Herring Tales

Fishing News has teamed up with Bloomsbury Natural History to give five readers the chance to win a copy of Donald S. Murray’s Herring Tales: How the Silver Darlings Shaped Human Taste and History.

The book blends together politics, science, history, religious and commercial life in a celebration of the humble herring, which has done so much to shape both human taste and history.

Herring Tales follows a journey from the western edge of Norway to the east of England, from Shetland and the Outer Hebrides to the fishing ports of the Baltic coast of Germany and the Netherlands, culminating in a visit to Iceland’s Herring Era Museum.

Donald S. Murray has stitched together tales of the fish that was of central importance to the lives of our ancestors, noting how both it – and those involved in their capture – were celebrated in the art, literature, craft, music and folklore of life in northern Europe.

Herring Tales is published by Bloomsbury. Hardback, £16.99. Entries close on October 31st 2015.

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