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Title = Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Author = Torday, Paul
Description = Synopsis: An extraordinary, beguiling tale of fly-fishing and political spinning, of unexpected heroism and late-blooming love - and of an attempt to prove the impossible, possible.

Hilariously Accurate Insight Into How Governments Work By: John Joyce

As a former state fisheries scientist myself, I have to say that Paul Torday's book provides a hilariously accurate account of how governments actually work in the best traditions of the Yes Minister TV programme.

Torday's story of how a project, which is considered to be scientifically impossible by reclusive expert Alfred Jones, can be catapulted into an absolute priority by political intervention, is frighteningly accurate, as is the actual fisheries science quoted by the author.

The characters involved are also a delight - ranging from the introverted Dr Jones, to the visionary multi-billionaire shiek and the troubled project manager Harriet Chetwode-Talbot. But best of all, the Prime Minister's PR advisor and compulsive Blackberry user, Peter Maxwell is a wonderful comic creation who leaps off the page and has the reader skipping ahead to pages where he next appears.

Highly recommended for anyone who wants a good laugh, as well as an insight into the way things ARE actually done in the corridors of power.

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