A Must For Anyone Interested In Fishing And Has A Sense of Humor – Highly Recommended
This book is so funny it had me in stitches, I couldn’t put it down so read it from cover to cover in one sitting. There are so many characters in this book that fishers will relate to. Well written from start to finish, highly recommended.

 


 

More kind words for Hooked On Hope
The second book from James Gilbraith is a delight from the first to last page. His debut novel, ‘Terminal Chancer’ came on like Hunter S Thompson with an Ipod shuffling the best music you may have never heard, while wading on the river Ribble. Imagine if ‘the detectorists’ went to see the Happy Mondays, or if Tony Wilson gave fishing a factory number. It’s that good. ‘Hooked on Hope,’ is slightly more introspective in comparison to the first book, and the prose has matured as has the protagonist. This is not to say that Gilbraith doesn’t still make you laugh out loud – anyone familiar with H.R. departments in any workplace will howl with laughter as he negotiates his exit from the place he refers to as ‘The Cracker Factory;’ but there is a pathos evident in the second novel that sees Gilbraith seizing back his precious time from the clutches of the workplace, and using it to reflect on its passing.
Both lost and found as everything before you and calmness descends.
Heart and Soul both lost and found as everything before you opens up and calmness descends.

There are some genuinely moving passages that sit along side the laugh out loud, the conservation ethos and the delightful musical references. So on the second cast, Gilbraith has delivered on all fronts. He’s managed to write and self publish two novels about fishing, neither of which are about fishing, but are absolutely about fishing. This is not the contradiction that it appears to be. I’ve bought both books for family members who are into fishing, but have no idea who The Beta band are (they loved it) and Ive bought it for friends who collect records and know every one of New Orders tour dates up until Peter Hook left the group. (They also love it.)

Most of all, this is a warm, funny and life affirming read. Gilbraith strikes the reader as the kind of friend you’d like to go to the pub with, or might bump into in a tackle/record shop and strike up an instant friendship with. Finally Gilbraith reminds us that the best things in life are not at the grind stone, they are found in the time spent with family and friends. In seeing new places, listening to music, looking at art – just doing something for the pure joy of it. For him and his cast of unforgettable characters, it is all these things…. and wading through rivers with a fly rod.
Highest recommendation, someone is surely going to make this into a short film or TV adaptation ? Someone give Baby Cow Productions a call – if the script is anything as good as the podcast Gilbraith has released, they’d be onto a winner.