River Monsters (the book) is
now available in PAPERBACK (UK edition, published
This revised, updated edition is available from
bookshops and online. Signed/dedicated copies are available from
(Please be aware that dedicated copies may take several weeks for
Also available in Kindle format.
The US/Canada edition is published by Da
Also available as a recorded book (US).
Called "the greatest angling explorer of his generation,"
(Independent on Sunday) Jeremy Wade, host of the global hit TV series
River Monsters, takes viewers where no wildlife program has gone
before, revealing the creatures that lurk in the murky depths of
our planet’s inland waterways.
Now, Wade goes truly beneath the surface, disclosing details of
how he tracks down and catches each species, while also recounting
the off-camera highlights of his extraordinary life. From his arrest
as a suspected spy in Southeast Asia to a plane crash in the Amazon,
every page of River Monsters is packed with adventure.
Each chapter unfolds an enthralling detective story, where fishermen’s
tales of underwater man-eaters are subjected to scientific scrutiny.
Follow Wade step-by-step as, armed with just a fishing line, he
closes in on his prey and separates fact from fiction. From the
heart of the Congo, where he wrestles with goliath tigerfish, to
the depths of the Amazon, where the most feared creature is one
that could fit in your palm, the results are fish of staggering
proportions and terrifying demeanor.
In the tradition of the most gripping adventure
writing, River Monsters shows that there’s more to this world
than what’s visible on the surface. In similar fashion, Wade’s
writings are much more than exhilarating stories: they reveal a
vision of the world more awe-inspiring than any individual myth
Jeremy Wade, host of Animal Planet’s
smash hit River Monsters, has spent a lifetime in search of legendary
creatures. Now, go with Wade beneath the depths, into the world
where monsters really do exist – and discover what it takes
to find and capture them.
"Casting a line into the water is like asking
a question. Something could be right underneath you, but you can’t
see it – it’s there but not there. And sometimes only
a line will make it real, despite the odds against this happening
being very long. After hanging limp and lifeless – maybe for
hours or days or weeks or years – it will twitch and run,
and the cane or carbon-fiber in your hands will bend like a divining
rod. Then, if your gear and nerves are sound, you will bring something
out into the light, seemingly from nowhere, from another dimension.
When this happens, it has an element of magic to it, like pulling
a rabbit from a hat.
"This book is a series of such investigations
into the murky world of fishermen’s tales. The tales are of
river monsters that are frighteningly large or dangerous –
or both. Fish that swallow men whole, others that eat them from
within, and others that pack a killer punch. And the truth, though
elusive and sometimes complex, is often every bit as unbelievable
as the myth." (from River Monsters)
Somewhere down the Crazy River (1992, with Paul
Widely held to be one of the classics of angling
literature, this book recounts the rediscovery of the Indian mahseer
and the goliath tigerfish of the Congo. Both the original hardback
edition and the 1994 Coronet paperback (shown right, published by
Hodder & Stoughton) are out of print, but second-hand copies
can be found occasionally.
|“A fascinating, sometimes appalling
story.” Keith Elliott, Independent
“The oddest and most fascinating book I have read
this year, by a wide margin.” Tom Fort, Financial
“Unusual for its reading quality ... filled with
incident and atmosphere.” Brian Clarke, The
“An intensely enjoyable book - quirky, informative,
fanatical and strangely exhausting.” David Profumo,
Fishing Correspondent, Daily Telegraph
“A superb read ... some of the accounts of the
perils faced by the two anglers bring shivers to the spine.
You won't want to put it down.”
Improve Your Coarse Fishing
“A brilliant book - highly recommended.”
“Surely destined to become an angling classic.”
“This is a genuinely strange one, and I love it.”
Stephen J. Bodio, Fly Rod and