceptively easy style. In more ways than one, this is the angling book of a lifetime.’
Paul Dennis, editor Total Sea Fishing magazine

Addicted to Angling is published by Peridot Press and will be released on October 5th, 2015, priced £14.99. The author is available for interview. Contact Alex Sharratt ( for more details.

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About John Catt Educational Ltd

John Catt Educational have been publishing for the independent schools sector in the UK since 1959. In the last 20 years we have also become a leading publisher in the international education sector, with a reputation based on quality. We now also enjoy an increasing profile in the UK maintained sector, aided by publishing partnerships with the National Education Trust and Achievement for All.

Meanwhile, our publishing imprint Peridot Press covers broader topics, outside of the education sector.

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