Published: 01/05/2013
ISBN: 9781780885162
Format: Paperback



‘Matthew is obviously a spirited boy, made that way by his spirited parents, and I’m glad that fishing is his inspiration and joy, for there is nothing else quite so restorative to a spirit that might have ebbed a little. I wanted to cheer at the end of your story – such a perfect conclusion, with just the right amount of brevity and lightness.’ – Chris Yates, A Passion for Angling
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Carol lived in north Wiltshire for twenty seven years, raising a family and enjoying a career in horticulture. Her son, Matthew, was diagnosed with Leukaemia when he was four years old. The nature of ... read more

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The Fisherman
Hidden depths
by Carol Mattingley

The Fisherman is a glimpse into a young boy’s love of fishing and a mother’s love for her son when tragedy strikes and he is diagnosed with leukaemia. Carol’s beautiful and painful words consume the reader, but in setting her story within the context of a fishing expedition, we are able to transcend all fear and uncertainty to have hope in the outcome for her son, Matt.

The book discusses Matt’s illness and treatment frankly, but the unique device of creating the story within a fishing trip allows for it to take on an allegorical dimension. Through her carefully crafted words, and with the illustrations and photos, Carol reveals the inner strength and vulnerability which she and her family experience as Matt endures his battle.

Matt is now a healthy, happy adult who still has a passion for fishing. Over the last 25 years, there has been a dramatic improvement in the treatment and survival of children with leukaemia – and Julia’s House Hospice (Dorset) is crucial in helping families through the worst times. Profits from the sale of this book will be used to support this charity.

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