Of Fisheries and Islands
A story told from a very personal perspective, and in the style entirely typical of the author, the reader is immediately engaged in the realities of this revealing and often intimate story.
At 9.30am on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 at Palmyra Farmers’ Market, 60 McKimmie Street, Palmyra WA 6157.
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OF FISHERIES AND ISLANDS
Readers with fishing experience will admire the author’s powers of observation and faithful description in these stories.
I am so pleased that Don Heather has fulfilled a wish he has nurtured for many years – to tell his stories via a book, one that would bring back memories for those involved in his adventures, and one that would invite readers into a dimension they might never have personally experienced.
With this account of over 60 years of fishing in Australian waters, laced with unexpected and wondrous detail thanks to his phenomenal memory, Don fills an important gap in the recorded history of fishing in WA waters. A story told from a very personal perspective, and in the style entirely typical of the author, the reader is immediately engaged in the realities of this revealing and often intimate story.
In Don’s own words: I am hoping to bring to readers, appreciation of some of Australia’s remote islands that few people have had the chance to visit, and in so doing, recount the stories from our professional fishing life which took us to them.
I “fell into” my fishing career but soon endorsed it with enthusiasm. The matching of wits with our prey and the thrill of making the catch, never palled, neither did the sea, the island settings and the characters we met over our six decades of involvement in the industry.
I am honoured to recommend this book to the reader.
Carla van Raay, author of God’s Callgirl, Perth 2019
Readers without any knowledge of fishing come away with deeper respect for what it often takes to bring seafood to the table, talking about the days, at least, when fishing was done with great respect for the seas and oceans, and when machinery and technology had not yet made big inroads into human effort.
Don Heather’s shrewdness, paired with true humanity, served to help him get along with a great variety of persons and characters; sometimes in the face of eye-brow lifting official incompetence and missionary hypocrisy. Humour is often underplayed and for that reason even more surprising and delightful.
The author’s remarkable determination to achieve his dreams as a passionate fisherman makes for a life of extraordinary achievement. Together with his wife of 52 years, Jean, who worked tirelessly and ably by his side, Don Heather is leaving us a legacy with this book.
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