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  • By Lily Donlan
    Aug 26, 2015
    I wouldn’t have thought I’d have been interested in spear fishing, or any kind of fishing for that matter, but having heard a relative recount some tales from Eric’s book I was curious to read it for myself. I found it an exciting read, funny and very descriptive of the art of this daring sport. The book is full of information and facts which even as a not particularly sporty person I found very intriguing. There are hair-raising encounters with creatures of the deep but also moments of tragedy which highlight the dangers involved. I personally find the idea of loitering on a seabed absolutely terrifying so I’m full of admiration for the courage and nerve shown by Eric and his associates, and was glad to be learning about it from the safety of my settee! I would recommend the book to anyone who loves an adventure or tales of breath-taking (or breath-holding!) endurance, and in particular to anyone who is thinking of taking up the sport as it gives a great insight into this unusual and... More > highly skilled pastime. We learn about equipment, a seemingly endless variety of fish, diving conditions, sea conditions, great camaraderie but also factors such as travel to foreign shores, international relations and the rivalry, mostly friendly and sometimes very good humoured , between the many world teams taking part in competitions. I’m assuming that Eric kept a diary as he goes into great detail of the competitions such as the number and type of fish caught by his and other teams as well as the depth of the dives and names of other people involved down to the local boatmen, and it’s that that helps make the book so fascinating. In an age where much sport is about money, it seems that the reward for achievement in this sport is honour and team spirit. How refreshing.< Less
  • By Catrine Priestley
    Mar 9, 2015
    Fascinating book about spearfishing, travel and friendship. Expect to laugh and cry. A recommended read.
  • By carey smith
    Jun 15, 2011
    I had no previous knowledge of this strange world, where otherwise sane men will sit on the bottom of a raging sea holding their breath to dangerous limits in the hope of a chance to spear a once-in-a-lifetime fish. But as I read Eric Smith's engaging personal journey, from a boy with a makeshift curtain-rod spear landing his first fish off the local beach, to competitor in the extreme situations of the European and world championships, I was drawn in and gripped. This book bears no relation to the puffed-up autobiographies found in many sports, but is a series of episodes that illustrate the real behind-the-scenes experience of someone who has really been there and has done it for his own reasons. The desire to hunt fish in this way has something timeless about it that would probably be recognised by men from other centuries. The will to push the boundaries far beyond anything recognisable to the rest of us has taken Eric along the way to extreme situations, which he describes with a... More > witty and modest style. I recommend this book as a good read to anyone, not just divers. CS< Less
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Product Details

Published
July 28, 2009
Language
English
Pages
182
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.7 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
Product ID
5220507
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