This week sees the launch of a brilliant new book about one of angling’s greatest-ever heroes – Ivan Marks.
Ivan Marks: The People’s Champion – is a collection of the best columns the irrepressible Leicester-based match legend wrote during the 1970s and 80s for Angling Times.
In a book that runs for more than 300 pages, and includes a further 16 pages of period photographs, you’ll find columns on all his big match wins, what it was like to fish for England, the emergence of the Leicester Likely Lads and how he was among the first to ‘discover’ the delights of fish-filled Ireland. There are also chapters on tackle, tactics and bait.
Ivan Marks rose to prominence in the 1960s and established himself as one of the match fishing greats with some huge wins – including success three years out of four in the Great Ouse Championships, a contest with over 1,300 participating anglers.
England recognition soon followed and he peaked with an individual silver medal in 1976.
In an interview just prior to his death he was asked to look back on his glittering career – a career that saw him become the most famous angler in the country – and he said of himself: “At the end of the day I was just an ordinary bloke who could fish a bit.”
When Ivan died, aged 68, in December 2004 the angling world not only said goodbye to one of the finest anglers to ever hold a rod, it also said farewell to its greatest character, too.
*Ivan Marks: The People’s Champion is more than 330 pages long and includes never seen before photographs. It is published by MPress and costs £20 (plus postage and packing). The book is due for release on October 21st. Ring Calm Productions on 0845 4082606 or visit www.calmproductions.com
There are also 50 leather-bound copies priced at £180 – but be quick, they’re selling fast!