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Sports & Recreation Fishing

From the Far Side of the River

Chest-Deep in Little Fishes and Big Ideas

by (author) Paul Quarrington

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Apr 2004
Fishing, Personal Memoirs
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As he braves rills, rivers, and ocean waters in search of his elusive quarry, Paul Quarrington's casts are as likely to call up thoughts of his troubled marriage, his father's death, or one of midlife's existential questions as they are to yield a fish, big or small. But whatever his trials and triumphs, he is never without his wickedly perverse sense of humor. Whether you're a dedicated river wader or an armchair angler, you'll find him an irresistible companion.

About the author


Paul Quarrington won numerous awards for his work, including the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour and Canada Reads 2008 for his novel King Leary. His Governor General's Award-winning Whale Music was made into a critically acclaimed feature film. He also won awards for his writing for the television series Due South and for his screen play for Perfectly Normal. On January 21, 2010, he succumbed to lung cancer and died at his home surrounded by friends and family. He is missed.


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Editorial Reviews

"Surviving a fishless fishing trip with your humour intact is my definition of grace under pressure; writing about such a trip, my definition of literary courage. Quarrington...brings to the endeavor the freshest, funniest voice fishing literature has been blessed with in years."

W.D. Wetherell, author of "Upland Stream"

"If Quarrington is half as entertaining around a campfire as he is in this book, then he represents the Platonic ideal of the fishing buddy."

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