It’s fair to say that a man’s value (in some ways at least) can be measured well by the quality of those who seek his company. If you accept that premise, then you will be pleased to hear that Fred Buller, a man who’s company has been sought by many of the great names of late 20th Century angling, has at long last written another book. The last, Freshwater Fishing, co-written with that renowned old raconteur and angling guru Hugh Falkus, was published in 1988. With its huge breadth of first class reporting, Freshwater Fishing is widely recognized as one of the great works of angling literature.

Angling – the solitary vice, is a less ambitious work, but nevertheless, a fine entertaining read for all those who seek for higher things in angling writing. The book comprises twenty-eight essays on historic references to fishing, angling in China and Russia, and various other angling subjects that some might consider to be slightly ‘left field’. Here you will find four chapters on lampreys, and some delightful personal recollections of times with the likes of Falkus and Walker. Chapter nineteen is the full text of Buller’s Address, at the 1985 service of thanksgiving for Richard Walker. Would that we might all be deserving of such words, when we’re gone.

Owners of Freshwater Fishing may be a little disappointed to find that many of the photographs that appear in this new book are familiar from the earlier work. But it should said, most are worthy of a second outing.

This is a beautifully produced book that will please all thinking anglers. It is being produced in such small quantities, that I’m afraid it is also likely to be seen as something of an investment.

John Olliff-Cooper