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Fly Fishing: Memories of Angling Days

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In the 1980s, advertising was used to dramatise this poor old man’s search, but that won’t work today. People don’t buy into fiction anymore; they want reality. We want to engage with a story and help affect its outcome, and the technology allows this to happen.In 1963 Michael Russell married Minty Yarde-Buller, previously wife of the journalist Richard Berens. This was the best move of his life. Among these were two productions involving the Duke of Edinburgh: A Windsor Correspondence (1984) and Survival of Extinction (1989). Other notable works included Paul Theroux’s Sailing Through China (1983); and Diana Holman-Hunt’s The Artist and the Autocrat (1988), a biography of George and Rosalind Howard, Earl and Countess of Carlisle.

I loved the whole adventure: meeting the famous director Bob Brooks and the actor Norman Lumsden (a veteran opera singer) playing JRH, and having the house transformed with Victorian whatnots, antimacassars, cache-pots, jardinières – and wall-mounted glass cases containing prize trout. a b Ellis, Mike (April 3, 1993). "Book on fly fishing has a certain lure". Indianapolis News. p.D-8 . Retrieved May 18, 2021– via Newspapers.com. Of course, the twist at the end reveals that the delighted senior citizen, who asks the bookshop to reserve him a copy, turns out to be J. R. Hartley himself!Although Michael Russell did not publish any of the three J R Hartley books, he had been running his own company, Michael Russell (Publishing) Limited, since 1977. The younger of two brothers, Michael Russell was born on May 30 1933, the son of a solicitor in Bournemouth. He crested the hurdles of education with ease, winning scholarships to Rugby and Christ Church.

Ellis Barker (5 June 2016). "Suffolk mum shares joys of parenthood with wider audience in funny stories written while her baby sleeps". East Anglian Daily Times . Retrieved 2018-01-19. Scott Eyman of The Palm Beach Post noted the book's humor as "intensely British", though he said it struggles to maintain the joke in its second half. He described the sudden tonal shift of the book's ending, featuring a ghost and a drowning, as disconcerting, though calling the ending itself well-done. [8] Mike Ellis, writing for the Indianapolis News, said that the book succeeds as a parody of "the tradition of genteel autobiographies about English country life". However, as a fishing book, Ellis observed that the book provides little to experienced fly fishers, "except some insight into British fly patterns and famous British trout and salmon streams". [5] Sidney Vines, writing for The Spectator, described his experience with the book positively, and said he was unsurprised at its popularity. [9] Legacy [ edit ] Mr Lumsden was better known for his talents as a singer in his youth, as the famous British composer, Benjamin Britten, was an admirer of his vocal prowess. He had been honoured by the composer, who wrote the roles of Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, especially for his deep bass voice. I recounted this story to David and Leslie [Butterfield, then planning director at AMV], and this little experience really triggered something in David’s mind.” Lumsden's singing career began before World War II with singing popular classics on the wireless and performing in oratorio around Britain. His first radio broadcast was for the BBC in the 1930s, during which he sang Negro spirituals and Czechoslovak songs by Dvořák. It was at this time that he changed his surname to Lumsden. In 1945 he gave an acclaimed debut recital at London's Wigmore Hall, performing arias from Handel and Verdi, and taking small roles at Sadler's Wells. [4]

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This was partly due to bad health. In truth, though, the study of Latin and Greek had been annihilated by the excitements of the Turf. Michael Russell developed a spasmodically successful betting system, which enabled him in prosperous periods to drive a Rolls-Royce and pay tribute to elegance: shirts from Turnbull & Asser; shoes from Poulsen Skone. In a charming twist at the end of the advert, when the shopkeeper asks where the book should be sent, the senior citizen reveals his name is J R Hartley! In his early career, Mr Lumsden was one of Benjamin Britten's favourite singers, with the composer writing the role of Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring with his bass voice in mind. Fly Fishing: Memories of Angling Days, also published as Fly Fishing by J. R. Hartley, is a fishing book by British angling author Michael Russell under the pseudonym of J. R. Hartley. It was published by Stanley Paul in 1991 and was intended to capitalise on the popularity of the J. R. Hartley fictional character. It was the publisher Roddy Bloomfield, then at Random House, who came up with the idea of making the fictional J R Hartley’s non-existent book a reality. And it was an additional inspiration that he should turn to his brilliant friend Michael Russell for the fulfilment of this plan.

After Oxford came National Service. Michael Russell was commissioned in the Blues and served in Cyprus, where for some time he fell seriously ill. Mead recalls the ad could have been quite different though. Abbott’s first script was for a book on European butterflies, with the second ad set to be about a man trying to buy his daughter a pony. But after doing some research he decided “butterflies and ponies were a bit too elitist”, so they instead settled on a book on fly fishing for the first ad and a father finding a bike for his son in the second, which aired in 1985.

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