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Herring A History of the Silver Darlings

By: Mike Smylie(Author)
248 pages, 8 plates with colour photos, 16 plates with b/w photos
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  • Herring ISBN: 9781803996936 Paperback May 2024 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 5 days
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The story of herring is entwined in the history of commercial fishing. For over two millennia, herring have been commercially caught and its importance to the coastal people of Britain cannot be measured. At one point tens of thousands were involved in the catching, processing and sale of herring. They followed the shoals around the coast from Stornoway to Penzance and many towns on Britain's East Coast grew rich on the backs of the 'silver darlings'. Fishing expert Mike Smylie looks at the effects of the herring on the people who caught them, the unique ways of life, the superstitions of the fisher folk, their boats and the communities who lived for the silver darlings. With a wealth of illustrations, this fascinating book reveals the little-known history of the herring. And for those who've neglected the silver darlings for lesser fish such as cod and haddock, there are a number of mouth-watering recipes to try.

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Mike Smylie is a maritime historian who specialises in the fishing industry and has written numerous books and articles on the subject, including Thomas Summers & Co. and Voices from the Shoreline for The History Press. He is also a founder member of the 40+ Fishing Boat association, which was founded to promote and preserve British fishing traditions and vessels, and edits their thrice-yearly newsletter Fishing Boats.

By: Mike Smylie(Author)
248 pages, 8 plates with colour photos, 16 plates with b/w photos
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