There have been few angling books as painstakingly researched as these two. Undoubtedly the single comprehensive history of pike fishing ever published, the two volumes total well over 600 pages and are full of illustrations and images from hundreds of years ago to the present. One thing’s for sure – you won’t read them in an evening.
Harper Fine Angling Books, £35 each volume. www.harperanglingbooks.co.uk