Shortlisted, Age Book of the Year Awards, 2012 Fishing the River of Time is an elegant meditation on nature, life and family, written with warmth and wisdom. It inspires self-reflection and an appreciation of the natural world and the fundamentals of our human experience. It is destined to become a classic work of simple living after Henry David Thoreau's Walden. At age eighty, Tony Taylor journeys from Sydney to British Columbia to fish the Cowichan River with his eight-year-old grandson, Ned. This trip is an opportunity for Tony to return to a landscape that has had a profound effect on his life and his way of thinking, and to share this place with his grandson. As Tony teaches Ned the patient art of fly-fishing, a lifetime of memories, thoughts and stories unspool in peaceful reflections by the water's edge. Tony Taylor was born in 1928. He studied paleontology and petrology in London, while also working as a scientific officer at the Natural History Museum. He taught at universities in the UK and Australia before helping to set up environmental policy in British Columbia. Tony lives in Sydney. Fishing the River of Time is his first book. 'This beautifully written book is full of warmth and wisdom and is about so much more than fishing. It is a meditation on the unspoken things that endure beyond lifetimes.' Sunday Mail Brisbane 'Where Taylor comes into his own is in his elegant unreeling of an incredible breadth of knowledge; he has an easy understanding of the world, from a 15th century fishing abbess to the geological composition of Alaska's Coast Range Batholith. It's as if he's taken the long way round through life and, now having arrived at his destination, he's taken up residency on the porch rocking chair and is happy to share his experiences of a world which he truly respects and truly understands.' Sunday Star Times 'Taylor reels you in not by dint of great rhetorical skill but because of his romantic conviction that nature is the best teacher (rather than the university-bred sort, of which he, nevertheless, is one). More scientist and practical man than author, he knows he is swimming upstream in this literary milieu but writes with a piscine single-mindedness and an energy derived from his passion for the natural world...Taylor's book has a powerful claim on our attention as a new work in the nature writing genre...In his focus on the richness of the British Columbian wilderness, Taylor probes the mind of the place, how it lives and breathes as an immense and complex organism...Cast your line into Taylor's tale and hook something precious.' Weekend Australian 'There is much wisdom in these pages...There is little not to like about this book and I foretell it will become something of a classic...' Canberra Times 'This is the modest memoir of a remarkable man...Taylor's elegant, reflective style flows easily between past and present. His vocabulary is a simple blend of the formal and informal, and his paragraphs are phrased with a fine attention to rhythm. The memoir is nicely shaped, meandering to a high point two-thirds of the way through when Ned arrives, and then moving to a soft inspirational ending...[Tony and Ned's] time by the river is not so much about fishing, as about searching nature for answers. This is an inspiring first book by a gentle and generous writer.' Australian Book Review
This is a fantasy of time that might have been long before recorded history was written of people who existed and left their signs of being here, not only on the strange standing stones we pass daily without seeing them, but also in the customs and the way they lived. As they lived, we live, trying to avoid some of the same scourges of society, such as human trafficking and the enslavement of the unfortunates in our world. It is a love story of an awkward young man and an equally awkward young woman, who, despite their lack of social skills, forged a love that was stronger than all of their inadequacies. A love that was immediate, romantic, and compelling, even overcoming the torture of her soul. It is a story of treachery overcome by the most unlikely means by the resolve, courage, and fidelity of one man and twenty young women, the team, against overwhelming odds. Indeed, it is the story of the perfidy of men and the fidelity of women. Today in our own time, we learn almost every day of young girls being kidnapped to satisfy the appetites of the human traffickers of our modern world, sold as slaves into the sex trade’s ferocious needs and appetites for younger and younger girls. Even now in our somewhat-enlightened world, organizations exist to prevent the sale of young six-year-old girls being sold to work in the sweatshops of some Eastern manufacturers so that unscrupulous merchants can enjoy greater profits. I cannot wield Rahana’s club. Is the pen mightier than the club? Perfidy or fidelity? That is the question this story is asking you.
Daniel McCool not only chronicles the history of water development agencies in America and the way in which special interests have abused rather than preserved the country's rivers, he also narrates the second, brighter act in this ongoing story: the surging, grassroots movement to bring these rivers back to life and ensure they remain pristine for future generations. The culmination of ten years of research and observation, McCool's book confirms the surprising news that America's rivers are indeed returning to a healthier, free-flowing condition. The politics of river restoration demonstrates how strong grassroots movements can challenge entrenched powers and win. Through passion and dedication, ordinary people are reclaiming the American landscape, forming a "river republic" of concerned citizens from all backgrounds and sectors of society. As McCool shows, the history, culture, and fate of America is tied to its rivers, and their restoration is a microcosm mirroring American beliefs, livelihoods, and an increasing awareness of what two hundred years of environmental degradation can do. McCool profiles the individuals he calls "instigators," who initiated the fight for these waterways and, despite enormous odds, have succeeded in the near-impossible task of challenging and changing the status quo. Part I of the volume recounts the history of America's relationship to its rivers; part II describes how and why Americans "parted" them out, destroying their essence and diminishing their value; and part III shows how society can live in harmony with its waterways while restoring their well-being—and, by extension, the well-being of those who depend on them.
Described in 1986 as "a living legend," Glenn Hoffman was one of the world's foremost authorities on the parasites of fishes. This books narrates his life and 65-year professional career as a scientist, researcher, ambassador, colleague, and family man. Born in 1918 to "hard working Iowa farm folks," Dr. Hoffman grew up trapping and fishing for fun and profit. At the University of Iowa, he majored in zoology and worked for the Iowa State Conservation Department. From 1942 through 1946, he served in the U.S. Army as a lab technician, bacteriologist, and parasitologist in France, England, Germany, and Belgium. He returned to Iowa to earn his PhD in 1950, and taught at the University of North Dakota 19501957. From 1958 to 1975 he worked at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services Eastern Fish Disease Laboratory in Leestown, WV, and then at the U.S. Fish Culture Station in Stuttgart, Arkansas, until his retirement in 1985. He was the author of four major books and more than 100 articles on the causes, spread, and cures of parasite-related diseases in fish, including Parasites of North American Freshwater Fishes (1967, 2nd ed. 1999), called "the bible of American fish parasitology." His work and his generosity in collaboration developed an international following, and he made many trips abroad to share his expertise and receive the honors earned from his wide-ranging research and publication work. Personal, insightful, and reflective, this autobiography gives a glimpse inside the mind of a American scientist of the first rank.