Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 21, 2008 - Fiction - 352 pages
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 What does it take to make us believe in the impossible?

For Dr. Alfred Jones, life is a quiet mixture of civil service at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence and marriage to Mary—an ambitious, no-nonsense financier. But a strange turn of fate from an unexpected direction forces Jones to upend his existence and spend all of his time in pursuit of another man’s ludicrous dream. Can there be salmon in the Yemen? Science says no. But if resources are limitless and the visionary is inspired, maybe salmon fishing in the Yemen isn’t impossible. Then again, maybe nothing is.

 

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Contents

1 The origins of the Yemen Salmon Project
1
his wedding anniversary
12
3 Feasibility of introducing salmon into the Yemen
34
His meeting with Sheikh Muhammad
43
marital issues may have clouded his judgement
63
and Ms Harriet ChetwodeTalbot
74
7 Press comment
87
8 Intercepts of alQaeda email traffic
95
19 Correspondence between Captain Robert Matthews and Ms Harriet ChetwodeTalbot
190
20 Intercepts of alQaeda email traffic
203
21 Extract from Hansard
207
he visits the Yemen
209
23 Extract from Hansard
232
24 Correspondence between Ms ChetwodeTalbot and herself
234
25 Extract from Peter Maxwells unpublished autobiography A Helmsman at the Ship of State
239
26 Script of TV pilot for Prizes for the People
249

9 Interview with Peter Maxwell director of communications prime ministers office
99
10 Transcript of Interview with the prime minister the Rt Hon Jay Vent MP on BBC1 The Politics Show
106
11 Continuation of interview with Peter Maxwell
111
12 Email correspondence between David Sugden NCFE and Mr Tom PriceWilliams head of fisheries Environment Agency
119
his return to Glen Tulloch
123
his meeting with Mr Peter Maxwell and Sheikh Muhammad
133
15 Peter Maxwell is interviewed for the Time Off column of the Sunday Telegraph 4 September
150
16 Interview with Ms Harriet ChetwodeTalbot
156
17 Extract from Hansard
169
18 The termination of the employment contract of Dr Jones
176
27 Extract from Peter Maxwells unpublished autobiography
256
28 Evidence of a marital crisis between Dr and Mrs Jones
262
dinner at the Ritz
273
30 Dr Jones fails to find a date in his diary to meet Mrs Jones
293
31 Extract from Peter Maxwells unpublished autobiography
297
32 Dr Joness testimony of events that occurred at the launch of the Yemen salmon project
313
33 Conclusions of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee
326
Glossary of Terms Used in the Extracts
329
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PAUL TORDAY studied English literature at Pembroke College, Oxford, before embarking on a business career. He lives in Northumberland. This is his first book.

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