26 Apr 2012
I've not yet begun the big penultimate edit, but my guess is that I'll cut some stuff from the Preface, from parts of the Gazetteer (e.g. the entry on the Nore is looking vulnerable....although I'm very loath to dump the specimen dace I caught there last summer....Let us not forget the humble dace....), and from the front end of Casting at Time. I'll also prune the Factfiles that accompany each Gazetteer entry: there's no point, for instance, including ticket prices, because those will be outdated even before the book's published.
I've worked throughout from notebooks (four small pocket-sized one, which I take on every trip and write up each evening - see image above). The notebook entries have been supplemented by angling diary entries reaching back to 1973, correspondence, interviews and other materials, so the text is, I hope, attractively varied. And of course we have several thousand images...which themselves must be pruned to a couple of hundred.
Apologies to all those who expect to see accounts of the capture and release of gigantic Irish sea-trout in these pages. The coming few months are going to include plenty of Irish fishing, yes - three separate trips in July and August - but the main event is the final preparation of the typescript.