Hooked On Hope is the follow up to my 2014 book Terminal Chancer
Emancipated from the drudgery of nine-to-five and buoyed by the flexibility of self-employment, Boo resolves to take his newfound freedom and use it to navigate the predictably unpredictable waters of the River Ribble, where success comes to only the most committed of anglers. Flanked by a colourful cast of characters, not least the eccentric and excitable Lamont, Boo enters the fishing season feeling a sense of optimism that comes with knowing that the reward is the journey rather than the destination, although he wouldn’t turn his nose up at a massive Ribble salmon.
Some reviews of Hooked On Hope
Wonderful writing with unique visualisation
Hooked on Hope is not a simple continuation of Terminal Chancer, but rather an evolutionary development. Having quit his job at the Cracker Factory, Boo Gilbraith’s perspectives change in subtle ways that add yet more value to his writing. Everything that I loved in Terminal Chancer – the narrative, characterisation and amazing visualisation – is still present, but the new angles and lighting add to the effect. Yet again I found myself laughing out loud in a public place, something no other book has done in decades.
Wonderful, do buy it.
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.)
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I have barely fished for salmon in my life, yet like his debut, “Terminal Chancer” ( truly a sleeping classic of angling writing) this is a book that speaks to any angler.
Hooked on Hope is humorous, profound at times and again encapsulates the essence of what it is to be an angling addict. It also reflects how shared obsessions bonds us ( perhaps chains us is a better word ) with those of diverse characteristics.
…I must seek to remember what the door mouse said.
Boo Gilbraith lets us join him for a season of salmon fishing. Mainly set on his home river, the Ribble, we are taken on a rollercoaster of highs and lows, happiness and sadness but all written with great humour and well-crafted prose. This isn’t a “how to” it is much better than that, it is “why?” The author explores life and friendship tied together with fishing and a musical soundtrack to his life. There aren’t many fishing books that will make you laugh out loud. This one will.
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James (Boo) Gilbraith