THE COMPLEAT ANGLER (TCA)
PART ONE by IZAAK WALTON (1653)
PART TWO by CHARLES COTTON (1676)
Along with its environmental legacy, TCA is widely considered a literary classic to stand with other legendary English language titles.
“All drawbacks considered, can our own Age produce the literary equals of such immortal English books as 'Paradise Lost,' 'The Pilgrim's Progress,' 'The Compleat Angler'?"
A Bibliography of English Literature (1903)
After 350 years, the time is right for a third instalment to one of the most famous books ever published. With 600+ editions reprinted in the intervening centuries, there has clearly remained a deep-seated interest in The Compleat Angler, and its equally celebrated co-authors: Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton.
Dalya Alberge in The Times (2004)
Reissued editions of The Compleat Angler (Parts One and Two) are still being published today, with a revered role call of celebrated editors lending their interpretation to the ever-expanding TCA legend.
Personal introductions from fishing experts such as R.B. Marston ('The Prince of Living Anglers') in 1888, acclaimed authors such as John Buchan (The 39 Steps) in 1901, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists such as Howell Raines (editor of The NY Times) in 1997, and university scholars such as Prof. Majorie Swan in 2016, all contain individual insights into Walton's & Cotton's classic and their lives.
Not only were the two authors connected by The Compleat Angler, but both were born in Staffordshire, were long-time family friends and, as legend has it, fished together as often as they could. Cotton even built a large Fishing House - dedicated to Walton - on the banks of his stretch of the River Dove where he lived.
Despite 600 of these 'new' editions being published, no one has seen fit to write a new Part Three - to pump fresh blood into the Angler's archaic arteries.
Until now . . .
THE COMPLEAT ANGLER - Part Three (TCA3)
written by COLIN M JARMAN (2024)
TCA3 is a comic novel that casually casts into the murky waters of literary history and reels in startling new truths and shocking twists about The Compleat Angler and its celebrated co-authors & legendary fishing buddies: Izaak Walton & Charles Cotton.
Using the same bucolic backdrop as the original, TCA3 rambunctiously recreates the riparian reverie that has enthralled and enchanted readers through the ages.
TCA3 rekindles the original story concept but revamps it by way of a humorous homage to its predecessors with a trail of tantalising twists that rewrites the history of The Compleat Angler, as millions of faithful readers and hundreds of dedicated Angler editors have known it.
© Copyright Colin M Jarman (2022)