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Carp-e diem: Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer

Carp-e diem: Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer

It is the subheading on the cover that hints at what we are really getting ourselves into before we open the book spawned by last year’s unlikeliest of televisual hits. For comedians Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse do not merely “go fishing”.

Beneath the title and an animated image of our intrepid duo, we are promised “life, death and the thrill of the catch”. And, as I finished the last page, (already a small blue fishing rod’s length bereft), I glanced again at the front cover to realise that whilst reading it, I had indeed appreciated life, contemplated death and been carried along by the thrill of the catch.

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