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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

by Paul Torday

The satire, although needle sharp, is light and delicious. What result is an amusing, fly on the wall fiction of a world where spin doctors and scientists (specialist subject - fish) collide. You can’t help but feel that this ridiculous insight into British politics is nearer the truth than you’d like to believe.

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I appreciate the points you have raised in your memo of today's date. Having given the matter my fullest consideration, I remain unable to see how we can help Fitzharris & Price and their client. The prospect of introducing salmon to the wadis of the Hadramawt seems to me, quite frankly, risible.
I am quite prepared to back this up with the relevant science, should anyone at the FCO require further information on our grounds for not proceeding.

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