Well known for his angling exploits, Chilly has now written the book that many of us have been waiting for ? a book about his life; and what a life. The carp fishing part of his life has been well documented but, here, we also find out how much it is just that ? a part of his life.
From over two decades in the Army, to his love and devotion for his beleaguered wife, Lynn, we see carp fishing for what it is to most of us ? an obsession that has to be tamed in order for normal life to resume as much as possible.
But Chilly?s life is far from normal, and here we get down to the bare bones of it. The traumatic hospital visits with Lynn which had him questioning his motivations about carp fishing. The years in the Airborne Forces that had him at constant readiness to be flown to any one of the many flashpoints around the globe in the nineties. His season in the wilderness, where the bottom of a bottle seemed more preferable than a carp in the bottom of the net.
But, through it all, carp fishing and the friendships made whilst on the bank, were his salvation, and as dramatic as that sounds, most of you who read this will totally empathise with that.
This is a book of rock-bottom lows and nose-bleeding highs, but the highs far outweigh the lows and will leave you gagging to get the rods out.