Part Three (2024)

350 years
in the making. 

Rewriting the
Walton & Cotton
masterpiece for
the 21st century.


Compleat angler walton cotton buchan




Since its joint publication in 1676, this humble two-part fishing manual has spawned over 600 reprinted editions - proving there is much more to this book than a simple guide to catch fish. 

First published by Izaak Walton in 1653 and more usually today found in its 1676 version with Charles Cotton’s contribution, more than 600 editions followed. Walton and Cotton do more than describing catching fish, the book is one of the earliest British natural histories."

Jim Dixon in The Times (2020)


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'?"

Prof. Edward Arber
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.

“The Compleat Angler is the most reprinted book in the English language after the Bible and works of Shakespeare. A pioneering work, becoming the anglers’ bible, a classic guide to the joys of fishing and a portrait of life in 17th-century rural England.”

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.

Broadly both Parts were fishing manuals written as a narrative storyline: Walton's Part focusing on coarse angling; Cotton's on fly-fishing.

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 . . . 


written by COLIN M JARMAN (2024)

The Compleat Angler - Part Three rewrites the original two Parts by reinterpreting and recasting the 17th century classic for the modern day. 

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.

compleat angler part three colin m jarman
This contemporary novel updates the 350-year-old Compleat Angler storyline for the 21st century. It reinvents the long-held legend of an older fly-fishing master teaching a younger student the intricacies of angling as an art and an extension of life.

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. 


If fishing is the contemplative man’s recreation, then 'The Compleat Angler' is the contemplative man’s holy book. It is itself as much a contemplation as it is a guide — equally at home in a tackle box or on a desk in a lamplit study, next to three fingers of your favorite bourbon." 

James Freitas on (2019)

Original text, video and colour photos
© Copyright Colin M Jarman (2022)